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.
How long have you worked for the center:
July 28, 2014: Older Todds Teacher (18 months – 23 months)
March 11, 2015: Infant/Young Toddler Teacher (6 weeks – 18 months)
May 8, 2017: Lead 2’s Teacher (2 year olds – 3 year olds)
I couldn’t be happier!
Any significant certifications schooling or if in school at this time?: I have my associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, my Infant/Toddler CDA, an Infant/Toddler Credential and my ECE Level 1 Credential. I am director qualified and I take many Infant/Toddler based workshops to help make sure that I’m giving the best care that I can give. I am also CPR and First Aide certified.
Years in Child Care: I’ve been passionately working in child care since 2006. I worked with Preschool-school age children until 2010 and since have been working with mainly infants/toddlers. I believe that the young ones need a high quality teacher too!
Why you love children: I love working with kids because it really is the best job in the world! I love being able to teach them while we are playing and exploring their environment. I love reading, singing and doing fun art projects with them every day. I get just as excited as they do to pull out the paints and get messy! We learn from each other. They constantly teach me things that I didn’t know before. I love filling this role for them and helping each step of the way.
Family: I have been with my husband since 2005 and we’ve been married since 2008. We don’t have any children yet, but we look forward to that in the future. We’ve been blessed with a lot of kids in our family to love, spoil and keep us busy in the meantime!
What do you do in your free time: In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my Hubby, my friends, and family. I watch quite a bit of Netflix, Hulu, and I love many movies (Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of The Rings, Labyrinth, all Tim Burton, and Disney, just to name a few!) I LOVE to shop, Facebook, go to the gym, Zumba, walk/hike, or bike ride when the weather is nice.
How long have you worked for the center: Since March 23, 2015
Any significant certifications, schooling or are in school at this time?: I am finishing up my associates degree in Early Childhood Education and then I plan to go back to school for my bachelors. I am certified with the Red Cross and also have a certificate in Sanitation and Food Handling.
Years in childcare: I worked at another center briefly before coming to the Toddle Town. I was also a Preschool Sunday School teacher for 2 years.
Why you love children: Children are a blessing from God. I was a bus driver for 15 years. I have a lot of patience and love for children.
Family: I have four boys of my own – one of which is Autistic.
What do you do in your free time?: I enjoy spending time in God’s Word, going to church, reading books, listening to music and camping when the weather is just right.
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.
Hi, my name is Alexus and I am a new teacher at Toddle Town and in the two’s room. I have been working with kids for more than 2 years now, and I just can’t get enough of them. This is the second center I have worked at and I am ready for the journey here. I’m looking forward to meeting your child and excited to work with them!
I am also attending SWIC for my associates in early childhood to further my education. It is important to me that your child feels comfortable while they’re in my care or anyone else here at the center. If you have any questions or want to know more about me, always feel free to ask me anything!
Once again I am pleased and excited to work with your child.
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.