Miss Kelsey graduated from Butler University where she studied elementary and early childhood education.  During her time at Butler, she was introduced to the philosophy of education embraced by the early childhood centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Having worked in traditional preschool settings and feeling dissatisfied with the rigid, sterile, and uninspiring environments, Kelsey immediately connected with the Reggio philosophy of educating young learners. She values the warmth of the Reggio philosophy, the emphasis on relationship building and honoring children. Kelsey embraced the Reggio philosophy throughout her time at Butler. She completed her student teaching in a Reggio inspired school and went on to teach a multi-age preschool class at St. Mary’s Child Center.

Nurturing preschool students and discovering alongside them is one of Kelsey’s greatest joys in life and she is thankful for the opportunity to bring a Reggio inspired school to the Broad Ripple area.

The College of Education at Butler University prepares its pre-service teachers “for schools and communities as they could be, not simply perpetuating those that currently exist.” This goal resonated with Kelsey early on in her college career. After exploring the current high quality preschool programs in the Indianapolis area and searching for progressive education programs throughout the state, Kelsey felt frustrated with existing options for early childhood students. This frustration sparked a call to action. Kelsey felt it urgent to take her idea of how a school for young learners could be and make it a reality.

The young girl with a love for learning, school supplies, and a desire to grow into an inspirational teacher herself would never have foreseen this aspiration coming to fruition, but, in the words of Loris Malaguzzi, “Everything is possible in the mind of the child.”


Meet Miss Aime! I’m 26 years old, and I’m happily married. I have two doggies. I have my Child Development Associates. I love working at Sapling. I have been working with kids for about 6 years. I started at a day care with infants and toddlers…from there, I went to a Montessori preschool with 3 to 5 years olds. I then went to a head start preschool and finally I came here to Sapling which I love! It is like a second home to me the kids and the staff are like my family


Meet Miss Sam!! Hi! I am Miss Sam! I am a huge Harry Potter fan (ask anyone), a single mom, and a 2013 IU grad with a Human Development and Family Studies major and Psychology minor. I have always loved kids, even as a kid myself! I have been working with kids since August of 2013, first at The Goddard School of Avon (where I met Kelsey!) and then I came to Sapling in August of 2018, where I was an assistant teacher and then became Lead teacher in the Seedling Room in November of 2019! I love being outside, so I love being at Sapling where we can be outside as much as we want! I also became an official Indianapolis resident July of this year, which I am so grateful for because now I can walk to school and explore Broad Ripple with my daughter!


Meet Miss Yolanda! Miss Yolanda loves the sapling kids – she really enjoys preparing snacks and cooking lunch for them. She is married and has a son and a daughter (miss Aime). She is originally from Mexico. She is currently going to English school to better her second language and has another job at a farm restaurant.


Meet Miss Nicole! Miss Nicole is originally from NY but moved to Indianapolis from Paris in January 2019. She worked teaching kids, all ages, English while abroad. She also worked teaching elementary school children about the ecosystem at Sandy Hook beach in NJ. She is a big animal lover and in her free time she loves teaching and doing yoga and being outside!!

Carolyn S

Meet Miss Carolyn S! Miss Carolyn is from Michigan and brings her love of the outdoors into the classroom. She has previously taught creative writing, worked as an assistant at a Montessori preschool, and lived in both the Czech Republic and Indonesia where she taught English as a foreign language. Miss Carolyn has also worked as an assistant to production designers in both Los Angeles and Austin. She loves sculpture, dance, and exploring Indy with her daughter.

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