At Top Flight, our teachers all possess the love of teaching and working with young children. Our Infant and Toddler teachers are primary caregivers and follow their care group as they grow older. The previously named “Pre School” and “Pre K” classrooms have become multi-age classrooms. Each of these classrooms have a combination of children that are 3-5 years old. Each team of teachers brings a combination of youth and experience as co-lead teachers.
John Ricklefs: The B.E.S.T. Choice, Inc. Business Manager
John has been the owner and business manager for Top Flight Kids for over 25 years. He wears many hats and wears them well. He is the epitome of “lead by example,” a great role model for staff and children.
Nicki Englund: Director
Nicki cannot imagine not working with children. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas and has worked in childcare for more than 20 years. Her two children grew up way too fast and they are both attending college. When she is not working she likes to be active and outside, visiting her children or exploring Kansas City’s entertainment options.
Current staff assignments include:
Assistant Director: Holly Kardell
Infant/Toddler Unit Coordinator: Janell Young
Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten Unit Coordinator: Devin Daniel
Infant Teacher: Janell Young
Toddler 1 Teachers: Paige Dvorak & Paige Grooms
Toddler 2 Teachers: Courtney Burgess & Amber Chaffin
Puddle Jumpers: Megan Armour & Madison Delamore
Shooting Stars: Devin Chavez & Tiara Clawson
Float Teachers: Shirley Alcorn, Michelle Bennett, Cari Carson, Allison Patton & Morgan Smith
Chef: John Woods
Don’t Just Take Our Word For It
When your three year old begs to go to preschool you know it's a great place. The teachers are all amazing. My one year old also goes. The amount of information both kids have learned in just six months is crazy. You get what you pay for. I love getting an email each day telling me what my kiddos are learning. It's a stress reliever knowing my kids are safe and the staff and teachers care about them as much as I do. The teachers take the time to know each child and work with them in ways they understand. I love this place.
Our boys have been at Top Flight for a little less than one year. They absolutely love it and we are so glad we switched from our former day care. The amount of learning and developing we've seen in both of them since starting is incredible. We really appreciate Top Flight's amazing staff and love that being there feels like family!
My son begs to go to school everyday. He talks non stop about his teachers and the directors. The best part for parents is the communication. Each day I receive an email with daily info and high resolution pictures of the class during their activities. Every teacher is happy to be there and makes my family feel welcome.
After looking at tons of day cares for our girls, it was a blessing to find Top Flight. Immediately I saw the difference when we went to visit. The staff was kind and thoughtful with the kids. They treated them like people and it was apparent they cared deeply for the kids. Not only do they have the best staff, they even have an indoor playground in the basement for days where the kids couldn't go outside and a chef! We moved to Top Flight a couple months ago and couldn't be happier! I always know our girls are having fun, learning and getting all the love they deserve. We are so thankful to be at Top Flight!
We moved to Olathe this past year and needed to find a preschool for my then four year old son. I've taught preschool myself for over fifteen years and currently work in the public school system. I am very particular when it comes to choosing a school for him. We toured Top Flight and many other schools over the course of a week and easily decided Top Flight was the best. The office staff and teachers are incredible. We have always felt so safe leaving him there and he begs to go when it's not a school day. They are very kind with the children and offer a great curriculum and structure. We wouldn't send him anywhere else and love it here.
Check Us Out in Action!
Child care offered for children from 6 weeks through 6 years.
Monday through Friday 6:00am-6:00pm
Call us now for more information and availability!