Ms. Kelly has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a Pre-Primary focus. She started as our school-age summer teacher in 2001 and has never left! Ms. Kelly has been our Director since 2006 and continues to help the center grow. She enjoys spending time with her family, spoiling her children and bargain shopping.
Ms. Amanda has worked at CDC for 22 years. She is currently the Assistant Director as well as the lead teacher in the Infant/Toddler Room. She is fortunate to have been able to watch us grow, as she started right after the center opened! She is proud to be a part of this warm establishment.
Ms. Debbie has been a registered nurse for the last 40 years starting in pediatric care and ending in critical care nursing. She likes to stay busy and joined our team 16 years ago. She is a perfect fit for our active 2 year olds! Ms. Debbie enjoys cooking for her family and the CDC staff, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her three grandchildren!
Ms. Theresa has been working at CDC for 13 years. Most of those years were spent with the infants. However, she recently decided to try something new and took a teaching position teaching our 2 and 3 year olds. She's really enjoying the change and welcomes the challenge. Every day is a new adventure! Ms. Theresa's greatest joy is her daughter, Aidan and spending time with her. One of her favorite pastimes is to settle down with a good book...especially during a thunderstorm!
Ms. Cheri began working at CDC as a teacher's aide 19 years ago. Shortly after starting, she decided she would like a classroom of her own and got her Child Development Associate. She has since been our lead teacher for a 3 and 4 year olds. Ms. Cheri is a proud mother of two-ages 21 and 15. In fact, her oldest daughter is now on staff here at CDC! In her free time, Ms. Cheri enjoys spending time with her girls, camping, reading, walks, the warm summer weather, Green Bay Packers, road trips and is an avid Elvis fan/collector.
Ms. Atiyya joined our CDC team in 1998 and has been a teacher at our center for almost 20 years. Ms. Atiyya has genuine a love for all ages, but loves teaching Pre-K! She enjoys preparing the children for Kindergarten and loves incorporating resources from the local library into her teaching. Ms. Atiyya is very family oriented and takes pride in her three grown son's accomplishments. She also enjoys animals and loves to eat spicy food.
Ms. Jill graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Upon graduating, she worked in a parochial school for five years, teaching grades 3-4 and 6-8. Ms. Jill took 10 years off to raise her family, but was called back to the workforce when the Pastor recruited her to teach preschool when CDC opened in 1995. Ms. Jill has been our Kindergarten teacher since it has opened. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking and eagle watching along the Mississippi River
Ms. Kylie started at CDC when she was just 2 years old, but as a student! While attending college, Ms. Kylie serves as our school age teacher during the summer and our substitute teacher during the school year. When Ms. Kylie isn't work or at school, she loves traveling and appreciates spending time outdoors, camping, and boating. She loves summer, but hates Chicago winters! She enjoys cheering for the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bulls.
Ms. Jaimie is our newest team member and has been a teacher's aide in our Infant/Toddler room since June of 2018. She came to us with experience having worked at St. Edwards Catholic School in Rockford as a 3 year old preschool teacher. Ms. Jaimie has really enjoyed getting to know each individual child and is always working to bring out their best qualities. She enjoys spending time with her niece and is looking forward to returning to school to further her education in the preschool field.
Ms. Pam's sons had been attending our daycare program, when she had been recruited to work as our center's cook. She has been employed at our facility since March of 2000 and currently prepares our lunches and snacks, but also serves as a floating aide in the afternoon. Ms. Pam enjoys spending time with family, trying out new recipes and shopping!
Pastor Carol began her career teaching high school math for 12 years and worked in the computer field for 10 years, before hearing her calling into ministry. She became the Lead Pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in 2015. Pastor Carol strongly supports the Child Development Center as the church's mission and is very active with our CDC families. Pastor Carol enjoys biking the Fox River Trail, dancing West Coast Swing and is currently fostering for Anderson Animal Shelter.