We have been fortunate to have many long-term, dedicated lead teachers who are passionate about teaching young children and work hard to ensure that their classrooms offer a safe, loving and stimulating learning environment for the children in their care. Each age group has one full time lead teacher. It is preferred that he or she have a degree in a child related field and required that they have experience working with children in a group setting. The lead teacher’s responsibilities include planning and implementing the daily program for their classroom, caring for the children, communicating with parents, and supervising teacher’s aides.
Infant Teacher, Colleen Bloom
Colleen started working as a teacher’s aide in our Preschool I classroom in 2002. She has a BA in Human Development and Family Life specializing in Early Childhood Education from KU. In August 2007, after completing practicums in KU’s infant, toddler and preschool classrooms and receiving her degree, she became the lead teacher in the infant room. Colleen is from Overland Park, Kansas and is married to her husband, Eric.They have one son, Beau who attends Stepping Stones.
Colleen wants to offer a friendly and welcoming atmosphere with open communication between parents and staff in the infant classroom. She loves working at Stepping Stones and enjoys playing with the babies and helping them learn lots of new things.
Toddler Teacher, Lance Greenly
Lance has worked at the center since 1988. He was a teacher’s aide in our preschool room while attending KU and Penn Valley Community College and took over as the lead teacher in our toddler classroom in 1990. Together his classes in Early Childhood Education, more than 20 years of experience and continued professional growth in the field have made him an expert with toddlers. Lance is from Atchison, Kansas, is married to Casey and has three sons, Isaac, Zachary and Austin.
Lance enjoys getting down and having fun with the toddlers. Through his enthusiasm, creative activities, sense of humor and sharing of knowledge he wants to provide a happy environment for the children, their parents and the other staff.
Preschool II Teacher, Lori MacDonald
Lori joined Stepping Stones as the Preschool II lead teacher in August 2009. She has 10 years of experience as a kindergarten teacher and a background in art. Lori is originally from Lawrence and moved to New Jersey after high school. After living there for 30 years, she returned to Lawrence in November 2008 with her husband, Tom.
Lori believes that there is a special bond that develops between teachers and young children. That is why she often refers to the teachers and students in her classroom as the “Preschool 2 family.” Teaching at Stepping Stones allows her the opportunity to play a role in her students’ emotional, social and academic development which is a role she warmly welcomes. By introducing the children to interesting and fun subjects each week, she hopes to foster their enthusiasm and passion for learning.
Preschool 1 Teacher, Jamie Keener
PT Preschool Teacher, Donna Myers
Donna started working in the part-time preschool and after school classrooms at Stepping Stones in August 2015. She has a Developmental Psychology degree and elementary education teaching credential. She taught kindergarten for 5 years, 3rd and 4th grade for 2 years, preschool for several years and ran an in-home day care for 7 years as her children were growing up. Donna is originally from Southern California and has lived in Lawrence for over 18 years. She is married to Scott and they have two daughters, Josie (who also works at Stepping Stones) and Kimberly and a son, Brian.
Donna strives to provide a comfortable. interesting and inviting atmosphere in which children can learn, develop and discover through play, song and hands-on activities.
Asst. Infant Lead Teacher, Shelby Huggins
Shelby started at Stepping Stones as a teacher’s aide in the infant room in August 2003. She was also an aide in the toddler room off and on during her first nine years with us. In 2011, she left the center for a year to be a full time assistant teacher with toddlers at Hilltop and then returned to become our full time assistant lead teacher with our infants in May 2012.
Shelby is the oldest of four children. She has an Associates degree from Butler Community College and also attended KU. She is originally from El Dorado, KS and has lived in Lawrence since January 2000.
Shelby loves working with babies and wants to create a fun and loving environment for them. She says that watching infants grow and experience things for the first time never gets old. She loves the family-like atmosphere at Stepping Stones.
Asst. Toddler Lead Teacher, Calee Cruse
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