Ms. Annie Blake, Lead After School Teacher

Ms. Katie Hill, Lead Teacher, Purple

Hello, My name is Betty Metzler. I am a native of the New River Valley and I come to The Learning Ladder with over 20 years of experience in Child Care. I have worked in several different centers in the area as Lead Teacher and Assistant Director. I feel that a low child/teacher ratio is beneficial for cognitive, social and emotional development. In addition to being a child care professional, I am a wife and mother. When I am not at The Learning Ladder, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Our Assistants

Our Staff

Ms. Linda Naughton, Lead Teacher, Orange Room

Ms. Chelsea Naughton, Center Coordinator

Lead Teacher, Green Room

Ms. Shelby Pope                 Ms. Morgan Lawrence                  Ms. Amber Wrenn            

I’m Ms. Kim. I am originally from this area and currently live in Shawsville with my husband. I love working with children and have been teaching children of all ages for over 5 years. I am CPR & First Aid trained and I also have my MAT certification. I am currently teaching the Pre-k class and I am so blessed to have such an amazing group of children. I have worked with The Learning Ladder for over 5 years and enjoy my job every day!

Ms. Andrea  Ruiz               Ms. Taylor Adams                       Ms. Nikki Mandley

  Ms. Amber Tinley               Ms. Cloe Taylor                           Ms. Haley Ruble

Ms. Jessica Davis, Event Coordinator/Kitchen/Floater

My name is Ashley Meadows. I am a native to Christiansburg and currently live in the Plum Creek area with my husband and two boys. I have worked at The Learning Ladder since August 2009 and love working with the children. I enjoy children of all ages, especially the infants. I am currently working on my CDA credentials and hope to have them finished in the next month. I am also First Aid & CPR trained and have my MAT certification.

I am Linda Naughton. I grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Albright College. My family moved to Montgomery County 15 years ago. I taught reading and writing skills using technology to Pre-k through second grade children at Auburn Elementary School. In my free time I enjoy reading, sewing, and scrapbooking. I have worked at The Learning Ladder for a year. I am CPR & First Aid trained.

Mrs. Kim Wasil, Curriculum Coordinator

Lead Teacher, Blue Room

My name is Sherry Conner. I am very excited to be able to work with your children. I have over 28 years of experience in the child care field. I have worked at other centers as a teacher and an office manager. I am CPR & First Aid trained. I also hold a certificate for MAT training. In all my years of working with children, I feel that the two year old class is the group I enjoy working with the most. I am a mother of two wonderful girls and as a mother I know how important our children are to us. I want you to know, while your children are in my care, they will be loved and we are going to have lots of fun! I love watching their little smiling faces and just knowing I can be a part of helping them grow and develop into individuals gives me great pleasure.

Ms. Sherry Conner, Lead Teacher, Maroon Room

Mrs. Betty Metzler, Director


I am Chelsea Naughton. I am originally from Pennsylvania. My family and I moved to the Christiansburg area when I was in seecond grade. I currently live in Christiansburg and graduated from Auburn High School. I have worked at The Learning Ladder since 2014. While working on my business degree at NRCC, I decided that I have a passion for working with children. I currently hold my CDA credential for infants & toddlers. I am CPR & First Aid certified and I am also MAT trained. I live with my significant other Matt. I also have multiple fur-babies that have a special place in my heart. 

My name is Katie Hill. I grew up in Riner, VA and graduated from Auburn High School. I live in Christiansburg and like to get out and enjoy the outdoors as much as I can. I love to volunteer and help better the lives of everyone. I have always been around kids, from my family to friends. I have had an awesome nanny experience as well. It feels so natural for me to be around children. I am grateful to be a part of The Learning Ladder. 

Mrs. Ashley Meadows, Lead Teacher, Yellow Room