Sam and Cindi Buckley
Owners & Founders
Sam and Cindi Buckley had a vision of what early childhood education and childcare should be and they decided to share that vision with the world. Cindi started with an in-home preschool and daycare in 2002. It wasn't long before she needed more space to accommodate the waiting lists as her dream quickly blossomed into a full grown preschool just up the street from where we are now located. So in 2014, new location and all, they established Kool Kidz LLC and started to take on more teachers as their preschool grew.
Cindi knew that what she and Sam had started could bless more families and children than just those preparing for Kindergarten, so she began to look for ways to get back into the world of childcare. In May of 2019 they purchased a daycare center, bringing their passion for learning and compassion back into the world of childcare. The atmosphere of preschool and childcare blends well. That's how Kool Kidz Adventure Academy was born. From there, a culture and brand has grown to be a company that feels more like a family community than a business.
Christy or “Chrissy” has worked in childcare for almost 18 years. She is our awesome Director here at Kool Kidz. She is most drawn to working with children “knowing I will make a difference in young minds and the co-workers I work with.” Other than being a stay at home grandma, she feels she is currently doing her dream job right now. She says “I feel everyone inspires me in some way” and uses that perspective to bring out the best in us all.
Jessica or “Jess” brings over 16 years of childcare experience into our center and is our Assistant Director. She loves all things Lilo & Stitch and has quite the collection of memorabilia. Her dream job is to be a teacher, which she technically is. Jessica is drawn to this profession because “I love to teach and watch as they learn something new.” She most especially enjoys “the pure love and care that children have” which definitely is present in childcare.
Shawnsi has been teaching kids for over 10 years. That experience has lead her to where she is today as our Assistant Director. She completed her Child Development Associates 3 years ago and has never looked back! She has a family of her own 6 kids, 3 dogs, 4 chickens and 4 ducks. She married her high school sweetheart! She loves going fishing,
camping and just being outside! Welcome, Shawnsi!
Emily or “EmilySuePoopoopalou” boasts 4 years of experience in the childcare setting. She recently completed and earned her Child's Decelopment Assiciate. She is our Programs Manager and is most drawn to this profession and children as she enjoys “watching them become little geniuses.” She often shares funny stories and experiences, such as: “in elementary school, I hugged a tree and almost got suspended.” You'll have to ask her the rest of the story when you meet her.
Emotional Behavior Specialist
Melissa or “Teacher! Teacher! Teacher!” has an impressive 22 years experience in childcare and teaching settings. Her new role as Emotional Behavior Specialists has her working with each class and any child in need of support or further help with Social Emotional Development. What draws her most to this profession is her love of the children and “being able to teach.” She's a boy mom, meaning all 4 of her children are boys and she knows the ins and outs of daily adventures.
Marketing & Social Media &
Food Program Manager
Sara, our llama loving, Lorax watching, cherry coke drinking champion has been in childcare for 2.5 years now. She enjoys working with children and most especially, she adores “their little personalities.” She has been a mom for almost a year and she adores her son and cannot wait to experience all of the firsts that come along with being a new mom. Moving from the younger aged children into the school aged class has been an enjoyable adjustment.
Dawn has been with us two years now. Dawn has an affinity for working hard to make the best of every situation. She's most proud of “turning all my hardships into fuel for positive change” and brings that kind of motivation with her to the workplace. She love the “positive atmosphere, connection and loving people” side of childcare. She takes the time to get to know each child.She is our loving cook and shares her passion with us all on a daily basis.
Kaylyn is going on 12 years being in childcare, 7 years here with us. She has her Child Development Associate specializing in Infants & Toddlers. Kaylyn is patient and softspoken and our littlest ones do very well in her care. Her dream in life is to have her own children, so for now she lets the kids here be her own. She says “I love kids; they are my motivation!” She is our resident Harry Potter and Disney expert, which is perfect for childcare.
Emily joined our team this summer of 2023. She currently works in our infant program and helps close that class most evenings. Her favorite food is "mole" which is a delicious Mexican Food. She loves reading and listening to music which is a perfect fit for our infants because they love listening to music and if you get down and read to them they are enthralled! Emily is outgoing and friendly which helps the children here feel at ease and happy.
Li is over 3 years in childcare now. They are most drawn to work with children because “no one is as honest and pure as kids.” Their favorites seasons are those of change: fall and spring. Creativity is a strong point for Li and they enjoy doing arts and crafts and celebrating individuality. Li can be found in their free time with a cup of coffee reading anything mystery. They are currently working on their Child Development Assiciates.
Hope has just joined our childcare family this Fall. She has fallen in love with working in our Infants and Toddlers here at Kool Kidz. Her idea of what success looks like is "working hard until I get old and can retire." This works well here because that kind of work ethic is exactly what we try to foster and build in our teachers. She describes herself as a "caring and loving person" which we can easily see in her as she works with our little ones.
Jamie has 6 years experience in the childcare setting. She loves being able to watch children learn and grow while achieving milestones. Her dream career is to be an author and with all of the excitement here in childcare, she's sure to find inspiration daily. She loves watching classics like Wizard of Oz and Golden girls and will often enjoy a glass of iced tea while scrap-booking or bullet journaling. Jamie is currently working on her Child Development Associates.
Raven has worked here at Kool Kidz for just over two years now. She enjoys “being able to help/watch the children learn and grow.” She hopes to one day be able to work with special needs children. She's overjoyed to be working in childcare at this time in her life. Her dependability is epic and she is currently working on her Child Development Associates. She's most proud of her accomplishment in graduating high school with honors. Way to go, Raven! We're excited to see where your journey at Kool Kidz takes you.
Natalie comes to us with over 19 years of experience. Natalie has her Child Development Associates and is putting it and her many years of experience to good use here at Kool Kidz. She has made connections with her class from the moment she walked through the door on her first day here at Kool Kidz. She gives off that grandma vibe (she has 28 grandkids) and the kids here adore her for it. What draws her most to working with children is their honesty in telling the "truth about everything."
Candace has been here at Kool Kidz for 3 years now. She says her “love for kids and getting to watch them learn and grow” is why she knew that this was her dream job. She feels inspired by her own children because they push her to be a better mom and person. She can be found enjoying a coke and Hawaiian pizza while watching a Disney movie. If you walk by her classroom you will see her dancing with the children as they learn together. She is currently working toward her Child Development Associates .
Fours and Fives Teacher
Christine comes to us with 17 years of experience working with children in childcare. She is currently teaching our four year old children along with the Kindergarteners. She is currently working on her Child Development Associates. She feels that success looks like "accomplishing goals I set for myself both at work and at home." Christine can often be found sipping iced coffee or ice tea while binge watching Gray's Anatomy.
School Age Teacher
Tana has been her a total of 3 years at Kool Kidz. She brings a lot of patience and energy to the classroom. The School Age children adore her. She is often quiet at first but once you get to know her you start to realize how kind and sincere she is. Tana fills in throughout the day with the younger children during the school year. In the Summer she enjoys building those bonds with the school age children both in the classroom and on the field trips.
Xochitl started here with us in November 2022. She brings a huge artistic ability and hopes to one day be an artist/illustrator for movies and books. She is most drawn to childcare because it's "never boring. Children remind me how exciting things can be and I love being able to be the one who can expand their world and give them what they deserve." As you can tell, we're lucky to have her added to our team!
Teacher / Floater
Dallin has a couple years of experience but has been involved in childcare for most of his teenage life helping do maintenance, janitorial and now as an assistant teacher. Dallin is thinking of going into law but in the meantime, he enjoys this job and seems to be a natural. He is involved with a lot of school activities so often works just a few days a week between everything. Dallin is a fan of all Marvel movies and is well versed in the superhero world, which helps him relate with the children here.
Teacher / Floater
Alix recently joined our awesome team here at Kool Kidz. Alix brings over 4 years of experience with her. She is currently working on hear Early Childhood Education Degree. She works with our Infants (Butterfly Room) and our 4/5 year old (Dr. Seuss Room) and also fills in from time to time in other classes. Alix enjoys reading and this goes right along with her favorite store being Barnes & Noble. Her favorite restaurant is Zuppas. Welcome to our team, Alix!
Our Academic Preschool Team
Preschool Program Manager and Teacher
Brianna is our a semi-fluent German speaking, 4th of July born, crazy dreaming, novel writing, Dr. Pepper Zero drinking, paracording, portrait drawing, canvas painting preschool teaching guru with over 9 years combined of teaching and childcare experience. She has a BA in English and her Childcare Development Associate. She loves the “magic moment” that happens when she's there with the kids and they “get it.”
Tina brings over 12 years experience as a preschool teacher. She felt drawn initially to teaching preschool because "I love the ah-hah of kids figuring it out and watching/helping them learn." She's worked with children and adults with a variety of special needs and brings that insight into the classroom on a daily basis. "I feel like I make a positive difference in the world." She says she's doing her dream job of teaching. We're so lucky to have her!