Our Staff

sylviaInfant caregiver:
6 wks.-16 mo.

Sylvia Lee, a Norfolk native and Lake Taylor High School graduate, comes to us from Bayview Christian School where she worked as a lead teacher for 7 years. There she helped toddlers to successfully develop their physical, social, and intellectual skills through Art, Language, Math, Dance, and Reading, thus preparing them for early literacy. Ms. Sylvia has also taught at Freemason Baptist Child Development Center where she worked with infants for 6 years. Prior to this she directed here own home daycare for infants.

Ms. Sylvia’s vast experience makes her a wonderful asset to our Curious Kat family. She is loving, caring, and thoroughly dedicated to our youngest charges. Our infants are happy, loved, and thriving under her care.

IMG_2284Lead Teacher 16-30 mo.

Ms. Mona Efferson, Texas A&M, Tidewater Community College.

Ms Mona is  born and raised in Norfolk, VA. She comes to us from King’s Kids Preschool, where she was a lead teacher for young toddlers as well as preschool age. Ms. Mona has completed extensive training in the care, education, and safety of young children, as well as their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Mona’s hands on approach to teaching provides her children with the experience they need for large and fine motor control, socialization with their peers, and daily exploration of their world as experienced through the 5 senses. She is creative, fun, and very nurturing. Ms. Mona resides here in Norfolk with her husband and 2 daughters. She enjoys music, taking walks, and spending time with her family.

IMG_2941Lead Teacher 2 ½ through 3 yrs.
Gwendolyn Painter (Ms. Gwen)

Ms. Gwen received her associates degree in 1994 from Tidewater Community College. She worked with infants through school age for 5 years at Little Peoples Daycare and with infants through preschool for 6 years at Freemason Child Care Development Center, both here in Norfolk, Virginia. She then worked for 9 years at Bayview Christian School, also in Norfolk, where she was lead teacher for 4 year olds as well as Morning Supervisor. She has had extensive training in Childcare and truly enjoys teaching and working with children. Now at Curious Kat, she has proved herself to be a wonderful and creative teacher. The children adore her and thrive under her program. A native of Norfolk, Ms Gwen resides here with her family. She enjoys skating, bowling, music, movies, and spending time with her family.

IMG_20150202_130439 - CopyP.E., Art, & Afternoon Resource Teacher

Courtney Colbert- Ms. Courtney

Courtney Colbert currently attends Tidewater Community College and is close to earning her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is skilled in both planning and implementing developmentally appropriate lessons for young children in varied age and ability levels. She is conscientious, warm, and creative, and the children respond well to her teaching style.

Courtney currently resides in Norfolk with a friend and her very special cat. She enjoys Yoga and taking long walks on the beach.


pre school teacher

Preschool & Kindergarten:

Katherine Kidwell,Virginia Wesleyan College-          Ms. Kathie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Virginia Wesleyan College, and taught in Norfolk Public Schools for 33 years. She then trained in multiple levels of the Montessori Method and taught at The Montessori Academy of Virginia. She brings her expertise from both worlds to Curious Kat  to create an ideal learning environment that will meet or exceed state standards. She loves teaching and the children are soaring in academic achievement under her care.

Office Staff:

Center Director:     Katherine Kidwell                           Office Administrator:      Gary Kidwell 

   Katherine and Gary are a husband & wife team dedicated to creating a safe, nurturing, and fun loving environment that provides the very best in Educational Excellence.

August 2016