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 small-group learning environments for children to enhance their creativity and strive for excellence. Latorie’s goal is for her team to continue partnering with families to create a circle of love and educational growth for 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 successful, 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 began this journey to provide quality, small-group learning environments for young children. Latorie and her team strive to ensure that all enrolled children graduate from our program fully prepared for kindergarten. Latorie and the Aspire team enjoy bonding with families to create a circle of love for every child.
Latorie’s passion for teaching began early in her teenage years when she developed a love to care for and educate children. Her professional career began over twenty-five 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 in every position in the Early Childhood industry. Through diligence and perseverance, Latorie worked hard in the field, attended multiple colleges, and was presented with a variety of excellent opportunities. She followed her dream and established the business on October 1, 2012. She opened the doors to her first preschool academy on July 2, 2013, in West Columbia, SC. Within five years, Latorie passion for service led her to open two additional Academies in Lexington, SC, and Columbia, SC.
Latorie’s background includes a vast array of Early Childhood experiences in which the majority has been in management and leadership. She has worked in local, corporate, and faith-based centers, as well as Head Start, Early Head Start, and First Steps 4K programs all in a variety of economic areas throughout Charleston, Columbia, Lexington, 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.
Latorie serves her hometown as a Councilwoman in 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 AgentOwned Premier Realty. She also previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Trident Technical College for two years. 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 has also served as a Notary Public for South Carolina for over 15 years.
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Address: 116 N Hwy 52, Suite B, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Latorie proudly serves on non-profit boards locally and nationally. She is the current President of the national American Business Women’s Foundation Board. She serves as an active Board Member with St. John’s Christan Academy, Father 2 Father, Inc., American Business Women’s Association (state & local), and Grace Impact Development Center. Latorie is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars. She previously served as the President on one of the School Improvement Council (SIC) boards in Berkeley County School District. Latorie also previously served on the School Improvement Council (SIC) and Parent Teacher Association boards in the Richland/Lexington 5 School District.
Throughout her career, Latorie received many awards and accolades. Just to name a few, in 2003, Latorie was one of the recipients 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.
West Columbia Academy
1103 B. Avenue
West Columbia, SC 29169
320 South Lake Drive
Lexington, SC 29073
Moncks Corner Academy
408 South Live Oak Drive
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
1535 Lorick Avenue
Columbia, SC 29203