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Hello! I'm Catherine Doberstein, proud owner of Little Scholars Academy of Kannapolis. I'm thrilled to provide an amazing place for children to learn and grow.


My first center, Little Scholars Academy of Lake Norman, opened in 2011 in Huntersville, starting with just one class and one student. Through a nurturing environment and hands-on Reggio Emilia approach, it has blossomed into a thriving preschool beloved by the community.


After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a Bachelor's in Children and Family Studies, I moved to North Carolina. While exploring schools to work in, I noticed a lack of independent preschools. The area was saturated with franchised daycares that didn't fit my philosophy of what early childhood education should be. I knew I wanted to open my own school one day, so I took the leap. Launching Little Scholars Academy allowed me to shape the warm, inquiry-based learning environment I envisioned. Over the past decade, I've been privileged to serve so many wonderful families.


My husband Ryan and I married in 2016, and now have two beautiful children, Brock and Anna. As a mother myself, I understand the trust required in finding care and education for your little ones. At Little Scholars Academy, our top priority is nurturing each child’s unique potential in a safe, caring atmosphere. It’s my life’s joy to help our Little Scholars blossom!


Please reach out if you would like to learn more about how our Reggio Emilia approach can benefit your child. I welcome the opportunity to partner with you in this important journey.




Catherine Doberstein
Little Scholars Academy

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