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.
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
Liz received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theatre from Friends University. She has several years of professional childcare experience and has worked at other licensed childcare facilities. She is very outdoorsy and loves bringing in nature and music into her classroom. Liz is married and they have an adorable basset hound mix named Wally. She enjoys teaching this age because the children surprise her with the exciting things they learn each and every day. Liz's children in her room have fun while learning at their own pace in a nurturing, caring and safe environment. Liz has been a Lead Teacher in her classroom since February 2012. Liz is currently working on her Child Development Associates Degree.
Lead Toddler Teacher: Room 3
Ages taught: 24-36 months
Ashley received an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Colby Community College in 2007 and is currently working toward her bachelor’s degree in early childhood unified as well as her CDA. Ashley is married and currently her baby is their dog, Bruce. She loves working with 2-year-olds because they make her laugh, and they learn so much every day. They put a smile on her face with every new accomplishment, question and milestone they achieve. In Ashley’s room the children will thrive in a fun and creative atmosphere while working on self-help skills and potty training. Ashley’s classroom is full of learning, love and the vibrant laughter of 2-year-olds. Ashley began her teaching career as a teacher assistant at the Child Development Center in November 2007. She was the Lead teacher in another toddler classroom (12-24 months) until fall 2011 before moving to Room 3.
Preschool Teacher: Room 6
Ages taught: 3-4 years
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. She enjoys working with 3- and 4-year-olds because they are very eager to learn and make her smile and laugh. Her classroom is always busy with hands-on activities, learning opportunities and creative experiments. Her classroom is structured in a way that promotes a positive self-image, creative educational experience and a loving atmosphere. Michelle has been a Lead Teacher since January 2007, previously with children 12-36 months and since fall 2011 with her current preschoolers.
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.
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.
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.
Chario started working at the CDC in May of 2014. She is a senior at WSU pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Chario is currently the Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 3 with the 2 year olds. She enjoys working in Room 3 because each day is different. She loves playing, laughing, and especially singing with the kids. She also enjoys seeing the children learn new things every day and watching them develop into preschoolers. She appreciates each child's individuality and enjoys making a connection with each one she meets.
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.
Bryanna is a senior at WSU in the Communication Science and Disorders program. She loves working with infants because they are exciting to watch as they grow and learn new things. They are all so different and it’s fun to watch their personalities start to show. Bryanna has been a Teacher Assistant in the Infant Room since January 2013 and started as the Lead Teacher Assistant in January 2015.
Taylor began working at the CDC in Spring 2015. She is a sophomore at Wichita State pursuing a career in Nursing. Taylor is currently the Lead Teacher Assistant in Room 5. Watching each child grow and thrive throughout the year is her favorite part of working with these 4 and 5 year olds! She also enjoys watching each child develop a unique and individual personality. Her experience here has influenced her to start down the path of being a family nurse practitioner, working with children 18 and under. She hopes she can touch the lives of sick children and make their obstacles easier for both them and their families.
Haley is currently a junior at Wichita State University pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. She hopes to graduate and teach 2nd 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. She loves messy art activities and enjoys watching the kids learn new tasks each week!