B.S. Health Science Education
Certified Teacher Birth -4 and Health K-12
Jaime has been at the Clyatt House Learning Center since 2009. She began teaching in 2005 after graduating from the University of Florida Cum Laude. She taught Health, Special Education, Reading and was the Yearbook adviser at Eastside High School in Gainesville. I changed my major several times before finding teaching! I loved seeing children "get it" and knowing that maybe in some child's life I would be someone that made a lasting impression is what drove me to pursue teaching as a career. I love our children at the center like their my part of my family - I make sure that they are taken care of, given a proper learning environment and that our their teachers give them the education that they need and deserve. I strive to instill in our staff that the children in our care need to feel safe, loved and cared for while they are here then learning will come easier! I met my husband nine years ago when the Lord brought me to Chiefland for a random trip to Walmart. We got married six years ago and have three beautiful children - Tanner, Colt and Taylor. I have lived all over the world - Iceland, Maryland, and Japan - but always knew that one day I would end up in a small town married with a family and here I am and thankful everyday for where the Lord has led me.
Kathy Crews, National CDA
Head Start Teacher
Kathy has worked with children for almost 30 years. She began volunteering in her two children's classrooms at Chiefland Elementary School. After that, Kathy became the toddler two teacher at Clyatt House and is now a Head Start Teacher. Prior to being the Head Start teacher here, she was also a Headstart teacher with CDS at Chiefland Elementary. All of this because of my love for children.
Joyce began her career in education as an elementary substitute teacher in 1992 and as a Head Start teacher until 2001. Ms. Doss has accumulated over 21 years of experience in the education industry. She has also served in other positions in Head Start including administrative assistant and HR. In 1995 she obtained her National CDA Certificate and is currently in the renewal process. Ms. Doss chose to become a teacher because she realized that our children are the future and she wanted to be a positive impact in their lives.
Jamie Pitts, FCCPC
Early Head Start Teacher
Jamie grew up in Cincinnati and moved to Chiefland in 2004. While in high school she began working at a local occupational therapy office with children with special needs and realized her love for children and knew it was her passion. In 2008 she began her career at the Clyatt House and quickly completed her Florida Child Care Professional Certificate (FCCPC). She loves working with crafts and doing anything from painting, sewing, or simply making a mess and enjoys doing the same with the children. Her classroom slogan is "it's not a mess, it's a creative mess!" She has two beautiful daughters, Emily Taylor and Leah Nicole. Jamie loves participating in the Autism Foundation and the March of Dimes. "I'm so blessed to call the Clyatt House my home to be able to love and create with the children!"
Sherry Nygard, National CDA
Toddler 1 Teacher
Sherry began her childcare career in 1998 and has been working in child care since the age of 16. She is married and has three wonderful children. She has worked with all age groups and worked as a Teacher for the Head Start program. Sherry has been our Toddler One teacher for the past four years and has her National CDA. Her passion for young children continues to grow because she enjoys giving children love and compassion because you never know what the kids go through at home. She enjoys singing and making kids learn and laugh through songs.
Ivette Baez, FCCPC
Early Head Start Teacher
Ivette has been part of Head Start since she became a volunteer when she enrolled her child in the Head Start program. Ivette volunteered consistently in her child's classroom and developed a strong desire to become a teacher where she is able to make a difference and impact the lives of our children. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Ivette is passionate about the roll of family in a child's life and works hard to encourage family involvement in both the classroom and at home. Ivette holds a Florida Child Care Professional Certificate (FCCPC).
Ami Eads, FCCPC
Head Start Teacher
A.S. Early Childhood Education with concentration in special needs
Ami has worked with children for 11 years. She has two beautiful daughters-a six year old and a two year old. Ami completed her A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education two years ago and has worked in all of the classes at the Clyatt House, including VPK, Head start and Early Head start. I love teaching giving them the opportunity to learn and be creative. I love teaching thru art and science crafts. I feel children learn with hands on activities. Age 0-5 are the primary developmental ages and we are building their foundation to their futures. She has lived in Chiefland for almost ten years and is also a First Responder.
Head Start Teacher
A.A.S. Early Childhood Education
Tabetha has been teaching 3-5 year olds in Head Start for 4 yrs. She has been married since 1994 has two wonderful children--a daughter, a son and a granddaughter whom she adores. She decided on a career in ECE when her daughter was in first grade as she volunteered daily in her childís classroom. That's when she knew she just loved the feeling of teaching. She worked as a substitute teacher in the Dixie County School District for 10 years. Tabetha received her paraprofessional and went on to receive her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. She will soon complete her B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education. "I always knew I loved children, listening to them and their stories and how they think things work it is very interesting and comical. I just like observing them while they learn and get excited when they know they figured something out or did it on their own." Tabetha hopes to one day become a Kindergarten or first grade teacher or even maybe a school librarian.
Baylee is a graduate of Otter Creek Christian Academy and has been employed with the Clyatt House since January 2015. Baylee actually attended our facility when she was a child and came to us with the aspiration of working here after graduation. She is currently in the process of completing her Florida Child Care Professional Certificate (FCCPC). Baylee is treasured in among our toddler students!
Stacy Pitts, National CDA
Stacy has been part of the Clyatt House family since 2002. She has her National Child Development Associate (CDA) Preschool and is currently working to complete the infant and toddler endorsement. She has two beautiful children and a wonderful husband. My love for children became a very important part of my life at a young age after taking care of my sister and other children. At the age of 14 I realized how essential it was to give children a positive and loving atmosphere to surround themselves in. I give myself to the children to be the hug or the smile that they need and praying that the positives that I give them carry on as some of my teachers have in my life. Teaching them to love themselves, and no matter what someone may tell them if they have a will to succeed the skies the limit!
Vicky Pitts, Director
Vicky began her career in childcare in the early 1990's as a Head Start Teacher and substitute school teacher with the Levy County School Board. After her and her husband (Frank Pitts) recognized a community need for a high quality childcare center, together they started the Clyatt House Learning Center in 1993. Mrs. Pitts obtained her National Child Development Associate (CDA) in ____. She has been the active director of the Clyatt House for over 21 years now.
Jonathan Pitts, CFO/CTO
Jonathan joined the family business in 2005 shortly after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics. In 2007, the school transitioned to its current location and expanded it's capacity from 148 children to 193. He completed his Masters of Business Administration degree from Saint Leo University in 2010 and continues his support role at the Clyatt House. Jonathan also holds a Florida Advanced Director Credential for Childcare. He also manages all of the company's IT infrastructure.