About Us

Hi Everyone! My name is Caitlin Leepard. I am the Director at Northside Academy for Early Learning. We have been offering quality care since 1967. We are a GS-110-106 Licensing Center. We comply and meet all NCDEE State Rules, Policies and Procedure as well as all Mecklenburg County Health and Sanitation. You will find our center to be very neat and clean and our environment to be friendly, loving and caring. Our goal here at the AEL is to partner with parents in the care and educational training of their children. We are an education you can have faith in!!


I came to Northside when I started Kindergarten and graduated from high school here at NCA, I'm what we call a "lifer". I started working in the AEL while in high school and now almost 15 years later I am the Director. I always knew I wanted to work with children I just love how their little minds work. I enjoy working with a student and seeing the light bulb go off as they learn to read a word. I often find myself in a conversation with our 2 year olds as they are telling stories about eating dinner with Spiderman or being a Princess Fairy when they grow up, I walk away smiling at the imagination they have! I am passionate about the opportunity we have to lay a solid foundation of Jesus in the hearts of our children. Hearing my own children fighting over who is going to say the prayer at dinner time or singing songs in the back seat that they learned in class just melts my heart. I do have 3 beautiful children, all who have either come though or are currently enrolled in the AEL. I have a small hobby taking pictures and capturing sweet moments. If I have free time, I love to do crafts and get together with friends for a craft night. I am obsessed with warm weather and during the summer you can find me in my backyard oasis that my wonderful husband has created and built for our family. 


I am so thankful you have taken the time to look into our program. I would love the opportunity to schedule a tour with you so I can show you our beautiful campus, introduce you to some amazing teachers, and talk to you about our curriculum. I hope you will consider making us apart of your family.