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Meet Us

Elizabeth Zsuzsics, Director
Elizabeth Zsuzsics, Director

I have been in early childhood education for over 12 years. I began my career as an Assistant Teacher at the Center for Child Development at Kansas State University while attending the university. It was there that I realized that early childhood education was my true passion. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences, I became a Lead Teacher at the Fort Riley Child Development Center and was later promoted to Assistant Director. I've been a Director since 2015.

I'm originally from the Overland Park Area and only left to further my education at Kansas State University. Go Wildcats!

I am a wife and a mother to a wonderful, busy little boy. My family is the most important thing to me and I spend all my spare time with them. We love to spend our weekends going to the farmer's market and exploring all the Kansas City has to offer.

I love being an early childhood educator because I love being a part of educating our future. Children are truly a reminder to stop and smile every day. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Jackie Steranko, Assistant Director
Jackie Steranko, Assistant Director

I have been with the Canterbury Family ever since I was a junior in high school, which is over 10 years ago now. I worked in multiple age groups (infants all the way through pre-K) until I switched into my role as an Assistant Director, where I have been for 4 years. I am currently Montessori certified and so close to finishing up my Bachelors in Child Development from Fort Hays University.

I am a mother to 3 wonderful boys who have all gone through the program here at Canterbury. My husband, children, and I currently reside in Overland Park and keep busy with many different sports activities!

My favorite part of my job is working closely with all my families and seeing that each and every child experiences success during their time here with us.

Marion Troast, Lead Grade School Teacher
Marion Troast, Lead Grade School Teacher

I have worked for Canterbury for 16 years. I started my career in 2000 as a Pre-K teacher and moved to the grade school program in 2003. I have seen many students pass through my classroom door and I am proud to say that I have given them the foundation to be successful students. I graduated from Bowling Green State University, have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and hold a directors license in Kansas.

I have been married for 24 years and have 2 wonderful sons. I am proud to say my oldest son serves in the United States Army and my youngest is a Physical Education teacher and high school soccer coach. I have 2 wonderful grandchildren and a big dog named Boss. I enjoy shopping (especially for antiques) and attending sporting events. I am a crazy KU fan and love Kansas basketball!

When I was hired at Small Beginnings, the director said I want this job to be your career. I am proud to say I have done just that! The best part of my job is hearing from past families. Hearing that their child is successful in school makes my job extremely rewarding!

Tanya Adams, Lead Preschool Teacher
Tanya Adams, Lead Preschool Teacher

I have been working for Canterbury for 11 years. I have worked with age groups from infants to Preschool. I am Montessori certified and have my first aid and CPR certification too.

I am a mother to 3 boys who are so much fun and who have grown up in the Canterbury Schools. I live in a small town and love to hang with family, ride horses and 4 wheelers. I love working with my families and building a strong relationship with each child and family.


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15801 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66223



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School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Canterbury Academy at Small Beginnings