Founders 
NEST is the brainchild of six close friends who grew up together in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Joining the growing influx of young professionals moving into Center City, the idea for Nest hatched once life with kids in tow added new perspective to city living. Finding themselves dragging weary kids all over the city through a decentralized maze of birthday parties, playdates, and music classes, the group decided that they needed one destination where parents and kids can do it all, and NEST was born.  
 

Staff
 
Amy Myers
Nest Director
Lead Instructor

Amy is a long-time resident of Philadelphia, having moved from Chicago to pursue a degree in Children's Theater from Rowan University and later a secondary degree from Temple University, specializing in pediatric behavioral psychology. Teaching in a variety of schools, Amy has been lucky to work with students from a diverse set of ages and backgrounds always focusing on the creative learning process and celebrating the joy of childhood wonder. Not only teaching, but choosing to raise her family here in Philadelphia has given her a unique understanding of the rewards and challenges of having children in the city and she is excited to be sharing what she's learned with the wonderful families here at NEST!
Amy loves to hear from families on how to make the most out of being a part of the NEST community - contact her anytime at amy@nestphilly.com


Ava Kepple
Lead Dance Instructor
Party Host


Ava is currently a junior at the University of the Arts, studying to receive a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, and Production. Growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, she took dance and acting classes at The Dance Company for the Performing Arts, starting at the age of three. This is where she developed a passion for the arts and helped taught preschool classes during high school. She also assisted in other classes as needed and helped with the younger children's productions. Without the help and encouragement of her teachers, she would not have found a love for dance, movement, directing, and theater. She is delighted to teach at Nest to open a door to the arts like her teachers did for her. 

Terrell Williams
Lead Instructor
Weekend Party Coordinator


Terrell Willams is a recent graduate of West Chester University where he not only completed his degree in psychology but experimented with several additional sciences to boot!  A classically trained musician and certified yogi it’s safe to say our Mr. Williams is a man of MANY talents!  Most recently, Terrell spent a year in the jungles of Costa Rica learning more about agriculture and teaching yoga classes to children of all ages!  He made his way back to Philadelphia and decided to set his sights on a new adventure - passing all the amazing things he’s learned and experienced onto our families at Nest!  Teaching and sharing time with children is incredibly important to Terrell.  He credits his early childhood classes and activities with helping him grow into the adventurous, hilarious, and incredible person he is today and now he can’t wait to inspire the next generation of learners and explorers!
 

Liz Morello
Hatchlings Facilitator 

Liz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked as a therapist for the past ten years. She has training in birth education and mindfulness & meditation. She’s also a mom of 3(!), lives in Center City and knows the challenges and joys of raising city kids. She took the Hatchlings class when her first was born and it was a life saver and helped me build my village. Her kids have been coming to Nest ever since!  She’s been grateful to have been a facilitator at Nest for the past few years and loves being able to support parents and families on this parenthood adventure. 

 
 

Genevieve Marie Chambers 
Lead Music Teachers


Genevieve has a degree in early childhood education and a big heart for young children! By trade, she is a musician, an artist, and a Holistic Nutritionist. Her favorite thing about bringing music into Nest is that it is a universal language that every one can understand and love, children and guardians alike! She loves that being at Nest gives her the unique ability to combine all of her passions to give back to the families at Nest. As a parent she has seen first hand the magic that Nest brings to small children and is so grateful to be a part of that experience!



Mariah Scarafone
Stylist at the NEST Salon


Mariah grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia & recently moved to the Art Museum area of Philadelphia in 2015. She is a 2012 graduate of Lansdale School of Cosmetology where she received her Cosmetology License. Since the beginning of her career, Mariah has specialized in children’s hair cutting among other fun services geared towards and created for kids. She showcases her talents with face painting & creating beauty bars for birthday parties and various events at NEST. Growing up with a younger brother with autism gave Mariah the opportunity to understand children on the spectrum and embrace them with kindness, compassion and quiet understanding. Her strengths lie in the thoughtful and patient way she approaches how a haircut can be an overwhelming and daunting experience for some, making sure they feel safe and secure in her chair.



Tyeesha Thomas
Front Desk Staff

Tyeesha has always loved working with children! From helping her grandmother at her in-home daycare, to babysitting as a teenager, working at Sesame Place, becoming a full time private caretaker, and then teaching in Philadelphia daycares - it’s always been her passion! She loves seeing children learn new things and all the excitement that it brings. Tyeesha has a beautiful daughter who is so funny, adventurous and one of the sweetest kids she’s have ever known. Along with their awesome cat named Oreo, Tyeesha loves her awesome little family! They love to be outdoors, taking walks, swimming or playing. Ms. Ty also loves to listen to music, read, and doing arts and crafts!