• 61°
franklin county times

Little Tigers celebrates 20 years

Former teachers and students return to celebrate 20 years of Little Tigers Preschool with owner Rhonda Miller. (Back row) Jean Berry, Lynlie Cottrell, Rhonda Miller, Tanya Tiggs, Mialey Baker, Renae Cochran, (front row) Brooke Mcnatt, Paige Taylor, Tammy McNatt and Karen Mims.
Former teachers and students return to celebrate 20 years of Little Tigers Preschool with owner Rhonda Miller. (Back row) Jean Berry, Lynlie Cottrell, Rhonda Miller, Tanya Tiggs, Mialey Baker, Renae Cochran, (front row) Brooke Mcnatt, Paige Taylor, Tammy McNatt and Karen Mims.

Businesses come and go, but one local business has been caring for children for the past 20 years.

Owner Rhonda Miller started with four employees and 20 children when she opened Little Tigers Preschool on Lawrence Street East in Russellville in August 1996, aided by Commissioner Chris Wallace and Kenny Hearst. “And it went from just a little thought to lots of hard work and prayers and love from the community.”

 

Miller was working toward her teaching degree at the time, age 22, at Northwest-Shoals Community College. But she decided the preschool would enable to spend more time with her children, when they came along.

“It’s always been about what would benefit these kids in this community,” she said.

Miller said she and her staff aim to reach each child’s needs and teach in a way that recognizes that each child will learn and achieve differently. She gets emotional when she thinks about all the children who have passed through Little Tigers’ doors in the past 20 years and all the memories she has made – how her business has grown and thrived, including achieving an OSR Pre-K grant in the last year.

“It’s all surreal,” she said. But in a way, she said she knew it would be a lasting business effort. “Once I set my mind to a goal, it’s going to happen … It’s a dream that’s realized. I’m just proud of it.”

Miller credited employees past and present as well as community support for much of the success of Little Tigers Preschool. Current and former employees celebrated the 20th anniversary with Miller Friday, and children enjoyed the day with a bouncy house, McDonald’s Happy Meals and special guest Marshall from Paw Patrol.

Miller grew up in Littleville. She is married to Brian Miller, who works at United Launch Alliance, and they have two children, ages 13 and 12.

Franklin County

RHS graduate crowned Miss Northwest Shoals

Franklin County

RHS graduate crowned Miss UNA

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: In memoriam – Monuments honor the fallen of Franklin

High School Sports

RHS senior chosen as Bryant-Jordan Region 8 Scholar winner

High School Sports

Russellville High School ladies soccer team members participate in annual Night to Shine

News

Russellville High School Scholars Bowl team qualifies for state tournament

News

Vina kindergarteners connect with lots of other classes

News

PCHS JAG student places in district conference

Features

Wedding Spotlight: Layne and Frank Edwards

Franklin County

RHS senior competes at state DYW competition

News

Extension, 4-H present free resume workshop

Franklin County

Franklin County has lots to love

High School Sports

Russellville High School honors alum Luther Tiggs with special night of basketball

News

BTCPA announces second production of season

News

RMS holds annual state assessment celebration

Franklin County

Red Bay welcomes new city attorney

Franklin County

Attempted traffic stop leads to high-speed vehicle pursuit, wreck 

Franklin County

Vehicle pursuit ends in wreck, arrest 

News

RFD, RHS collab promotes job readiness, community safety

Franklin County

Local students named to Mississippi State University’s fall 2023 President’s List

News

Russellville Elementary features among U.S. News & World Report best elementary schools

News

RCS receives recognition as finalist for national award

News

Plans get underway to raise funds for cancer research in memory of Bedfords

Franklin County

PHOTOS: Freezing temperatures make way for fun

x