Meet our Preschool Educators
Kimberly Follis, Director
I am an educator at heart and have worked in education for over 11 years. Most recently, I was the School Director of a five star school in South Charlotte. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University and completed my Master’s degree coursework in Leadership at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. As a devoted lifelong learner, I continue to take classes to keep up-to-speed with the latest trends and strategies in education. I look forward to partnering with you and your family to provide the best possible early childhood education for your child.
I am a native Charlottean and a lover of all things North Carolina. I have been married to my husband Steven for almost 3 years and we enjoy living in Charlotte. In our spare time we enjoy traveling to new places and spending time with our family scattered all over the world.
Ashleigh Tilton, Assistant Director
My name is Ashleigh Tilton and I have been the Assistant Director at Gateway Academy – Kenton for 2 years now. I have worked at Kenton for over five years and started out as an assistant teacher in our Preschool 4 room and then moved to be the Lead Pre – K teacher. I have over 9 years of experience working in the early childhood field and began my career in New Hampshire where I attended Granite State College and received my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I currently am going to school to further my education in the Early Childhood Field. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our daughter. We love to travel and exploring new areas around us.
Nika Burton, Teacher
Nika has been an employee at Gateway Academy- Kenton since November 2001. Her love for the children and the company is what has kept her here at Gateway for many years Nika has earned her NC Credentials and many other training courses such as: First Aid, CPR, and SIDS.
Jen Christenbury, Teacher
Jen has been a part of Gateway Academy-Kenton for 14 years. The love of teaching the children and the company is what has kept Ms. Jen here at Gateway She loves teaching and has taught for over 20+ years. Ms. Jen is currently working on her Associates Degree in Early Childhood.