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.

 ess14737895518161Pre-school 3 Lead Teacher  Age 2 1/2 -3 1/2   Melissa Stewart  (Ms. Melissa)  

Ms. Melissa started her association with Curious Kat as an Early Childhood Education student at Tidewater Community College. She has worked closely with many of our students and teachers while completing her coursework and student teaching. Now with her Associates Degree, we welcome her as a lead teacher for our young pre-school class.                                  Ms. Melissa is hard working, cooperative, and consistently displays a cheerful and positive outlook. She has shown herself to be a valuable asset to our team with her flexibility and willingness to work.                     Ms. Melissa is native to Norfolk. She enjoys singing, baking, and just having fun.

IMG_0554Pre- Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Rasheeda DeBerry  (Ms. Rasheeda)  

Ms. Rasheeda has been teaching children for over 8 years. She has worked at Coleman Place Elementary, Calvary Christian School, and Tender Loving Childcare. Her training includes MAT, CPR, and First Aid.                                  Ms. Rasheeda has a good rapport with the children and a genuine understanding of them. She is affectionate, has a sense of humor, and encourages them to strive and succeed.


20160504_171732 Assistant Director & Floating Teacher

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 is working toward her CDA and has proven herself to be a wonderful teacher and leader. 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.



pre school teacher

Owner / Director

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 help teachers create an ideal learning environment that will meet or exceed state standards.

                                     Owner / Financial Manager

Gary Kidwell, Tidewater Community College, ECPI  Mr. Gary manages all financial accounts at Curious Kat, as well as general maintenance and supplies. He loves helping out both the teachers and the students.



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.

February 2018