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Katie Nichols

Katie Nichols


Katie holds a BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She is currently working on a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. Presently, she is the Program Coordinator for Newberry County First Steps.

“Education is a process that involves many different elements working together for one common goal.  My hope is that every child will become confident, effective, imaginative, and life-long learners. I have a passion for supporting the success of children and their families, as well as a true desire to advocate for those who do not have a voice. “

Vaudrien Ray

Vaudrien Ray


Vaudrien holds an EdS Degree in School Psychology and is the owner/director of Ruby’s Academy Preschool and Child Care.

"My goals as an early childhood advocate are to stress the importance of early childhood education, promote best practices among educators, and work closely with parents as their child's first teacher."