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.

Stacy Troutner

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.

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Rachel Chandler

Ms. Rachel comes to Libby Lane Preschool and Montessori as a graduate of Lee's Summit Academy (our K-12 school).  Rachel has a passion for early learning, especially enriching young minds through play and mindful experiences. She loves teaching because she can impact children’s lives and watch them grow and learn.  When she is not at Libby, she enjoys horseback riding, drawing and painting.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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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Grace Kahn

Ms. Grace Kahn is a senior at Lee’s Summit Academy and helps with our afternoon activities. Ms. Grace brings spunk and an energy to our team. She plays club volleyball for Wild Things and is a member of The Honor Society. When she is not working, she enjoys reading and swimming. 

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Gracie Withrow

Gracie has worked at Libby Lane for a year and is part of our afternoon team. She has a large heart for children she enjoys watching them learn and grow. You can usually find someone sitting on her lap. When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her family and friends.

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Lisa Chandler

Ms. Lisa has a passion for working with our youngest learners!!  Helping each child progress in all areas of their development (academic, social, language, and motor) is a challenge that she accepts!  Ms. Lisa strives to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment.  When she is not teaching, she is a wife of 21 years and a mother to 4 children: 20, 18, 16 & 4.  She enjoys spending quality time with her family, long talks, playing games and yard work.  Her favorite place is Colorado in the mountains with no cell service!

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