Welcome to Classy Kids! We own and operate Classy Kids and are also parents of Lawson (age 3) and Lockie (age 1 and a half). We have spent the last few years creating the future vision for Classy Kids. As parents, we are excited about educating the next generation in the most innovate ways. We are so thankful for everything that lead us to this point and for what is coming to this growing company. Each and every person on our team and every family and child that is or has been a part of Classy Kids has made it the magical place it is today.
Kyle and Deanna Rogers
Our Leadership Team
Our leadership team is composed of the school’s owners, directors, admissions, business management, and administrative assistants. Our main goal as leaders at Classy Kids is to build a strong, trusting relationship between the families and staff. We find that the children flourish most when the parents are involved, excited and supportive of what we are doing at school.
“Hello Greenville!Oh how you have grown!In my early years I was the proud son of Boyce and Vickie Rogers.My parents founded Classy Kids Child Development Center, Inc. in 1986 when I was just four years old.I guess you could consider me the original classy kid.Since then, I have been a national honors student, a four sport letterman, and finest award winner.I received the Life Scholarship and helped lead a group of highly motivated students in a ground breaking experience where students both lived together and learned together.It was wildly successful and is now in its 17th consecutive year.I am a life member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, the largest and oldest national based fraternity.Since graduating with my Bachelor of Sciences degree, I have become the husband of Mrs. Greater Greenville and father to both Lawson (4) and Lachlan (2).I now oversee and coordinate my other family, Classy Kids.I am enthralled by my job and ownership.I am friend to all, so come see me!”
Deanna Rogers, the vice-president and co-owner of Classy Kids, was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL before making her way to the Upstate. She is a wife, a mom, an entrepreneur, and a community influencer. Deanna is the current Mrs. Greater Greenville, and she uses this platform to advocate for quality childcare and motivate others to put their best foot forward. Being so involved in the community, Deanna makes it her priority to be a strong woman in leadership and to empower other women to do the same. Her goal is to encourage women in their ability to juggle multiple things and still chase dreams.
When not working, Deanna loves being with her family. She is devoted to investing in the lives of her children and husband, taking the time to be a part of everything they do. Her biggest motivation is her determination to provide a great life for her children. “I stay on a constant mission to create and do big things!”
Brandi is the Corporate Manager for Classy Kids and has worked with the company for 24 years. She wears many hats and has a huge heart for the Classy Kids family. Brandi has an Associates Degree in Management, Marketing and Fashion Merchandising. She holds over 280 hours of continuing education in Childcare Management.
When she’s not hard at work, Brandi enjoys spending time with her family and adorable Chocolate Lab, Sammy. Some of her favorite things include going to the beach, cook-outs with friends and Saturdays by the pool. Interior Decorating and event planning are some of her hobbies.
Mary Jo Albertson holds a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Mary Jo taught at Southside Christian School in Greenville, SC and also served as the Early Education Assistant Principal before she moved to the Atlanta area where she served as an Elementary Principal. Experience and education is the key to a great facility and Mary Jo has both with 30 years in the education industry. Mary Jo also enjoys researching current curriculum to find the best in the market for Classy Kids children from infants to kindergarten.
Mary Jo is married to Mark, who works at Clemson University, and has 2 daughters, Chloe and Caitlin. She enjoys travel, reading, being with friends and family, and living on a farm, where the adventures are endless.
Nikki Wright is the Assistant Director at our Greer location. Nikkisha holds ECD 101 credentials in Early Childhood Education and has been in the field for 15 years. Nikkisha has been with Classy Kids since the opening of the Greer location and loves working with children and their families. Nikkisha strives to make sure every child leaving the building knows that they are loved each day.
Stephanie Raines is the Director of Classy Kids on Fairview Road. Stephanie has been in the education field for over two decades, nearly one of which has been dedicated to Classy Kids. Stephanie has an extensive educational background and is in the process of receiving additional credentialing in the industry. In her spare time she enjoys bass fishing and spending time with her family. She believes that each child deserves a safe, loving environment where they can flourish and grow.
Jennifer Hawthorne is the Director at Classy Kids on West Georgia Road. She has been the Director at this location for two and a half years. She was previously the Director at another location. Jennifer has 25 years of experience in the Early Childhood field. Currently, Jennifer is enrolled at Greenville Technical College and will graduate with her Certificate in Early Childhood Management in May along with her Associates in Criminal Justice in December. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Gracie who is 16 and Anabel who is 7, being actively involved with the Pride of Riverside Marching Band with her oldest daughter, doing anything crafty, and reading. She is very active in the community, volunteering with programs such as Adopt A Cop, SWITCH, Safe Harbor, as well as at her church, Advent United Methodist. Jennifer’s favorite thing about being in the Early Childhood Profession is the love that she receives from the children everyday and being able to watch them grow and succeed. She has children from early years of teaching who are now grown and have children of their own.
Jennifer State is one of the Corporate Supervisors at Classy Kids. She is a mother of three who incorporates her love for children in her daily work. She has an eye for detail when it comes to children and their needs. Safety, organization and cleanliness are at the top of her list because she knows that is the cornerstone to a happy and successful learning environment. Jennifer enjoys using her 13 years of experience in design and color to help Classy Kids continue to grow. She helps to inspire and teach the children through visual stimulation by decorating classrooms to awaken the imagination of our children.
Jenna Stroud is the Curriculum Coordinator for Classy Kids Child Development Center, where she brings Learn Through Play curriculum to life. Jenna has over nine years of experience with all ages ranging from six weeks old to twelve years old. Jenna has worked with school-aged children every afternoon since her first day in childcare. She began as a “floater” where she would step in any classroom when needed. She then started as a lead teacher in the infant room before moving to toddler and preschool age as the lead teacher. She then accepted the Kindergarten Lead Teacher position where she incorporated Learn Through Play. She was then offered the position as After School Coordinator and Curriculum Coordinator, where she was able to bring the love of Learn Through Play to life for every age group.
Sarah is the assistant director at Classy Kids on Fairview Road. Sarah has over two decades in the childcare field, and she is the proud parent of three Classy Kids alumni. Sarah has extensive credentials in the area of early childhood education and constantly strives to continue her professional development. As a Classy Kids parent, Sarah knows what it means to cultivate relationships with parents and students alike. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband of 21 years and their families.
Jana Brown is the afternoon manager at Classy Kids on West Georgia Road. She has been with Classy Kids for four years. She obtained her Early Childhood Credential from Greenville Technical College. She enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and learning new things. She recently got married and is pursuing a degree in Human Services. Her goal in life is to help people and families in need.
Brenda is the Assistant Director at Classy Kids on West Georgia Road. She has been an Assistant Director for almost 14 years, and she has 29 years of experience in the childhood development field. In her spare time she loves reading, creating with the Cricut, monogramming, and pretty much anything that has to do with crafting. Brenda also loves being a part of the lives of all the children that she comes into contact with at Classy Kids. One of the things she loves the most is her family. She has been happily married to her husband, Gary, for 37 years. She has two daughters, Ashley and Amber (married to her son-in-law, Tristan), and her grandson Logan. She says that being a grandmother is one of her most favorite things to do!
Our teaching staff is composed of 45 lead and assistant classroom teachers, 8 specialists in the area of music, Spanish, art, creative movement and storytelling, 40 support staff and 5 curriculum specialists.
We know the importance of loving and nurturing children. Infants as young as six weeks old are surrounded with stimulating hands-on play in a room designed for growth and discovery. Educational and developmentally appropriate toys in bright colors and different textures will fascinate your child as they grow and learn.
We focus on the details: soft, varied lighting, custom scents, and high-quality furniture. Your baby will enjoy each day filled with singing, reading, playing and resting in our state-of-the-art facility.