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 Lawson, B.A.
Amy has a bachelor's degree in Human Development & Family Life, specializing in Early Childhood Education, from the University of Kansas. Amy has worked in the field of early childhood education for approximately 25 years as a Pre-K teacher, school director, and trainer; primarily in university or hospital employer-sponsored schools. Amy also has experience as director of a non-profit resource and referral agency, providing funding, training and support to family child care providers, and most recently as a child care licensing investigator for abuse and neglect for the state of Texas. Amy is currently the director of a church-based school serving 250 children in Dallas, Texas. She is passionate about health, safety, and risk management; as well as providing high quality early childhood education.
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, M.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.
Chelsea Schulte, M.S.
Chelsea received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Early Childhood Education from Kansas State University and is licensed through the State of Kansas in Early Childhood Unified, birth through kindergarten. She has experience working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners. Chelsea's current position has her working as a special education preschool teacher. Further, Chelsea 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 infant/toddler special education, family literacy, community learning centers, and in educational/career advocacy. She has a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management, an Associate's of Art degree, and multiple other training and certifications. Dawn currently works in the field of research and evaluation, where she is involved in the evaluation and analysis of child care initiatives, as well as other projects in prevention and post-secondary education.
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 Associate Curator of Education 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.
Krista Hahn, RDH, MBA, ECP III
Content Specialist - Oral Health
Krista is the Owner of Passionate Presence Consulting. Beginning her professional career as a dental hygienist in 2004, she earned her B.S. in Dental Hygiene in 2008 and became a Master of Business Administration in 2010. As a private practitioner she learned practical skills as a hygienist and as the Director of Dental Hygiene at Manhattan Area Technical College she activated her teaching skills and honed her administrative skills. Serving at a rural safety-net clinic as the Dental Director, Krista was provided opportunities to grow and develop a sustainable outreach program, seek, write, and manage grant funds, along with taking on periodic interim administrative duties. Throughout her career Krista has had the opportunity to utilize her skills as a Kansas Leadership Center graduate--engaging others expertise, providing encouragement and motivation, as well as empowering others to make positive change toward growth as individuals and make change in our rural communities. Krista is known as a pioneer among safety net dental clinics and experienced in social service agencies and primary care/behavioral health integration. Most recently Krista was appointed as the Executive Director at the Marian Dental Clinic – Topeka, KS. Working with Krista you will quickly find that she is compassionate, driven, goal-oriented, motivated, energetic, and dedicated. Krista and her husband Joshua, a Veterinarian, proudly raise their four children in the flint hills of rural 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.
Rachelle Rake, M.S.
Content Specialist - Child Abuse and Neglect
Rachelle has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and community education for nearly twenty years. She currently works for Kansas Children's Service League, the state chapter for Prevent Child Abuse America, coordinating statewide training programs on Child Abuse and Neglect, Mandated Reporting, Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention program, and the Period of PURPLE Crying, a program geared toward preventing shaken baby syndrome. Rachelle has been developing and teaching online training courses for early childhood professionals since the first online course offering in Kansas in 2002, and has taught a wide variety of early childhood, strengthening families, and child abuse prevention topics.
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.
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