Our Purpose

Our Purpose

Our Purpose

our mission

Small Wonders Discovery and Learning Center is committed to providing the highest quality and most developmentally appropriate learning environment for every child. It is our goal to nurture and care for each child in a family-oriented learning setting.

The staff members at Small Wonders are committed to preparing your child for elementary school and beyond. Our qualified staff will nurture your child’s imagination and creativity. We are dedicated to supporting school readiness and social competence in the children we serve. We encourage parent involvement, goal-setting, and individualization to enhance the quality of our program.

Our Core Values







Our staff are gentle with our actions and our words towards children. We offer positive reinforcement and redirection. We respect the children that we care for at all times.


Our staff are kind, caring and loving towards children. We model the desired behavior. We use tones in the classroom that are happy and fun! In our care, the child is in the safest place they can be.


Our staff are professional at all times. We greet parents with a smile and love talking about the cute things their child did that day! We communicate accurate information that the parent needs to know. Our parents trust us to make the right decisions with their children.


Leslie Schreiber
President & CEO

My name is Leslie Schreiber. I am a mother of three wonderful daughters, Hannah, Lauren, and Grace. In 2016, I became a grandmother, which has been very exciting for me.

I have been married to my husband, Jeff, since October of 2005. I raised my two older girls as a single parent for many years. During that time I worked two jobs and attended college classes. I finally received my Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and then went on to receive a Bachelor degree from the University of Cincinnati in Early Childhood Education, specializing in children from birth – 5 years. I Absolutely LOVE working with children.

I have worked for several companies as a teacher of young children. I finally discovered that I was saddened by the lack of enthusiasm I saw in many of the staff members I worked with, so I decided to open my own center – where I could hire staff who are passionate about serving young children. I wanted to open a place where all children were treated with respect and love. We are fortunate to have 4 locations with wonderful and loving staff.

Meet My Wonderful Family!

management team

Kirsten Mariotti
Executive Administrator

I’ve been with Small Wonders since August of 2011, not long after Leslie opened the first location. I graduated from YSU with a PreKindergarten degree, and have also furthered my education by taking online classes through the University of Cincinnati. I love seeing the children grow and change through their years with us, especially the ones that start as a baby and leave for kindergarten. I also love to see when them years later after they have grown up, to see the great people they have become. Outside of work, my family and I like to spend time boating and four-wheeling. I also coach elementary school cheerleading.

Bridget Russell
Human Resources

I work as the Human Resource Manager and liaison to the owner of Small Wonders Discovery and Learning Center. I am always looking for enthusiastic, compassionate, nurturing and professional educators to join our team! My goal is to maintain staff retention while fulfilling company staffing needs. I strive to create a work/life balance for all employees. As a role model to Small Wonders, I am devoted to create a positive culture in the workplace where people encourage each other, work as a team, and never want to leave Small Wonders. I LOVE SMALL WONDERS!

Lauren Schreiber
CACFP / Enrollment Specialist

I started working at Small Wonders in May 2014. I have been a lead teacher for 2 years. I am currently attending Kent State to obtain my associates degree in Early Childhood Education . Outside of work, I like to spend time with my son Ethan.

Christie Kowlasky
Educational Supervisor

I have been working for Small Wonders since its opening in 2011. I started at our Greenford Center as a floater and soon became an assistant teacher. In June 2013 the opportunity arose for me to move to our Leetonia Center where I became a lead teacher and administrator. During my time with Small Wonders, I obtained my BA in Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Child Development. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, cuddling with my kitties, and spending time with my family and friends.

Jeff Schreiber
CACFP and Kitchen Manager

Our Programs

6 weeks to 18 months
18 months to 3 years
3 – 5 years
5 – 12 years