My name is Miss Amber and I started at Hugs in August 2014.  I float throughout all the buildings and work with all ages!  I went to Columbus State for Photography and love shooting weddings and families!  I have 3 little maltese named Lacy, Larry, and Ralph. 

My name is Miss Alison
Profile Pending!

My name is Miss Debbie Turner.  I have been teaching at Hugs for the past 13 years as a Pre-K teacher.  I am excited to advance my career at our new location.  I will be teaching Pre-kindergarten and I'm looking very forward to it.  I am married and have a 6 year old daughter (Aleah) who attends Elementary at Hylen Souders.  I am honored to be a part of the "Hugs Family" and to be a part of your child's life.

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.​

Our Teachers & Staff

Meet Our Teachers North

Hugs-n-Hearts Early Learning Center

Hi! My Name is Ms. Jinal and I will be the new PreK2 teacher at the North Campus! I’m really excited to be part of the Hugs-n-Heart family!

I’m originally from Philadelphia, Pa. I have a younger brother, older sister and my amazing parents. I graduated from Temple University… Go OWLS! I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I absolutely love working with children and love to teach eager learners!  

My husband and I recently moved to Columbus, OH to be closer to family! We have a handsome little boy, Rohan. He just turned one in July! He keeps us on our toes, keeps us laughing and melts our hearts every day!

Hi, my name is Miss Shelley and I am so excited to be your child's computer and cooking teacher. It's going to be a fun year full of learning and adventures! I want to get to know all of you, but here's a little about me first!
I have been a part of the Hugs Family since 1994. I have taught all different age groups. I am very happy to say that I have a fourteen year old son named Keagan and a wonderful boyfriend named Paul who has two children named  Kassidy and Karson.  I love spending time with family and my spare time I do enjoy working out, shopping,gardening, and reading.

Profile Pending

Welcome to North Campus!

Hi, my name is Kala Smith.  I have been with Hugs since May of 2013. I have been a sub teacher and I've had the privilege of working with all age groups! This fall I will be working in  Little Acorn the toddler room and I'm looking forward to it.  In my free time I enjoy reading, watching movies and walking my puppy!  I just got my  puppy in March of this year and his name is Jensen.  I am so thankful to be working at a place as wonderful as Hugs-n-Hearts!

Hi, my name is Miss Danielle.
I first began my adventure at Hugs-n-Hearts in 2000, working part-time teaching sign language.  I loved the center and working with children so much that I became a full-time preschool teacher in 2001.  I'm so very excited to be a part of the new addition, Hugs-n-Hearts North!  My husband and I have two children, a three year old little girl and a two year little boy, who are very excited to be a part of the Hugs-n-Hearts North Location.

Hi, my name is Miss Miranda.
I will be the Director at
 Hugs -n- Hearts North location. I grew up in the Big Walnut community and have more than 20 years of child-care education and experience. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 My hours are 6:30 am - 5:30 pm and off on Wednesday.

Hi! My name is Miss Jen and I am beyond THRILLED to be the Kindergarten teacher at the North Campus! This will be my first year at Hugs-n-Hearts and I am blessed to be part of the family!

I was born and raised in Bellevue, Ohio. I have two brothers and one sister. Also, I am an aunt to four amazing kids! I graduated from Bowling Green State University (Go Falcons!) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. In 2011, I made the move to Columbus and started to teach in the area.  I absolutely love school myself; I can’t wait to pass on my passion for learning!

In my spare time I enjoy being with my family and friends. I am an avid reader, love being outdoors in the summer, pool-side or running, and am an enthusiastic (slightly competitive) board game player.

Hello, my name is Marge Simmons and I have been at Hugs since May of 2012.  I am a mother of three girls Kala, Ashley and Leah.  I currently work in Little Acorn classroom with 2 year olds. I love growing a garden in my spare time and I live in the country!  I love working with children and am blessed to be apart of the Hugs family!