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Nest Rebrand Timeline

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.

Done

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. 

Done

Paint

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

Done

Flooring

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

Winter 2022/2023

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.

Spring 2023

Interior Signage/Artwork

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

Done

Exterior Signage

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

Winter 2022/2023

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!

Fall 2022

Security

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.

Done

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.

Done

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!

Winter 2022/2023

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

Meet Our Team

Michelle Taylor

Michelle has worked in early childhood education for over twenty years. She has experience with every age level but most of her years in the classroom were spent with PreK and school age children. She has worked in administration for over 18 years. She has a BA in Elementary Education and loves working in the childcare setting because of the bond that is formed with both children and families. She enjoys having the ability to watch children grow up and is super excited to be joining the administrative team as a co-Director with The Nest Schools!

She has been married for 3 years and has three beautiful daughters: Lynn, 24, Caitlin, 22, and Rylee, 17. In her spare time she loves to cook, hike and garden. We are so grateful for Michelle joining our team!

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Betsy Bernett

Besty Bernett has been in early childhood care for five years! She has a Bachelors in German & Foreign Language Education from The University of Dayton and has taught middle and high school German/English for seven years before joining the early childhood field.

Betsy left the public schools when the focus went towards testing! Funding was also scarce for foreign language programs; German was cut from several of the school districts that she had worked in. Besty ventured out into corporate America for two and a half years where she did virtual teaching for a software company. She always felt that something was missing from her career path after leaving the traditional education field. Once she had her daughter and was touring facilities for her to attend, she realized that teaching children was her passion and got back into the field. She started out teaching the kindergarteners before transitioning to administration.

Betsy has been married for eight years. Betsy and her husband, Greg have two daughters. Elise is five and Roslyn is 18 months. Her favorite childhood book is “Do Unto Otters”. She enjoyed reading this with her students every year as they talked about treating others with respect and the “golden rule”. We are so lucky to have Betsy on our team!

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Keitha Dodger

Keitha Dodger has been working in the Early Childhood Education field since December 2006. She holds her Associates of Applied Science (Early Childhood Education) and Bachelors in Early Childhood Education K-5.

She loves this field because she is able to help the younger generations form their identity and who they will become when they grow up. She believes that early education can open up their minds to many different experiences and opportunities that they will have in life. Keitha finds it greatly rewarding to see the moment when a student understands what they are learning (that ah-ha moment) and recognizes that it is important to take this time to help form the whole child (social, emotional, physical health, creativity, and so much more).

Keitha is married and has two children, a daughter, and a son. Her daughter is a Vet Tech at an animal clinic in Troy, OH, and her son is a Chef and Kitchen Manager at a restaurant in Rockford, MI. Together, they have lived in Michigan (Cedar Springs), Virginia (Chesapeake), Florida (Key West) and Ohio (Clayton). They also have one dog (Dachshund and Chihuahua mix) named Willow. She grew up on a horse farm in Michigan, which her family still owns, and she still visits at least 1-2 times a month on the weekends.

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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!