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Kid's Place at Sequoyah, Inc.


Meet the Staff:

Kid’s Place at Sequoyah, Inc. strives to provide our children and families with low staff/child ratios for more focused attention. Each member of our staff is trained in CPR and First Aid. Many members of our staff are working to earn degrees in education, child and family studies and other child-focused professions.

  • Dana Gamby | Executive Director
  • Katya van den Berg | Administrative Assistant
  • Sara McEntire | Program Coordinator 



Ms. Katya – Administrative Assistant, Kindergarten

Hi, my name is Katya! This is my fourth year working with our amazing Kid’s Place kids. I am a recent graduate of UTK with a focus in Elementary Education. When I am not at KP I love to exercise, spend time with my friends, and shop! I look forward to getting to know your children during this year!




Mr. Nick – Head Counselor, 3rd Grade

Hi I’m Nick Waraksa I’m currently a senior at UTK studying history and secondary education. I love to play sports with my friends and cheer on the Vols. My favorite tv show is How I Met Your Mother and I really appreciate a good flannel.




Ms. Sara  – Program Coordinator,  2nd Grade

Hey I’m Sara! I have a Bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Tennessee. If I’m not at KP I’m curled up with my puppy Lex and a good book. I’m so glad to be back for another year!




Mr. Eric – Head Counselor4th/5th Grade

Hi! I’m Eric and I’m about to graduate from The University of Tennessee with a double major in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. When I’m not at work, I love to hang out with my friends and play sports.




Ms. Jodie – Head Counselor, 3rd Grade

Hi, I’m Jodie! I’m a 4yr KP vet and your local downtown Starbucks barista. I love the color yellow, all the outdoor things, and cuddling with my three kitties. I’m super pumped to get to know and live in all of our kiddos this year!




Ms. Alicia – Head Counselor, 4th/5th Grade

Hi, my name is Alicia! I currently in the teacher licensure program at UT! I am majoring in Child & Family Studies with a concentration in PreK-3rd. When I am not at KP I love to go to the lake, spend time with my friends & family, and spend time with my dog. I can’t wait to get to spend the year with our wonderful KP children!



Ms. Allison – 4th/5th Grade

My name is Allison Mohrman I am currently working toward degree in Therapeutic Recreation. With my degree I am hoping to work with individuals with disabilities in schools.  I have been working with children since I was 15. I started out working with children at a Girl Scout summer camp. This inspired me to earn the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. In my free time I love to read and to be outside.  



Ms. Bella – 1st Grade

Hello, I’m Bella! I have a Bachelor’s in Accounting and I’m currently pursuing a Master’s in Elementary Education. I spend my free time creating new recipes in my kitchen, volunteering as an ESL teacher, and reading lots and lots of fantastic books. I’m looking forward to creating long-lasting connections with my kids at KP.




Mr. Caleb – 4th/5th Grade

Hey everyone! I’m Caleb and I’m super excited to be joining Kid’s Place this year! I am currently a junior at the University of Tennessee majoring in Child and Family studies. In my free time I love exploring new places, eating good food and spending time with friends and family. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings! It’s going to be good!



Ms. Carly –  Kindergarten

Hi, my name is Carly Morgan. I am currently a junior at the University of Tennessee. My focus is on Child and Family Studies with a concentration in the PreK-3rd grade track. When I am not at KP, I love being outside and spending time with friends. I have loved working at KP and am so excited for this year!



Ms. Jordan – 2nd Grade

My names Jordan and I am a senior at the University of Tennessee. I am studying Marketing and Entrepreneurship. When I am not at work, I can usually be found hanging with my with my friends or at local coffee shop. I am so excited to be at KP for another year!




Ms. Karee – 1st Grade






Ms. Kassy – 3rd Grade 

Hello, my name is Kassy! I go to Pellissippi State and I am a business hospitality major! In my free time I like to hang with my friends, go to coffee shops, and shop at thrift stores!




Ms. Mackenzie – Kindergarten

Hi! I’m Mackenzie Rickett and i’m a freshman at UT. I am a marketing major and plan on spending my free time at the gym, hanging out with my roommates, & of course, working at Kids Place! Can’t wait to meet, teach, and have fun with your children!




Ms. Maria – 1st Grade





Ms. Mollie – 1st Grade

Hi my name is Mollie! I am a junior studying Elementary Education. When I am not at KP, I typically have my nose in a book or am rewatching Friends for the 70th time. This is my first year working here and I am so excited to be apart of the KP team!




Ms. Sarah – 3rd Grade

Hey, my name is Sarah! I am currently a sophomore studying Pre-Pharmacy at UTK. When I am not at KP, I love to hang out with my friends and listen to music. I am so excited to meet all the sweet KP children!




Ms. Sydney – 1st Grade

Hi I’m Sydney! I’m a UT student with a major in political science and a minor in secondary education. I love to go hiking and hang out with my friends. I’m so excited for another year at KP!




Ms. Victoria – 2nd Grade

Hi I’m Victoria! I’m a junior at UT studying Communications with a marketing minor. I love shopping, cooking, reading poetry, and hanging out with my dog in my free time! I’m so excited to get to know all the kids this year!