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Classroom Furniture & Materials

Every classroom will be transformed with top of the line, solid maple craftsmanship pieces including tables, chairs, shelves, toys, and every day classroom supplies.


Big Brave Blocks

Our jumbo blocks will ignite children’s imaginations encouraging learning, social development, movement, and of course fun! Click here to learn more about children’s development through big block fun. 



All walls within the school will receive a fresh new coat of paint!



Easy to clean vinyl-plank flooring will be installed throughout the school.


Outdoor Play Spaces

Our outdoor play spaces will be rich with plants and natural elements, exciting play themes, and physical challenges. Children can learn to assess risks and test their boundaries within an environment created with their safety, health, and skill-building in mind.


Interior Signage/Artwork

Beautiful artwork, classroom signs, and signs emphasizing our core values will adorn the interior of our school.


Exterior Signage

New exterior signage will ensure we can’t be missed!


Digital Signage

Never miss a beat! Our digital displays outside classrooms and in our lobby will keep you up-to-date on weekly curriculum activities, school announcements, events, menus and more!

Spring 2022


We will be installing state-of-the-art security systems at the entrance and throughout our school to keep our children safe and provide parents peace of mind that their children are safe in our care.


Air Purifiers

Air purifiers using ActivePure Technology® will continuously clean and protect air and surfaces 24 hours a day, reducing 99.96% of airborne SARS-COV-2 viral partials as well as other viral contaminants.

Click here to watch a short video with more information on how this technology protects your child while in our care.


Interior Renovations

Natural elements true to our brand will be carried throughout the design of our school. Our welcome area will become a warm and inviting space, and even our hallway spaces will receive fun Nest elements!


The Nest Difference

We are proud to offer the highest quality early education program for families in the communities we serve. As you compare other daycare and childcare facilities, we invite you to come experience The Nest difference!

Meet Our Team

Kierra Smith

Kierra started her career in early childhood education when she was in high school, working with school age children and continued working as a teacher and camp counselor through college. After finishing her undergrad in sociology and gender studies, she left the field for a few years to attend law school and practice law. After her first daughter was born, Kierra recognized she was in the wrong field and returned to teaching. In her second take, she taught almost every age group before moving into administration. Kierra loves being in childcare because it allows her to spend her days with children and other adults that have chosen to focus their careers on children. She also likes that there are so many opportunities for joy and growth each day.

Kierra lives in the Columbus area with her husband, two daughters, and two corgis. Kierra’s favorite childhood book is anything written by Mo Willems because she enjoys reading them with her children, who are also huge fans of the author. We love having Kierra on our team!

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Katie Bixler

Katie Bixler has been in the early childcare field for roughly 11 years, having earned her Masters in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Special education and literacy!

To Katie, children are our future and she wants to help them become the “best young adults they can be”. She entered the early childhood education field before she had children of her own, and stayed because it gave her a sense of belonging. She strives to treat all children like they are her own and looks forward to making connections with their families. The children who need a little extra help and attention are the ones who usually stand out to Katie and she loves to help them grow through encouragement. She enjoys nurturing, teaching, and growing children to reach their highest potential in life.

Katie has been with her fiancé for 8 years with which she has three children: Madison (5), Madden (3), and Mason (1). They also have 2 dogs; a boxer named lucky, and a Husky Mix named Stitch; a cat; 2 hamsters, and 3 hermit crabs.

A fun fact about Katie is that she thrives on keeping her children busy while learning both at home and while traveling. They have traveled to 8 states since her first child was born and plan to travel more in the coming years!

Katie’s favorite childhood book is Love you Forever by Robert Munsch! We love having Katie on our team!

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

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Andrea Williams

Andrea has been in early childhood education since 2006 and has a master’s degree in Elementary Education. Andrea started her career in Chicago, working with children from preschool to middle school. She moved to Columbus in 2019 and has been with The Nest ever since, first as a director and now as regional director. Andrea has a strong passion for child development and truly believes that the foundation set during the early childhood years for children plays an immense role in their lifelong success as learners.

Andrea still lives in the Columbus area with her husband, and their three highly active boys. Andrea loves being outside, reading, and going on adventures with her boys during her spare time. Her favorite childhood book is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie because she enjoys watching how children grasp the pattern of the book and what predictions they come up with for what the mouse will want next! We are so lucky to have Andrea on our team!