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Nancy McLaughlin
Center Stage Fine Arts Preschool Director/ M/W/F Lead Teacher

Welcome to Center Stage Fine Arts Preschool!  My name is Nancy McLaughlin and I am so excited to be returning to Center Stage as the teacher for the Monday/Wednesday/Friday preschool class this year. I am looking forward to a year full of fun, creative play and learning experiences with your child. 

After retiring from my career teaching elementary and special education in the Warrensburg School District in 2014 I taught preschool at Center Stage for four years. When my first grandchild was born I decided to stay home and spoil her for a while, but found I really miss being at Center Stage and in a classroom full of preschoolers! Their energy and enthusiasm for discovering the world around them makes everyday a fun and exciting adventure. I can’t wait to dig out the finger paints and building blocks again! I can’t help but smile just thinking about singing silly songs and finger plays, story time and “Duck, Duck, Goose”. 

I believe that young children learn best when they are actively engaged in developmentally appropriate and fun activities. Preschool children have a short attention span so asking them to sit still for any length of time is not very practical. They need to move and interact with one another. They need to play and explore. They need to experience success often enough to be willing to risk making mistakes. Above all, they need to feel valued and loved. My goal is to structure my classroom so that my students experience these things.

On this website you will find some general information about our programs and the forms necessary for enrollment. If you have any questions or concerns, please call or text us at 660.747.6133 or send us an email at


Nancy McLaughlin

Katy Griffiths
Center Stage Fine Arts Preschool T/TH Lead Teacher

My name is Katy Griffiths and I am the Tuesday/Thursday Preschool lead teacher and Monday/Wednesday/Friday assistant teacher at Center Stage Academy.


Preschool can be a fun and exciting time and I’m looking forward to being with your child to explore and learn together!


I grew up in Idaho where I met my husband and we have been able to live around the country as we’ve followed his career. We’ve been in Warrensburg for five years and I've been an assistant preschool teacher at Center Stage for 2 years. In my spare time I love being with my family and supporting our four daughters in their various interests. I also enjoy reading, being outdoors and baking. 


I look forward to getting to know you and your child and being able to experience new things with them! I think one of the greatest rewards is when you get to help a child learn something new and see the smile and confidence that comes from what they have learned.


Katy Griffiths

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Hannah Stapley
Center Stage Fine Arts Preschool T/TH Assistant Teacher


My Name is Hannah Stapley and I am the assistant preschool teacher for Tuesday/Thursday. It will be my first year as the assistant preschool teacher and I look forward to meeting all the children. 

I grew up in Cabool, MO and have been teaching fine arts for the last 10+ years. I went to school in Los Angeles, CA where I studied all styles of dance. I met my husband, who is an officer in the USAF, and we were assigned to Whiteman. We love it here and I am so grateful to have been able to continue my career of teaching, especially here at Center Stage Academy.

Along with being an assistant preschool teacher, I have also been teaching music and dance at Center Stage for the last year now and have loved every second. I’m excited to be joining this amazing family! I can’t help but smile while watching the students grow and flourish in their talents.

I look forward to seeing these bright children shine in their classes and how much they will learn. I feel there is truly no greater joy in the world than seeing a child succeed in their goals and dreams. I hope to inspire the children so that they may aspire to go to immeasurable heights.

Hannah Stapley

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