Our Staff

At Top Flight, our teachers all possess the love of teaching and working with young children. Our Infant and Toddler teachers are primary caregivers and follow their care group as they grow older. The previously named “Pre School” and “Pre K” classrooms have become multi-age classrooms. Each of these classrooms have a combination of children that are 3-5 years old. Each team of teachers brings a combination of youth and experience as co-lead teachers.

John Ricklefs: The B.E.S.T. Choice, Inc. Business Manager

John has been the owner and business manager for Top Flight Kids for over 25 years. He wears many hats and wears them well. He is the epitome of “lead by example,” a great role model for staff and children.

Nicki Englund: Director

Nicki cannot imagine not working with children. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas and has worked in childcare for more than 20 years. Her two children grew up way too fast and they are both attending college. When she is not working she likes to be active and outside, visiting her children or exploring Kansas City’s entertainment options.

Current staff assignments include:

Assistant Director: Lisa Fortner
Infant Classroom: Nancy Hilton-Eastland, Janell Farrell & Emily Turner
Toddler 1 Classroom: Cari Carson & Lisa Morrison
Toddler 2 Classroom: Courtney Burgess & Amber Chaffin

Puddle Jumpers: Shandra Bulmer & Hallee Piechocki
Shooting Stars: Devin Chavez & Chelsea Stratton
Floaters: Michelle Bennett, Kayla McMullen, Kyler Reinhardt & Lynn Schieve
Chef: John Woods

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

  • My son begs to go to school everyday. He talks non stop about his teachers and the directors. The best part for parents is the communication. Each day I receive an email with daily info and high resolution pictures of the class during their activities. Every teacher is happy to be there and makes my family feel welcome.

    Jennifer B.
  • When your three year old begs to go to preschool you know it's a great place. The teachers are all amazing. My one year old also goes. The amount of information both kids have learned in just six months is crazy. You get what you pay for. I love getting an email each day telling me what my kiddos are learning. It's a stress reliever knowing my kids are safe and the staff and teachers care about them as much as I do. The teachers take the time to know each child and work with them in ways they understand. I love this place.

    Morgan I.

Check Us Out in Action!

Child care offered for children from 6 weeks through 6 years.

Monday through Friday 6:00am-6:00pm

Call us now for more information and availability!


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