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Meet the Owner

Rosie Jinnah & Kiran Ukani

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

These words of wisdom by Nelson Mandela has been the guiding source in my life. I completed my Bachelors of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Arlington and worked at the Methodist hospital for a decade. I worked at post-surgical and intensive care unit where educating patients, families, and staff was one of my priorities and also the favorite part of my job. I enjoyed finding creative ways to convert complex concepts into the simplest forms.

I have been volunteering as an early childhood educator for many years and find tremendous joy in sparking children’s curiosity through a hands-on curriculum. I have completed my Director’s certification from the National Institute of Child Care Management. I have two beautiful girls, Zoya and Sophia, ages 7 and 11 and my husband Imran is a Certified Public Accountant.

It had been my dream to work with children and when my best friend Rosie and I decided to start a preschool, we explored many options. After months of vigorous research and talking to multiple people we discovered Ivy Kids and were immediately drawn to the school’s proven qualities especially the IvyPrep Curriculum. We found the focus on each child at every school remarkable.

Rosie and Jay Jinnah are professional entrepreneurs with successful accessories and clothing companies, Silver Moon and Southern Grace Apparel. Rosie serves as Creative Director and Jay as the Chief Financial Officer. They have been lifelong volunteers at every school their kids have been at and in their respective communities. Rosie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from The University of Texas at Arlington and Jay has a Bachelors in Business from The University of Texas at Dallas. Rosie and Jay have two kids, Arisa and Cyrus ages 7 and 11 and both were born in the great and unique City of McKinney.

Both our families feel so blessed to be part of the community and look forward to partnering and welcoming your family to our Ivy Kids family!

The Ukani and Jinnah families

Meet the Director

Amber Tarter

Ms. Amber Tarter has been educating students and mentoring teachers in Early Childhood Education for close to 20 years.

She began her Early Childhood Education roles as a toddler teacher, then quickly transitioned into a Childcare Center Director/Owner role. In 2005, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northern Michigan University. After leaving Michigan and moving to Texas in 2016, Ms. Amber continued her career as an Assistant Director/Office Manager at a private Montessori school in Frisco, TX. In 2019, she obtained her Texas Childcare Administrator’s Credentials through Campfire in Fort Worth, TX where she was then able to continue her work as a Center Director.

Ms. Amber understands the importance of early education for children and how it provides a strong base for lifelong learning and learning abilities, including cognitive and social development. This reflects in her ability and passion to reach fellow teachers and young children at that level. She is also experienced and familiar with NAEYC Accreditation, having successfully set up a previous local Childcare Center with their NAEYC Accreditation in 2020.

Ms. Amber has three sons and five stepchildren and in her spare time, she enjoys staying active by gardening, traveling, exercising, volunteering, and meeting new people. As your Director, she plans to ensure that both parents and students feel safe and valued while attending Ivy Kids Early Learning Center. Her goal is to put your child’s needs first, in addition to ensuring the parent’s needs are also met, to the best of her ability. Ms. Amber looks forward to building a strong, respected relationship with all Ivy Kids children, families, and staff members.

Meet the Education Director

Ashley Vodraska

Hi there! My name is Ashley Vodraska. I’m a small-town Illinois native from about 15mins North of Chicago. I enjoyed growing up as the eldest sibling to my brother and sister, and always teaching them new things. I graduated from Hampshire High School, where I immersed myself in extracurricular activities.

In May of 2015, I graduated with a Bachelors in Science in Early Childhood Education, from Bradley University. I also have a Special Education Endorsement. I am always looking for ways to further my professional development, and can’t wait to one day get my Master’s in Counseling.

Over the years I have taught in licensed daycares as an infant and pre-k teacher, worked in a private preschool, had my own child, and taught 1st grade and special education in Texas public schools. My love of learning and Early Childhood Education over the last decade has brought me to Ivy Kids where I am now your Education Director!

I love being able to uphold the standard of IvyPrep Curriculum! When I’m not focusing on work in education I love spending time with my beautiful daughter, Bella, and my 5yr old German Shepherd, Jasper! I enjoy music, performing, dirt track racing, and the Chicago Cubs. We are members of Christ Fellowship Church in McKinney and adore our church family. I enjoy reading, constantly learning, and sponsoring other women and young teen girls. I feel so blessed to be a part of this educational community, and even more so to be your Education Director!

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