Sweet Beginnings Staff

Sweet Family

Meet the Owners

Adam and Jessica Sweet are the owners of Sweet Beginnings Early Learning Center.  The Sweets have a passion for and strive to provide young families with the highest quality, licensed childcare and preschool in the Kansas City Northland.  They have developed a unique program offering first, a safe environment for all students. Second, a solid infant, toddler and preschool curriculum combining many approaches to best reach all types of learners. And lastly, enrichment classes that give all students exposure to other languages, the arts, science, technology, library and physical education.

Jessica manages the day-to-day operations of the center, making decisions and creating an environment for young children to thrive, achieving their first milestones and building a solid foundation to become lifelong learners.  Adam manages all financials of the business, ensuring Sweet Beginnings continually provides high quality childcare, preschool education, competitive salaries and benefits to our 20+ full time employees, all while staying compliant with Federal, State and Local entities.

Adam and Jessica are a strong couple who have supported each other firmly in business and in their personal life.  They balance each other making anything they choose to do a success through hard work towards the goals they set together.  They always put family first, raising their 3 children and providing them unique opportunities in education, sports and activities that interest them and continue building their educational foundation to help them achieve success now and into their adult lives.

Adam earned his BS in Accounting at The University of Missouri, Kansas City in May 2001.  He worked in the private accounting field until 2012 when he joined the Sweet Beginnings team full time.  Adam has extensive experience in personal and business tax accounting, budgeting and all aspects of financial advising.  He founded the Sweet Investment Group, LLC in 2006 and continues actively as the Principal of this group.

Jessica completed her BA in Communication Studies at The University of Missouri, Kansas City in May 2000.  She had a constant yearning to work with children and followed that desire a year later after being selected as one of 25 out of over 2,500 applicants to participate in the Kauffman Foundation Teaching Fellows program, beginning her teaching that fall in KCMO Public Schools and starting her MA in Curriculum & Instruction at UMKC.  Jessica went on to teach in the public school setting through May, 2007 when she and Adam welcomed their second child to the family.  Later that year she began a full time preschool teaching position at a small privately owned childcare and preschool, allowing her the opportunity to bring her own children to work with her each day while still teaching and working closely with other young families.  After moving into the school director position the following August she worked hard to build the program and make improvements for all of the students, always keeping her own children at the forefront of her mind and tailoring programs specific to their own interests.  In October, 2009 Jessica and Adam officially purchased the school she had been working for and opened Sweet Beginnings Early Learning Center on November 2, 2009.

Our Experienced Teachers

Jessica Sweet

Owner/Director
Jessica completed her BA in Communication Studies at The University of Missouri, Kansas City in May 2000.  She had a constant yearning to work with children and followed that desire a year later after being selected as one of 25 out of over 2,500 applicants to participate in the Kauffman Foundation Teaching Fellows program, beginning her teaching that fall in KCMO Public Schools and starting her MA in Curriculum & Instruction at UMKC.  Jessica went on to teach in the public school setting through May, 2007 when she and Adam welcomed their second child to the family.  Later that year she began a full time preschool teaching position at a small privately owned childcare and preschool, allowing her the opportunity to bring her own children to work with her each day while still teaching and working closely with other young families.  After moving into the school director position the following August she worked hard to build the program and make improvements for all of the students, always keeping her own children at the forefront of her mind and tailoring programs specific to their own interests.  In October, 2009 Jessica and Adam officially purchased the school she had been working for and opened Sweet Beginnings Early Learning Center on November 2, 2009.

Whitney Heim

Assistant Director

Mrs. Whitney Heim and her husband, Aaron have one son, Kyler who is 5.  She has been an Early Childhood Educator since 2004.  She grew up in Blue Springs and moved to the Northland in 2018.  She was working as an Education Coordinator at another Early Learning Center, prior to accepting her Assistant Director position at Sweet Beginnings in July 2019.  Whitney enjoys the holidays, she loves to craft special, unique gifts for friends and family.  She is creative, positive and well-organized.  She is thrilled to be a part of the Sweet Beginnings family!

Christi Woodson

Cook

Mrs. Christi is a newlywed, just married in February 2019.  Christi has a degree in Culinary Arts and enjoys cooking from scratch.  She was born in Arkansas, being a transplant to the Kansas City area she is enjoying all the KC Sports and has quickly become a big fan.  Christi loves to go on bike rides, knitting and is a Mary Kay Consultant.

Kim Snow

Roly Pollies Lead Teacher

Mrs. Kim Snow has been married to her husband, Jon for 17 years.  They have two girls, one in middle school and one in high school.  Kim is originally from Utah and has traveled throughout the US, visiting every state except Hawaii and Alaska.  She enjoys making diaper cakes for showers and changing diapers by day at work with her babies.  Kim is caring and patient, and has a special way of calming infants and helping our newest parents adjust to parenthood.

Colleen Paige

Nightcrawlers Lead Teacher
Colleen has been with Sweet Beginnings for 2 years. She has 3 beautiful, bright children. Her hobbies include reading, art, and baking. She has over 10 years of experience working with children, and has worked with all ages here at Sweet Beginnings. She loves teaching young children and is excited to be a part of this awesome team!

Kelley Eskridge

Bumblebees Lead Teacher

Ms. Kelley loves cooking and taking care of her family.  She is a caregiver for her grandmother and keeps her entertained by taking her on outings to the casino and around town.  Kelley was elated to begin working with infants at Sweet Beginnings, she has always loved babies and now has the opportunity to care for them every day.  She is a huge Chiefs fan and friend to everyone who she meets.

Skylar Russell

Walking Sticks Lead Teacher

Ms. Skylar Russell grew up in Winston, Missouri.  She has a big heart for kittens, who often find their way to her house, where they adopt her as their human mom.  Her favorite food is Chinese food.  She is an avid reader, when she is not reading, she enjoys relaxing and watching You Tube.  Her goal in life is to continue to live life happily and never be afraid.

Emilee Sedgewick

Caterpillars Lead Teacher

Ms. Emilee Sedgwick is a loving mother to an energetic 4-year old boy.  She is kind, patient and loving in her classroom, all skills she needs to balance the day with her toddlers.  Emilee is an organized, well-planned teacher who keeps her students busy, challenged and engaged in unique learning activities that both are fun and challenging.  She loves coffee and the Royals!

Ashley Kelly

Dragonflies Lead Teacher

Mrs. Ashley Kelly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and has completed courses in Early Childhood as well. She recently moved to Kansas City with her family. She and her husband have been married for 5 years.  They have a 3-year old daughter and 2-year old son, who attend Sweet Beginnings. Ashley has experience working with children of all ages. She enjoys creating engaging lessons and activities. She is eager to build a rapport with her students and their families.  She is excited to watch them learn and grow.

Alex Smith

Butterflies Lead Teacher

Ms. Alex Smith is engaged to her longtime best friend, Dakota.  Alex has an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is planning to finish her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood at Park University, where she will start attending in January 2020.  She has a passion for working with young children, giving them opportunities to explore their environment through sensory and art.  She also has experience as a Youth Group Leader at her church, working with older kids.

Bonnie Kloppe

Bonnie Kloppe

Fireflies Co-Lead Teacher
Bonnie has been at Sweet Beginnings for about 6 years and works with the littlest of the littles. What she loves most about working with infants is helping them reach their important milestones like holding their head up, rolling over, and sitting up. She is so thankful she can be a part of their lives, offering support to parents and helping new parents navigate parenthood. She has three children of her own and multiple grandchildren, whom she adores. She has taken many courses in child development as well as various continuous education courses. It’s important to her that her families know she will work tirelessly to do what is best for their child(ren).

Morgan Taylor

Fireflies Co-Lead Teacher
Morgan is very excited to be the PreK teacher! She has worked with children from 3 weeks to 12 years of age for the last 7 years. She’s currently working towards her CDA at Penn Valley. She loves working with children because taking part in their growth and helping them develop life-long skills is an absolute joy for her. She has been married since 2015, and she and her husband Bryan just recently bought their first house. They couldn’t be more excited! Although they don’t have any children yet, they do have two dogs (Gemma and Kiya) who are like their children. She’s so glad to have the opportunity to work for a great company. Sweet Beginnings has welcomed her with open arms and will do the same for you and your family.

Morgan Taylor