Meet Our Site Leaders

  • Site leaders are an important part in the success of our Extended Day Programs. They have specific leadership qualities and a clear vision of the goals and mission of our programs and are committed and dedicated to your children. They love working with children and are available to answer your questions. All site leaders have training specific to the childcare environment with skills and knowledge of children’s health, development and psychology. The average length of employment of our site leaders in our programs is ten years, with several of them having worked for the program since it began in 1997.

     

     

Hassan Elementary

 Jill McAlpine

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Jill McAlpine

How long have you worked for Community Education?  5 years


How long have you been a site leader?
5 years


Describe your background and experience: 
I have been in this field since 1983 in various capacities including childcare worker, teacher, assistant director, director and site leader. 


What is your favorite part of your job? 
Watching the children grow into their own person every year!


How do you educate, inspire or empower your students? 
By letting them be there own person, but guiding and leading them to become great adults by being role models to the younger children that come into our program every year.

Lincoln Elementary

 Stacy Tenold

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Stacy Tenold

How long have you worked for Community Education?  11 years

How long have you been a site leader? 11 years

Describe your background and experience:  I have worked with children in daycare settings for 17 years. I have an AAS Degree in Child Development.

What is your favorite part of your job?  Listening to the kids’ stories; they make me laugh!

How do you educate, inspire or empower your students?  I set up choice activities that are different every day which allow the students to explore new things. I also help them with homework and respond to whatever their needs are. I ask for their ideas so they can learn to be a leader and help make choices for our program, yet still have rules to keep them safe and happy!

Meadowvale Elementary

 Jessica Fredin

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Jessica Fredin

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Otsego Elementary

 Jean Hainey

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Jean Hainey

How long have you worked for Community Education?  3 years

How long have you been a site leader? 2 years

Describe your background and experience:  I have worked with children a large portion of the past 30 years, besides being a mother myself I have ran a Home Daycare, did Foster Care and worked in local Daycare Centers.

What is your favorite part of your job?  The favorite part of my job are the "lightbulb" moments, when you can see in a child's eyes you have just taught them something new and they get it.

How do you educate, inspire or empower your students?  Besides being a good listener, I strive to guide and I am hopeful to help a child to find their path. I will walk with them for a while, lead them when they need to be lead, and in time I let go of their hand, so they can guide themselves.

Parker Elementary

 Terri Johnson

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Terri Johnson

How long have you worked for Community Education?  17 years

How long have you been a site leader? 17 years

Describe your background and experience:  I have a BA degree in elementary ed. I have worked in the field for 18 years as child care worker and site leader.

What is your favorite part of your job?  My favorite part of the job is getting the opportunity to watch them grow and being able to form relationships with families.

How do you educate, inspire or empower your students?  By providing a safe, fun, and positive environment to enable the students to build life long relationships and make good choices.

Rogers Elementary

 Jen Johnson

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Jen Johnson

How long have you worked for Community Education? I was hired in January of 2003.


How long have you been a site leader? I have been a Site Leader at Rogers since my hire date.


Describe your background and experience:  I have worked with kids for most of my working years. I did a lot of babysitting as a teenager too.


What is your favorite part of your job?  I love getting to know the children and the families. I enjoy listening to what the kids have to say.


How do you educate, inspire or empower your students?  By providing an open environment where children can feel empowered to grow, learn and express themselves. To encourage children to express their individuality through projects, play and friendship, While respecting themselves and others.

Twin Lakes Elementary

 Tracee Mathews

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Tracee Mathews

How long have you worked for Community Education? Two Years

How long have you been a site leader? One Year

Describe your background and experience: I have worked with children for over 10 years and in various settings. Daycare Centers, Childcare Worker, Sub-Site Lead, Summer Site Lead, Dance Instructor and Gymnastics Instructor.

What is your favorite part of your job? Getting to know the children and their families. Watching them grow up, and reach their goals.

How do you educate, inspire or empower your students? By providing a Safe, Fun and Positive Learning Environment. I like to give children a variety of activities and choices that will help them all to be successful. Talk to them individually, learning their likes and dislikes. Really getting down on their level, listening to them and to help them make good choices.

Westwood Elementary

 Jenny Hamers

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Jenny Hamers

How long have you worked for Community Education? Almost 10 years

How long have you been a site leader? Nine years

Describe your background and experience:  I have worked for Community Education for 10 years and have worked at other daycares previously. I was a PCA for 3 years before going to a daycare setting.

What is your favorite part of your job?  Watching the kids grow.

How do you educate, inspire or empower your students?  My job is to keep the kids safe. I educate the children in learning appropriate social skills. I empower them to make good choices and build friendships.

Zimmerman Elementary

 Ashley O'Brien

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Ashley O'Brien

How long have you worked for Community Education? 8 years

How long have you been a site leader? Since 2015

Describe your background and experience:  I have worked in various childcare settings.  I have cared for infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age children.

What is your favorite part of your job?  Watching the kids grow. I also enjoy getting to know so many unique and exciting personalities.  There is never a dull moment!

How do you educate, inspire or empower your students?  By providing a warm and inviting place for children to grow, learn, and build new friendships.  I encourage the kids to speak their mind and always do their best!  I give opportunities to try new things; to enrich their minds and challenge their bodies.

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