Our Staff

infant teacherInfant caregiver:

Jennifer Ramirez, Everest College- Ms. Jenny is an Honors graduate of Everest College, where she was named ambassador for her outstanding academic achievements, her dedication for learning, and her professional responsibility. Well experienced in childcare, Ms. Jenny has joined Curious Kat to care for our youngest charges. She is hard working and positive and the infants are flourishing in the warm, loving, and nourishing environment she provides for them.

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.

Lead Teacher 2 ½ – 3 ½ yrs.
Ms. Marquetta Murray is a graduate of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where she earned her associates in Early Childhood Education. She now attends Capella University, working toward her bachelors in Psychology. Marquetta is an experienced teacher, having worked at Early Childhood Education Center and First Baptist Preschool in Mississippi, Bright Beginnings Daycare and Anytime Creative Childcare Center in Chesapeake VA, and Little Achievers here in Norfolk. Her classroom is well organized and her teaching method is fun and creative. Her children are happy, growing rapidly in a rich learning environment.Ms. Marquetta resides here in Norfolk with her 2 year old twin daughters. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family, and hopes to own her own center one day.

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 Manager:     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.

April 2014