Emily Balga

Owner

My love for working with children started at a very young age. I was teaching music lessons at age 12 and opened my own Music Studio in 2011. While in college, I worked at Boys and Girls Club where I met my husband, Kyle. He had the same passion for working with kids and vision of creating a children's success center that I had. In 2017 we opened TNT Kidz Center and expanded beyond running other people's programs to bring our dream to life! We now have not only our Music Studio location, but a Childcare Center for Infants-High School. We offer Music, Dance, Martial Arts, Homeschool and Full Day Childcare. We love all of our students and are passionate about creating an atmosphere of success and growth for all of our staff and students! We believe in family inclusion and individual choice. We are here to support each family and student to reach their full potential! Come check us out!

Kyle Balga

Owner

I have been working with children in many different roles for over 16 years now. I love challenging and supporting children along their journey to reach their full potential. I believe in todays world it is important to empower children from a young age with the tools to face and overcome adversity. I believe one of the best ways to do this is through activities such as Martial Arts, Music, Dance and Athletic training. The situations and life lessons learned on the mat, playing field or piano, can be directly applied to everyday life with amazing results. 

Kaylin McCoskey

Site Supervisor

My name is Kaylin and I am the Site Supervisor at TNT Kidz Center. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development that I obtained at Sacramento State. I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for approximately 7 years but working with kids for 14 years. I have a strong desire to create environments families love where children can thrive!

 

I believe that all children are individuals and should be treated as such. Children thrive off of love and positive attention; they gain knowledge through hands on activities that are of interest to them. Infant and toddlers are naturally born curious and should be given opportunities to explore their environment with sensory experiences that enrich their minds. My favorite part of everyday is seeing the smiling faces of the children in the program enjoying their friends, activities and teachers.

 

On a personal note, I love being outside and enjoy the summer season. I have a corgi named Bali and love to paddleboard, hike, doing anything creative and cooking!

Rachael Courville

Administrative Assistant

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Kenny Draper

Music & Homeschool Dept Lead

Kenny began playing music in the fifth grade on the drums- which he has played for over fifteen years now in a diverse range of settings: Jazz bands, Pit Orchestras, and various Rock/Pop acts. Since embarking on his musical journey, Kenny extended his experience beyond the realm of percussion into the land of saxophones, strings, and piano- performing as a member of the woodwind section in various wind and jazz ensembles. He as played guitar and keyboard instruments as an accompanist for recordings as well as live performances. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in music theory and composition from Sacramento State. He stays busy performing as a multi-instrumentalist in various ensembles in and outside of school. He enjoys assisting students in setting specific goals according to their personal musical interests and helping them cultivate the passion and tools necessary to reach them. The substance, purpose, and meaning that his own musical journey has added to his life is immeasurable, and he looks forward to helping you start your own!

 

Piano - Drums - Guitar - Ukulele - Theory & Technique

Maddison Blackwell

Kindergarten & Preschool Teacher

I have over 10 years of experience working with children of all ages from newborns to middle schoolers. I have my Associates degree in Elementary Education but, I am currently getting my Bachelors degree as well, at Sacramento State. I have always had a passion for working with Elementary aged students, I have worked in two different afterschool programs and summer camp programs for about 3 years. I have also been volunteering in Elementary classrooms for the past 6 years! I love seeing the kids smiley faces everyday and watching them grow throughout the years, I am so excited to watch and help your child grow and learn at TNT Kidz!

Danielle Blankenship

Music Teacher

Danielle has been teaching with us since 2018. She has been a part of the music education community for many years, teaching all ages and levels. She is currently the Marching Band Director at Whitney High School and has been teaching at the high school level since 2017. Danielle strives to instill musical independency within her students, molding musicians who enjoy the process of improvement and crave creating music! She is currently obtaining her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education at California State University, Sacramento, with her emphasis in Piano.

Piano - Guitar - Base Guitar - Ukulele - Voice -Tuba 

Kelly Bacon

Music Teacher

Kelly began studying music in elementary school, joining band and choir. Continuing on to play flute in high school, she picked up bass guitar in her school's jazz band. This led to professional gigs in theater pit orchestras, jazz combos, and accompanying choirs in the Stockton area. With experience playing many genres of music, Kelly's teaching philosophy is rooted in developing a love and appreciation for all genres. Since 2016, Kelly has seriously studied classical music. Kelly studied flute with Laurel Zucker and Dr. Cathie Apple at Sacramento State University, obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Flute Performance. On the Sacramento State campus, Kelly played principal flute in the University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Outside of school, Kelly has enjoyed performances with the Azores Band of Escalon, the Stockton Concert Band, the Lodi Community Band, and the Modesto Community Band. Kelly hopes to perform with a professional symphony orchestra and continue to grow her teaching career.

Piano - Flute - Base Guitar

Kevin Adams

Music Teacher

Mr. Adams is an accomplished trumpet player who studied music at the University of Michigan and Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has performed with the Detroit Symphony and Motown legends. He is an alternate trumpet player for Camellia Symphony Orchestra of Sacramento. As a performing musician with over 40 years of experience, Mr. Adams teaches the fundamentals of music theory while encouraging and developing the style of music that interests each student from beginner to advanced players.

Brass

Anna Johnson

Music Teacher

Miss Anna has played the piano for over 10 years and the flute and ukulele for 7 years. She has performed with the Rocklin High Wind Ensemble and the Rocklin Chamber Choir. Anna has conducted the Advanced Women's Ensemble as well as the Concert Choir in Rocklin and took part in the California All State Honor Choir. She has been teaching instruments for 4 years, loves working with kids, and is currently pursuing a career in music education.

Piano - Flute - Ukulele

Faith Stump

Homeschool Teacher

My Name is Faith. I am a homeschool teacher at TNT Kidz. I have over 10 years of experience working children and families in a variety of settings. My background includes teaching swim lessons, tutoring math and language arts and most recently working as a classroom teacher. I love arts and crafts, reading and anything that involves the outdoors! I am so excited to help your students learn and grow with TNT Kidz! 

Yuko Ray

Homeschool Teacher & Owner of Creativity Alive

I have been teaching school age children for over 20 years. It has been my pleasure to work with children who are full of imagination and creativity. During art lessons students learn to orchestrate colors, illuminations, depth of field and other techniques as they express their thoughts and images. These wonderful paintings and art work have their own stories and have become a form of speech to them and to us. 

Erica Howard

After School Teacher & Dance Teacher

I have been around children almost my whole life. Growing up in a big family as one of the oldest gave me many opportunities to babysit, take care of, and teach, which I am incredibly grateful for. My passion for children’s education flourished through college, where I obtained my Child Development Associates at Sierra. I wanted to further my education through Sacramento State, where I am currently working towards my Bachelors in Elementary Education. Children are our future, and I believe it is so important for them to have a solid foundation they can build on. It is our job as teachers/educators to offer ways that each child can explore the world through their own creative lens, which is one of the main reasons I believe in TNT Kidz so much. 

 

When it comes to my personal life, I enjoy dancing/choreographing, which I have been doing since I started in 2012. I also enjoy things like hiking, working out, traveling, and cuddling my two cats, Leon and Baku.

Samantha Lafferty

Toddler Teacher

I have been involved with educating and caring for children for about 6 years now. I have wanted to be a preschool teacher from the time I was little. Now I'm finishing up my degree and living my dream of teaching and helping students find their first steps in education. You will always remember me because I am the teacher with the medical alert service dog. Gypsy has been such a gift and has helped me able to do my job the the best of my abilities. I hope to be able to not only educate my students but my parents as well about service dogs and how helpful they can be!

Miss Gypsy

The Super Dog

Hi my name is Gypsy. I am Miss Sam's Medical Alert Service Dog. I have trained around many children to prepare me for the amazing job we have as preschool teachers now. My job is to keep Miss Sam safe while she teaches. I can't wait to get to play with the kids on my off time!

Summer Nelson

Infant Teacher

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Marisa Sandoval

Preschool Teacher

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Alexa Leath

Aide

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Nathaniel Layher

Aide

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Hannah Verner

Aide

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