Kelli Wood along with her husband, Robert, are the owners of Creek Wood Academy. Our school was started in their hearts in February of 2000 with a desire to bring high quality educational child care to Franklin.
Kelli Wood is a long time resident of Franklin. She began her career in early education in 1988. She studied education at Western Kentucky University and at Middle Tennessee State University. She taught two year old and four year old classes in her home town of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
She ran a before- and after-school program and helped develop the model program for Warren County, Kentucky, at William H. Natcher Elementary. She moved to Nashville in 1992 where she met her future husband, Robert. They were married in 1994. They have lived in Franklin since 1995. They opened the school in January 2002. Kelli served as director until 2008. She is currently involved with the operations of the school on a regular basis as the owner.
Katie Hotz has worked at Creek Wood Academy since 2007 and has served in her position of school director since 2012. Prior to that, she spent her first year in one of the older toddler classes as a teacher and was then promoted to assistant director in 2008.
She joined Creek Wood after spending three years as a lead teacher at the Helemano Child Development Center, which serves military families in Hawai’i and is also a NAEYC accredited program. Katie has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Sarah Cranor has been working at Creek Wood Academy since 2013. She started working in Creek Wood’s preschool classroom and was promoted to assistant director in 2014.
She moved to Tennessee from New Hampshire where she served three years as a lead preschool teacher in a NAEYC accredited program. She has her associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Great Bay Community College.
Traci Esmon has worked at Creek Wood Academy since 2005. She is officially our nutrition specialist but is truly a member of our management team.
We all enjoy her home-style cooking and she takes pride in the fact that the children will eat many things for her that they would never touch at home.