How long have you worked for the center: I am the director of Toddle Town. I have worked at Toddle Town, Inc. since June 2009.
Any significant certifications schooling or if in school at this time: I have my CDA, Food Sanitation Certificate, CPR Certificate, SIDS Certificate, Shaken Baby Syndrome Certificate, Mandated Reporter Certificate, Associates of Science in Early Childhood Education.
Why you love working with children: I love working with children because I LOVE helping build their future. I love that no single day at work is the same! I admire children’s endless energy, honestly, creativity and flexibility. Seeing each children’s personality is a blessing.
Family: My parents Rebecca and Arthur are the owners of Toddle Town, Inc. My biological mother is Kelly. My brother’s name is Luke and he is 9 years old. I just recently gave birth to a little by named Landon. I have two other special people in my life, my significant other Lance and his son Little Lance. I am very blessed to have them in my life.
What do you do in your free time: In my free time my family and I do family related activities. I love building memories for our children, we are very family oriented. I love being around children. I love to go shopping and to pamper myself. I also love making crafts in my free time.
Education: B.S. Degree – SIU of Edwardsville
Any significant certifications, schooling or are in school at this time?: I am a member of The National Honor Society and am State registered in Illinois and Missouri as a childcare provider.
Years in childcare: For 27 years I taught as a Private Christian School teacher grades Kindergarten through 7th grades, specializing in Reading and Math. I also have 3 years of teaching infants and toddlers.
How long have you worked at the center: I am a teacher assistance at Toddle Town and have worked at the center since December of 2016.
Certifications or schooling: I have my high school diploma, 2 years of college, currently working on my CDA and my Associates in Early Childhood Education.
Years in childcare: I worked at Learning Journey for almost 1 year in 2015 before coming back to Toddle Town in 2016. I also love to help my mom with her two foster children at home.
Why you love working with children: I love that children always see the joy in things! I love the spark that young children have and how much children learn from simple everyday discoveries in the world. I feel that I come home with a story everyday from something a child at work did that day.
Family: I met my husband in 2012 and we were married in 2015 before his deployment. We are expecting our first baby in July 2017, a boy we are naming Aiden. We are so very excited for this new adventure!
What I do in my free time: I love to play with my cats and watch movies in my free time. I am also a big family person, so any time I can, I love to spend time with family.
How long have you worked at the center: I have worked at Toddle Town since April 17, 2017.
Certifications or schooling: I am registered in Illinois as a childcare provider. I have my CPR and First Aid as well as Food Handlers certificate. I plan on working towards my CDA license in the near future.
Years in childcare: I have had many years babysitting for friends and family as well as working at a daycare in Troy, IL and also have worked as a nanny for three families.
Why I love working with children: Working with children is a very rewarding job. I love being able to watch them learn and grow to become their own unique person.
Family: I grew up in Troy, IL with my parents Bill and Sue. I have two sisters – Emily and Amanda and my brother-in-law, Robert.
What I do in my free time: In my free time I spend a lot of time with my family and I take care of my two god babies, Neveah and Elijah. In the summer I love to go swimming or camping and have fun day trips to the zoo or grant farms.