OUR TEACHERS

Meet Our Team

Veronika

Director

Hello my name is Veronika and I am the Owner and Director of Kids Academy of Copley formerly known as Copley Day Care Center. I grew up in Copley , graduating from Copley High School in 1983 and then earned my BS in Elementary Education from the University of Akron. I worked as a teacher in many classrooms over the years and then moved into the position of Director. I have been married to my husband Jeff for 31 years. We have raised three amasing children and have been blessed, to date, with 6 beautiful grandchildren. In 2005 Sandi, founder of Copley Day Care, and myself purchased the building which is now Kids Academy of Copley. Sandi retired in 2006 but her vision and Veronika's passion, as well as an awesome and dedicated staff, have made Kids Academy of Copley what it is today. A wonderful,caring, positive educational facility for children ages 6 weeks to 13 years.

Cynthia

Assistant Director

Cindy has been at Kids Academy of Copley for over 28 years. She has been the Assistant Director for the past 24 years. Cindy came to Copley Day Care Center to enroll her son and was hired on the spot to cook for the children. She quickly moved into the classroom where she taught the four year olds for many years and later became the Assistant Director. Cindy has been a resident of Copley her whole life and been married to her Husband Pat for 42 years. They have three sons and six grandchildren. Cindy also has her CDA credentials and is looking forward to retirement in the next year to spend more time with her
family!

Jackie

Hot Shot/ Pre-School Teacher, Office Assistant

Jackie graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Child Development from the University of Akron. She is the granddaughter of the founder of Kids Academy (formerly Copley Day Care) and the niece of the current director. She attended Kids Academy of Copley as child and worked as a part of the cleaning staff through high school. During college, Jackie was the floater teacher and spent time in each classroom. After graduating college, she became the ``Hot Shot`` teacher and has now been teaching the pre-school program for nearly 8 years.

Nila

Apple Dumplings / Three Year Olds

My name is Nila Fick. I started working at the Center in 1990. I started working in the 4 year old room with Cindy and then an opening came available the following year in the Apple Dumpling Gang, the three year old classroom. I have been there ever since. I love the enthusiasm and curiosity of the children in my classroom. They teach me something new everyday! I have been married 36 years and have two sons and two grandaughters. In my spare time I enjoy music reading and spending time with my girls!

Mary

Rascals Teacher / Two Year Olds

Mary received her B.S. in Physical Education and taught for 7 years before staying home to raise her three children. While she was a stay at home mom, she also babysat friends and neighbors children. There were always lots of children in her home. Years later when all of her children were in school, she started working in preschool and has been in the early childhood profession now for 24 years, 21 which have been at Kids Academy of Copley! Mary love,love,loves working with children and loves her job. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, her children and going on adventures with her three grandchildren. She is looking forward to retirement so she can do lots of volunteer work with ... you guessed it , children! She also looks forward to more time for reading and gardening.

Clarissa

Bluebirds/Infant teacher

Clarissa has worked at Kids Academy of Copley for two and a half years in the infant toddler room. She grew up in Copley and then moved out of state when she got married. Clarissa has lived all over the United States due to her husbands job and has had many experiences. She has raised a son and a daughter and been married for 26 years. She's worked in the Public Schools and also was a three year old preschool teacher. She said it's the hardest job she ever had but also the most rewarding! When her family relocated back home to Ohio, she decided to join our team as the infant teacher and it was the perfect fit for Kids Academy!

Cami

Bluebirds/ Infant teacher

Hi my name is Cami Sue. I was born in Pennsylvania. When I was about 11 years old my family moved to Norton and I graduated from Norton High School in 2011. I now live in Barberton with a friend and my dog Bristol. I have two amazing parents and a big brother! I worked retail out of High School and that is where I met Veronika. I was offered a wonderful opportunity to work at Kids Academy and I have been here for the past three years. I love kids and I love working at Kids Academy. I'm expecting my own little one this Fall and I'm so excited for them to attend Kids Academy too!

Shelley

Apple Dumpling Gang/Three year old teacher

Hello my name is Shelley. I have been a teacher in the toddlers, threes, and School-age classrooms. I am very excited to be moving from the one year olds back to the three year old classroom this summer. The three year olds are one of my favorite ages to work with. I have an Associates Degree in Business and have had three years of experience in childcare before coming to Kids Academy of Copley. My husband Bryan and I have three children ages 10, 7 and 1 year.

Jennifer

Wiggles/ One Year Old Teacher

Hi my name is Jennifer! I was born and raised in Copley, Ohio. My parents enrolled me in Copley Day Care Center when I was two years old. Copley Day Care was like my second home and I have fond memories of that experience. After high school I worked locally and then when I was twenty four I went on a vacation to North Carolina and met my future husband. We were married two years later and now have a four year old son. I have been blessed to be able to be a stay at home mom with my son. Recently I was offered a wonderful opportunity at Kids Academy of Copley which allowed me to get back into the work force: yet still have my son near me throughout my workday. I love the children I get to work with everyday and have experienced so much joy being on the other end of the experience I had all those years ago. I have truly come full circle! After being the floating teacher and spending time in each classroom, I have found my home with the Wiggles Class. I love my one year olds! I enjoy watching and helping them learn and grow.

Caitlin

Rascals I teacher/ young two year olds

Caitlin is our young two's teacher. She has been the teacher in this room a little over three years. She has worked with all ages but the two year olds are her absolute favorite. Caitlin was born and raised in Copley, graduating from Copley High School in 2009. She was not sure what she wanted to be when she ``grew up`` until she found her job with us! Caitlin has always loved caring for children. She has five nieces and nephews and often chose to babysit them over hanging out with friends. Caitlin has a five year old son and hopes to have more children . Caitlin always tells people she has one son and twenty five others that have stolen her heart!

Jessica

Hot Shot/ Pre-school Teacher, Floating Teacher

Jessica is our Hot Shot and floating teacher with Jackie. Her and her husband have two boys ages 2 and 4 years old. For the past ten years Jessica cared for children and adults with disabilities until her husbands work brought her to this area. She was in search of employment that would fulfill her passion of caring for people like she did back home. Jessica says, ``Seeing the children's faces light up when they do something good is what it is all about``. She Loves to hear them say ``I did it Miss Jess!!!``

Kristin

Hot Shot/ Pre-School Teacher, Floating Teacher

Kristin graduated from the University of Akron with her degree in Early Childhood Development. She started working at Kids Academy in 2006 and has worked with every age group. Kristin teaches the Hot Shot class with Jackie. Kristin is married and has an adorable little boy. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and friends.

Crystal

Floating Teacher

My name is Crystal . I graduated from Copley High School in 2000 and have lived here most of my life. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have three amazing children.. I have worked at Kids Academy part time since October of 2012. I enjoy working with all the children as well as learning with them and about them! All of the children have taught me so much and have shaped me into a better person. I look forward to not only watching my children grow and learn, but being a big part of helping the students in my classrooms learn and grow as well!

Danielle

Wiggles/ One Year Old Teacher

Danielle graduated from The University of Akron with a degree in Communications and a minor in Child and Family Development. She worked at Kids Academy of Copley for 7 years before becoming a nanny for a family she loved. After getting married she headed into the career world using her degree to do marketing. Danielle now has a one year old son and another baby on the way and has come back to Kids Academy where she feels at home and can be with her kids.

Lauren

Goonies / School Age Teacher

Aniquke

Assistant Rascals / Two Year Old Teacher