Meet our Family!
We surround our children with happy, loving staff members that make a higher level of learning a natural part of each day!
Our teachers take pride in establishing long-lasting and caring relationships with each child and family while applying their degrees and experience in early childhood education. Our enthusiastic administrators are always there to support the EC's mission of providing the best quality education in an environment of love and learning.
"What makes The Elegant Child unique is the warmth you feel when you walk in the door. Families feel like they are leaving their child with family, but know our NAEYC and Missouri accreditation means they will receive the highest level of education available. All my children have attended our school and now my grandchildren are here... it has to be the best!"
- Debbie Rowland, Owner
"As the director, I feel very privileged and honored to be a part of an educational facility where the philosophy encompasses a home away from home feeling for the children. Debbie and I are on-site every day and our door is always open to parents and staff."
- Kathy Wolfe, Director
MO Accreditation Coordinator and Lead Teacher Mentor- "I have been with the EC since 1994. From the moment you walk in the doors, you feel a sense of community and love. The parents, teachers, and administrators, work together to create a magical environment for the children. I truly believe in everything The Elegant Child represents and feel fortunate to be a part of an amazing team!"
Enrollment Coordinator- "I have been with the EC since 1998. I enjoy working at the Elegant Child because I love helping children and their families. It's a very rewarding job and I love that no single day at work is the same."
Tuition Coordinator- "I have been with the EC since 1992 and have enjoyed both teaching and working here. I have not only enjoyed teaching the children, but I have also watched many of our past students became successful, productive adults in our community!"
Compliance Coordinator- "I have been at the EC since 2000, first in the classroom and now as an administrator. When I'm sitting at my desk and hear the children singing their favorite songs, it puts a smile on my face. I love hearing them say "Hola, Ms. Cindy" as they leave Spanish class! The Elegant Child is a wonderful, fun, and loving environment for any child."
Controller- "I have been with the EC since 2004. I love working here because it is such a friendly happy place! Where else can an accountant face paint and hop around as the Easter Bunny?"
Summer Camp Coordinator- "I have been with the EC since 1994. The Elegant Child keeps moving forward opening new doors to learning and new things. It is amazing watching the EC children grow in the knowledge and their own self being. As a P.E. teacher here at the EC, I've always said, in order to have a healthy mind, you have to have a healthy body!"
Director of Kids' Cafe & Off-Site Aftercares- "I have been with the EC since 2005. The Elegant Child is like a home away from home. The warmth and happiness extends from the teachers to children and their families."
Enrollment Coordinator- "I have been with the EC since 1998 and it has been a blessing! I love the family atmosphere where the parents know when they leave their children in our care, they will be loved, nurtured, and get a well-rounded curriculum. I love the relationships I have formed with the parents."
Communications Coordinator - I have been at the Elegant Child since 2013. I was actually on a tour here for my own baby when I decided I had to be a part of this team! Elegant Child is such a gem and I am so proud to send my children here.
Recruitment Coordinator - I have been with the Elegant Child since 2009. I was a toddler teacher for many years before coming into administration. I now am a mom and bring my own toddler here! It is so rewarding to see him enjoying the loving, nurturing, and fun environment the Elegant Child has to offer! It truly is a unique school and I am so thankful to be apart of it!
Nurse- "I have been with the EC since 2001 and I love working here. I think we provide such a loving environment here for the children! My grandchildren attended here and I would have wanted them to be no where else!"
Nurse- "I have been with the EC since 2014. One of the many joys of working at The Elegant Child is the team spirit shown by the staff members who do their best to provide a loving and safe environment for the children and peace of mind for their parents. It is a pleasure to come to work and be a a part of one big Elegant Child family!"
Nurse- "I have been with the EC since 2006. Anything I can do to help our parents here at The Elegant Child with the challenges of parenthood is what it's all about. Our children are our future, and getting an opportunity to keep them safe and healthy, show them love, and give them a few smiles along the way is the biggest reward of all!"
Nurse- "I have been with the EC since 2010. The best part of my job is the children- their laughter, playfulness, innocence, and honesty. They are relying on me to help them get well and feel better and it comforts me to know I can do that! I take pride in "fixing what hurts" and bringing their laughter and playfulness back!"
Our Special Class Teachers
Physical Education- "I have been with the EC since 2001 and have loved every second of it. My name is Julie, but all the children call me Juju! The greatest joy I get is seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of the children."
Cooking and Spanish- "I have worked for the EC since 2001 and have loved going to work every morning to teach Spanish and cooking class. It's wonderful to see how my 2-year-old students understand Spanish when I teach cooking. I love how clearly they count their numbers, colors, parts of the body, and much more! My heart is at The Elegant Child because it's my home away from home."
Exploration Station- "I have been at The Elegant Child since 2015. I enjoy getting to know all the children through my class! Exploration Station is a class based on on Science, Art, Outdoors and Exploring. We learn about things from space to planting plants in the garden. Also exploring different science projects in the classroom as well as the outdoors. I also work in Kids' Cafe in the afternoon where I help with homework and art projects.
Music & Character Kids - I have been with The Elegant Child since 2008 and I love making the kids laugh, smile, and be excited about music! We follow the themes of the week alongside the teachers, which keeps the children so engaged! Character Kids - Once a week we teach this class to encourage kids to be a friend, son or daughter, and good citizen. We also address social skills and positive character traits.