Lead Teachers at the Child Development Center meet or exceed Kansas licensing standards and have at least one undergraduate, graduate or early childhood credential.
All staff are required to get TB tests and are trained in Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Illness, Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting/Abusive Head Trauma, SIDS and Child Development.
Every two years staff are relicensed in CPR and first aid training. Staff are also required to attend a minimum of ten in-service clock hours per year in early childhood education courses and KDHE approved trainings.
Jill has an Associate’s degree from Hutchinson Community College and completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Wichita State University in 2004. Jill began at the Child Development Center as a Teacher Assistant in October 2000. She was a Toddler Lead Teacher from 2002 until December 2008, and also held the Assistant Director position until May of 2011. Jill completed her CDA in May 2006, earned her Certificate in Supervision from the Center for Management Development and a Leadership Certificate through CMD. She graduated from Wichita State University in December of 2013 with a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Counseling and holds a Play Therapy certificate. She holds a Program Director's License from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and has been the current Director since May of 2011. Jill is also an adjunct professor at Butler County Community College in the Early Childhood program and the current president of the Early Childhood Directors Organization in town. She is married with two boys, one who is in first grade and another who is a Freshman in Goddard. The best part of her job is getting to know all of the children at the CDC! They make her laugh every day at the silly things they say and do, she loves to watch them grow and learn and loves to stay connected with each family.
Amy began working at the Child Development Center in January 1998 as a teacher assistant. She then became the center’s Administrative Specialist in 1999. Amy has earned her Certificate in Supervision from the Center for Management Development. Amy is married; they have one son who is attending college at Kansas State. The best part of Amy's job is getting to greet each family and child every morning. She loves their laughter and silly questions and they bring a smile to her face every day. She specializes in being able to answer questions about billing, enrollment procedures and waiting list procedures as well as many other aspects of the center.
In 1997, Michelle earned an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Butler County Community College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human ecology at Kansas State University in 2000. Michelle has a daughter and a son who keep her active and busy. Michelle has been at the CDC since January of 2007. Previously Michelle was a Lead Teacher with children 12-36 months. In the fall of 2011 she moved to preschoolers, ages 3-4. Since January 2016, Michelle has been the Assistant Director at the CDC. Michelle also is an active participant in campus organizations, has implemented and runs a science program at the CDC and is currently taking some supervision classes at WSU. She enjoyed working with the children but was very excited when the opportunity came up to move to the administrative side of the Child Development Center. She enjoys working with all the families and getting to them on an individual basis.
Lead Infant Teacher
Ages taught: 6 weeks to 12 months
Tiffany is a graduate of Wichita State University with a dual bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a certification in Special Education for ages birth to 3rd grade. Tiffany also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Dance with a focus in performance and creative movement for young children. She began at the Child Development Center in April 2008 as a Teacher Assistant working with all ages. From August 2010 to December 2013 she held a Lead Teacher Assistant position in Room 3 (24-36 months) and then transitioned to the Interim Lead Infant Teacher from December 2013 to August 2014. She holds a Program Director's License from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and has been the Lead Infant Teacher since December 2014. Tiffany is also the founder and Owner of the dance program that she runs at the CDC and other Early Childhood programs called Footworks. She is pursuing her teachers license and a certification in Infant Mental Health. Tiffany is recently married and spends time with her step-daughter and Godson. Tiffany enjoys working with infants because they never stop trying to learn new things. She loves all of the giggles, cuddles, toothless smiles and having the opportunity to watch them learn and grow every day. Tiffany’s classroom is full of love, music and fun. The infants are provided with endless opportunities for development and discovery through individual and group experiences.
Lead Toddler Teacher: Room 10
Ages taught: 12-36 months
Hallie recently graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She started working at the WSU CDC February 2014 as a Teacher Assistant. Hallie has been the Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 12 and Room 6. Hallie enjoys working with toddlers because every day is a new adventure. Room 10 is notorious for messy sensory activities because Hallie believes that children learn best by exploring through hands-on lessons. The toddlers of Room 10 are provided with ongoing development through individual and group activities. She enjoys the family atmosphere provided by the CDC and strives to make her room just as loving. When not working with children, Hallie enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Lead Toddler Teacher: Room 12
Ages taught: 12-24 months
Autumn graduated with her associate degree in science from Cloud County Community College, then graduated from Wichita State University in May 2015 with her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She began at the Wichita State University Child Development Center in August of 2014 as a Teacher Assistant working with infants and toddlers. Growing up some of her earliest jobs were working with children off all ages at a licensed childcare facility. She enjoys spending her time with her family and friends making lifelong memories. Autumn enjoys spending time with her beloved "dog child," a Morkie, named Daisy. Autumn is actively pursuing more education classes in the Child Development field. She loves the toddler group because you can see them making strides and learning new things day in and day out. She loves the hugs, dancing and excitement the children have about everything they do. Autumn's classroom is full of laughs, love and friendship. Each day, the toddlers are encouraged to learn in many different ways, but always at their own pace. Her classroom is focused on transitioning to first words, self-help skills through individual and group activities.
Preschool Teacher: Room 8
Ages taught: 3-4 years
Carol has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an early childhood certification from Wichita State University. Carol also has a Program Director’s License from the KDHE. She has three grown children of her own and for now has just one grandson. Her style of teaching coincides with the way she lives her life: fun, creative, passionate, loving and nurturing. In Carol's room you will find spontaneity, creativity, flexibility and laughter every day. Carol began her teaching career with the Child Development Center as a teacher assistant in the original child care center at WSU. She taught professionally at the CDC from 1975-1982 and again since 1991.
Pre-K Teacher: Room 5
Ages taught: 4-5 years
Ashley teaches the Kindergarten Readiness program for children ages 4-5 years who will be entering a Kindergarten program the following year. She graduated from Cowley County Community College in May 2004. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2006 from Wichita State University. She has also worked in a therapeutic classroom with 3-5 year olds. She is currently pursing classes to help enhance her ability to provide sensory and behavioral services at the CDC. Ashley is married with two daughters who are in 3rd grade and Kindergarten. In her classroom, the children will begin to learn reading skills through a program called Reading Explorers. She also works with the children in all aspects of Kindergarten readiness, with special emphasis on social skills so that the can be ready for this huge transition. In her room you will find a busy atmosphere with lots of learning and fun, while being structured, creative and loving. She began working at the Child Development Center in June 2008.
Preschool Teacher: Room 6
Ages taught: 3-4 years
Shauna received her bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Kansas State University. She has worked with children for over 9 years. She has been with the CDC since June of 2015. Shauna started out with the 1 and 2-year old’s and has recently made the switch to the Lead teacher in Room 6. Shauna’s classroom is full of fun, friendship, and love. The preschoolers are encouraged to express creativity and positive thinking. Each child in Shauna’s room is provided with a multitude of developmental experiences through individual projects as well as group activities with all friends. Shauna likes to travel, spend time outdoors and make memories with her loved ones. She has two Labrador Retrievers, Nana and Zoey and spends most of her free time with them playing and enjoying their wonderful company.
Interim Lead Toddler Teacher: Room 3
Ages taught: 24-36 months
Shelby is the Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 8 with the 3-4 year olds. Shelby is a WSU graduate with a degree in biological sciences with an environmental emphasis, and hoping one day to work in one of the national parks. Shelby started the CDC in January 2013 and has worked in all of the classrooms, but and before her time in Room 8 she was the Lead TA in Room 3. Her favorite thing about working at the CDC is learning with the children, and when the children find their voice. She believes that the CDC is truly the most rewarding job
Misty is the Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 10. She started at the CDC in the Fall of 2015 as a freshmen. She is currently a Sophomore at Wichita State University and pursuing her degree in Exercise Science. Upon receiving her Bachelor's Degree, she hopes to continue her education and complete her doctorate in Physical Therapy. She enjoys working with toddlers because they bring so much light to the world and they grow and learn something new every day. When she walks into Room 10, she knows her day will be filled with endless hugs and laughs and she couldn’t enjoy it more.
Grace is the Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 6 with the 3-4 year olds. She starated working at the CDC as a freshman in the Fall of 2016. Grace is currently a sophomore working on her degree for Early Childhood Unified Education with a minor in Dance. She loves teaching the 3-4 year olds because they are always so eager to learn new things. She loves coming to work every day, because she knows that her Room 6 friends will always welcome her with huge hugs and wonderful stories.
Lexie is the Lead TA of Room 3. She started working at the CDC in August 2016. She is currently in the Education program to pursue getting her degree in early childhood. She also has a minor in psychology. The first room she ever worked in was Room 3, and she's glad to have found her place in Room 3 again. She has many favorite things about her job, but her all-time favorite thing is watching her kids develop and grow up. It brings her much joy to watch them figure things out and to see how happy they are when they do. Lexie says this job is the most rewarding job she has ever had, and she's happy to be a part of it.
Jennah is the Lead Teacher Assistant in the Infant Room. She started at the CDC in the Summer of 2016 as a Freshman. She is currently a Sophomore at Wichita State University and pursuing her degree in Math/Pre-Med. Jennah loves working with the babies because they are full of smiles and laughs and always brighten her day. She loves watching the babies learn new things every day and develop their personalities.
Rola is the Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 12. She is currently a junior at Wichita State University majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and working her way to be an Audiologist. She started working at the CDC in May of 2016. Rola loves working with toddlers because they fill her heart with joy. Seeing them learn new things and experience the world around them in a fun and safe environment is one of the many rewards of her job. Every time she walks into the room, she get's ready for a day full of adventures and giggles.
Mackenzie started working in Room 5 in the Fall of 2015. She is currently a Sophomore at Wichita State majoring in Psychology. She loves working with the 4-5 year olds because they are always ready to try and learn new things. She also loves that the children never fail to put a smile on her face every single day!