Our Teachers

Please meet the heart of the Step Ahead family — our teachers!  

This group of warm, passionate and energetic professionals makes a solid team of experience. We are proud to note that most of our teachers have come to Step Ahead and never left!


Kim Erickson

Executive Director
BA, elementary education, Augustana College
MA, educational administration/leadership, Kent State University
Years at Step Ahead: 21

Miss Kim is the creator and leader of Step Ahead Learning Center. Her oldest children, now 16, were part of the first Bouncy Bear toddler class, and her two youngest also are Step Ahead graduates. One of her greatest commitments is fundraising for scholarships so that all families are afforded the opportunity to attend Step Ahead.

“I feel such passion about Step Ahead. I work with amazing families, children and teachers. We all gain strength and support from each other. It is such a blessing to get up each day and work in a happy place and do something you love.”


Miss Anne
Program Director
Years at Step Ahead: 15

Miss Anne is a mother of two grown sons who began their education here at Step Ahead many moons ago. Miss Anne’s experience at Step Ahead began with volunteering as a parent, transitioned into substitute then full-time teaching, and is now working with teachers, children, and families as the Program Director.

“Being able to get to know and work with each of our families is a wonderful experience. I love being the person who assesses the needs of the community, the passions of the staff, and current best-practices in the field of Early Childhood Education and brings them together to provide the best programming possible.”


Miss Elyse
Junior Preschool
Years at Step Ahead: 2

After being a Step Ahead parent for four years, Miss Elyse is excited to have joined our team of teachers.  With a degree in Elementary Education, she has taught Kindergarten and Third grade and is currently coaching competitive gymnastics.

“I am looking forward to learning from all the children at Step Ahead.”


Miss Jill
Junior Preschool
Years at Step Ahead: 3

Miss Jill watched both her boys go through all the programs here at Step Ahead and knew it was a special place. Watching them grow that first year in the Bouncy Bear room made her realize how very special that first year is and motivated her to enroll in the Early Childhood Proram at NHTI and become part of the Bouncy Bear.

“I am looking forward to another year of all the discovery, learning and laughter that comes with this truly special age group.”


Miss Kylee
Junior Preschool
Years at Step Ahead: 1

Miss Kylee’s Step Ahead story began about nine years ago with her daughter entering preschool and quickly feeling at home here. She appreiciated how the teachers made children feel well loved and safe at Step Ahead from day one. Miss Kylee has a degree in Elementary Education and schooling in Early Childhood Education. She has taught preschool and kindergarten and has been a special eduction administrative assistant for the last three years.

“I am so passionate about making children feel like they have value, that they are loved and giving them the confidence they need to become the best version of themselves.  I am so excited to make a difference in the lives of the children here at Step Ahead and look forward to many great years.”


Miss Alison
Years at Step Ahead: 8

Miss Alison has had many roles at Step Ahead over the years: a mom, an auntie, a friend, a substitute and now a member of the Preschool team! She is excited to learn, to play, and to grow with the children.


Miss Joanne
Years at Step Ahead: 17

Miss Joanne, a mother of two sons, says that Step Ahead feels like home to her and it’s a joy to come to work every day. Her favorite thing about Step Ahead is the commitment of the entire staff to helping children grow and learn in a positive, warm, fun and safe environment.

“I love the fact that we have had so many families come through our programs with several children. We share a close bond for years at a time, and when their last child graduates, we all shed a tear!”


Miss Kayellen
Years at Step Ahead: 21

Miss Kayellen has been at Step Ahead since they first opened their doors. She loves the opportunity to meet families as their children begin their first educational experiences. Helping chiildren make new friends, practice developmental skills, and play. play, play is so rewarding. Miss Kayellen is the mother to three adult children and honored to be “Nini” to three absolutely amazing grandchildren.

“It has been a pleasure sharing time with so many wonderful children over my 20 years at Step Ahead!”


Miss Maria
Years at Step Ahead: 14

Miss Maria, a mother of three children, says she enjoys working at Step Ahead because of the great families and staff. Any child who has been lucky enough to have Miss Maria as a Leaping Lizards teacher will remember her creative and engaging idea to wed the letters Q and U in a ceremony complete with crowns, wedding cake, dancing to “Going to the Chapel” and blowing wedding bubbles. She has taught every age group at Step Ahead: “It is so interesting to observe the behavior across these crucial developmental years!”


Miss Emily
Extended Day
Years at Step Ahead: 3

Miss Emily joined the Step Ahead team in the fall of 2015 as a substitute teacher. Soon after she brought her art background and creative ideas to our summer camp program. That soon evolved into her becoming the coordinator of our afternoon extended play program. When Miss Emily isn’t being creative and playing with preschoolers, she enjoys engaging in grown up projects as a member of the League of NH Craftsmen.