About Our Founder
“Little Scholars is committed to providing individually tailored enrichment programs, summer camps, and private tutoring sessions that promote early educational development, build confidence and make learning fun.”
-Stephanie Jefferson, Founder
It all started back in Mrs. Sankey’s third-grade class at Greenfield Elementary School. The project that sealed the deal for Stephanie’s future in teaching was a writing assignment about the Wizard of Oz. It included a flipbook and stuffed characters that were made in art class who played out the scenes of the story. From that day forward, her playroom was her classroom outfitted with a green chalkboard, assorted colors of chalk, a pointer, and a teacher desk with an apple front and center. Her dad supported her passion by making sure she had an ample supply of paper to make worksheets for her ‘students’ which were usually her younger sister and next-door neighbors. She decorated her ‘classroom’ with bulletin boards filled with their graded papers. Of course, she had a collection of stickers that would make any teacher green with envy.
Stephanie Jefferson, M. Ed., has enjoyed a lifelong passion for Early Childhood Education. Over the course of her teaching career, she frequently assessed students with suspected learning difficulties. She found the best way to meet a student’s needs was to adapt the curriculum to better suit the student’s individual learning style and interests. The success of this personalized approach would plant the seed for Little Scholars.
Working with schools across Virginia, Stephanie developed and implemented customized early education curricula and tutoring programs. She independently published several teaching tools and served as a mentor for student teachers in Early Childhood classrooms. While working with The Virginia Preschool Initiative Program, she developed Learning Experience through Active Play (L.E.A.P.), a pilot program that focused on developmentally appropriate preschool enrichment activities.
In 2006, Mrs. Jefferson founded Little Scholars to bring her unique curriculum approach to enrichment programs and summer camps to children while empowering parents to make informed decisions about their child’s educational future. Today, Little Scholars works with thousands of children and hundreds of schools to provide in-home and in-school tutoring, enrichment programs, assessments, kindergarten readiness evaluations, and summer camps.
In addition to Mrs. Jefferson’s early elementary education expertise, she has been a supporter of the Make a Wish Foundation, the Elk Hill Farm, Lighthouse Labs, St. Christopher’s School, and St. Catherine’s School. Mrs. Jefferson has previously served or is presently serving on the boards of Elk Hill School, the Children’s Museum of Richmond Guild, Chesterfield Women’s Soccer Association, Junior League of the Roanoke Valley, Virginia Museum of Transportation, The Square Society, and First Presbyterian Preschool Parents Council.
Mrs. Jefferson presently lives in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two sons and daughter.