Libby Lane Early Childhood Center is a quality provider of progressive early learning and childcare services for families in the Lee's Summit and Kansas City area.
The program is located in a dedicated facility near Chipman Road and Hwy 50, in Lee’s Summit. Libby Lane provides early learning opportunities for children 18 months to 5 years old. The teaching team is devoted to supporting children’s learning so they can achieve their God-given potential through developmentally appropriate activities that will prepare them for elementary school.
Libby Lane Early Childhood Center is co-located with Libby Lane Academy to provide a seamless continuum of learning for children and youth. Libby Lane is a learning community where young children are introduced to and experience the love of God to allow for growth physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually.
To serve the children and families of Lee’s Summit and the greater Kansas City area.
To nurture the development of the whole child: physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and spiritually.
We value children and place great priority on the provision of a safe, nurturing, and carefully prepared environment that develops the whole child and instills in them a love for learning.
The teaching staff at Libby Lane Early Childhood Center is specifically chosen because of their qualifications and dedication for meeting the developmental and learning needs of children. All staff are required to maintain current certification in Infant/Child CPR and First Aid.
Director Loree Thomason
Loree Thomason, Program Director, brings a wealth of formal training and experience to the leadership team of the Libby Lane Early Childhood Center. With 13 years of experience in early childhood education, she has expertise in early childhood teaching, program management, and special education in a variety of settings. She has a Master’s Degree in Education with emphasis in dual-language learning. Her undergraduate studies include early childhood education and elementary education. Loree is Missouri certified in Early Childhood Special Education.
- Master of Education ESL
- Bachelor of Education
- Early Childhood Education & Elementary Education
- Certification in Early Childhood Special Education & Elementary Special Education
Corrie holds a Master’s degree in English, with a cross-disciplinary capstone, along with formal training in Montessori Method through the AMS-affiliated Kansas City Center and the University of St. Mary. With a passion for education, fueled by a desire to see all children reach their fullest potential during the critical early years, Corrie seeks to empower children as learners and citizens as they are guided and shaped in LLECC’s early learning programs. When she’s not teaching or spending time with her family, Corrie is active in her local church, busy with non-profit endeavors, and reading up on the latest industry practices.
Melissa Miller holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, as well as a certificate of Ministerial Studies. She has taught, tutored, and substituted at a number of levels, and has an extensive humanitarian volunteer history that has carried her to countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, and Swaziland. Fluent in Spanish, and experienced in translation, Melissa is a great asset to the LLECC team. When she’s not teaching or traveling, she enjoys swimming, running, and mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Natalie Nelson has an extensive volunteer history in children’s ministry and has also worked as a volunteer assistant music instructor at Libby Lane Academy. Her strong desire to impact children’s lives led her to join the team at LLECC, while she simultaneously pursues a Bachelor’s in Ministerial Studies at World Revival School of Ministries. Natalie is also a gifted vocalist, with a love for drama and art.
Lisa brings over 25 years of experience with children with special needs to Libby Lane. A gifted teacher, in 2010 she was recognized as the Classified Employee of the Year by Independence School District and has been covered by the Independence Examiner for her work in the field of Special Education. Lisa’s greatest joy as a teacher is to guide children toward that “light bulb” moment when they grasp a new concept and experience the reward that learning brings.
Amanda Silvers holds an Associate’s in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor’s in Ministerial Studies. She is a gifted teacher with a passion to see children’s lives shaped to impact their world in a positive way. She brings eight years of experience working with children, along with a whole lot of passion, to the staff here at LLECC. When she is not teaching or volunteering her time at her local church, she enjoys reading, music, learning, and laughing with family and friends.
With over a decade of experience working with children, Darcie brings a wealth of knowledge and training to LLECC. Her past work in social services, as a house-parent to disadvantaged boys, and working one-on-one with autistic children gives insight into her compassion and true concern for the welfare of children. Darcie loves art, music, photography, reading, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Ministerial Studies.
With a Bachelor’s in Music Education, Brittany loves to guide and encourage children in their ability to create, grow, and lead. She brings her musical talent into class activities along with nine years of teaching experience. When she’s not teaching children or practicing her French horn, she loves to travel and exercise with her German Shepherd, Sarge.
Kim has a background in Music Education and English and has worked as substitute teacher in the Lees Summit R-7 school district. A gifted vocalist and musician, Kim brings a passion for education and the arts to the LLECC team. Kim’s goal as an educator is see children’s classroom experience spark a life-long love of learning and the development of leadership skills. When she’s not busy impacting little lives, she enjoys playing piano, practicing Korean, traveling, and various forms of art.