Hi, I am Kym Drehle (Mrs. Drehle) the Owner of RIKD LLC and the Director of both the Yelm and Rainier locations. I will be splitting my time evenly between the two facilities. This would not be possible with out the aid of 2 amazing women who you will get to meet below. I can not tell you how lucky I feel to have 2 such caring and genuine people on my team.

My first job working was at the age of 12 babysitting. I at the age of 17 started working for a large corporate child care facility that offered a preschool curriculum. I fell in love! I have done many other things including going to college and being a stay at home mom since then, but always came back to my love of helping young children learn and grow.

I have 2 children of my own. A son Rian Nathaniel, age 16. His interests vary from football/track/basketball, video games, hanging out with his friends to designing clothing for his own clothing line Front and Center. He currently is making my stress levels increase with driving and riding with friends. My daughter Katlyn Danger, age 12 is a large reason why the SMART system was born. The transition into Kindergarten was a very painful one for her (and me) even with a preschool teacher for a mom and 3 years of preschool under her belt. I realized then the need for preschool to be different that what it traditionally has been. She is very active with her competition dance team (KAOS Dance Elite) and they just recently got invited to an invitation only week long event in NY City where she gets an amazing opportunity to be taught by the Rocketts and receive special Broadway show passes.

In my spare time I have a Cottage Kitchen and make custom French Macarons that I call Kymarons. You can check out my silly little delights at www.facebook.com/kymaron

I feel so much gratitude to be able to do the things that give me joy (thank you Marie Kondo) and be given the opportunity to help children and their families have a smooth transition into the big world of Primary school. If my experience can help even just one then my goal has been met. I of course hope to help many more than that!!!

I am pleased to introduce my staff of carefully selected individuals below.

Tanya Creegan (Mrs. Creegan), my Assistant Director of the Yelm location. She has worked at ABC Academy since 2014. She is Patient, kind and loving with children and has worked with them off and on since the age of 13 where she worked in a daycare for the summer and babysat. I am so pleased to have her and she is a calming influence in the crazy that is early childhood education.

Personal side story, her youngest son and my daughter are the same age and went to preschool together at ABC Academy, and our oldest boys are also the same age and have gone to school together since Kindergarten.

Her goals for herself and students are:

“To continue to learn how children learn and develop their individual personalities which makes us all unique. I want to see children that have gone to our preschool move on in their education and do amazing things and reach their dreams. I want to know I somehow, some way made a difference or brought joy & love to their lives.”

Brittanie Chapman (Mrs. Chapman), my Assistant Director of the Rainier location. She has worked at the Rainier location since we opened in September. I was able to talk her away from her full time job at Cadence Academy while watching our daughters at dance classes. She sees, as does all my staff, the need for change in the current early education system and wants to be a driving force for that change. She loves to see her students enjoy themselves and learn new things. Her quiet loving support and kind manner has made a tremendous difference to the classroom and over all program. She works daily to provide an amazing place for children to learn and grow.

Her goals for herself and students will be posted soon.

 

 

Tiffany Davis (Mrs. Davis), teacher at the Rainier location. Her early childhood development experience comes from working as a Child Development Program Assistant in Child Development Centers on military installations. Mrs. Davis has a firm but loving way and this is why she has been an amazing lead for the littlest class this year. The beginnings class is not like the older classes and they need a different type of guidance. They do not take verbal directions well yet and that is one of the things we are teaching them. It takes a special kind of teacher to be able to redirect a group of 2 year olds in a kind and loving manner on a consistent basis. They do not know how to share or get along and are naturally egocentric, these are all normal traits for this stage in development. This is why introducing them to a structured early education system at this age is instrumental for future development. Her students have made huge strides and continue to do so in her classroom. They are truly getting a great “preschool beginning”.

Her goals for herself and students will be posted soon.

 

 

Amy Griffin (Mrs. Griffin), teacher at the Rainier location. She has no formal previous child care/development experience. She is however a mother to 2 children, that is a whole lot of hands on experience to draw from if you ask me. When choosing staff for RIKD LLC previous childcare experience is not the driving factor for me. The techniques can be taught, what can not be taught is patience, understanding and the ability to connect with and engage young children. These are all traits that I need in my teachers for them to be able to teach the SMART way. Amy embodies these traits and her students love being in her classroom. Her class has make great progress and they will have a solid foundation for Kindergarten next year.

Her goals for herself and students will be posted soon.

 

We will be adding to our staff over the next few months. Stay tuned!