MEET OUR TEACHERS

Lesley Bickmore
Center Stage Fine Arts Preschool Director/Teacher

Welcome to Center Stage Fine Arts Preschool! I am so excited to start my third year as the preschool director and am looking forward to a great year of preparing my students, your children, for success in preschool and kindergarten!

 

My name is Lesley Bickmore and  I’ve lived in Warrensburg for three years. I’ve had the wonderful privilege of teaching for 15 years in Arizona and Utah. I have a Masters degree in Education and I’ve had lots of experience with the arts.

I play the piano, sing, dance, and pursued a minor in visual art when I received my undergraduate degree. I’m looking forward to incorporating the arts into your child’s learning day. Studies show that children who participate in the arts improve in their social-emotional development, fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, creativity, and language.

Thank you so much for trusting me with your child and giving me an opportunity to provide this valuable service for you and your family. I know how important this decision is and I am privileged you have chosen our program.

 

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 us at 660.747.6133 or send us an email at info@centerstagepreschool.com.

Sincerely,

Lesley Bickmore

Valerie Ruggle
Center Stage Fine Arts Preschool Assistant Teacher

My name is Valerie Ruggle and I am the preschool assistant teacher for the M/W/F students! Preschool comes with so many exciting new discoveries and experiences and I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience it all alongside each of them on their own journeys!

 

I am originally from Manhattan, KS where I have spent my entire life leading up to college. I am a current student at UCM where I am studying Child and Family Development and of course, minoring in Dance! I have been dancing since preschool in just about every genre from ballet to aerial silks and acrobatics. I began teaching dance and tumbling at 16 years old and have absolutely fallen in love with teaching. I currently teach creative movement, kindergarten through first grade ballet, as well as a leaps and turns class in the evenings. 

 

I have always had a passion for dance and working with children so being able to combine the two through CSA Fine Arts Preschool is an incredible opportunity. I am so excited to now share my passion for dance and teaching with our preschoolers while encouraging them to foster their own passions as well. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to care for and support your child in their new and exciting preschool learning experience!

 

Every child learns and responds to their environment differently. With that said, I will strive to develop a meaningful relationship with each child and encourage and assist them in a manner that is right for each one of them. I am so excited to discover and grow with your preschooler and help make the journey of learning fun!

Sincerely,

Valerie Ruggle

Katy Griffiths
Center Stage Fine Arts Preschool Assistant Teacher

My name is Katy Griffiths and I am the Tuesday/Thursday Preschool 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 four 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.

Sincerely,

Katy Griffiths

Center Stage Fine Arts Preschool

349 Southeast State Highway DD

Warrensburg, MO 64093

660.747.6133

info@centerstagepreschool.com

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