April is intrigued with the opportunity to shape young minds and use her skills in yoga to create a unique learning environment.
Andrew has worked at A Child's World for over a year and has been working with children for many years. Andrew is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education at Truckee Meadows Community College. Andrew enjoys playing a role in the growth of children, their learning and making them smile.
Dr. Art Willans (Owner)
Dr. Art has a PHD in Developmental and Child Psychology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association. As founder of A Child’s World, he has spent the last 25 years perfecting a Development Enhancement Model for serving children. The model uses positive systems for enhancing all aspects of child development including social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive functions.
Karen earned a Master of Education, Counseling and Educational Psychology degree, and an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She published an article in the American School counselor Journal, "Counselee's Priviege or Counselor's Crime?" She has been a National leader in the American Counseling Association and in the State of Nevada. She worked as an Educator, School Counselor and Psychologist for more than thirty years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Currently she's a counselor in her private practice, and enjoys her position as the Transitional/Community Counselor for A Child's World.
Ayonie has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and attended Langston University in Oklahoma and has her Masters in Elementary Education from Walden University. She has been working in the child care field for over ten years and loves working with children.
Dannielle has been with us for about 9 months. Dannielle has many years of experience with children. Danielle's experience ranges from Willow Springs, No Child Left Behind, and Head Teacher at Kindercare. Danielle has her Associates in Criminal Justice, and genuinely loves watching children grow.
Jess received his Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. He has been working with children and youth in various capacities for the past 10 years including the past 6 at A Child's World. He has significant experience in working with Reactive Attachment Disorder as well as individual and family trauma. in 2011, he and Dr. Art from A Child's World gave a presentation at the national ATTACh conference. Jess is also certified to administer neurofeedback, a very effective treatment for ADHD and anxiety, as well as trained in Christian/Biblical counseling. Jess enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, and enjoys the mountains of Northern Nevada.
Victoria has her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada Reno, and currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Kara Kite (Case Manager)
Ms. Kara has been with us for almost 5 years. She embodies all the principles which we strive to teach. Ms. Kara is currently continuing her education in Human Development and Family Studies. Kara began working with children teaching swimming lessons, then moved on to being a nanny. She discovered her passion for teaching children during this time and is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Nevada Reno.. Not only does she handle the clerical side of child care but also runs our Before and After school program.
Layne is a jack of all trades. He handles many different tasks on both the preschool and therapeutic aspect of the company. He is the school videographer and photographer, as well as the the company's IT person. He creates the school calender every year and generally helps out wherever that help is needed.
Vanessa has a Bachelors In Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Nevada Reno.
Sierra graduated from the University of Nevada Reno in 2016 with her Bachelors in Psychology while minoring in addiction. Sierra worked as an addiction counselor at Willow Springs prior to joining the team here at A Child's World. Sierra is very excited to return to school and obtain her Master Degree in Social Work.