Meet the Team
Nirali, Nihir, and Gopika Patel
Nirali, Nihir and Gopika Patel are the Owner-Operators of Celebree School of Columbia–North, and they are delighted to be bringing the Celebree difference to the Columbia community and providing a place to “Protect, Educate and Nurture” every child that walks through their doors.
Nirali spent her early years in India before moving to Columbia, MD when she was 11 years old. She has a Bachelor’s in Gerontology, a Master’s in Healthcare Administration, and has worked in numerous industries over the years such as education, and healthcare. Gopika was born and raised in Karnataka, India, where she completed her Bachelor’s in Business Administration as well as a post-Graduation diploma in International Business. In 2011, Gopika married Nihir, and they moved to United States. She is currently working at a Behavioral Healthcare.
Over the years, the power trio has worked in a number of different fields. Working in these different fields, they realized, regardless of which field you work in, the most common concern of an adult with children is the guilt of leaving their child to go to work. In today’s world, working is not just a necessity, but it is also about personal growth. No parent should feel guilty for choosing their growth. So, she wanted to provide a childcare service where parents feel like their children are learning, growing, and gaining something from the experience, as well as being taken care of like a family member would take care of them.
The three were inspired to pursue early childhood education because of Nihir’s grandfather, who always emphasized that education is the foundation of a successful society. Growing up, education was never an option for him, so he worked hard to become principle of the first ever Science University in the state of Gujarat, India. He instilled the value of a quality education in his children, who continued to teach Nihir and Nirali not only the importance of getting a quality education, but also to continue to pass the learning to future generations.
Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Nihir, along with Nirali and Gopika, are committed to instilling a lifelong love of learning in the children they serve and providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment where children are able to develop the skills they need to prepare them not only for kindergarten, but for life. They are so happy to have the opportunity to “Grow People Big and Small”, provide the very best early childhood education experiences for the families of Columbia, and create a true sense of family within the walls of their school and the greater Columbia community. Welcome to Celebree School of Columbia-North!
Your School Director
Tasha Upchurch is our wonderful School Director at Celebree School of Columbia – North, bringing with her a wealth of experience, expertise, and passion for the field of early childhood education. With over 15 years of experience in the early childhood education field, Tasha has held director roles at a variety of preschools and childcare centers. She most recently served as the Owner/Operator of an independently owned childcare center in Owings Mills, MD, where she played a pivotal role in startup operations. She is thrilled to bring her knowledge and passion to Celebree!
Tasha holds a B.A degree in Communications from Salisbury University and a M.S degree in Business Management from University of Maryland, University College. She holds several certifications in the field of ECE, including: Infant/Toddler certification, Preschool certification, Medication Administration, Emergency Preparedness, and First Aid/CPR.
Born in Washington, DC and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Tasha is a proud mother of five wonderful boys, ranging in age from 4 to 18. She cherishes spending time with her children and other family members in her free time, and has a special appreciation for the arts, particularly singing.
As your School Director, Tasha is dedicated to providing the highest quality of early childhood education and fostering a warm, supportive, and nurturing environment for children, families, and staff alike. Her wealth of experience, certifications, and educational background make her an invaluable asset to the Celebree team, and we are so glad to have her on board. Welcome Tasha!
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I began taking my daughter to Celebree when she was 9 months old. As a new mom, dropping my baby off with "strangers" was tough but Ms. Laura made & continues to make the experience enjoyable! Each day Ms. Laura takes time to tell me how my daughter's day went, what she did & anything funny or cute she did during her time there. You can tell that she truly loves kids & enjoys watching my daughter grow, change & learn, just like my husband & I do & what more could you ask for in a caregiver then to love & enjoy your child as much as you do! Thank you Celebree & Ms. Laura!
For children, change can be challenging, scary or unnerving requiring time for adjustment. My husband and I have been very appreciative of his teacher, Ms. Kristen, and the care she has shown our little one a new friend at Celebree. From providing useful suggestions on how we can work with my son at home to updates about his day, Ms. Kristen's patience, professionalism and attentiveness are priceless. Thank you Ms. Kristen and the request of the caring team at Celebree!
Amy and Nicole are amazing to Amelia and all of the other friends in the Kindergarten Readiness classroom at Celebree Ellicott City. Both Amy and Nicole adhere to the Celebree motto to protect, educate, and nurture. Amelia has shown so much progress since being in the KR Classroom. Her penmanship has improved steadily, and we are working on reading! Arts and crafts that stimulate the children's minds and critical thinking skills are always present, and the lesson planning is quite obviously thoughtful and relevant. Amy and Nicole have infinite patience, kindness, and fairness; they truly are invaluable assets to the Celebree Team. They deserve all the praise they receive and more. So often in our daily lives we forget to thank the people who have the most impact on us and our children's lives". I want to take this time to recognize the fantastic job the Amy, Nicole and the entire Celebree Ellicott City Team does to ensure that our children are prepared to face Kindergarten".and beyond.
I ask my daughter often if she likes her teachers. She always answers yes. I then follow up with asking "˜Why?' I get various answers, but just yesterday she said "Because I love Ms. Jessica and she loves me." I know there is a lot that goes on between the kids and teachers that I don't experience first hand, but when my daughter tells me that she loves her teacher, hugs her goodbye, sits on her lap during reading time, and generally is very happy to be near her, it makes me feel that this is the right place for her to grow.
Our five-year-old absolutely loved going to Pre-K at Celebree. Her teachers were incredibly loving and enthusiastic and she was reading by the time she graduated. We recently moved to North Carolina and our daughter is well ahead of her peers because of the education she received at Celebree in Crofton. The facility is beautiful and cheerful...can't say enough good things about our experience there.
My son has been attending since he was two. They love, care for and teach the children like their own.
My son's first experience at a "school" environment. Teachers are wonderful, they sincerely care about his health and development. He actually looks forward to going to school. Curriculum is engaging and daily reports help support his learning at home as well. A+
Great teachers with great personalities. I fully trust my child here.
My son loves his daycare. He is 14 months, and is socializing well. It is a great feeling to know your child is safe and happy while both his parents are at work.
Celebree is the best place for children to learn and play and be cared for while parents are at work. My daughter started there at 8 weeks and she is 8 months old now. She loves her teachers so much. Every morning she squeals and smiles when we enter her classroom. The teachers are very experienced and kind to not just the children, but us parents too. They do crafts and take pictures, and have lesson plans even for the infant room. It is a very professional. establishment.
Our daughter attended Celebree for preschool for a little over a year. In general the staff were caring and you could tell that the vast majority of the staff were there for the right reasons".
My daughter has been attending "school" at Celebree for almost a year now and we love it there. The director is phenomenal and it warms my heart to see my little girl run up to her and give her a huge hug every time we see her. The curriculum is fantastic and really helps young kids learn through fun activities - of which by the way, there are a lot of!
My son started at Celebree when he was 3 going on 4 and he just graduated from the pre-K class! Celebree has really been an extension of our family!!!! They loved, nurtured and educated my son well past my expectations! Everyone is great from the Director Ms. Natasha to each classroom teacher and teacher's assistant! I am looking forward to my son having a great year in kindergarten thanks to his Pre-K teacher Ms. Amy!!!!
Celebree in Bowie, MD is one of the best childcare centers I have ever enrolled my child in. The director and Asst. director genuinely care about each and every child.
Our family has been at Celebree for over 4 years...LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. The teachers are very hands on and provide a nurturing environment for our children. Our oldest son is preparing for Kindergarten in the fall and Celebree has helped him to excel in both reading and writing.
Beautiful Location. New facility with warm and friendly staff.
We love Celebree!!!! Best child care center I have ever visited. The teachers are loving, caring and really take the time to provide the best education the children.
Top notch education program and teachers care about the kids. The variety of activities keep my little one engaged and she loves to go to school everyday!
The hours are great and the teachers do genuinely care about their kids
Absolutely love this place. The staff are all friendly and helpful, my child is happy and healthy. They really take pride in including the parent in their child's education.
My little 2-year girl is doing so well there, they are very friendly and nice. The place is clean and organized. They are taking very good care of her.
Nice teachers and active learning program. Wears out the little one so parents can enjoy a quieter kid after work.
Bel Air 2
Teaches your children a lot more than the school system does. Child is 4 and knows a lot more than 1st graders in the area thanks to Celebree.
My 3-year-old is so excited to attend Celebree. The teachers are polite and communicate with parents. My daughter is learning what BCPS Kindergarten students are in school.
Very nice center, nice open atmosphere, very friendly staff.
Nice and Secure, very nice staff, rates are good, hours are GREAT, just started but I'm very happy with my choice for my little 4 year old girl
My son has been at this Celebree since he was 10 months old. I, like many was very was nervous to put him in any type of daycare system. I went to several other day cares to check them out and Celebree of Forest Hill was by far the best!! What won me over in the beginning was the fact that they had cameras in every classroom, only parents and staff are allowed access to where the kids are, the staff being as friendly as they are, and how clean the place was.
Forest Hill 2
Parenting is hard; Celebree makes it easier. As if life wasn't difficult enough with a new baby, soon after having my daughter, my husband was laid off. Celebree worked with us to delay my daughter's start date while my husband was home looking for work and ensuring that we wouldn't lose her place...
Forest Hill 3
My son has been attending since Oct. 2014 and seems to be enjoying himself. I feel comfortable there too. They have a great group of teachers, the Director and assistant director are super nice.
I love Celebree!