Online Trainers

Alissa Huibsch, B.S.

Alissa has been in the early childhood field since 2004, where she began exploring her passion for educating young children at Kansas State University.  Alissa has held a variety of positions within early childhood education to include a classroom Teacher, Education Coordinator, and Assistant Director.  Further, Alissa has worked in a variety of community based facilities in which some focused primarily on special needs.  

Amy Palmer, M.S.

Amy started her career in early childhood 15 years ago and has held a variety of positions, including classroom teacher, trainer, education specialist, administrator, advocate, social services worker, coach and mentor. She received a master’s degree in Child Development from Erikson Institute in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in Human Development and Family Studies. 

Berni Howe, B.S.

Berni received a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science with a major in Child Development from the University of Nebraska, and has worked in early childhood for approximately 12 years. Working in a variety of roles, she has taught reading and music enrichment programs to all ages, from birth through school age, and has also worked as a child care center director.

Brenda Bandy

Content Specialist - How to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Families

For over 16 years, Brenda has been helping mothers and babies with breastfeeding through her online training course, “How to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Families.” First serving as a volunteer La Leche League Leader, Brenda is now an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She also serves on the Leadership team for the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and the United States Breastfeeding Committee.

Chelsea Mitchell, B.S.

Chelsea received her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Kansas State University and is licensed through the State of Kansas in Early Childhood Unified, birth through kindergarten.  Currently, she is pursuing her master's in Early Childhood Education and is anticipated to graduage in August of 2016 from Kansas State University.  She has experience working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners.  Chelsea's current position has her working as a teacher in a part-day inclusive preschool classroom.  Further, Miss Mitchell is active in her state as an advocate for promoting quality early childhood programs by serving on the Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children Board of Directors.

Dawn Flores, B.S.

Content Specialist - Business Practices

Dawn has worked in the early childhood field since 1999. She worked as the coordinator for the child care resource and referral office in southeast Kansas from 2005 to 2013, where she and her staff provided training and technical assistance to almost 1,000 child care providers in 16 counties. She has past experience working in family literacy, community learning centers, and as an educational/career advocate. She has a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management, an Associate's of Arts degree, and multiple other training and certifications. Currently, Dawn works in special education with families who have infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities. She also continues to do contract work and special projects in early childhood.

Gayle Davis, M.S.

Gayle completed her Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in Early Childhood Education from Kansas State University.  She has taught in multiple nationally accredited child care centers and has experience working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.  Gayle has worked with a variety of professionals within the field to provide care and education to the children in her classrooms.

Haley Anderson, M.S.

Content Specialist - CDA Resource Specialist

Haley has been working in the early childhood field for over 5 years. She received her bachelor's and master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Kansas State University and continuously works to expand her knowledge of the field. Throughout her career she has worked in a variety of settings, as the coordinator of a church-based 0- to 5-year-old education program and as a center teacher in both infant and preschool classrooms. Haley currently works with KCCTO as the CDA Resource Specialist and as an online instructor.

Jamie Jellison, B.S.

Jamie has worked in early childhood education for 18 years.  Her career has consisted of teaching children birth through school age, adjunct early childhood instructor for Butler Community College, early childhood online course developer, and assistant director.  Jamie has a bachelor's degree in Individualized Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Leadership from Charter Oak State College.

Kathrine Schlageck, M.S.

Content Specialist - Art Education

Kathrine Walker Schlageck is the Senior Educator at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University and the recipient of the 2009 Kansas Governor's Arts Award.  She has been developing early childhood art curriculum, with a focus on skill development, for more than 20 years and started the ARTSmart program at the museum.  Schlageck presents regularly at KAEYC and works with K-State's Early Childhood pre-service program.

Kathy Hunt, RDH

Content Specialist - Oral Health

Kathy Hunt, RDH,  serves as the Dental Program Director for Oral Health Kansas, focusing on improving the oral health of pregnant women and children birth to five. Prior to joining Oral Health Kansas, she created/directed Kansas Cavity Free Kids through the Kansas Head Start Association.  This statewide oral health initiative is designed to keep kids cavity-free and ready to learn. Kathy presents at state and national conferences, educating  health professionals, home visitors, early childhood staff and families on oral health.  As a dental hygienist in clinical settings for thirty-five years, she became one of the first dental hygienists in the state to provide dental care in community settings, such as schools, early childhood programs and health departments. In addition to outreach services, she was instrumental in developing and directing a safety net dental clinic in Wamego, Kansas. 

Lana Messner, M.S.

Lana Messner has a Master of Education degree in early childhood curriculum and instruction, and has attained the Infant Mental Health Endorsement from the Kansas Association of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.  She has extensive experience as a local, state, and international trainer.  She is experienced in providing training, coaching and technical assistance to staffs in a variety of early learning settings including family child care, center-based care, Head Start, home visiting, higher education and other community-based programs.  She has developed curricula on healthy eating and exercise, mental health, administration, teamwork, oral health, communication strategies, and preventing child abuse and neglect.  

Linda Logan, B.S.

After receiving her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Kansas State University, Linda's career in early childhood has spanned over 30 years.  Among her many experiences with young children and their families, she has worked as a child care center director, preschool and kindergarten teacher, Head Start Education Coordinator, and provided local, statewide and national professional development to early childhood professionals.  In her work with KCCTO, she has developed several of the courses offered both online and face to face and is currently the KCCTO Program Coordinator.

Matt Connell, M.S.

Matt Connell started his early childhood career nearly 10 years ago and moved to Western Kansas as an Early Childhood/Special Education teacher.  He holds a Bachelors of Science in Childhood/Special Education from Keuka College (New York State) and a Masters of Science in Unified Early Childhood/Special Education from Emporia State University. He serves as the Governors Appointed Chair to the Kansas ICC and an Adjunct Faculty Member of Early Childhood Education at Barton Community College. Throughout his career, he has provided professional development to early childhood professionals, special education and general education staff at dozens of school districts in and around the State of Kansas.

Stefanie Baines, M.A.

Content Specialist - Poison Prevention

Stefanie Baines is the Education Coordinator for The University of Kansas Hospital Poison Control Center. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and has her Master’s in Health Studies/Health Promotion. Through all of Stefanie’s positions, she has discovered that she is truly passionate about helping others, especially in regards to their health and safety. She enjoys educating Kansas residents about poison prevention and how to keep your loved ones safe.

Vicki Sutton, M.S.

Vicki has worked in the early childhood field for approximately 20 years.  She has experience in army and civilian programs that include home and center-based care with roles that include direct care, training, technical assistance, administration and research.  In addition to teaching and course development for KCCTO, she currently conducts Pre-K educational research for Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute; an adjunct faculty in early childhood for Southwestern College; and holds an Accreditation Council Member position with the National Association of Family Child Care. Vicki completed a Master’s of Education in Curriculum & Instruction specialized in Early Childhood Education from New Mexico State University.

In-Person Trainers

Amy Boyd

Bourbon County

Patricia Gerhardt

Cloud County

Chuckie Hessong

Crawford County

Dawn Flores

Crawford County

Kari Cronister

Crawford County

Gayle Stuber

Douglas County

Lana Messner

Douglas County

Laney Roths

Ellis County

Kari Mau

Geary County

Tammy Thomas-Gibb

Geary County

Yvonne Davis

Geary County

Shana Schmidt

Harvey County

Juanita Springate

Jackson County

Aspen Robb

Johnson County

Nili Luo

Johnson County

Brenda Hawkins

Leavenworth County

Kalin Koehn

McPherson County

Jenette Turpin

Pottowattomie County

Bradford Wiles

Riley County

Jackie Cox

Riley County

Sarah Holmes

Riley County

Shara Neidenthal

Russell County

Lisa Newman

Saline County/Ottawa County

Debbie Combs

Sedgwick County

Megan Sauer

Sedgwick County

Susan Flickner

Sedgwick County