November 15, 2019
Franchisee Spotlight: Steve & Debbie Ramos
Steve Ramos and his wife Debbie have brought the LeafSpring Schools brand to Fishers, IN.
Steve has been on the corporate circuit of business for many years, moving from Illinois to Germany to Minnesota, and eventually settling down in Indiana while working as an IBM executive. He started his career at IBM, later becoming a nonprofit executive focused on higher education at the National Society of Hispanic MBA (the largest Hispanic professional society).
Debbie was a second grade teacher at Geist Elementary School. She is an award winning teacher having received District Teacher of the Year awards in Illinois, Minnesota and Indiana. Nationally, Debbie was a nominee for Disney’s American Teacher Award and a Golden Apple Achiever Award from Ashland Oil.
With Debbie’s strength in teaching she focuses on the curriculum and will ensure that all the teachers at the center are providing excellent teaching.
How did you learn about the brand?
While we were doing our research we looked at many different options but we found the mission and values of LeafSpring Schools consistent with our objectives of providing excellent preschool education. The PLAYWORKS curriculum at LeafSpring Schools is of the highest quality and the Get Well Place is also a wonderful option for parents. It gives them comfort knowing that a licensed nurse is on staff. The value of accreditation and a strong curriculum are very important. It lets our parents know that their children are getting the best education possible. We are also accredited by the State of Indiana as a four-star school preschool. We don’t want to just say we are the best. The national and state accreditations are assurance that we are. This is why LeafSpring Schools was the choice for us.
What makes your business different, what are you able to bring to the area that other educational services can’t?
We focus on positively impacting the community. We have the very best childhood educators and teachers helping those lives that we touch to become outstanding leaders. The LeafSpring Schools curriculum is excellent, and we will enhance it with a thematic approach incorporating STEAM education.
LeafSpring Schools focuses on health and wellness and has a specific leadership program. Our “learn early, learn well, and lead” philosophy compassion, responsibility, and teamwork that will impact your child’s life in and out of school, and long after he or she has completed an academic career. It’s a commitment to transforming children’s lives—not just their academic development.
In the Get Well Place, we have created a safe and supportive environment for mildly ill children that promotes a return to wellness—and offers plenty of extra love and attention. Our curriculum provides a diversity of experiences designed to initiate and nurture a love of learning in all children in our changing multicultural, multi-role world.
What are your expansion or development plans? What is your end goal with LeafSpring Schools?
We would like to have at least two more in Caramel and Zionsville and potentially a third location in Avon.