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Where the Passion Begins

Passionate, dedicated, and loving, Little Village Learning Center teachers love their work and it shows in everything they do. Our goal is to make a positive difference on young kids who come to our Childcare Center.


Christin and Richard Connell


We are the owners here at The Village. We wanted a safe place for our grandchildren to learn, grow and flourish into well rounded individuals, so we opened Little Village Learning Center. It takes a village to raise a child and that is what we have created here. We both have years of experience with our own children as well as grandchildren and feel that each child in our care is an extension of our family. Safety of our children is a number one priority and that is why all staff is first aid and CPR certified.

Kristin Cecil

Executive Director

Hello, I am Kristin the Executive Director at Little Village Learning Center. I have five years experience as well as my own children. I have obtained my Commonwealth Child Care Credential as well as my Child Development Associates. I am also enrolled in college working towards a degree in Elementary Education. My goal for the children in our care is to help mold them into innovative individuals that will contribute to society.


Jeannie Hardin

Learning Development Specialist

Hi there, I am Jeannie Hardin. I have been in childcare for around 20 years. I have been hired on as the Learning and Development Specialist. I will focus on KY ALL STARS, teacher trainings, and ensuring the children curriculum is up to date. I currently have my CDA in preschool and I plan to obtain a Directors Credential.

Desirae Adkins

Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Desirae Adkins,
I’m 24 years old, married and have two beautiful kids. I have been in childcare for 7 years and have loved every minute out it!
I have a lot of experience with infants to 4yr olds. I’m CPR and First Aid certified.
In high school my career pathway was childhood development and I have recently decided to further my education and obtain my Child Development Associate. With that being said my goal for my future is to stay in the childcare setting. Id like to start with my CDA and then move up the ladder as a director and eventually own my own center.
What made me want to work with the little village is, it’s not just a job. We are a family, and here for each other. I love my kids that I work with in the 3-4 year old room.


Alexis Eddington

Lead Teacher

Hey! I’m Alexis. I am the lead infant teacher at LVLC & I am a 2020 graduate. In highschool I completed the Allied Health & Early Childhood and Education pathway. I love being with the babies everyday & helping/watching them reach new milestones. I love my babies like they are my own & I love my village family! 

Mercedes Morris


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I am Mercedes, I am a mom. I have a 2 year old son named Nick. I love hearing the babies giggle daily and being able to be apart of their lives. I enjoy watching them grow and aiding in their development.


Faith Whitehouse


Hi! My name is Faith Whitehouse I am a graduate of North Bullitt high school, and I joined childcare for my love of children! I absolutely love making memories with all the kids and all the fun laughs we share! In the future I plan on being a pediatric nurse to continue my love for helping and caring for children. 

Haley Mills


I am a 2021 North Bullitt graduate with a 3.7 GPA. During my time at North Bullitt, I began my future pathway into Health Care while working at The Little Village. I attend Bellarmine University as a part of their Nursing Program while continuing to help at the Village.


Kayden Bryan


I’m Kayden, I graduated high school this year and I am attending UofL for nursing. I love working with kids & helping people in general! I worked in childcare for a year prior to joining the Little Village and I couldn’t be more happy to be apart of Little Village Learning Center. I am excited to begin shaping the minds of the future.

Sherry Franzell


Hello, My name is Sherry. I have been around kids my whole life.  I have helped with my siblings and babysat for multiple people. I have my own daughter Evie and I enjoy spending time with her and my family when I am not at LVLC taking care of the 2 year olds. I love getting in the floor and playing with the children. I feel like they learn best when you are interacting with them down on their level.


Abbi Crenshaw


Hello! My name is Abbi. I have been apart of LVLC since I was senior at Bullitt East high-school being their first youth apprentice. I love helping teach and shape young minds. I love seeing them laugh and make memories! I’m glad I am able to be apart of the Little Village family!

Alicia Konichek


Hello, I am so excited to be part of the Little Village Learning Center. I am a Senior at Bullitt Central High School and I am in the Agriculture and Teaching & Learning pathway. I plan on pursuing my education while majoring in agricultural education. I love nurturing and caring for kids as well as animals and I am so overjoyed to be part of the Little Village family.


Emily McMullan


Hi Guys, My name is Emily, I recently graduated from North Bullitt. I will be attending EKU in the fall majoring in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education. I enjoy working with the smaller toddlers. I like doing fun crafts and getting messy with them. I enjoy seeing them explore more textures, crafts, and activities.

Jaelyn Kennedy


Hello, my name is Jaelyn Kennedy im 17 , I love working with kids seeing all the different personals and what they enjoy. I have younger sisters & brothers I watch and enjoy doing these with. I take pride in teaching them new things. I started working at LVLC because of my joy for kids. The whole facility was really welcoming. This is not just a job to me I love what I do. I love being with the kids, playing with them and teaching them new things. I currently am enrolled in homeschooling. Previously I did Child Development classes before beginning homeschool.


Taylor Carnes


Hi, I am Taylor I am a 2022 graduate of North Bullitt Highschool where I completed the Medical Pathway. I enjoy helping children learn and grow. Helping watch my nieces and nephews led me to learn how much I enjoy children. It makes me happy to see them learn new skills and I am very thankful for the opportunity to work at such a great facility.

Bri Watkins


Hi,My name is Bri and I am so ecstatic to be joining the LVLC family!  I could not be more proud to be working with a team of individuals who whole heartedly believe that it takes a village, not only to raise our children, but to also lean on one another when help is needed. I plan to learn more and more every day with LVLC's children and treat each and every child as they were my own.  I am currently enrolled at UofL where I double major in Middle and Secondary Education.


Anna Minnis


Hi! My name is Anna Minnis! I joined LVLC because I learned working with kids is a passion of mine, and I would like to one day become a teacher. LVLC has great core values with teaching and learning, and I hope to gain great experience through my time here! I am a active leader in school and I am in band at church and school! I am furthering my education at Asbury College, GO EAGLES.

Lauren Elstone


Hello, My name is Lauren. I am a mother of two. I previously worked in a gym child care taking care of children while their parents worked out. I have made the transition to LVLC to further my knowledge and develop my skills as a teacher. I plan to further my education anybody obtaining my CDA in a preschool setting.


Tori Bickett


Hello, My name is Tori. I am a 2023 graduate of North Bullitt. I am furthering my education at Bellarmine University in their nursing program. I am a Governor Scholar and I enjoy working with kids. Seeing them light up when they learn something new is s amazing.

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