Our Child Care Staff in Columbia, MO

Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center has been awarded Missouri Accreditation (www.moaccreditation.org). To receive Accreditation, a child care center must exceed the minimum state requirements.  All classroom staff at MLJCLC have taken at least one college-level class in child development.  At a minimum, lead teachers at MLJCLC have obtained their Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate, and most have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood education or a related field.

At MLJCLC, professional development is a priority.  All classroom staff attend at least 18 hours of training programs and seminars each year.  Every staff member has passed a criminal background check by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and a Child Abuse/Neglect Screening by the Missouri Division of Family Services. Building strong, positive relationships between the staff, children, and families is one of the most important things we do at MLJCLC. 

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Hi Everyone! My name is Miranda Clines. I have been serving the children of our community since 2014. I began my journey as a teacher's assistant and have spent years in the classroom helping kiddos learn and grow. I finished my English undergraduate degree in 2018 before returning for my Masters of Early Childhood Education and Trauma Studies. Over the years I have spent time not only as an educator but a child advocate; social justice is one of my passions and a just and more equitable world is what I hope to create through my career. In my spare time I enjoy traveling with my husband and 2 doggos or enjoying a quiet evening at home reading a good non-fiction book. 

Miranda Clines
Executive Director
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My name is Megan Geiger. I started my Early Childhood career at Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center. I was a teacher in the preschool classroom here. I took a position at Youth Empowerment Zone as the Director. I am very excited to be back at MLJ as the Program Director. I am currently working towards my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education at CMU. I have lived in Columbia my whole life. I love working with the children and all the staff here. 

Megan Geiger
Program Director
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Introducing Ms. Theresa. Some of you may recognize her.

She is a teacher in the Tigers Classroom!

We had some questions for Ms. Theresa so we could get to know her better!

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Theresa Campbell
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Tell me about you:

I am 22, from Columbia Missouri. I graduated from Mizzou last May with a degree in sociology and two minors.

In my free time I love to spend time with friends and family but most of all I love to travel!

Over the past year I have been to Mexico, Dominican Republic, Vegas, Puerto Rico.

My favorite food is steak and I love the color purple. 

How long have you worked at MLJ?

I have been working at MLJ since August 2021

What is your favorite thing about MLJ?

My favorite thing about MLJ is I get to work with my best friends everyday (Megan, Jessica & SAMMY) 

What are three things about you most people don't know? 

  1. I can shake my eyes back and forth really fast

  2. I have 6 younger siblings

  3. I want to become a flight attendant or get a remote job so I can travel the world! 

What have you learned while working here? 

I have learned how to work with a larger staff.

At my old center there was like 7 teachers so its was a little different coming here.