Teachers Are the Strength of Kare-A-Lot

Our staff comes from four different ethnic backgrounds and speaks three languages. Several of our teachers are native Spanish speakers and speak Spanish to their class on a daily basis.

We have a combined one hundred and fifty years of experience working with children under the age of five. All our full time staff receives some level of benefits. KAL pays for ALL staff training and for attending training sessions.

See Teacher to Student Ratios

Riverside Dr Center Teachers:

Infant 1

Patricia Hernandez

Assistant Teacher, Infant I. Has been with KAL since March of ’02. She is originally from Mexico is married with 5 children. She completed Child Development Associate Certificate in November 2010. Patricia says, “I like working with children because I learn something new and wonderful from them every day.”

Gisela Duran

Lead Teacher, Infant 1. Has been with KAL since October of ’00. She is originally from Puerto Rico and received her BA from The Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Gisela says, “I love working with the babies. Every day is different. I am constantly busy and I learn something new each day!”

Infant 2

Vjosa Malushi

Lead Teacher, Infant 2. Has been with KAL since March of ’04. She is originally from Albania and received her BA from The Republic of Albania, Tirana University. She has 2 daughters and says, “I love to work with children. They make me happy!”

Toddler

Ashlee Wendell

Ashlee has been with Kare-A-Lot since 2013 as our Toddler co-lead teacher. She has an AA degree in Early Childhood Education and Development. Ashlee enjoys caring for her dogs & cats.

Ludary Sarmiento

Lead Teacher, Toddler. Has been with KAL since April of ’01. She is originally from Colombia. She has completed all of the infant/toddler modules required by the Step up program. She is married with two grown children.

Preschool

Ann Bonilla

Assistant Teacher, Preschool. Has been with KAL since October of ’07. She is originally from Jackson, Michigan and received her BA from Michigan State. She has 4 children ranging from 9 to 23 years, and has been married since 1987. When asked why she works with children, she says, “since I am a hands-on mother to my own children, I approach nurturing and teaching my students the same way. To me, children are magical creatures who deserve the best education possible.”

Kausar Waheed

Lead Teacher, Preschool. Has been with KAL since April of ’02. She is originally from Lahore, Pakistan and taught 1st through 5th grade for 5 years at a private school in Lahore. She received the Golden Apple Award from Upper Arlington in 2011. She also was awarded the Best Preschool Teacher in Franklin County from the Columbus Association for the Education of Young Children in 2011. She completed her Child Development Associate Certificate in 2009. She has completed 240 h ours of in-service education. When asked why she works with children, she says, “I chose to work with young […]