ABOUT

Libby Lane Early Childhood Center is a quality provider of progressive early learning and childcare services for families in the Lee's Summit and Kansas City area.

The program is located in a dedicated facility near Chipman Road and Hwy 50, in Lee’s Summit. Libby Lane provides early learning opportunities for children 18 months to 5 years old. The teaching team is devoted to supporting children’s learning so they can achieve their God-given potential through developmentally appropriate activities that will prepare them for elementary school.

Libby Lane Early Childhood Center is co-located with Lee's Summit Academy to provide a seamless continuum of learning for children and youth. Libby Lane is a learning community where young children are introduced to and experience the love of learning to allow for growth physically, intellectually, and socially.

Mission

To serve the children and families of Lee’s Summit and the greater Kansas City area.

To nurture the development of the whole child: physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.

Philosophy

We value children and place great priority on the provision of a safe, nurturing, and carefully prepared environment that develops the whole child and instills in them a love for learning.

Our Staff

The teaching staff at Libby Lane Early Childhood Center is specifically chosen because of their qualifications and dedication for meeting the developmental and learning needs of children. All staff are required to maintain current certification in Infant/Child CPR and First Aid.

Torrie Weedman

Director

Torrie brings a wealth of training and experience to the leadership of Libby Lane Preschool & Montessori. She studied English Education at Illinois State University with a minor in Psychology and has worked with children for over seventeen years. She spent ten of those years as an education professional in the Missouri and Illinois public schools systems. Torrie has an extensive volunteer history in children’s ministry and continues to volunteer on a weekly basis. In points of personal interest, she once served as the Assistant Director of a feature film starring A-list actors, is multi-lingual, and infuses her workplace with a lively sense of humor. When Torrie is not wearing one of many hats at work, she spends time with her husband and their beautiful daughter, Brynley, and serves at her local church.

Stacy Troutner

Assistant Director

Stacy functions as the Finance Administrator of Libby Lane Early Childhood Center. She brings a wealth of childcare experience to our school with her previous employment as a Lead Preschool teacher at La Petite Academy and operating her own daycare for 10 years. She is a great communicator and the kids really enjoy being with her. She assists with the arrival and dismissal of our students. She also conducts tours with new families to help them learn about our school. She has her Bachelors in Social Psychology from Park University. Stacy enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Leah Sterret-Lemley

Leah brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Montessori Program with over 20 years in the field of education, 12 of which she has taught as a certified Montessori Directress, credentialed through Montessori Programs International (MEPI). Leah has also served as an Assistant Director at a school, and worked as a dance instructor at a local studio. She completed three years of Early Childhood Education and Social Work at Missouri Western State University and Longview College. Leah is passionate about Montessori Education and loves guiding children toward the mastery of new skills. When she’s not teaching, she is busy with church, family, PTA, and other volunteer endeavors.

Nancy Pearson

Ms. Nancy loves working with children and guiding them towards success through Montessori Education. Ms. Nancy has been teaching for 16 years, she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Baker University. Ms. Nancy's Montessori certificate is from the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the National Center for Montessori Education (NCME). Ms. Nancy's passion is for her students to learn to reach their highest potential as they begin their journey in academics. When Ms. Nancy is not teaching she loves spending her free time with loved ones, she has a grandson, Wyatt, who has filled her heart. Ms. Nancy is a huge Royals fan and tries to attend games as often as possible, if not, it is rare that she misses a game on television. Ms. Nancy also has a dapple dachshund named Janet, that she rescued and adopted.

Angelina Smallwood

Angelina brings over a decade of experience of working with children in daycare and ministry settings to Libby Lane, and is also a mother to three children of her own. She enjoys the open honesty of small children and treasures being a part of their early discoveries, growth, and accomplishments. When Angelina is not working at the preschool, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Natalie Nelson

Natalie Nelson has an extensive volunteer history in children’s ministry and has also worked as a volunteer assistant music instructor at Lee's Summit Academy. Her strong desire to impact children’s lives led her to join the team at LLECC, while she simultaneously pursues a Bachelor’s in Ministerial Studies at World Revival School of Ministries. Natalie is also a gifted vocalist, with a love for drama and art.

Teri Clark

Teri has been apart of the Libby Lane team for two years and brings a heart to keep all of our students bellies happy and full. As a Mother of five she knows the importance of a good meal and snacks that will help keep our students going throughout the day. When she is not working she enjoys baking, reading, playing the guitar and singing. 

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Joy Jonas

Ms. Joy joins the Libby Lane teaching team with over a decade of experience working with children.   She brings creativity and love into her classroom. Ms. Joys enjoys watching children master new concepts and reach milestones and the confidence the students exude.  With four children of her own, she understands the importance of early education. When not teaching, Ms. Joy loves spending time with her husband and family.

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Jessica Eetheart

Jessica has been working at Libby Lane Preschool and Montessori for two years and brings her big heart for loving children. She enjoys watching them grow and achieving milestones. When Jessica is not teaching she is spending time with her husband, Robbie and their black lab Zelda. Some of her hobbies include; drawing, photography and play games. 

Suzanne Dolence

Suzanne brings numerous years of early childhood and ministry experience to our team. She is passionate about teaching and guiding children towards success in life. She studied Education at CMU and holds a youth ministry degree from Rhema Bible Training Center. She most enjoys the honest innocence that children possess and sets a high personal priority on being a mentor who helps children to reach their very best. When Suzanne is not busy working, she enjoys baking, movies, and working in the yard.

Cierra Marcum

Cierra comes to us with an extensive volunteer history and several years of professional experience in the field of education.  Cierra’s favorite element of the classroom experience is building student relationships through spontaneous play. She is always astonished at young children’s capacity and speed of learning and loves contributing to the process. When Cierra is not busy teaching, she enjoys singing, hiking, swimming, reading and baking.

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Amanda Huffaker

Amanda brings several years in early childhood to our team at Libby Lane Preschool. She has always enjoyed working with children and finds deep satisfaction in helping them to grow in their understanding of the world around them. Her favorite part of her job is witnessing students’ “light bulb” moments as they make learning connections. When she is not teaching she enjoys her dog, Janet spending time with friends and family and being at the 'K'.

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Kim Bickham

Kim brings twenty years of professional  experience in early childhood to our team at LLECC, so it naturally follows that her favorite aspect of working with young children is helping them to learn and acquire new skills.  She most enjoys sparking children’s creativity and watching her students’ personalities emerge as they grow and develop in their confidence.  When she is not busy teaching, she loves to spend time with her family and her beautiful granddaughter.

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Stacie Henderson

Stacie divides her time between her studies and teaching duties at LLECC. In high school, Stacie was honored with several awards for both academics and her participation in extra curricular activities. She brings this same excellence to her work with at the preschool. 

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Natali Vierra 

Natalie joins the Libby team with many years of volunteer experience working with young children. She divides her time between Libby and her college courses. She enjoys being creative and helping students to explore the world around them  through play.  When she is not teaching, she enjoys exploring new places such as parks, bakeries, and coffee shops. You can find her spending time with her friends and family.

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