Meet Our Staff

Heather Premo (Owner/Operations Director)

I have worked with children in child care since 1995.  Throughout my years I have been able to experience and respect all of the different positions in Early Childhood Education.  I attended San Jose State University on a softball scholarship, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  It was during this time that my love for children further blossomed.

As a director since January 2002, of two large franchised schools and now Milestones; I have experienced all of the ins and outs of what the standards in childcare should be.  Throughout my years as a director, my admiration for the field of Early Childhood Education has continued to grow.  We pride ourselves on creating a positive school atmosphere with a “Home away from home” feel.  As a mother of two beautiful children I understand the importance of families having a nurturing environment for their little ones.  We are truly blessed to be an important part of the growth and development of each individual child at our school.  We look forward to your family being a part of our family.

Established Milestones: October 15, 2012


 

Cody Premo (Owner/Director)

I have dedicated my professional career to helping children and teenagers.  In 2005, I graduated from The University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  My experience comes from working in juvenile corrections, teaching Kindergarten and clinical case management.  Throughout the years I have worked with children from 2 to 18 years old.

I have four years of experience as a Kindergarten teacher, specializing in children diagnosed with behavioral disorders.  I then worked as a clinical case manager for two years for an agency that provided therapeutic outpatient services.   I believe the combination of experience between Heather and I are the foundation of Milestones Learning Center.

Established Milestones: October 15, 2012


Ms. Shanette (Infant/Toddler Director)

I have worked in child care since 2002 as a Teacher, Infant/Toddler Director, and Preschool Owner.

I am currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have two children of my own; one boy and one girl.  Working with children is my passion. To see their smiling faces when they accomplish something new is enough to remind me why I love working in this field.

I have loved my years of being a part of the Milestones family.  I continue to look forward to getting to know new families and being their child’s teacher.

Joined our team: August 2013


 

Ms. Nikki (Preschool Director)

I started my career in the early childhood field in 1998 working with infants.  This is when I fell in love with the field and decided to pursue my degree in Early Child Education.    I have a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies.  Throughout my years as a teacher I worked with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.  After 15 years in the classroom I decided it was time for a change, which lead me to Milestones as their Education Director.  This allows me to continue to be active with the kids, as well as to work alongside teachers to develop a quality curriculum for our program.  I believe all children have the right to learn in a hands-on, loving and safe environment.

In my spare time I love to hang out with my beautifully energetic daughter.  I also love adventure of any kind.  I enjoy traveling, really to anywhere I have never been.  I also enjoy running, hiking, being outdoors, reading and spending time with family and friends.  I look forward to getting to know each of our families and to being a part your child’s beginning education.

Joined our team: September 2012


Ms. Elaine (Assistant Director)

I grew up in Tipperary, Ireland. I came to the United States to be an AuPair for a family in Reno, NV that had four children.  I have over ten years of experience working with children from infants to ten years old.  Before coming to the United States, I worked at a preschool in Ireland for 3.5 years.  I have a two year degree from Ireland in Early Childhood Education and have taken classes at TMCC to continue my education.

I met my husband when I came to America and since then we have had three children; two of which are twins.  My children are the center of my world!  One day, I would like to open my own pre-school.  I love working at Milestones because it is a fun loving place to work.

Joined our team: July 2017


Ms. Kyndall (Administrative Assistant)

I was born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and spent a majority of my childhood living in Oklahoma.  I completed Cosmetology school however, I didn’t find the passion that I was looking for in that industry.  I moved to Reno, NV in the fall of 2021 and I look forward to continuing my growth here.  Outside of work I enjoy shopping, spending time with my long haired Dachshund, and trying new things.

I am excited to be a part of Milestones because I love children and being a part of families.  I enjoy being a part of starting their day off every morning.

Joined our team: February 2022


Ms. Bree (Classroom Support Mentor)

I am a mother of two very busy boys that brighten my days. I am currently working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education, and I have worked in the field for over ten years.  I enjoy working with children and seeing how they absorb new information. I love their innocence on how they view the world and the people around them.  I enjoy teaching the many different personalities of each individual child as well as building relationships with their families.  I look forward to working together as a team, to help your child succeed.

Joined our team: October 2012


Ms. Lainey (Lead Teacher: Buntings” 6 weeks to 6 months)

I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada however, when I was twelve years old we moved to Hawaii where I attended middle school and high school.  I enjoy spending time at Lake Tahoe, being active outdoors with my four dogs, painting with watercolors, and crocheting.

I originally began working with children as a preschool teacher.  At milestones, I have fallen in love with the infants and being a part of their everyday experiences.  Building relationships with the children and families is incredibly special to me.

Joined our team: September 2020


Ms. Kendal (Assistant Teacher: Buntings” 6 weeks to 6 months)

I grew up on a ranch near Loyalton, California in Sierra Valley.  Throughout my childhood we bred and raised cattle, horses on goats.  I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, backpacking, kayaking, swimming and snow shoeing.  I very much enjoy attending country music concerts and festivals.

I began working with children in 2012, my experience ranges from children ages infants to elementary age.  My education courses have always been focused towards child development and health and safety.  I enjoy working with children and plan to continue doing so in the future.  I have had a wonderful time working at Milestones because the staff is friendly and the programs are organized and fun.

Joined our team: May 2021


Ms. Monica (Lead Teacher: Goslings” 6 months to 12 months)

I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico but grew up in Reno, Nevada.  I enjoy hiking, traveling, spending time with my mom and practicing hot yoga.  In my quiet times I enjoy reading books about personal growth and development.

Early childhood education is important because these children are the future.  I enjoy being a special part of the families and their beautiful babies.  I look forward to the special bonds that will develop and grow each day.

Joined our team: January 2022


Ms. Niki L. (Assistant Teacher: “Goslings” 6 months to 12 months)

I grew up in Reno, NV.  I have two children that keep me very busy however, when I have spare time I enjoy reading, going to the beach, horseback riding, camping and going to the movies.

Aside from being a mother, my professional experience with children ranges from infants to two years of age.  I took some years of work off to be home with my children, and I am now very excited to be back in the classrooms.

I like working at Milestones because the environment is positive and fun. The children and staff that I work with  are wonderful and I look forward to coming each day.

Joined our team: June 2020


Ms. Vickie (Assistant Teacher: “Goslings” 6 months to 12 months)

I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada.  I am a mother of six beautiful children!!!  Outside of work I enjoy fishing, hiking, rock collecting, crafting, and of course keeping up with my children’s sports and activities.

Now that my children are older, I desired going back to work in early childhood education because children have always been a passion of mine.  There is nothing better then seeing children laugh and grow within your care.  Being a parent myself I understand the importance of understanding the needs of the parent as well as the children.  I look forward to the relationships that will grow during my time with Milestones.

Joined our team: July 2022


Ms. Mona (Lead Teacher: “Chickadees” 12 months to 18 months)

I grew up in Hawthorne, Nevada.  I enjoy anything outdoors such as, camping with my family, spending time with my sons, and hiking with our dog.  I have worked with children of all ages since 2008.  Previously I have been a teacher for preschoolers, toddlers, infants, and now a lead pretoddler teacher.  Working with children is my passion and it is always nice to meet other families and teachers.  Fun Fact:  In the future I hope to travel all around the world with my husband and boys.

Joined our team: May 2021


Ms. Brittney (Assistant Teacher: “Chickadees” 12 months to 18 months)

I was born and raised in Reno, NV.  I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, reading, working out, and participating in volunteer work within our community.

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Nevada Reno.  I began working with children at UNR during my Human Development and Family Studies courses.  During my observation and hands-on time, I realized how much I enjoyed working with children.  In the future I would like to go back to college to pursue my Master’s degree, and then my Doctorate.  The early years of a child’s life is so incredibly important and I enjoy being a huge part of that developmental time.

Joined our team: July 2021


Ms. Sydney (Assistant Teacher: “Chickadees” 12 months to 18 months)

I was born and raised in Long Beach, California.  I have worked with children ranging from one years old to thirteen years old.  When I am not working, I enjoy reading and crafting.  I am also a huge animal lover that has fourteen pets: five cats, three dogs, a hamsters, fish, and a mouse!!!

My past experiences with children are as a nanny, ECE teacher, dance teacher, and on the football field as a cheer coach.  My joy for children has kept me working with them for many years, and I look forward to the growth that I will have with Milestones and all of the children in my classroom daily.

Rejoined our team: April 2022


Ms. Catherine (Lead Teacher: “Starlings” 18 months to 24 months)

I grew up in Southern California and recently moved to Reno. I love skiing, reading, playing the guitar and hiking.

My bachelor’s degree is in Psychology from Cal Poly Ponoma. While pursuing my degree, I also took a lot of Early Childhood Education classes. I eventually would like to work with children who have behavioral and mental health disabilities.

Milestones is a good fit for me because of the experience I will gain and I love how passionate the staff are with the children.

Joined our team: September 2019


Ms. Kariana (Assistant Teacher: “Starlings” 18 months to 24 months)

I was born in South Lake Tahoe, however was raised in Carson City, NV for most of my life. I enjoy dancing, hiking and practicing fun make-up techniques.

I have worked with children for over four years, ranging in the ages of infants to five years old.  My future plans are to attend TMCC and UNR for Early Childhood Education.

I like working at Milestones because it is a great school!  We have the best staff and I love seeing the children learn something new everyday.  I am fortunate because I am able to see the children grow up.

Joined our team: July 2020


Ms. Alina (Assistant Teacher: “Starlings” 18 months to 24 months)

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  In my spare time I enjoy baking and painting with acrylics.

My primary experience with children previously was as a nanny.  Through my years nannying I came to realize that I wanted to be a teacher.  I am excited about my classroom and the children that I work with daily.  Being a part of the children and their families is very rewarding.

Joined our team: April 2022


Ms. Jessica E. (Lead Teacher: “Pewees” 2 years to 2.5 years)

I was born and raised outside of the Salt Lake City, Utah area.  I enjoy camping, walking my dog, and spending time with my husband and mom.  I have worked in early childhood education since 2003, most of my experience is with toddlers and preschool age.  I have a true passion for working with children and seeing them grow.  Each child’s imagination is so incredible and comes out in so many aspects of their day, especially art.  I look forward to my daily interactions being meaningful for each child in my classroom.

Joined our team: July 2022


Ms. Michelle (Assistant Teacher: “Pewees” 2 years to 2.5 years)

I was born in Fort Louis, Washington and grew-up the 2nd half of my childhood in South Lake Tahoe, CA.  I am very social and enjoy hanging out with family and friends.  I have three cats and a dog that my time is spent with as well.

Previous to early childhood education my work experiences were in customer service.  I have always been drawn to children and wanted to become a teacher.  At Milestones I have been fortunate to find my niche in the toddler classroom and enjoy the daily energy that they bring into my life.

Joined our team: October 2021


Ms. Izzy (Assistant Teacher: “Pewees” 2 years to 2.5 years)

I grew up in Reno, Nevada.  I enjoy painting, creating music, collecting plants, and spending time with my rabbit.  I am currently attending college, working towards my Associates Degree.  I began working with children in 2017, primarily with children ages eleven to seventeen.  In the future, I would like to move to Lake Stevens, Washington and teach Art.

Working with children in the field of Early Childhood Education has been a new and exciting experience for me.  Fun Fact: I have a huge collection of rocks.

Joined our team: September 2021


Ms. Brenda (Lead Teacher: “Finches” 2.5 years to 3 years)

I was born in Reno, Nevada. I have a wonderful son named Zack who always makes my day worthwhile.  In my personal time I enjoy drawing and reading however, most of all I love spending time with my son.

I have always had a passion for teaching and being with kids.  I have been working with children since 2009.  I am currently attending TMCC to get my Early Childhood Education and Business degree. My hope is that one day I will be a Kindergarten Teacher.

Joined our team: March 2016


Ms. Lupe (Assistant Teacher: “Finches” 2.5 years to 3 years)

Before moving to Reno, my entire life was in Lovelock, NV.  I enjoy playing soccer, studying for school, doing make-up, hanging out with friends and family; and drinking a lot of Starbucks.

I began working with children in 2016, with children ranging from one years old to ten.  I am currently attending college at UNR, pursuing a degree in Social Work.  My future plans are to continue achieving straight A’s in my college courses, travel a bit, and become a Social Worker.

I have enjoyed working at Milestones because the teachers really took me under their wing and continue to always make me feel welcome, and open to help.  Fun Fact: I was born a Preemie.

Joined our team: February 2021


Ms. Gaby (Assistant Teacher: “Finches” 2.5 years to 3 years)

I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada.  I am a mother to three beautiful children, two boys and a girl.  I enjoy taking my children out on adventures, to paint pottery, and to garden.

When deciding to go back to work I knew that I wanted to work with children.  I have such a strong passion for young children and their development; being a teacher is what I desired.  The mom in me wants each child in my care to know that I am here for them and that they are safe to grow and explore in our environment.

Joined our team: April 2022


Ms. Katy (Lead Teacher: “Pipits” 3 years to 3.5 years)

I was born and raised in Sparks, Nevada.  I enjoy spending time with my beautiful daughter, playing slow pitch softball, line dancing, and cleaning/organizing my house. 

I began working in early childhood education because I wanted to impact children’s lives everyday.  The children in our pre kindergarten class bring such joy and it amazes me how fast children learn.  They grow so quickly into their own little selves.

Joined our team: February 2022


Ms. Jordan (Lead Teacher: “Sparrows” 3.5 years to 4 years)

I grew up in a large family of six children, here in Reno, NV.  I enjoy reading and writing in my spare time.

My plans for the future are to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Childhood Development; then proceed with my Master’s Degree.  I would like to work in the field of mental health.

I love the atmosphere at Milestones! The children are such a joy tow work with everyday.  The ambushed hugs are the best!  Fun Fact: I own three cats named Twilight, Luna and Stella.

Joined our team: October 2020


Ms. Caren (Assistant Teacher: “Sparrows” 3.5 years to 4 years)

I was born in North Ridge, California however, I spend most of my childhood in Reno, Nevada. I enjoy reading suspense books in my spare time.  Most of my experience in early childhood education has been with children ages two years to six years old.  I am a very patient person and I feel that the preschool age has been a wonderful age group for me to work with.  Everyday is different with children and that keeps our experiences exciting.

Joined our team: March 2022


Ms. Megan (Lead Teacher: “Wrens”4 years to 4.5 years)

I grew up in Novato, CA (San Francisco Bay Area).  My hobbies are mountain bike riding, hiking, crocheting, nail art and watching Netflix.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in History however, I took many courses in Educational Psychology and Positive Guidance.  I began working professionally with children in 2017, running summer camps and working at a center with children ages pre-kindergarten and up.

I enjoy working at Milestones because the staff are supportive of each other.  We encourage and teach each other how to be better and more effective teachers each day.

Joined our team: August 2020


Ms. Morgan (Lead Teacher: “Owls” 4 years to 4.5 years)

I was born in Southern California but was raised in Nevada City, California. My hobbies include: running, yoga, hiking, cooking, baking, reading, traveling and spending time with my family and big cat.

I have been working with children for eight years, as a camp counselor, nanny, Au Pair, preschool teacher and behavioral technician with children ages ranging from six weeks to sixteen years old. During my time as an Au Pair I lived in both Australia and Italy. When I originally went to school I focused on Sociology however I now plan to complete my Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. Through my experience I have also worked with children diagnosed with Autism and behavioral disorders where I received specialized training.  I look forward to building a strong relationship with the Milestones families.

Joined our team: December 2019


Ms. Dzenita (Lead Teacher: “Puffins” 4.5 years to 5 years)

I was born in Bosnia and moved to the United States in 2010.  I enjoy writing, baking, hiking and painting.  A hobby of mine is flower pressing. 

Most of my experience in early childhood education is with children ages two years to five years.  Due to growing up in the war, I know the importance of being able to enjoy the first part of life and I want to be a part of that experience with them.  

Joined our team: February 2022 


Ms. Katlyn (Lead Teacher: “Falcons”4.5 years to 5 years)

I grew up in Brooksville Florida and moved to Reno in 2012. I love drawing, painting, photography; and spending time snuggling my son.

My experience with children began in 2015.  I plan on continuing my education at UNR to become a teacher. I previously worked at a preschool with four and five year olds, for two years. I have also coached gymnastics with five to 13 year olds as well.

I love being at Milestones because we have a fun loving staff that all enjoys what we do.

Joined our team: October 2017


Ms. Jenna (Assistant Teacher: “Falcons” 4.5 years to 5 years)

I grew up in Sparks, Nevada and graduated from Spanish Springs High School. Throughout high school I played softball. I also enjoy painting, listening to music, hiking and watching movies. San Francisco is my favorite city to visit but someday I would love to live in Oregon.

Through working in childcare I have found that I want to be a teacher and am currently pursuing my degree to become an Elementary School Teacher. I have worked in childcare since 2017 and I love that I always leave with a smile on my face.

Joined our team: October 2019


Ms. Callie (Lead Youth Program / Teacher Aide)

I grew up in Lovelock, NV. I moved to Reno to attend UNR with the plan of becoming an elementary school teacher.

In my spare time I enjoy painting, hiking, and physical activity. I coached softball for 14, 15 and 16 year olds for a year.  I also have experience babysitting for children ages two to five year olds for about a year.

Milestones is a fun place to work because of the high energy.

Joined our team: June 2019


Ms. Ashley (Youth Program / Teacher Aide)

I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada.  I enjoy painting portraits with symbolism, hanging out with friends, and even at times being a homebody.  I have worked primarily with elementary school children in a before and after school program.  As a past lifeguard, I was also a swim instructor for young children.

I truly love working with children, they are so funny and you never know what they are going to say.  I want all of the children in our program to have fun and enjoy their times outside of the school day by being able to explore within our program.

Joined our team: February 2022


Ms. Sienna (Youth Program / Teacher Aide)

I was born in Enceintes, California and was raised in Oceanside, California.  I enjoy photography, hair & make-up, hiking, and spending time with my beautiful daughter.  My passion for children is why I sought out a position in early childhood education.  I enjoy coming to work and having fun with the children each day, seeing their growth is very rewarding.

Joined our team: February 2022


Ms. Yuri (Youth Program / Teacher Aide)

Before moving to Reno, my entire life was in Lovelock, NV.  I enjoy hiking, art, going to the gym, and snowboarding.  I am the oldest of six siblings, our family ranges from twenty-one years old; down to two years old.

I currently attend college at TMCC, pursuing my Associates degree of Science.  My future plans are to become a radiologic technologist.  I have enjoyed working at Milestones because I love spending time with the children; watching them grow and learn new things.  Children make me laugh!  Fun Fact:  I have 36 cousins, not counting step and half cousins.

Joined our team: April 2021


Ms. Sofia (Teacher Aide)

I was born and raised in Placerville, California.  I enjoy growing plants, creating little gardens, and going on hikes and walks.  My initial interest in early childhood education was because I wanted to do something meaningful everyday.  Children have always been drawn to me and that connection with them has always been natural.

I enjoy working with the children in our classroom at Milestones, and hope that their day is as meaningful to them as it is to me.

Joined our team: March 2022


Ms. Yarelli (Teacher Aide)

I was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Nampa, Idaho.  I am the oldest of three siblings and enjoy being a role model for them.  When I am not in school or working, I enjoy relaxing and going to fun places to eat with my friends.

I am currently attending the University of Nevada Reno.  My future plan is to become a Social Worker with CPS.  Further into my future, I would like to become a Clinical Social Worker.  My experience with children in the field of Early Childhood Development is new however, I look forward to learning so much and becoming a part of the children and families at Milestones.

Joined our team: September 2021


Ms. Caileigh (Teacher Aide)

I grew up in San Diego, CA.  I enjoy singing, dancing and spending time with my daughter.  I attended college in the past, studying Early Childhood Education; as well as Massage Therapy.  Aside from being a mom myself, I have worked with children ages new born and up.  My future plans are to continue working with children in the child care setting.

I really enjoy working at Milestones because our management helps when I need it. All of the teachers have been so welcoming and the kids are awesome!  Also, I feel like I can be myself at Milestones.  Fun Fact:  I am just like a kid at heart, so I feel right at home bonding with the children.

Joined our team: May 2021


Ms. Miranda (Teacher Aide)

I was born in Reno, Nevada however, raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In my spare time I enjoy being outside planting and gardening.  I began working in early childhood education because I have always wanted to be a teacher; what an amazing career!

At Milestones I am able to work with children all throughout the school and be a part of so many amazing children.  I look forward to my continued growth in this field and watching each of the children grow.

Joined our team: April 2022


Ms. Jayla (Teacher Aide)

I was born and raised in Springfield, Oregon.  I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and friends, having game nights, and listening to music.  I am currently attending college, working towards a degree in Social Work.  I enjoy working with the children at Milestones and becoming a part of the families with the interest we all share in their children.

Joined our team: February 2022


Ms. Yarely (Teacher Aide)

I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada.  I enjoy reading, and am very family oriented coming from a family of seven children.  I currently attend UNR and am working towards my degree in Psychology.  Growing up in a large family, I love children and am happy to work with them everyday.  Fun Fact:  My twin sister Yadhira works at Milestones too.

Joined our team: March 2022


Ms. Yadhira (Teacher Aide)

I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada.  I enjoy playing volleyball and soccer, and taking my two dogs on walks and hikes.  I have always loved children and wanted to become a part of the early childhood education industry so that I can learn more about all of the ages.  ECE is a wonderful industry to be a part of and I am excited to grow within it.  Fun Fact:  My twin sister Yarely works at Milestones too.

Joined our team: May 2022


Ms. Lupita (Teacher Aide)

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Rejoined our team: August 2022


Ms. Tatum (Kitchen Attendant)

I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I like to paddle board, spend time with my boyfriend, and enjoy being home.  My previous work experience has been in food service, before working at Milestones I was the manager of one of the Pizza Factory’s in Reno.  I enjoy working at Milestones because I am able to provide the children with daily nutrition, while being able to see them throughout the day in their classrooms.  Everyone loves the the snack person!

Joined our team: December 2021


*All employees at Milestones have been cleared through the Washoe County Sheriff Department and Washoe County Social Services, regarding a background check.

Within 90 days, all employees receive training and certificates in: CPR/First Aide, Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition, SIDS, Communicable Disease, 3 hours of Child Development and a Child Nutrition Obesity course, Prevention of Baby Shaken Syndrome, Building and Physical Premises Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Medication Administration and Food Allergies, and Transportation Safety.

In addition to this, teachers at Milestones must complete 24 hours of Early Childhood Education each licensing year.