A Lexington native, Katie graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science and a minor in Entomology. Last winter, Katie was certified through the state’s Professional Environmental Educator Certification program. She fell in love with Early Childhood Education during her time with the Kentucky Children’s Garden at The Arboretum in Lexington. Katie combines her strong science background with her passion for connecting children to nature through inquiry- and play- based natural exploration.
In her spare time Katie enjoys cuddling with her three cats, spending time outdoors, and backyard foraging.
Wendy Mason (information coming soon!)
Bekah has a love of children that started at a young age. She has a natural talent and method of engaging with them. This sparked the decision to pursue early childhood education as a career. Bekah received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Bluegrass Community and Technical College. During her studies, she was introduced to the Reggio Emilia philosophy that immediately became an inspiration. She is excited to learn and explore with the children. Bekah is thrilled to join the OPH Lexington Community.
Bekah also has a love for the outdoors and spends her free time hiking at Red River Gorge. Her love for coffee is equated with her passion of the outdoors and she brings these elements into her classroom.
A college athlete at Indiana University, Abby brings that same energy and encouragement to her classroom. An IU graduate with a degree in Early Childhood Education, her teaching experiences is as varied as the locations. Abby has worked and observed children at the infant, toddler, preschool, and elementary levels in classrooms in Florida, Indiana, and Kentucky. Friends and family refer to her as “the pied piper of children,” as it seems that wherever Abby happens to be, children are drawn to her. An erstwhile cook and eager furniture refinisher, Abby’s curiosity and zeal for discovery make learning fun and exciting.
A Lexington native, Kayla has worked with all ages of children over the years. Her passion for education and inspiring children led her to pursue her teaching degree at Eastern Kentucky University where she graduated with a duel degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education.
When not at Our PlayHouse, Kayla enjoys spending quality time with her family. Kayla loves to cook, explore outdoor activities in the community, and delve into arts and crafts.
Jackie Litmer has lived in the Lexington area most of her life. She grew up on a farm in Stamping Ground, close to Georgetown. Jackie’s husband is a preacher and they have three children. Jaclyn received her Associates Degree in Applied Science from Lexington Community College. She has experience in childcare settings, including Montessori, and has worked with children ages infant to school age. She believes in the play-based foundation for children to learn and experience their world.
She enjoys crocheting and spending time with her family, both immediate and extended, making memories! She is happy to join Our PlayHouse Preschool, learn about Reggio fundamentals, and help our school grow.