LAURIE - Owner
Laurie Penix holds over 15 years of experience owning and operating preschool and early learning centers in the Tulsa area. Formerly known as Koala Care, Laurie held over a one year waiting list for all eight locations across the Tulsa metro.
Laurie is excited to bring the same quality and programs back to the original buildings! As a mother of three, she knows the huge importance of child education and has a passion for making each center the best it can be.
Jessica is the Center Director at our Brookside location. Jessica has worked in the early childhood field since 2004. She has her CDA in infants and toddlers, an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood along with Director’s Credentials.
She enjoys working with children 2 years and older, but has worked with children of all ages. Jessica chose the early childhood field because it gave her the opportunity to make a difference and become a role model for young girls. Her favorite thing about working with kids is watching them grow, teaching them lots of things and forming strong bonds with their families.
Outside of work, Jessica enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies, traveling, learning new things and spending time with her 20 nieces and nephews.
Megan is the Assistant Director at our Brookside location. She has worked in the early childhood field for over ten years, but has been involved in children’s ministry since the late 90’s. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in Children’s Ministry.
Megan has a special place in her heart for two year olds, but loves working with kids of all ages. She enjoys watching them grow and learning new things while their brains are developing the quickest! She chose to teach because she felt that it was her calling, but after years in the classroom, her desire to use her leadership skills grew! First in a management role, and now as the assistant director!
Outside of work, Megan enjoy sports, reading, writing, being creative, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family!
Danielle is the Center Director at our Sheridan location. Danielle has worked in the early childhood field since the early 2000's and has experience working with ages ranging from infants through school-age.
She holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and has years of experience training and developing staff. Danielle is happily married and enjoys being a mom of foster children!
Outside of work, she enjoys reading, singing, being outdoors and teaching part-time at TCC. We are so happy that Danielle is part of our amazing team!
Annette is the Assistant Director at our Sheridan location. Annette has worked in the early childhood field since 1993. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of four.
She has worked for the owners of Avant Garde (previously named Koala Care) in the past, and was a director for them for 10 years. When she found out the owners were opening another quality childcare program, she had to be part of the action! What she loves most about working at Avant Garde is the quality of the teachers. She says, “you can truly see the passion that they have for the children.”
Her hobbies include supporting her grandchildren at their games and taking care of her sweet dogs.
Avant Garde is happy to have an extremely dedicated and highly qualified staff who attend regular, ongoing training above state licensing requirements. Our owners have over 15 years of experience managing and operating local preschools in Tulsa, formerly known as Koala Care. We have the best team of people that make every day possible!