Rebecca McCoy, Director
Rebecca has her B.S. degree in Early Childhood Development from Western Carolina University. She has over 10 years of experience working with children from birth through kindergarten age. She grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, but after getting married, she relocated to Auburn, Alabama where she was an Assistant Director for 3 years. A job transfer through her husband’s job allowed her family to relocate to Ohio in June 2014.
In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, and reading. She loves that children are excited about the world around them and has learned so much from their exploration. Rebecca is committed to supporting and growing with them.
Ashley Smetzer, Child Development Coordinator
Ashley began working at NBCC as an intern in the office in January 2017. She accepted a preschool teacher position in June, 2017. She enjoyed 3 years of teaching, 2 of those being a Wonder teacher. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and 8 years experience. She lives in Hilliard, Ohio with her husband, son Maxwell and dog Moose.
What she enjoys most about working with children is being able to watch the process of children becoming more and more independent and being able to help support them by problem solving and taking risks!
Cara Valuckas, Staff Development Coordinator
Cara lives in Pickerington and has five children and one granddaughter. She has been in the early education field for 20 years. She started as a PreK teacher and then became a tutor at KinderCare. Next, she gained new skills by working in administration for 3 years at AcademyOne as a Curriculum Director and Center Director.
Denise Toms, Administrative Assistant
Denise has a BS degree in Family and Child Development, and an MA is Business Management. She has over 45 years in the field –20 years actively teaching, and has been at NBCC for 15 years. Denise is married with three grown children and two grandchildren. She loves reading and puzzles of all kinds. When asked about what she loves about children, Denise answered, “I love the ‘why?’ questions. Providing an answer they can understand but heighten their curiosity will challenge them to ask more questions.”
Kiersten Curtis, Office Assistant
Kiersten Curtis is a native of Columbus, growing up all around the city, but currently living in the Hilltop (West Side!). She graduated in International Studies with Special Recognition from Otterbein University, and similar to her experiences there, is very passionate about utilizing community service as an act of social change. Kiersten practices and trains in Restorative/Transformative Justice in educational and community settings to advocate for children’s rights and community health; she works closely with teachers, staff, and administration in public schools, in addition to school-based community agencies and programs. Since graduating, she has been working in healing-centered community engagement and education. Working with young people is the fire that burns in Kiersten’s belly, and it’s her love for humor, music, and art that builds bridges with the community she lives in and serves.