Flo Elder Wilkes, owner of both Oconee Preschool Academy locations,
had a life long vision of child development ownership. From a very young
age, she loved and adored all age children, especially babies. Ms. Wilkes
is a life long native of Watkinsville coming from the Elder family who
was one of the first families to settle in Watkinsville.
Flo graduated Oconee Co. High School in 1974 and attended Georgia
College in Milledgeville for three years with an Early Childhood Education
major. Ms. Wilkes began caring for children in her home in 1990 when
her second child was one year of age and her first son was eleven. She
received a state license for a group day care one year later. After five
years of continuous waiting lists of children desiring her services, she
planned, developed, and financed Oconee Preschool Academy from the
In 1995 she built Oconee Preschool on Mars Hill Road in Watkinsville.
Her goal from the start was to provide the highest quality child care at an
affordable price. Within two months of opening, OPA was at capacity of
children. OPA I has 9 classrooms, 3 age appropriate playgrounds and
in-ground swimming pool. In 2007, OPA I went through a complete
Also in 2007, Ms. Wilkes built a second location on Greensboro Highway
in Watkinsville at a cost of over two million dollars.
OPA II is state-of-the-art with 10 classrooms, three age appropriate
playgrounds and in-ground swimming pool.
Ms. Wilkes is a very involved owner making daily decisions with her
Directors to ensure OPA continues providing parents and children the
highest quality child care.
OPA I Director
Nikki H. Wright is Oconee Preschool Academy, I Director. She has
been Director since 2001 and Assistant Director under Ms. Wilkes
two years prior.
Nikki began her career at OPA in 1998 when her first two children
were young. In 2007 her second daughter and
third child was born. Her first position at OPA was as a Two Year
Classroom teacher and later moved to the Four Year Class as Lead
Teacher before entering an administrative position.
Ms. Wilkes says Nikki is an invaluable employee who goes over and
beyond her job duties to meet the challenging
needs of OPA children, parents, and staff. She is very well
respected by all. She is continuously dedicated as Director and
shares the vision with Ms. Wilkes that Oconee Preschool exist only to
provide children the highest quality child care.
|Oconee Preschool Academy, Inc., I
1890 Mars Hill Road
Watkinsville, GA 30677
(706) 769-KIDS (5437)
|Oconee Preschool Academy, Inc., II
1420 Greensboro Highway
Watkinsville, GA 30677
(706) 769-CARE (2273)