Meet Mr. Riley!

Mr Riley's is our awesome Physical fitness teacher.  He is so excited to be working with all of the children on fitness and physical education.  Mr. Riley is a familiar face to your children! He grew up here as part of the Hugs -N- Hearts family, has been working here for 7 years, and is also part of the school-age teaching staff.  Mr. Riley's gym classes are a wonderful addition to the Hugs-N-Hearts program, and they are a huge hit with all the kids!

Meet Mr. Jess!

My name is Mr Jess and I worked for Big Walnut school district transporting children to and from school for 9 years. I joined the "Hugs Family" in 2012, and I'm look forward to safely transporting your children to and from school. I also take care of the groudskeeping and maintenance for all three buildings.


Our teachers are our greatest asset.  We foster open communication, teamwork and attention to detail required to provide superior services. Extraordinary effort is given by our employees.  We will foster an atmosphere in which our caregivers feel that their work is truly valued-an atmosphere in which dedication, commitment and excellence are recognized and rewarded.  We help our teachers to develop their skills and enable them to do their jobs professionally and competently.


Hugs-n-Hearts selects its full-time staff from professionals who hold a degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or a closely related field. Our full-time teachers are not hired on as Lead Teachers/Assistant Teachers; rather, they are hired to work on an equal level and to team teach through a collaborative effort and sharing of ideas.


The majority of our part-time staff are upper-level college students pursuing a degree in the field of education.
Hugs-n-Hearts makes the reduction of staff turnover a priority by compensating our staff with additional incentives, such as comprehensive benefits and opportunities for promotion. Our goal is to make Hugs-n-Hearts Early Learning Center a career choice for professional teachers.

My Name is Whitney and I'm very excited to be teaching kindergarten in my first year at Hugs-n-Hearts.  My husband, Scott and I moved to Columbus from Urbana in 2011, with our dog Missy.  I attended both Clark State and Columbus State for early childhood education.  I've taught toddlers, preschool and PreK in the past.  When I'm not lesson planning I enjoy working out, volleyball and watching movies, baseball (go Reds!) and football (go Bucks!) with my husband.

Hi, my name is Crystal Noe!

I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have taught Kindergarten and Pre-K for the last seven years.  I will be teaching the Kindergarten program at Hugs-n-Hearts.  My husband and I have an incredible daughter who will be three this year.  We also have our other daughter, our dog.   She's a black lab / golden retriever cross.  When I'm not busy teaching or spending time with my family, I love horseback riding, volunteering with equine assisted therapy programs, and photography. 

Hi My Name is Miss Randi!

Hello my name is Randi Keene and I help run the Campus at our Polaris location.  I grew up at Hugs and became a teacher in 2006 after graduating from Kent State University.  I have two beautiful children and an amazing husband who helps run our North Campus location.  I love being with children and watching them grow and learn at Hugs-n-Hearts.  Being apart of Hugs is very rewarding and I enjoy what I do everyday.



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My name is Tanisha Murphy and I am an aspiring art teacher.  I attend Ohio Wesleyan University, where I study fine arts.  I have taught children of all ages, I am currently working with middle schoolers.  I make pottery and jewelry for my local community and In my free time, I spend time with family and my golden lab milo.


Meet Mr. Tim!

Hi, my name is
Rita Hollingsworth!

I've worked at Hugs-n-Hearts since 1998 with the school-agers.  I have a degree in Early Childhood Education. I work at the front desk and also teach computer classes to the four year olds on a daily basis and I also have other building responsibilities at the Campus. I have my CDL license and have been driving our school buses for 8 years. I have two adult children and a beautiful granddaughter. I enjoy  the outdoors and in warm weather I walk the trails at the local state park. I am honored to be a part of the Hugs family. 

​Hi my name is Mr. Tim,  The past 19 years, I have been at the H-N-H Campus with the kindergarten and school-aged students. I hold a degree in Business and handle all of the account receivables for the Polaris locations.  I help in human resources and I am also the transportation supervisor. I live in Galena and very much enjoy living in the country. 
​I have 2 "children" (dachshunds) that love to play.. and be entertained when I arrive home!  I also enjoy yardwork, landscaping, biking and running!

My Name is Artea Kenney!

I started working at H-n-H Campus in August ​2014.  I am currently a sophomore at OSU studying Secondary Education with a specialization in Math.  I am also on the OSU club volleyball team.  I love working with the school-agers after school, there is never a dull moment.

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