The WFA Team is composed of administrators, teachers, and support staff. Each of these members is dedicated to serve, educate, and develop WFA families. All team members are screened through the Missouri Care and Safety Registry. Each of the administrators and teachers are certified in Infant/Child CPR and First Aid. The entire WFA Team is extensively educated and trained in areas pertaining to early childhood development.
The administration includes the Director and Owner, Angela Nesslage, the Co-Director, Renee Knobbe, and the Assistant Director, Alyssa Combs.
Each class has a team of teachers. The team is led by the Head Primary Educator (HPE). The HPE collaborates with the Primary Educator of the class. These individuals are supported by the Secondary and Assistant Educators.
Waverly Forest Academy knows that a successful program can only be achieved on a foundation of committed teachers. Early childhood education is known for a statistic that supports high turnover of teachers. We at Waverly Forest Academy believe in offering our teachers the best working environment, competitive wages and benefits. The return on our investment is a dedicated team, who continue to strengthen our reputation by their ongoing training and years of service. The WFA team is very involved in maintaining the reputation we have worked so hard to earn. Many of our team members select to work 10 hour days so they are able to communicate with families at drop off as well as pick up, and to provide consistency of care which is crucial to each child’s growth and development.
Meet The Team
Angela Nesslage founded Waverly Forest Academy in 2009. Previous to this, Angie was the director of Little Guppy Child Development Center from the day it was opened in 1997 through 2008. She has been in the field of early childhood education since 1995. Angie earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Lindenwood University in 1997. She has completed graduate classes in early childhood education at Webster University. Angie is trained in Project Construct, High Scope, Creative Curriculum, Conscious Discipline, and the Reggio Approach. She has developed a Spanish program for preschoolers and has taught this program at area schools for over 10 years. Angie has been married to her husband Corey since 2000, and they share two sons.
Renee Knobbe is the co-director of WFA and Angie’s sister. Renee founded Little Guppy Child Development Center in 1997. Previously, she served as the executive director of Patterson Schools, overseeing 6 early childhood centers. Renee received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Professional Counseling. Both degrees were earned at Lindenwood University where she went on to teach early childhood education classes at the masters level. She is trained in Project Construct, Conscious Discipline, the Reggio Approach, High Scope, Creative Curriculum, and Students in the Middle. Renee has a love for tennis, and baby rolls!
Alyssa Combs is the Assistant Director of WFA. She is a founding member of Waverly Forest Academy. Previously Alyssa worked for Angie and Renee as a lead teacher in a two year old class at Little Guppy Child Development Center. Alyssa received her bachelor's degree in English-Writing in 2008 from Millikin University. She is trained in High Scope, Creative Curriculum, Teaching Strategies, Conscious Discipline, ABC Child Yoga, and has been a Head Primary Educator in every age group at WFA. Alyssa published a childrens E-Book titled "Walter the Worry Worm" in 2013, and since then the story has been implemented in curriculum at WFA. She married Cole Combs, a local St. Charles attorney in 2008. They share a son who will graduate from WFA's pre-k program this May!
-February 1st Founders Day
-February 5th: Koty and Campbell Story time visit from the St. Charles Library
-March 20th Parent Night Out/ Kid Night In
-April 1-3 Book Fair
-April 3rd Grandparents Night
-April 6-24th Parent/Teacher Conferences