Amy Klebanow Marks BSN,RN
Amy is the founder of Enriching Kidz, which she started in 1993. She started her career as an RN working in cardiac care. The best part of her job was teaching patients and families the skills needed to live a healthier lifestyle in her role as a Cardiac Rehab nurse. While a nurse, she started teaching CPR and First Aid classes to area nursing students, factory workers, dental offices, and more which led to her love of teaching.
The class Better Baby Sitters was born when a co-worker asked her to create a babysitting class for her Girl Scout troop. She did so with the help of others, and the scouts loved the class! Amy was excited to be able to incorporate her CPR and First Aid knowlege in the class along with her knowledge of childhood growth and development, empowerment and marketing skills. Amy took this class to other area schools and scout troops and then started creating other classes such as Kidz Home Alone, Empowering Girls with Confidence, a Manners class, a class teaching problem-solving and decision-making, and so many others. She has added other classes to her offerings, such as Pottery Wheel 101, Stitch and Sew Kidz, Discovery Pride Kidz, Discovery Pride Parents, and Stress-Less Kidz.
In 2016, Amy wanted to help kids learn these skills from all over the country, so she started offering some of her classes online using Zoom. She LOVES creating and teaching classes that teaches kids lifeskills that will last a lifetime!
She is married to her very supportive husband Robert, and the mom to three wonderful sons, Alex, daughter- in-law Lindsay, Jack and Eli.
Amy's interests include traveling, the arts, hiking, reading, and hanging out with friends and family.
Amy Pritts has a BS in Education and English from the State University of New York, a Master's Degree in Education from Walden University, Minnesota, with a Thesis in Reading, and an EdD Teacher Doctorate in Vocabulary Development with a K-12 Gifted Endorsement from the University of Cincinnati.
She has taught all grade levels in seven states for 45 years and enjoys sharing knowledge with students. She loves learning!
Amy also enjoys all needlecrafts as well as volunteering at a local museum and sharing the history of her community.
She is married with two children, four grandchildren, and one dog.
Teaches: Better Baby Sitters, Kidz Home Alone, and Stitch and Sew Kidz classes
As a pottery wheel teacher and maker of all things clay, Darcie Davis likes to say she's enjoyed having dirty hands for years! Her favorite students are elementary school-aged kiddos who happily show their amazement at the process of making their own bowls! Plates! Cups! Spaceships! Sea monsters! To infinity and beyond!
Teaches: Pottery Wheel 101 classes
Jenna Lewis is an Instructor with Enriching Kidz in the Central Ohio area. She has enjoyed teaching the Kidz Home Alone and the Better Baby Sitters courses since 2018. Jenna received a BA from The Ohio State University and an MPA from Franklin University. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, she was a babysitter for many families in the area over a 15-year span and uses her personal experience to teach her students.
Jenna is married and recently bought a house in the city and spends most of her free time on home projects with her husband and snuggling with her cat, Neptune. But she also loves daily walks with her mom, endlessly browsing Columbus bookstores, and going out on the town with her friends.
Teaches: Better Baby Sitters, and Kidz Home Alone classes
Kathy Manzer has taught for over 20 years. She went to Mt. Vernon of the Nazarene University to receive her BA in Education and received her Master's Degree in EducationMiami University as a graduate assistant to receive an MA.
It is a privilege to teach children new concepts and skills. She enjoys teaching, painting, reading, and being with her grandchildren. She has lived in several states, such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Indiana, which has been a blessing to teach in a variety of communities and schools.
Teaches: Better Baby Sitters, and Kidz Home Alone classes
Laura Whitfield has been working for Enriching Kidz for nine years. She began as a teacher and then became the Administrative Assistant.
And she says, "Like you, I am a parent. I believe that these experiences help me understand the needs of both sides of Enriching Kidz, the parent–student side and the teacher–operations side."
She and her husband retired to Lake Norman, NC, in 2015. With Amy’s trust, a computer, and a telephone, she can continue to do what she loves – work for Enriching Kidz!
Lynelle Czarnecki has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for 30 years. She received her Bachelor's in Recreational Studies with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation from Ohio University. Lynelle has been practicing Recreational Therapy for 30 years, with the majority of her career in the fields of adult and adolescent psychiatry. She has worked at The Drake Center, Deaconess Hospital, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and the Lindner Center of Hope. In the past, she did contract work for Cincinnati Children's Hospital in the department of adolescent psychiatry. Lynelle also has experience teaching Spinning and TRX fitness classes. She and her husband have three adult children between the two of them. Lynelle enjoys exercising, walking/playing with her three dogs, riding her bike, spending time in Chicago, and growing orchids.
Teaches: Stress-Less Kidz, Kidz Home Alone and Better Baby Sitters Classes
My name is Meghan Dye. I'm from Cincinnati but have lived all over the United States. I went to school to learn American Sign Language interpreting. I am a substitute teacher for elementary-aged children through the Forest Hills School District. I love teaching and making arts and crafts in my free time. I have four wonderful children and two fur babies.
Teaches: Kidz Home Alone and Better Baby Sitters Classes
Naomi Davidson received her education at Cleveland State University, granting her a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Anthropology with a minor in Religion. She has worked in the Mason City School District since 2017 and Enriching Kidz since 2018. Since 2020 Naomi has also been working with Arc of Ohio as a home healthcare aid.
Her hobbies and interests include traveling, being a foodie, crafting including crochet, pottery painting, painting, and jewelry making.
Teaches: Kidz Home Alone and Better Baby Sitters classes
Niki Nestor McNeely is a retired 4-H Educator, having worked for The Ohio State University for 35 years in a variety of county, district, and state 4-H youth development positions. She has an undergrad degree from Rutgers University in Home Ec, a Master's Degree from the University of Kentucky in Human Development and Family Relations and earned her Doctorate from Ohio State University in Human Community Resource Development.
She learned to sew in 4-H at age 12 and has been quilting for 20 years. Niki loves to teach young people! Her teaching interests include a plethora of topics, from rockets to crafts to games to camp counseling skills. In addition to quilting, Niki enjoys Greek dancing, oldies, country music, and OSU football games. She draws a great deal of joy from spending time with her two grandsons, Cameron and Cooper.
Teaches: Stitch and Sew Kidz classes and fills in for Better Baby Sitters and Creative Kidz Crafts
Hi, my name is Sarah Tuckers, or "Miss T," I teach the Better Baby Sitters, Kidz Home Alone & Artistic Expressions 4 Creative Kidz programs! I am currently studying psychology, art therapy, and studio arts at Miami University in Oxford. More of my interests in school are early education and development, mental health advocacy, and artistic approaches in social-emotional learning. A few of my hobbies include reading, painting, and spending time with family and friends.
Teaches: Better Baby Sitters, Kidz Home Alone, and Artistic Expressions 4 Creative Kidz classes
Wesley Strobel is a college graduate of Otterbein University with degrees in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, English Creative Writing, English Literary Studies, and Religion, along with minors in Race and Ethnic Studies and Leadership Studies.
While at university, he devoted much of his time to caring for his community in youth mentorship at middle schools, fostering a caring environment for LGBTQ+ students as a member and executive board member of the campus LGBTQ+ organization. Wesley has been working with Enriching Kidz for the past six years, creating content, teaching classes, and engaging with students. Wesley Strobel focuses his energy on helping your tween(s) and family discover, question, and be proud of their most authentic selves.
In his personal time, Wesley cuddles with his two adorable cats, reads poetry & fiction, and spends much of his time writing.
Teaches: Discovery Pride Kidz, and Discovery Pride Parents classes
Uma Raghavendranis a master seamstress. She owns a custom design and tailoring business in Mason, Ohio. She was the head of costumes for two local theater groups in Mason. She was also a former sewing instructor for Joann Fabrics and Crafts. She also worked as a pattern maker in the Fashion Industry in California.
Her hobbies include hiking, cooking with her kids, Embroidery, Gardening, and Reading
Teaches: Stitch and Sew Kidz classes