Contact Us

(316) 315-0684


3733 N Ridgewood St
Wichita KS 67226

Early Learning Academy Hours

Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Ages & Programs

Preschool and K
Summer Programs
1st - 5th Grade

Established 2008

our history.


ug Lady Science was formed in 2008 when The Bug Lady turned a love of animals and children into tons of fun and learning for all ages.


After teaching Kindergarten for a few years, The Bug Lady decided to take her 60+ classroom critters and try something different. Not sure what was on the horizon she knew she missed educating children about her critters.

For a year or so she would visit fellow teachers and let their classroom children have hands-on interactions with her critters.  The children loved it, and with encouragement from teacher friends, a very unique business was formed.

Once asked by a 6 year old child if she was a rich person, her response was, “Being rich is not about money. It is about loving what you do in this life. I get to play with kids and animals all day. What more would a person want?”

-The Bug Lady

So this accidental business turned into something magical.  Since that time, the Bug Lady has visited over 692 schools and sees close to 20,000 children a year.  Her classroom critters have grown as well from 60+ to over 150.

The Bug Lady, feels honored to connect people of all ages with her critters.  Seeing wonder in a child’s eyes is a pure magical thing and leaves a lasting mark on them.

our location.



Our facility is not open to the general public. All visitors attending events are welcome during the hours of your scheduled event.

If you are not currently attending our Early Learning Center and would like to visit our facility, please call or email to reserve a tour.

(316) 315-0684

You can rest assured that your children will have a daily connection with teachers,  who all share the love of what they do.  Each member of our staff has a long history of teaching young children, along with the skill necessary to understand and overcome the challenges of teaching.  Your child will receive instruction, as well as many hands-on opportunities to learn through self-discovery.

meet our worker bees

our staff.

Carrie aka Bug Lady in Wichita KS holding a pet rat


The Bug Lady has been in the Early Childhood teaching field for close to 16 years. After teaching Kindergarten for several years, she decided to take her 60+ classroom animals home to try something new. Missing children and seeing them enjoy her animals she started to ask teacher friends if she could come and bring animals to their classrooms. After about a year teachers she didn’t know started calling her. Finally, after the first year, her husband said you should start charging for your programs. She thought that it was a long shot and that no one would be willing to pay for these programs. She was wrong… She started The Bug Lady’s Science Academy business in 2008 to connect her love of animals and children. 


teacher at bug lady science academy standing with two children


curriculum director

Mrs. Ariel has been in Early Childhood Education for over five years.

She brings a strong academic nature with her and loves teaching ABC’s and 123’s. She has a strong knowledge of what it takes for Kindergartners to succeed and strives to get children ready for those challenges. Children love her kind and caring spirit along with everyone that meets her! We are lucky to have her on our team.

teacher reading book to children at preschool at bug ladys science academy in wichita ks



Ms. Jessica has been in Early Childhood Education for over eight years.

Her love of toddlers can be seen from a mile away. She is in our transition room with our 2.5-year-olds. This age group can be a challenge to some, but for Ms. Jessica, she is a pro like no other. We could not ask for a better teacher for this age group!

preschool teacher with children in wichita ks



Ms. Nit has been in Early Childhood education for close to 10 years and would not change a thing.

She has worked from a range of ages from toddler to Pre-k. She loves the inquisitive nature that children have. She takes pride in fostering this love of discovery. With her creative ability, we are very fortunate to have her.

picture of office manager at bug lady science academy


office manager

Ms. CJ is our lovely Office Manager. 

As a former Preschool parent of the Bug Lady, she enjoyed all the happenings here that she decided to stay. 

We like to say we could not get rid of her, but that just would not be the truth. We all depend on her for keeping us organized and on task.

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Teacher Assistant

Miss Alexis is our jack of all trades.  She is qualified as a lead teacher, but chooses to work behind the scenes.

She loves the kids and they  love her.  She’s there when a teacher needs anything.

grandma bug lady sitting with two children at bug lady science academy

grandma bug lady

Mrs. brown

Grandma Bug Lady aka Mrs. Brown has been in teaching for over 30 years. As a former 3rd grade teacher she once had the Bug Lady in her class.

During a parent and teacher conference, the Bug Lady’s dad asked her out on a date. She has been the Bug Lady’s stepmom for 31 years, and she would not change a thing. She is well known with children of all ages as Grandma Bug Lady. The love that children have for her is simply amazing. Aside from children adoring her our staff does as well…especially the Bug Lady! The Bug Lady drags her on most of her critter adventures. She is well loved by many.

harrison rescue dog wearing black and red check sweater

sir harrison

rescue dog

One of our staff members will also remain very special to everyone. Harrison our rescue pup is always here to love on all of our kiddos.

He happens to be the only staff member we have that sleeps on the job and loves belly rubs… Since coming to us in 2015 our hearts have been full with all the joy he brings us and everyone he meets.


Call us today to learn more about our tuition rates, availability, and to schedule a tour of our Early Learning Academy!

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