Our Teachers

Sarah Lyon

Art Enrichment Teacher

Ms. Sarah Lyon is our extended-day Art enrichment teacher and will help assist in all classrooms as need. She received her Bachelors in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Houston with minors in Psychology, History and French and has been teaching children in various settings over the past 18 years.   She and her husband relocated from Houston to Mason in 2008.  When her daughter was born in 2012, she stepped away from her full-time corporate job, and she has spent the last 6 years serving as an Arts and Crafts instructor for multiple organizations in Cincinnati. She has a heart for Jamaica and has spent two weeks each summer teaching children there for the past 17 years.  Her daughter attended Creative Tots for 4 years, and her son is currently enrolled.  Sarah is thrilled to be a part of the Creative Tots family!


Joanie Whittaker

Music Teacher

Ms. Joanie is an award-winning Children’s recording artist and has been with us for the past 10 years at Creative Tots. She just released her second children’s album to much critical acclaim. Joanie has been teaching music at schools in the Cincinnati area for 10 years.  She combines her love of music and respect for kids, to create unique classroom experiences. She has over forty years of musical experience with advanced training in guitar and voice.  In addition, she has taught in New York City at the prestigious Calhoun School.  Ms. Joanie has a true gift working with children and we are very lucky to have her as a part of our team.


Aurisabel Naranjo Villalobos

Assistant Toddler Teacher, Lead Spanish Teacher

Ms. Auri is our extended day Spanish enrichment program, as well as a part of the Toddler team. She has a Master of Arts in Education from Pedagogical Experimental Liberato University in Caracas Venezuela. She has spent the last 22 years in education. She has experience teaching children Preschool age through 6th grade. Most recently she as created and implemented a Spanish program targeting 3 to 5 year old children. She as a love for children and cannot wait to work with yours. She, her husband and two daughters live in Mason, Ohio. Her youngest daughter is also a graduate of Creative Tots.


Jackie Moody

Assistant Toddler Teacher, Lead Science & Art Teacher

Ms. Jackie grew up living all around the world in Canada, Malaysia, Norway, all over US Texas, Washington and now Ohio. Jackie obtained her Bachelors in Science with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Jackie has a love for science that can explain everything and loves that art is able to express anything. Jackie and her husband have settled down in Kings, where their daughter, Peyton, attends 2nd grade, and is also a graduate of Creative Tots. Her son, Blake, is 5 and is currently attending Creative Tots K-Prep program. Jackie cannot wait to teach all of your children and help them to explore the world around them.


Emilie Parry

Owner & Director

Before opening her doors to Mason preschoolers in 2005, Emilie began her educational path teaching summer camp at Creative Tots in Madeira in the late 1990’s.  She received a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami University. After completing her public school teaching at Indian Hill Elementary School in 2004, Emilie explored the opportunity to build her own dream school developing and growing the curriculum into a progressive preschool.  Focused on the value of education and the importance that it plays in developing a child’s future, she continues to expand the concept of enrichment.  Into her fourteenth year now at Creative Tots in Mason, Emilie and her high school sweetheart husband, Winn, have enjoyed immersing their 8 ½ year-old son, Lach, and 7 year-old daughter, Lila, into the nurturing environment at Creative Tots over the years. They still enjoying coming back to visit their teachers and classrooms. She looks forward to getting to know all of you and your children!


Jessica Mason


Jessica grew up in Mason and graduated from Miami University with a degree in Elementary Education.  She spent 15 years teaching preschool in a variety of setting both in North Carolina and Ohio. Upon returning to the area, she and her husband settled in Kings where they raise their two daughters Aubrey and Emerson.  She has spent two years teaching her at Creative Tots in the Pre-K classroom before taking some time off to spend with her daughters. She came back to join us in the office in 2009 as an office administrator and has been with us in this role for the past 7 years.


Nancy Piening

Lead Preschool Teacher & Early 3's Preschool Co-Teacher

Ms. Nancy has taught at Creative Tots since it’s opening in 2005 and is now in her 24th year teaching preschool!  In addition to teaching preschoolers, she has also taught Kindergarten in the Kentucky public school system for 4 years. Nancy has a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University and lives in Silverton with her husband, Larry. She has two daughters that are both grown, Natalie, also a teacher, and Jayne, a nurse. She spends a lot of her time with her family and the family dog Ryder. Ms. Nancy is very excited to work with your children this year.


Courtney Hardie

Assistant Preschool Teacher

Ms. Courtney has taught at Creative Tots since 2013. She is part of the Preschool teaching team and enjoys working our students. Courtney is originally from Chicago and received her Bachelors Degree in Education from Tulane University and obtained her Master in Education from Xavier University. Courtney and her husband have been married for 15 years and they currently reside in Mason with their three children who attend 5th, 3rd and 2nd grade at Mason. All of her children were also graduates of Creative Tots.

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