Staff


Amanda Kulesza (Owner/Director) -
Amanda has owned and managed Joyland since June 2008. Prior to that she was a Childcare Supervisor at a local church as well as a Marketing Director. She has her Bachelor’s Degree from St. Bonaventure University in Mass Communication and an Early Childhood Certificate from Columbus State. She lives in Hilliard and has four children of her own.  

 

 


Miranda Bourassa (Director) –
Miranda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Muskingum University and hold’s an Ohio Teaching license. In addition, she has a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Capella University. She has eight years experience teaching preschool and was an assistant administrator prior to coming to Joyland in 2011. She lives in Dublin with her husband Seth and dog Sadie.

 

 

 

Aimee Laminack (Infants)- Aimee has worked for a nanny for six years prior to starting at Joyland in August of 2019. She has experience working with children with disabilities and developmental delays.

 

Besa Gjana -  Besa started at Joyland in August 2020. Prior to this she had 4.5 years experience as a preschool and toddler teacher at local centers. Besa also has a daughter that attends Joyland.

 

Rachel Gordon  Rachel has worked in childcare for 4 years prior to joining Joyland. She has experience with a lot of age groups from School age to infants but prefers working with infants and was excited to join Joyland as our Wobbler teacher in December of 2020.

 

 

Trudy Nichols (Toddlers) - Trudy is the lead teacher in the toddler room at Joyland. She attended the Licking County J.V.S. where she was certified in Early Childhood Education.  She has been working at Joyland since 1998. She currently resides in Plain City, Ohio with her husband and two daughters.

 

 

 

 

Devan Barnett (Toddlers) - Miss Devan has been a toddler teacher at Joyland Preschool since June 2018. She 1.5 years experience working at other childcare centers as well as a year of  classes in Early Childhood Development at Columbus State Community College. She also has a daughter named Luna who is in our infant classroom.

 

 

Emily Terry-Adams (Preschool) - Miss Emily has a bachelors of Arts degree from Ohio State. She also has 4 years prior experience teaching in a child care setting in both the toddler and preschool age groups, as well as nanny experience. Miss Emily started at Joyland in June 2013.

 

 

 

 

Alissa Moore (PreK)Alissa began at Joyland in November 2013 and is a Wobbler teacher and eventually moved to our Stars classroom. She has taken Early Childhood Education classes at Columbus State. Alissa has a daughter who also attends Joyland.

 

 

 

Sarah Starkey (Preschool) - Miss Sarah has a bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University in Early Childhood Education. While attending college she worked summers at a local childcare center. Sarah has been at Joyland since June 2013.

 

Denise Nauta (Floater) - Denise works in our kitchen making sure we have delicious food to eat every day as well as assisting teachers in the classroom as necessary. She has several years experience in childcare and has taken classes at Columbus State University. She has been at Joyland since July 2011.