Bev Venables


Ms. Bev has been the owner, operator, director, and teacher at Academic Gardens for 34 years. She has dedicated herself  to the education of children all of her adult life.  Ms. Bev has since retired from the classroom, but we still see her in passing here and there!


Phil Venables

"Mr. Fix-it"

Mr. Phil the “Fix it Man” is Ms. Bev’s husband and our personal handy-man around the gardens. He is seen around here and there fixing toys, lights, and more.


Tiffany Bentley


Ms. Tiffany has spent the last 4 years teaching here with us. She has taught every class from the 3 year olds to 5! She is a certified teacher with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from WSU. She has an Early Childhood Development minor, over 10,000 hours of experience working with young children.

4 Year Teachers


Ms. Tiffany Bentley

Lead Teacher

Ms. Melissa

Ms. Melissa Fitzpatrick

Co-Lead Teacher


Ms. Dawnie Trotter

Co-Lead Teacher


Ms. Elizabeth Schnoes


3 Year Teachers

Ms .Ashley

Ms. Ashley Solberg

Lead Teacher

Ms. Ann

Ms. Ann Moyer

Assistant Teacher

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Ms. Carrie Budz

Assistant Teacher

Special Instructors

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Mr. Justin

Music Teacher

Ms. Stacey Stengle

Art Teacher


Ms. Joyce

Substitute Teacher

Tiffany, Elizabeth,Ann, Ashley(top), Nicole, Bev, Melissa (bottom)