Hugs-n-Hearts Early Learning Center

Hello, My name is Savannah. 

I was born and raised in Zanesville, OH, where I received my Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education.  I am currently pursuing my bachelor degree at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, majoring in Early Childhood Education and minoring in psychology.  I have four years of experience working with children of all ages and developmental abilities.  Some of my most memorable experiences include volunteer hours at The Ohio School for the Deaf, and tutoring elementary students with dyslexia and autism.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my family.  I'm excited to be your child's kindergarten teacher at Hugs -n- Hearts.

Hi, My name is Vanesa Salyer and I have worked with children for four years in home care.  This is my first year here at Hugs and I'm so excited to be here.  I will be going to college in the future for Early childhood Education.  My favorite things to do are reading, listening to music, and playing with my nephews.  I have a little dog named Addie. She is a yorkie-poodle and has a special place in my heart.  I'm looking forward to helping your children grow!

My Name is Stacey Adkins. I am 21 years old and currently live in Pataskala with my fiance, Zach, and three huskies. I started working at Hugs-n-Hearts in May 2014, and work with the 2 year olds. To say I love my job would be an understatement! I plan on going back to school for Early Childhood Education  to further my knowledge.  Teaching and building a trusting relationship with children and their parents is what makes my days and job so enjoyable!








Hi, My name is Haylee Frostic and I'm 31 years old. I live in Sunbury with my family.  My Husband, Josh, and I have been married for 13 years.  We have two children, Amelia who is 7 years old and Asher is 3 years old.  I have been working with children for 10 years and I love it!  I'm looking forward to getting to know your child and having a fun filled year!

Hi My name is Cassie and I have worked at Hugs-n-Hearts since 2001! I graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Speech and Hearing Science and started working here shortly after. I live in Worthington with my husband and daughter Susie and we love to play board games together, ride bikes, and travel.

Meet Miss Angela

​Angela has been a special part of Hugs-n-Hearts teaching family since 1995. The students love Miss Angela's smiling face and her energetic Spanish classes!  Miss Angela manages the front desk and nine classrooms in the 8979 Antares Avenue building (1 of the 4 buildings at the center)!

​Angela is originally from Bogota' Colombia.  She will soon be celebrating her 32nd wedding anniversary!  She and her husband, Jeff, have three children...whom they look forward to seeing every chance they get!

Hi,my name is Miss Melissa. I have been teaching at Hugs-n-Hearts ELC since 2001. I am the teacher for our Private Kindergarten program. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences Degree with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. I received a Bachelor's Plus Degree from Ashland University along with my teaching Certificate! I absolutely love my job and feel very lucky to be a part of the
​Hugs -n- Hearts family!

My name is Angela J. I started teaching at Hugs N Hearts in 2004. I was born and raised in WV. I have a degree in Elementary Ed, and a specialization in Early Childhood. I currently teach in Rainbow Bears with 3 1/2 and young fours.  In my spare time, I enjoy scrap-booking, making cards, baking, and spending time with my family.

My name is Miss Christine, and I am a Pre-k teacher.  I have been with Hugs-n-Hearts since August of 2011.  I have two children, Ian and Zoe. I attended Capital University to receive a Bachelor of Science in Intervention Education and Behavior Science.  I love teaching, and I am excited to fill my days with the joys of being a teacher at Hugs-n-Hearts.

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 teach

Hi, My name is Miss Linda! I have been at Hugs-n-Hearts since 2006. I work with the 2 1/2 to 3 year olds and I dearly love working with them. I have 3 children and 5 grand children and I enjoy every moment that I can with my sweet, cute & adorable grandkids.

Hello, my Name is Brittney! I'm 25 years old and graduated from The Ohio State University. I received my bachelors in Early Childhood Education and am currently attending Ashland University for my teaching license. I've been working with children for 5 years and am currently teaching in the toddler room (Cub). Outside of work, I enjoy my friends & family, gym, and my dog, Stella!

I'm Cara and I'm 22 years old. I currently reside in Lewis Center with my fiance and our 2 year old daughter, Kenzie. I, myself, attended Hugs when I was a child and am ecstatic to be working here. It's a wonderful second home for Kenzie and me. I  love seeing kids learn and grow, it makes my job so fun,rewarding, and carefree!

Hi, I'm Audrey. I live in Worthington and moved to Columbus from Scotland in 1993. I have two girls Sarah, 18, and Claire, 14 who attended Hugs-n-Hearts. I've been working at Hugs since January 1998 and I love my job. The toddlers are my favorite age group, and I've learned a lot over my time here.  Please feel free to ask me anything, I'm always happy to help.

Hi, I started at Hugs in 2013 and I currently work in Circus. I am a sophomore at The Ohio State University, majoring in Early Childhood Education. I believe strongly in embracing individuality and using the differences among children as a tool for making learning more fun. In my free time, I enjoy riding my horse, giving horseback riding lessons, and being active outdoors. However, the most important thing in my life is my faith.  Everyday I strive to be better than I was the day before; learning from my hardships and failures.  
Miss Savannah

Hi! My name is Sarah.
I joined the Hugs-n-Hearts family in 2005 & I absolutely love working here!  Currently, I am working in the Corduroy room with 3 year olds.  I have worked with various age groups over the years.  I married my husband in 2012 and my son ( Liam) was born in 2013.  I can't wait for him to start school here at Hugs-n-Hearts and have an amazing learning experience.

Hello, My Name is Alicia Miller. I began my teaching career at Hugs-n-Hearts in 2000. Shortly after receiving my bachelor's degree from OSU. I took a break in 2012, and recently returned.  Over the past 15 years, I have worked with nearly every age group and am currently floating between all 4 of our hugs buildings as a sub. I live in Westerville with my 2 children, Sophia (12) and Ethan (10), both of whom grew up attending Hugs. I am so incredibly blessed to spend my days at such a wonderful place, helping to develop in each and every child, a lifetime long love of learning.

Miss Emily started at Hugs-n-Hearts in 2014. She is currently working with
18-24 month Children in the 
Pooh Bear room. She attended Ohio University where she roomed with Miss Marnie who is currently her
​co-teacher. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and cuddling up with her two kitties. 

My name is Pam Gutmore.  I have been teaching at Hugs since 1995.  I have a son, Cade, who is in 3rd grade.  I have been teaching Pre-k here for the past 16 years.  I enjoy running and biking.  I have two cats who are our furry family members.  I graduated from BGSU in 1994 with a Bachelors of Science in Education degree.

Hi My Name is Susan Hammond! Welcome to Carebear's Class! I have been working in a 2- year- old potty-training classroom for almost 6 years. This is my first school year at Hugs-n-Hearts. I'm very excited to be here!  My family consists of my husband, Chris, our daughter, Amber ( who is almost 6 years old & will be attending the Hugs Private kindergarten class),  and our pet, Ginger ( Teacup Chihuahua).  I've lived in Westerville since I was 5 years old and graduated from Westerville North in 1993.  My Husband moved here 8 1/2 years ago, just before we got married.  I have many years experience in taking care of children, a bachelors degree in Business Management, and I'm a Veteran of The Untied States Air Force where I served 4 years. I am a creative person and enjoy watching the children use their creativity. My favorite things to do are spending time with my family, scrapbooking, cake decorating, attending festivals , event planning, interior design, and I have my own side business called "Simply Bow-Dacious", where I custom make little girls hairbow's.


Hello! I am Miss Amanda Cruse. I'm the Administrator for the 8989 building. I graduated in '93 from Big Walnut HS and earned my Associate of Science in Early Childhood Development in '97 from Columbus State. I began my journey at Hugs in 1998 teaching Pre-Kindergarten.  I'm so proud to have the longevity and opportunity to teach children at a high quality childcare center, along with working with such amazing creative teachers. At home I have  the cutest little Morkie named Kizzie.  I'm a Marathoner and a member of Fleet Feet Race Club. I began training with Marathoner in Training (MIT) in 2010. I'm also a stylist for Stella & Dot. I'm  thankful to have such wonderful family and friends!

Our Teachers & Staff

Hi My Name is Miss Nicole!

Hello my name is Nicole Wetterauer and I work the front desks at both our Polaris and North campus locations.  My husband and I have 2 woderful children, Drake and Dakota, who keep us very busy.  In my spare time you will find me on the soccer fields either coaching or watching a game, playing with my 2 lab puppies, or spending time with good friends.


It is an absolute privilege to be a apart of the Pooh Bear team.  I have taught school-age children and Pre-Kindergarten in addition to being a toddler teacher.  My husband and I are proud parents of (2) grown children and currently keep busy caring for our dogs and a cat.  I attended Ohio Dominican and Western Governors University majoring in Elementary Education.  I am Currently studying Early Childhood at Ashworth College. Pooh Bears, get ready to have fun!

Hi! My name is Sara (Carebear teacher). I am so blessed to be working with kids, but especially blessed to be a part of Hugs N Hearts family. I am married to my high school sweetheart -Cody-. We have two dogs -Buttercup (Bassett / Sharpie Mix) and Bison ( Saint Bernard). I am very family oriented and love Jesus Christ! I cant wait to meet all of you and welcome to Hugs family. 

Hello!  I am Miss Jessica Cline, and I have been teaching at Hugs since 1997! I grew up in the district and graduated from (The Original) Olentangy. My daughter, Halle, works at the H-N-H Campus with the school-agers.  Additionally, I will be working with teachers and parents of children with special needs, behavioral challenges, and developmental delays. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education, and many hours of continuing education focused on Autism, ADHD, and Child Development. 
Please feel free to speak with me about any questions or concerns you may have! 
E-Mail jessica1774@msn.com

Hi My name is Miss Melissa. My oldest daughter started at Hugs the first week Miss Pam opened. I started working here in 1996 through 2006. I came back to work at Hugs again in 2013. I drive one of the mini buses in the mornings and help out in all three building. I'm married, have two daughters, and live in Lewis Center.

My Name is Melissa Bailey. I have been married to my best friend, Todd for 29 years. We have four really great kids.  We also have two golden retrievers named Gracie and Ellie. I love to read, work in my yard and do dot to dot puzzles! I am working with two and three year olds, teaching them about computers. I also drive a mini bus for the elementary kids.

Hello! My name is Bailey. I am 24 and just got married in May. My husband and I just purchased our first home in Grove City. For the time being we only have furry children. We have two cats and two German Shepherds. I have been working in childcare for six years.  I started at Hugs in October 2013 and am currently in Cubs with the toddlers.  I plan to get a degree in Early Childcare Education. I absolutely love it here at Hugs I'm so excited to spend more years here at Hugs!

My name is Miss Julie I assist the teachers in Pre-k and Kindergarten. I enjoy working with the children. I work with the children one on one, and in a small group setting as well. We work on fine motor skills and academics through hands on activities and games.