Kate Harding

Bloom Program Director/Co-Teacher

Miss Kate was raised primarily in NC but lived in Delaware and Texas with her family before moving back to NC in 2015. She received her BA from NC State University before becoming a Corp Member with Teach for America.

She is married to Scott and is the mom of her two wonderful children: Cooper (15) and Kellan (13). Their family loves to camp, travel, watch “How It’s Made” and play board games. She spends most of her free time cross-stitching, coaching her son’s Odyssey of the Mind team, and taking her daughter to dance competitions.

Kate has taught 8th grade Language Arts, preschool art and music, and for the past seven years has been teaching in a church preschool setting, with the last three of those years serving as Director. She is a strong believer that learning comes through movement and play, so she loves a classroom that is loud, messy and fun! She thoroughly looks forward to working with your family to give your child the best preschool experience possible at Bloom!

E-mail Mrs. Kate – bloompreschooloakridge@gmail.com

Call or Text – (336) 745-1271

Mary Crilly

Bloom Co-Teacher

Mary Crilly was born in Ireland and moved to North Carolina with her husband in 2004. She received her degree in Art Education at Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology in 1997. Mary has been married to Niall since 2004 and has two children, a daughter who is an 8th grader at Revolution Academy and a son who is a sophomore at Northwest High School. Her family loves to watch movies together and try to travel as much as they can. Their favorite pastime is camping, and last summer they spent three weeks traveling the East Coast. Mary also loves reading, crafts and walking her dog, Ginny. 
Mary is in her 9th year of teaching preschool, most recently teaching Pre-K in Summerfield. She loves creating a safe and welcoming environment for her students and watching them grow together through play and social interactions. Having fun, getting messy and watching the students learn new skills is amazing. Being a part of that is so rewarding and she is excited to start her new venture at Bloom!

Cameron Ligon

Destination Arts Owner/Executive Director

Cameron has been dancing and performing for over thirty years, but for the last eighteen has found that her true calling is actually in teaching – not just students, but also in leading a team of other talented dance professionals! Her training began locally in her hometown of Kernersville, North Carolina, and she continued dancing in the Piedmont Triad Area until she graduated high school. She has ballet, pointe and modern training from the North Carolina School of the Arts (now UNCSA). In addition to dance, Cameron previously had a promising singing career under the name of Cameron Marion as she likes to say, “many moons ago!” She used both her singing and dancing abilities as part of an LA-based pop girl group that shared a short stint on the reality TV circuit and Cameron has also released an album and two singles on iTunes; one of which received regular airplay on XM country radio in 2010. She has opened for and shared a stage with Jeff Cook from the legendary country group ALABAMA, Jordan Knight & Donnie Wahlberg from the New Kids on the Block, Cartel, the Little River Band, and multi-platinum country recording artist Gretchen Wilson. She was also the musical entertainment aired at a birthday party on the television show “Outrageous Kids Parties” on TLC. Cameron enjoys traveling and taking master classes to learn all she can about the evolving studio business, and is mentored by some of the best in the studio owner “biz”. Cameron is an executive member of the More Than Just Great Dancing (MTJGD) affiliated studios, and also helps provide resources for other studio owners in their own businesses through the tools she has created with her company, Dance Teacher Dashboard. As an educator, her students have been featured dancers on the “Drop Dead Diva” television show, been cast as dancers and actresses at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and have accepted spots out of very few given in many exclusive summer programs including: The Joffrey, Broadway Artists Alliance and Oklahoma City University’s (OCU) High School Musical Theatre Program. Cameron works less in the classroom these days and more on the backend of the studio, but she still loves experiencing all of the magic that is created within the studio’s walls! She lives in Oak Ridge with her husband, Joseph, and kids Flynn (6) and Remi (3).  She enjoys sharing her passion for dance, music and performing with our community, and her biggest hope is to inspire children to set their sights high and always know they can dream BIG!

E-mail Mrs. Cameron – destinationartscenter@gmail.com