Meet Our Leadership Team
SAM GRANT Owner
Sam Grant got his start in early childhood education in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec. Sam started by working at summer day camps and eventually developing and operating his own hockey camps and gym programs for childcare centers and elementary schools. After owning a total of 7 centers in Montreal, he expanded to the U.S. with his purchase of the former Northtree Learning Center in Lake Worth in 2013. After an extensive renovation of the existing facility and a revision of the programming, Sam was proud to welcome children to the newly opened Summit Kids Academy.
FRAN SHELLARD Director of Client Relations
Fran Shellard is truly thankful for her local community. In fact, it is through her close community ties that landed her at Summit Kids Academy back in 2002. At the time, she was Head of Auxiliary for her child’s Little League team in West Boynton Beach. One of the parents she worked with was the owner of the childcare center which would evolve to become Summit Kids Academy, and hired her in 2002 as a teacher.
She soon became Assistant Director, and then Director, receiving her Director’s credential. She brings her innate sense of warmth and her love for community with her to work each day, making sure that the families at Summit feel at home at the center. Fran offers tours to prospective families, follows up regularly with current families, and oversees communication between staff and the center’s families.
The mother of six kids and grandmother of two, Fran’s youngest three children all attended the center, her daughter taught at the school, and her grandchild enrolled at six weeks of age. In her time away from the center, this native New Yorker enjoys spending time with her family, doing puzzles, and cheering on the New York Giants and New York Yankees.
DANIELLE LOVELL Director of Programming and HR
Danielle Lovell comes to Summit with a background in both the corporate and child care worlds. With her experience in administration, corporate communications, and compliance, she brings competence and a business sensibility to the table which aids her in her human resources and programming responsibilities. Immediately prior to coming to Summit Kids Academy in 2016, Danielle was the director of another early childhood learning center in the area.
Danielle oversees hiring, performance reviews, evaluations, employee onboarding, and benefits. While her corporate experience has more than prepared her for these tasks, she also has a knack for working with people and knows the importance of valuing hardworking employees. Danielle additionally oversees the extracurricular programming at the center, including yoga, music, and dance. She ensures that all programs are in compliance with state policies and that all equipment is safe and updated.
Danielle is the mother of a 14 year-old son and is very involved in her church. She teaches in the children’s ministry, and loves training, teaching, guest speaking, and passing on lessons she has learned through past growth.
SCOTT SULLIVAN Administrator
Scott Sullivan grew up learning everything he needed to know about his future in childcare from his mother, who owned two childcare centers. He helped out in her centers while attending college, and eventually received his M.Ed in early childhood education. He worked as a teacher in his mother’s centers and evolved over time to assume the position of Director.
After his mother sold her childcare centers, Scott came to work at Summit Kids Academy, and relishes his role, processing tuition, handling enrollment, and administering payroll. But some of his favorite moments of each day are when he gets to interact with the children in Summit’s care. In addition to his administrative duties, Mr. Scott is an excellent storyteller complete with character voices and actions, the children just love story time with Mr. Scott.
Outside of work, Scott commits himself to community service on a regular basis. He has been involved with his local Kiwanis since he was in high school, and is particularly fulfilled by his work building reading rooms in his local community.