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Our Staff

First Kids is a level 3 STARS program.  Over 50% of our staff have a minimum of a Commonwealth Credential and most have degrees in Early Childhood Education.  All of our staff are required to have CPR & First Aid. 
Infants and Toddlers

Pat Rison 

  • Has worked at First Kids since June of 1989

  • Education: CDA

​Abi Beckley

  • Experience working with children

Brittany Van Zant

  • Experience with children

  • Working on Education degree

Elise Urton

  • Experience working with infants and toddlers

School Age Care

Ellie Browning

  • High School Senior

  • Experience with school age


Susan Whortan

  • Two Year Old Teacher

  • Education:  BS in Early Childhood

  • 20 years experience teaching


Laura Lopez Berrio

  •  Three Year Old Teacher/Spanish Teacher

  • Education: Child Development Associate

  • Experienced Preschool Teacher


Melinda Moore

  • Four Year Old Teacher/Chapel

  • Has worked at First Kids since August 2001

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Judson College, and a Master’s in Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Karen Knissel-Jackson

  • Floater/Classroom Assistant


Sarah Roberts

  • Substitute Teacher

  • Floater

Amanda Matter

  • Substitute Teacher

Eleanor Tagagishi

  • Substitute Teacher

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