Our TEAM has been carefully chosen for their expertise, training, and for their sensitivity to the individual needs of the young child. All team members are required to have 20 hours of annual training, along with a Child Development Associates Credential (CDA) or be in the process of receiving, a CDA.  All team members are screened with the central registry for child abuse and neglect and criminal background checks.
The ratio of childcare professionals to children is as follows:

  • 4 weeks to 3 years- 1 caregiver for 5 children
  • 3 years to 5 years -1 caregiver for 10 children
  • 6 years to 10 years -1 caregiver for 15 children

Owner/Director

Amie Ray

My name is Amie Ray, the owner and founder of Leap 2 Learn Educational Childcare. I was born and raised in Rapid City and graduated from Rapid City Central High School in 1999. I am a mother of 2 amazing boys, Mason and Kolin, and a wife to my loving husband, Adam.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Black Hills State University and my Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Grand Canyon University. I have continued my education on all aspects of early childhood education and stay up to date on the latest developments of what drives children to learn. I have educated children from birth to age 8 in general and special education for 12 years. It always remains important to me to put the child first and ensure families stay involved.

I also enjoy being at the lake with my family and watching sports, as long as my children are playing :).


Assistant Director

Bekah Gilmore

Bekah Gilmore, grew up in Massachusetts and moved out to South Dakota in 2014. She started her Early Childhood Education career early on in high school attending a 3 year Care and Guidance of Children Career and Technical Education program. Since then she has received multiple certifications, and has expanded her early childhood career by obtaining her CDA. She has been lead teacher in many centers over the years perfecting curriculum and classroom management. Since leaving the classroom, she has ran her own in home child care, and is extremely excited to be back in a center leading teachers in helping them achieve early childhood excellence! When she’s not working with children she can be found at the barn with her 6 horses, teaching riding lessons to young children, training, and doing chiropractic work on equine athletes. She is married with 3 young children Ryder, Skylynn, and Ryett.


Administration Assistant

Deb Geske

My name is Deb Geske, I Graduated from Black Hills Beauty College and am a Cosmetologist and Nail Tech at Trendz Salon, with 30 years of experience.

I previously owned Action Auto Repair with husband Terry for 20 years, where I gained experience in accounting, computers and customer service.

I enjoy family time with husband Terry, daughters Lori and Amie, son-in-law Adam, 3 grandsons Mason, Kaden, Kolin, 1 granddaughter Leah.  In my spare time, I enjoy baking, cooking, crafts, friends, gardening and motorcycle riding with my husband.


Specialists

Connie Tucker

Strong Family Values, Efficient and Organized, Prioritizes Health and Exercise, Positive Perspective, Fueled by Faith, Well Developed Time Management Skills, Energetic, Love and Concern for Children

Strong Family Ties, Innate Concern for Others, Conscientious Listener, Articulate, Knowledgeable, Resourceful, Strong Work Ethic, Kind and Compassionate, Outgoing, Multi-tasker, Parent and Student Advocate

Please Understand: When you share a concern with me it is in my nature to offer my help or feedback. *The more that is asked of me, the more I value and need brief social interactions with friends and co-workers. *I believe that we should say what we mean and mean what we say.

How to Support Me: Listen and Offer Feedback, Value my Time and Ideas, Work Without Complaining, Show Compassion and Exercise Caution before Placing Judgment, Share Concerns without Condemning and Offer Help

Important to me: Adventures with my Husband (Motorcycle Rides for ‘Get-aways’), Time with Children and Grandchildren, Family Get-Togethers, Fellowship with my Church Family, Companionship of Pets, Calming effects of Rain Storms, Health and Fitness, Being Appreciated


Classroom Teachers

Teachers and Bios Coming Soon!