about the bug lady's science academy
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.
So this accidental business turned into something magical. Since that time The Bug Lady has visited over 692 schools, does an average of 388 birthday parties a year, 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.
BUG LADY SCIENCE ACADEMY
3733 N RIDGEWOOD ST
WICHITA KS 67220
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.
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
THE BUG LADY
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Miss Alexis is our jack of all trades. She is qualified as a lead teacher, but chooses to work behind the scenes.
Ms. Zoe is currently in training to be the Bug Lady’s assistant in our Animal Education Program.
She is working to learn all about our critters so that she can teach the kiddos as well as care for the Bug Lady’s critters. Her calm demeanor is a plus when working with the animals as well as the kiddos!!
grandma bug lady
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.
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.