Latorie’s vision in 2012 was to create an environment for children to learn with no barriers or boundaries. Years later, she continues to be inspired to provide home-like learning environments for children to enhance their creativity and strive for excellence. Latorie’s goal is for her team to partner with families to create a circle of love and education around our children. To also hold on to the mentality that ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’ Latorie strongly believes that together, we can foster a quality early childhood learning experience for our children which creates a solid foundation for future learning and development.
Owner & CEO
Latorie is a native of Moncks Corner, SC and currently resides there with her family. She is the owner and CEO of Aspire Early Learning Academy, LLC. She began this journey to provide quality, small-group learning environments for young children. Latorie and her team strives to ensure that all children enrolled, graduates from our program fully prepared for kindergarten. The Aspire Team, enjoys bonding with each family to create a circle of love for every child.
Latorie’s passion for teaching began at an early age when she developed a love to help others. Her professional career began over twenty years ago when she worked in a local child care center in Charleston, SC as a part-time after school teacher while attending college. Since then, she has worked every position in the Early Childhood industry. Through diligence and perseverance, Latorie worked hard in the field, attended college, and was presented with a variety of excellent opportunities. She followed her dream and opened the doors to the first Preschool Academy on July 2, 2013 in West Columbia, SC. Within five years, Latorie opened two additional Academies in Lexington, SC and Columbia, SC.
Latorie is a Councilwomen with the Town of Moncks Corner. She extends her passion for helping families in the Lowcountry communities as a Realtor® at Latorie Lloyd & Associates, LLC with The Group, LLC. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Trident Technical College. Latorie is the author of Aspire in Your Pursuit and the co-author of The A2Z of Early Childhood Management. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Management and Leadership, a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management, an Associate of Arts Degree in Public Service with a concentration in Early Care and Education, a Child Care Management Certification, and a real estate license. Latorie is also a Notary Public for South Carolina.
Latorie’s background includes a vast array of Early Childhood experiences for over 20 years in which the majority has been in management and leadership. She has worked in local centers, corporate centers, faith based centers, Head Start, and Early Head Start all in a variety of economic areas throughout Charleston, Columbia, Hilton Head, and Mt. Pleasant. Latorie is a Certified Trainer and Certified Technical Assistance Provider for South Carolina’s Center for Child Care Career Development as well as an Early Childhood Program Consultant and Mentor throughout the state of South Carolina. She enjoys training and inspiring others in the Early Childhood, business, and leadership industries.
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Address: 116 N Hwy 52, Suite 116-B, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Latorie is a proud member of the American Business Women Association (ABWA), in which she is active locally, state-wide, and nationally. She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars (OES) and a volunteer for My Sister’s House. She previously served as the President on one of the School Improvement Council (SIC) boards in Berkeley County School District. Latorie previously served on the School Improvement Council (SIC) and Parent Teacher Association boards in the Richand/Lexington 5 School District.
In 2003, Latorie was one of the recipient of the National Who’s Who in American Junior College Award. In 2014, she was awarded ABWA’s Woman of the Year for the Midlands Chapter in Columbia, SC. She also received the honorary 2018 ‘Top 20 Under 40’ for the South Carolina Black Pages. June of 2018, Latorie received the prestigious award as one of the 2019 Top Ten Women of ABWA. In October of 2018, Latorie received the highest honor within the American Business Women’s Association as the national 2019 American Business Woman of ABWA.
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1103 B. Avenue
West Columbia, SC 29169
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Lexington, SC 29073
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