High Standards Make the Difference

Looking for teachers with a passion for education? You’ll find them in a SmartStart classroom.

Our schools are staffed by dedicated professionals with the training, skills and enthusiasm to create engaging learning environments that help children reach their highest potential. We strive to offer the highest quality education by providing our teachers with ongoing training and educational assistance, so that both teachers and students are continuously challenged with the most current learning materials.

Teacher Training

All Smart Start Educators:

  • Meet the certification standards set by each state
  • Are required to complete an extensive training program that provides further insight on child-care and child-development issues before they enter a classroom
  • Receive training that provides them with a deep understanding of our standards and curriculum
  • Are required to complete additional training every year to enhance curriculum for math and science as well as the communication with families
  • All teachers are certified in child and infant CPR & First Aid

Meet Our Staff

Smart Start is committed to providing the highest-quality programs for children 6 weeks old through School Age.


Paul IsenbergPaul Isenberg


Paul Isenberg and Stacy Isenberg are the happy parents of 3 (Mariah, Luke, and London) Paul is a local Bowling Green native and the son of long tenured educator of Warren County school system Lenora Isenberg who has served 40+ years in the education. Paul and Stacy visioned and started Smart Start with a goal to have a career in changing the lives of children with a mission of helping shape each child’s life. Paul and Stacy are active members of Mount Pleasant church of Christ and believe in order for success God must be nucleus of which guidance comes. Stacy is a registered nurse practitioner who offers daily help in ensuring the health of our kids. Stacy is from Hart county and received her degree from WKU. Paul serves as our executive director for Smart Start utilizing his MBA and education degrees he received from Freed-Hardeman University, a Christian university in Tennessee. The Isenberg’s long term goal is to be able to serve thousands of kids the care they wouldn’t receive otherwise and to teach them how to live instead of only preparing them to begin to make a living.

courtney-dentonCourtney Denton


Courtney Denton comes to us with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and nine years teaching experience. She lives here in Bowling Green with her children Emily and Makenzie. She is a member of Plum Springs Baptist Church. Her goal is to prepare each child for their kindergarten year using her expertise in elementary education. “Every child is a gift and it’s our job to unwrap their inner strengths to help them each be successful!” ~Courtney Denton


ashley-parottAshley Parrott

Pre-K Teacher Brenner Street

Ashley is a student at WKU currently pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education. She is from Somerset, KY where she is an active member at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She has a passion for teaching children to be the best that they can be by using their strength in every opportunity. “Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way.” ~ George Evans

alexius-woodardAlexius Woodard

Toddler 1 Teacher Brenner Street

Alexius comes to us as a graduate of Caverna Independent High School in 2013. She attended Medical Assisting classes at Ross Medical and graduated as a Medical Assistant in June 2014. She was a certified babysitter starting at age 13. “It makes me feel better as a person knowing that I will have a huge part in helping mold all of my children into productive, hardworking individuals that can express themselves freely.” ~ Alexius Woodard

chelsey-lawsonChelsey Lawson

Toddler 3 Teacher Brenner Street
Chelsey comes to us with six years child care experience ranging from being a personal sitter to daycare teacher! She lives in Bowling Green with her daughter Aria who is 2 years old and her dog BB. She is very crafty and loves to use her art ability in the classroom to help each child discover their abilities as well. “Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” ~Lyman Frank Baum

debbie-yoakemDebbie Yoakem

Assistant Teacher

Debbie has 20 years’ experience in the childcare industry. She lives in Bowling Green with her family. She is the mother of three and grandmother of four. She enjoys cooking and crafting. “Children’s minds are so impressionable and if they are taught when they are young they will have a wonderful life of learning ahead of them!”

noemi-davisNoemi Davis


Noemi is originally from Philippines. She moved to Bowling Green in 2012 where she now lives with her husband and their son. She enjoys cooking. She is a member of Mt. Pleasant Church of Christ. “There is a time for everything!”

macey-burtonMacey Burton


Macey is a 20 year old Junior at WKU working toward her Dental Hygiene major. She is a member of Phi Mu sorority. Macey has five years’ experience in childcare. She is from Shephersdville, KY. Her best friend is her 3 year old niece Lola Grace!! “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”


amelia-rootsAmelia Roots


Amelia is a native of Lexington, KY and is a junior at WKU studying Spanish Education and English as a Second Language. When she is not working she enjoys reading, watching Netflix, going home to see her dog, Cooper, volunteering in the community and taking long walks on the beach. “Children are not a distraction from more important work, they are they most important work.” ~ C.S. Lewis


emily-dentonEmily Denton


Emily is a student at WKU where she is pursuing a degree in Psychology. She lives in Bowling Green with her mom and sister. She is a graduate of South Warren High School. Emily enjoys playing volleyball and played with Warren County Girls Youth Volleyball league all through middle school and high school.


lauren-wadeLauren Wade

After School Teacher/Floater

Lauren is from Cincinatti, Ohio and is currently a student at WKU studying International Business. She has always loved being around and working with children. “I am so excited to work with the school aged children at Smart Start Child Care!”


morgan-gardnerMorgan Gardner


Morgan is currently a senior at Warren East High School. She is involved in many activities at her school: Varsity Track and Field, Advanced Choir, National Honors Society, Beta Club, FBLA, etc. Recently, she was named Distinguished Young Woman of Warren County 2016 and will participate in the State Competition in January in Lexington Kentucky. This past summer she spent 5 weeks at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky participating in the Governor’s Scholar program. After she graduates, she plans to continue her education at a state university.


morgan-skaggsMorgan Skaggs


Morgan is a senior at Edmonson County High School where she participates in multiple activities such as Beta Club Secretary and Math Club Vice President. She is also an active member of the volleyball and she runs track. Morgan plans on attending WKU in the fall of 2016 and is going to pursue a major in Elementary Education. “I enjoy working with kids and love the rewarding feeling childcare has.” ~ Morgan Skaggs