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: 23

Miss Kim is the creator and leader of Step Ahead Learning Center. Her oldest children, now 22, 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
Junior Preschool Team
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. Miss Anne also works with Miss Kylee in the Junior Preschool and oversees the Extended Day Program.

“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 Kylee
Junior Preschool & Preschool Teams
Years at Step Ahead: 2

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
Preschool Team
Years at Step Ahead: 9

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
Preschool Team
Years at Step Ahead: 18

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 Kayla
Preschool Team
Years at Step Ahead: 1

Miss Kayla’s Step Ahead story began three years ago when her eldest daughter began preschool and quickly viewed our school as a home away from home. As an early childhood teacher it was important to her to find a place where children were respected and loved and their ideas valued. Kayla earned her Master’s degree in Education while teaching Kindergarten in NYC and went on to teach two, three and four-year olds at a nursery school in Massachusetts. She loves the natural curiosity young children bring to preschool and looks forward to singing, dancing and learning with Step Ahead students this year!

Miss Maria
Years at Step Ahead: 15

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!”