The Treehouse

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Shannon Reynolds,

Hello, my name is Shannon and I am the Director of Balanced Family Academy’s Treehouse! I started here at Balanced Family Academy when they first opened back in 2014. When I first started here, I was the lead teacher of our 1-2 year old classroom. I have always had a passion for taking care of children and helping them learn and grow, it makes this career so rewarding. Being able to provide memorable experiences for the children at BFA is one of my favorite parts! I currently have my Child Development Associate and numerous certifications such as first aid, CPR, communicable disease and child abuse. In my spare time, you can find me adventuring with my fiancé and dog, spending time with friends and family, and exploring Ohio!

Emily Hammond

Emily Hammond,
Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Emily Hammond and I am so excited for my new role as the assistant director here at BFA. I have been working in the Baby Bear classroom for three years and have learned so much from the babies, their parents, and my co-workers. In May, I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education. In December, I became a mother to my baby girl, Nora. In my free time, I love to read, explore new places, and spend time with my family and friends. My goal at BFA is to provide the best care for your little ones, support all the parents, and promote a family-like work environment.

Marah Stevens

Marah Stevens,
School Liaison

I am from a small town called Richwood, OH but now live here in Columbus. Working with children has always been a passion of mine! At a young age, I started gaining experience by babysitting for family and friends. My favorite part about working with children is helping them learn and grow. That is why I love working at Balanced Family Academy. I started with BFA in 2014 and have been an assistant and lead teacher in the 2 year old and 3 year old classrooms. I am so excited to start my new role as school liaison and spend time in each classroom!


The Clubhouse

Emily High

Emily High,

Hello! My name is Emily and I am the director in the Clubhouse. I have been a part of
the BFA staff since the opening day back in August 2014 and have loved every second of it! I have been working with children for over 10 years now and find happiness in inspiring them to learn, grow, and be creative. I have my Hospitality Management degree and am working towards my Child Development Associates! In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, furthering my education, traveling, and spending time with my friends, family and dogs!

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Haley Beroske,
Assistant Director

Hi! I'm Haley and I am the assistant director in the Clubhouse. I am a Buckeye alum with a bachelors degree in Early and Middle Childhood Development. While at BFA, I have taught in both toddler and preschool classrooms! In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and binging murder mystery shows with my boyfriend and dog! Most of all, I love helping the children grow and thrive here at BFA!

Leah Lebold

Leah Lebold,
School Liaison

Hi, I’m Leah and I’m the school liaison in the Clubhouse! I’m currently working towards obtaining my CDA specializing in preschool and I love all the things I am learning to incorporate into the classrooms. I have lived in Columbus my whole life and I love everything the city has to offer! Outside of BFA, I enjoy spending time outside, taking my dog on hikes, and exploring new places! . I look forward to getting to know you and your family!


The Greenhouse

Katie Berardi

Katie Berardi,

My name is Katie Berardi and I'm an owner of Balanced Family Academy! I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 and have eight years of teaching experience. I was a preschool teacher for four years in Santa Monica, California and have also taught kindergarten and first grade here in Columbus. I recently became a mother to Maren (1 year old) and have eight nephews! I enjoy working with children and helping to create a positive learning environment where parents, staff and administration all come together to ensure that every child reaches his/her maximum potential. I cheered for four years during my time at Ohio State and look forward to sharing my enthusiastic attitude and gymnastics background with the children. I can’t wait to meet you and your little ones!

Katie Etheridge,

Hi! My name is Katie Etheridge and I am the directors at the Greenhouse. I started my adventures with children over 10 years ago while obtaining a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from OSU. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family and friends, exploring the outdoors! I have been at BFA since August of 2014, and I love watching the children reach so many milestones. I look forward to meeting you and your family!

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Kristina Etheridge,
Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Kristina and I am so excited for this school year! I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Child and family Studies and a concentration in Child Life. I have worked with children for the past 10+ years. I have always enjoyed volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Muscular Dystrophy caps for kids! In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends going to the movies. I cannot wait to get to know you and your little ones this year!