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 more recently 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. She is married with two boys, one who still attends the center. 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. She is married with 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 moved into the Assistant Director position. 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 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
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 and truly enjoys the toddler age group because of their excitement for the world around them and their great sense of humor. She loves all the energy and giggles! Shauna’s classroom is full of fun, friendship and love. The toddlers 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.
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 is happily married and they have a "dog child," a Morkie, named Daisy. 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 is hoping for grandkids someday. 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. Ashley is married with two little girls who attend the center. 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
Colleen is a graduate of Wichita State University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education December of 2013. She was a Teacher’s Assistant from January of 2010 to January of 2014. She became the Lead Teacher in Room 6 January of 2016. She loves a family atmosphere and surroundeds herself with many friends and family members that she couldn't imagine life without. She loves working with 3-4 year olds because they are always ready and eager to learn something new. She loves their giggles, laughs and fun loving spirit. Her classroom is full of love, creativity, fun and lots of learning opportunities.
Lead Toddler Teacher: Room 3
Ages taught: 24-36 months
Katey received her bachelor’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development from McPherson College in May of 2012. Growing up in the 4-H community helped Katey develop a passion for working with younger children through leadership programs and camp counselor opportunities. Her passion for the early childhood field brought her to Wichita State University Child Development Center in the spring of 2016. Katey sees the potential todders hold and enjoys watching them discover their independence through play, self-help skills and social interaction with their friends. Her room is full of smiles and giggles as friends learn about the world around them through individual and group activities. Katey is happily married to Aaron since the fall of 2014. With no human children yet, Aaron and Katey stay busy with their two dogs, Gus and Max, and five chickens. They enjoy camping in all kinds of weather and can be found floating in the lake during the summer months with their families and close friends.
Emily is the Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 8 with the 3-4 year olds. She has an older and younger brother and loves the family atmosphere of the CDC. She started working here as a freshman in the spring of 2012. Her work in the classroom is part of what influenced her to change her major to Psychology. She plans on going to graduate school for clinical psychology and hopes to work with children and incorporate animals into her practice.
Erin began working at the CDC in the fall of 2014. She is currently a senior at Wichita State University, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She will graduate in May and hopes to receive a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in the future. She previously worked as a Teacher Assistant with the one year olds. Erin loves working with the four and five year olds because she is able to see them successfully overcome obstacles every day. Their desire to always learn and be a helper is one of her favorite things about Room 5.
Haley is currently a junior at Wichita State University pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. She hopes to graduate and teach second grade. She started in May of 2014. She started working in a mix of older and younger classrooms but really enjoyed the toddlers. She worked mainly in Room 12 and recently transitioned over to Room 10 as the Lead Teacher Assistant in Summer of 2015 and started in Spring of 2016 as Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 3. She loves messy art activities and enjoys the "light bulb" moment when kids learn new things!
Hallie is a student at Wichita State University and will graduate in December 2016 with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education. She is currently the Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 6 and enjoys working with 3-year-olds because they are eager to explore and learn. Hallie strives to maintain a safe and fun learning environment. Hallie started working at the Child Development Center in February 2014 as a teacher’s assistant, she then was the Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 12 with the one year olds and has been the Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 6 since August 2015.
Hannah is a sophomore at Wichita State University majoring in Elementary Education. She is currently the Lead Teacher Assistant in the Infant Room and enjoys working with the babies because they can brighten anyone’s day. Hannah strives to maintain a safe and enthusiastic learning environment. Hannah loves being able to see the infants progress through their development and see their personalities start to blossom. Hannah started working at the Child Development Center in August 2014. She became the Lead Teacher Assistant in the Infant Room in January 2016.
Katelyn is currently a sophomore at Wichita State. She started working at the Child Development Center in January 2015 and fell in love with the children and the staff. She loves teaching and playing with children, but most of all she loves to love on them. She greatly enjoys all ages, but she is very excited to be taking on the role of the Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 12 this fall. She will continue to strive for a fun learning experience for the children while being in a safe and loving environment.
Stephanie Stephens is the Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 10 with 1-3 year olds. She is currently attending Wichita State University and will graduate in December 2016 with a bachelor's in Elementary Education. Stephanie started working at the CDC in the Fall of 2014. She previously worked in Room 12 and switched over to Room 10 for the Lead Teacher Assistant position. She loves the younger ages because you can see their growth every single day. She also loves that the children never fail to make her laugh and smile. Stephanie loves to spend time with her friends and family and feels right at home with the CDC family environment.