Melanie Ardis, Director
Melanie is the Director of the facility. She has over 35 years working in a preschool and daycare setting.
Melanie has worked with children 0 – 12 years. She has a Montessori Primary teaching certificate, FCCPC, a Level ll Directors Credential with VPK endorsement, and is a qualified mentor for the CDAE program of Florida. Melanie has been a VPK teacher, and has held her Directors credential for over 10 years. Melanie takes pride in the programs she manages and their accomplishments of 100 VPK readiness rate and 100% compliance of DCF inspections.
Over the years Melanie has helped raise money for many charities including St. Luke’s & the March of Dimes, and she has received a 10 year certificate of participation from the Salvation Army for her efforts in their annual Thanksgiving food drive. She has also participated in the JP Hall Christmas toy give away, and is very dedicated to supporting the community and the mentoring of younger staff.
Ms Debbie, Owner
Ms Debbie has been working with children for the past 25 years. She was on the daycare committee in her church, and has worked for Putnam County Schools for four years. Her love to teach and to be with her children led her to open the "Learning Center" on SR 315C in 1999. She enjoys watching children learn and grow.
She holds the CDA (Child Development Associates) Director credential, First Aid and CPR certifications and a CDL license to drive buses. She also has a VPK endorsement, Emergent Literacy and receives 60 hours per year of trainings. Ms Debbie and her husband have been married for 24 years and have 2 children.
She states that "We are devoted to the learning, teaching and safety of children."
Amber Carroll, 1 Year Olds Teacher
Amber is our 1 year old teacher and has worked in childcare for 5 years. She was raised in Keystone and graduated from Keystone Heights High School. Amber is very creative and enjoys planning and making projects with her toddlers.
Amber grew up in a daycare facility that her mother managed and spends her time with her Special Needs son.
Ashley has worked at the facility for over 4 years. She works with children of all ages.
Ashley is a spectacular infant teacher and is a great help in the daily running of the business.
Ashley has her AA degree. Even though she is now on her way to become a RN she still makes time to spend nurturing our children and helping with office work.
Ashley has grown up in a daycare facility. She is the daughter of the owners.
Amy Aldhous -
Amy has lived in Florida since childhood. Amy and her husband have chosen Keystone to raise their 7 children.
Jennifer Cox, VPK Assistant
Jennifer is a VPK assistant and works with the school age children. Jennifer has
worked with children for 12 years. She has worked with ages 0-
Ms. Jennifer spends her extra time with her husband and 5 children.
Tammy Powers, Infant Teacher
Tammy is one of our infant teachers, has over 10 years experience working with children
from ages 0 -
Rachel McClelland, VPK Assistant
Rachel is a VPK assistant, often works in the 1 year old class, and is great with the infants. Rachel has worked in childcare for 6+ years and works with children infant to 12 years. Rachel has an Associate’s degree in early childhood education and when not spending time with her husband and 2 children Rachel often volunteers at the Rainbow Center.