Kent and ALISON PFEISTER, OWNERs
Kent Pfeister has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in outdoor education from the University of Akron. He recently retired from full-time teaching, having spent 36 years as a health and physical-education teacher. He coached college football at The University of Akron, and he also coached high-school football, baseball, basketball and track. With six daughters, it is no wonder that Kent also coached girls’ softball, soccer, golf and basketball. Alison Pfeister has a bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in guidance/education from Columbia University. She began her teaching career at a private school in New York City. She then moved on and attended law school at The University of Akron. When their youngest daughter, Alexandra, was born, they were confronted with the challenge of finding full-time child care. She found that the local child-care centers did not meet their standards for quality so they decided to open a child-care center that would provide exactly what they wanted for their youngest daughter and future grand-children.
Melanie Leone, Director
Melanie has been with TLC since June 2013 and has a bachelor’s degree in early-childhood education from Ohio Northern University and a master's degree in school administration and leadership from University of North Carolina Charlotte. Before joining TLC Academy, she worked as a public-school teacher in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina. She has spent 10 years teaching kindergarten, first and fourth graders and has found her love for early childhood at TLC. Melanie lives in Hudson and is married with three children who also attend TLC Academy.
Rosanne Sharkey, Office Manager
Rosanne has been with TLC over 10 years and prior to moving to the office she was the lead Preschool teacher with TLC. Rosanne has an extensive background in office management, spanning more than 20 years. She and her husband live in Hudson and have one daughter who is currently studying to be a nurse.
Teacher advisory council
Our Teacher Advisory Council is a group of veteran teachers in the center who work alongside the Director to develop ways in which we can improve and expand our understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach. The group of teachers rotates each year to bring fresh ideas and perspectives to challenge us to grow as a staff and serve the children and families that attend TLC.
Parent Advisory Council
Our Parent Advisory Council is a group of volunteers who meet frequently to share ideas for improvement, organize family events for the center to enjoy, and supports the teachers throughout the year.