Email Bonnie Bonnie has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 30 years; teaching ten years and being the assistant to the Director at Kidslink Christian Preschool, Wichita, KS for four years. Owned, operated and taught for five years at Bonzo’s Zoo Daycare, in Osage City, KS. She had the honor of creating and designing Awesome Kids Preschool. Bonnie served two years on the Board for Kansas Family Daycare Providers in Topeka, KS. She is a member of Association of Christian Schools International, and Kansas Association of Young Children. She has served on the board of the Christian Early Childhood Association. She is a certified trainer for the Love and Logic program for ages birth to 6 years old. Bonnie and husband Warren have two grown children, Kip and Stacey (both married). She loves being a “Meema” to her five grandsons, one granddaughter. Her hobbies are: cooking, sewing, spending relaxing moments at her RV on Table Rock Lake, reading vintage mysteries and playing with her grand kids and her dog Dave.
Email Kelly Kelly is in her 12th year at Awesome Kids Preschool. Kelly and husband, Paul have two children. Keat is a Freshman at University of Kansas and Claire is a Junior at Blue Valley High School. Her children both attended Awesome Kids. She grew up in Indiana and moved to KC in March, 1997. She and Mrs. Newberry, who is also from Indiana sometimes travel back home together. Kelly worked at Payless Cashways, Inc. at their Corporate Headquarters in Human Resources. Kelly’s enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and walking her dogs Latte and Lola.
Busy Bees (2 1/2 year olds)
Kay GintherLead Teacher
Email Kay Kay is co teaching along side Mrs. Newberry in the Busy Bees class. Kay graduated from Wayne State College with a degree in Public Administration. She and her husband, Scott, moved to the area 12 years ago. Their son Nathan is 14 years old and is in 8th grade at Prairie Star Middle School. Kay enjoys being with family and friends, traveling and being in the garden.
Tina NewberryLead Teacher
Email Tina Tina is co teaching along side Mrs. Ginther in the Busy Bees class. She earned a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education from an Indiana Junior College. Tina was the Assistant Director at a Christian Preschool / Day Care for two years. This is her 17th year with Awesome Kids Preschool. Tina and her husband Jim have 3 daughters, Her twins Bayli and Mallory (21) and BreAwna (28). She is a grandma to Kyah who is almost 2 years old. Tina’s hobbies include walking, traveling (especially back home to Indiana) and spending time with her family, especially Kyah.
Eager Elephants (3 year olds)
Molly BiekerLead Teacher
Email Molly Molly is the lead teacher for the Eager Elephants and has a degree in Elementary Education from Ottawa University. She is married to Scott and they have two grown children; Adrienne, and ICU RN at St. Luke’s, and Cole, a Junior at Kansas State University. In her spare time, Molly loves to travel, read and relax with her family.
Lori PojeAssistant Teacher
Lori is the assistant teacher with Mrs. Bieker in the Eager Elephants class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She went to Business school for court reporting. She has worked with Awesome Kids Preschool in various capacities over a few years. Lori and her husband, Phil, have 3 children Kyle, Grant and Hannah. She enjoys reading, traveling, sports and serving in her church.
Friendly Frogs (3 year olds)
Deb WilsonLead Teacher
Email Deb Deb is the Lead Teacher for the Friendly Frogs. She was born and raised in North Eastern, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in elementary education. Deb has taught preschool, second, and third grade. This will be her 12th year at Awesome Kids Preschool teaching in the Friendly Frogs Class. Deb and her husband, Tim have two beautiful daughters, Jessica (17) and Kaity (15). She enjoys reading books, family fun nights, walking, and working with kids!
Jody PetersohnAssistant Teacher (M/W/F)
Jody is the assistant teacher in the Friendly Frogs on MWF with Mrs. Wilson. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in art. Jody worked as a Graphic Designer for 8 years and then decided to stay home with her kids. Jody and her husband Patrick have 3 kids Brady 20, Claire 17 and Maria 14. She enjoys going to her kids sporting events, and spending time with her family at the lake.
Lydee LoeppAssistant Teacher (T/TH)
Lydee graduated from Kansas State University in Elementary Education and taught both first and second grades. She and her husband, Roy, have three daughters. She enjoys traveling and cheering on the K-State Wildcats and now Woo Pig Sooie!
Brave Bears (Pre-K)
Jody MatthewsLead Teacher
Email Jody Jody is the lead teacher for the Brave Bears class. She graduated from Calvary Bible College with a Christian Camping and Biblical Counseling degree. This is Jody’s 17th year at Awesome Kids. She is married to Pete and they have two children; Breanna a Junior and Tyler a Freshman at Mizzou. They have a dog named Samson. In her spare time Jody loves to work in her garden and spend time with her family.
Jessica BaldwinAssistant Teacher
Jessica is the assistant teacher with Jody Matthews in the Brave Bears. She is a graduate of Kansas State University. She and her husband Ryan have three children: Ella (12), Emmy (9) and Cade (7). Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, outdoor activities with her kids, and running.
Gentle Giraffes (Pre-K)
Dawn AndersonLead Teacher
Email Dawn Dawn is the lead teacher in the Gentle Giraffes. She grew up in Des Moines, IA and graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in Elementary Education. She has taught 4th and 6th grades and was a Parent Educator for Parents as Teachers in Olathe. This will be her 4th year teaching preschool, but her first year at Awesome Kids. Dawn and her husband, Tim have two married daughters, Sarah and Emily. Dawn’s grandson, Damon, is blessed to be a student at AKP! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, biking and doing Bible Study.
Allison NigroAssistant Teacher
Allison is the assistant teacher with Mrs. Anderson in the Gentle Giraffes class. She graduated from Kansas State University. She and her husband have two boys, Benjamin, a third grader, and Jackson, Kindergarten. Both attended Awesome Kids Preschool. She loves to be outdoors, playing sports, spending time with family, reading, and cooking.
Mighty Monkeys (Pre-K)
Allison PhillipsLead Teacher
Email Allison Allison Phillips is the lead teacher of the Mighty Monkeys. She graduated from University of Kansas with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has four boys Mason a senior in high school, Walker a sophomore, Carson (12), Porter (10). She is getting married in November to Jackson Creager, her high school sweetheart. She enjoys going to the movies with her kids, reading and walking her dog, Lincoln.
Kelly BarryAssistant Teacher
Kelly Barry is the assistant teacher with Ms. Phillips in the Mighty Monkeys. She graduated with an Associates in Business Administration. She and her husband Ben have two children; Quinn (10) and Peyton (6). She enjoys spending time with family, volunteering and reading.
Lovable Lions (Pre-K)
Cindy McNielLead Teacher
Email Cindy Cindy is the lead teacher for the Lovable Lions. Cindy graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Elementary Education. This will be her 17th year at Awesome Kids Preschool. Cindy and her husband, Mike just celebrated their 36th Wedding Anniversary. Her family includes 3 grown children, Kadie who is married to Andrew. Jacob who is married to Kelly, and Maggie who is married to Kurt. Cindy loves teaching, spending time with her family and walking her dogs Kobe and Tully.
Konnie PriceAssistant Teacher
Konnie is the assistant teacher with Mrs. McNiel in the Lovable Lions class. She has worked as an assistant preschool teacher for 18 years. For half of that time, she has worked in Blue Valley’s preschool special education program. She recently remarried a wonderful man, Wayne. They have 5 beautiful children between them. She enjoys spending time with family, friends reading and watching movies.
Kathryn BuckleySubstitute Teacher
Kathryn graduated from Kansas State University with a business degree. She has two boys Briggs (7) and Beau (5) who have both attended Awesome Kids. She enjoys running, triathlons, movies with her boys and date nights with her husband, Bryan.
Blythe GoldbergSubstitute Teacher
Blythe graduated from University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College with a degree in Business Insurance. She and her husband Lonnie have two children Jaden (12) and Jaxon (15). She enjoys skiing, running, reading, and spending quality time with her family.
Cheryl MetzSubstitute Teacher
This is her 3rd year subbing at Awesome Kids. She and her husband, John have three children: Brooke is attending University of Kansas , Alec is attending Kansas State University, and Chase is in 5th grade at Sunrise Point Elementary. Cheryl has lived in Kansas City her whole life. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and volunteering at Chase’s school and within the community. Her boys both previously attended Awesome Kids Preschool.
Anna PollittSubstitute Teacher
Anna is a new substitute and has one son, Owen (5) with her husband Adam. She also owns a photography business and a custom cookie business. In her free time she enjoys traveling, crafting and spending time with family and friends.
Stephanie SaleSubstitute Teacher
Stephanie graduated from Rockhurst University/Research College of Nursing with a BS in Nursing. She and her husband have three boys Trent (30), Drew (16) and Garrett (14). She enjoys cheering on her kids in their activities. She spends time volunteering with PTO, Building Better Moms and wherever else she is asked.
Mary WoodySubstitute Teacher
Mary previously worked in the Lovable Lions Classroom as an Assistant teacher from 2006 – 2010, and is so happy to be back for round three as a substitute teacher. She is a native of Chicago, Mary and her husband Richard have lived in the Overland Park area on and off since 1988. They have three grown children, Meghan (who recently got married to Davyd), Lauren, and Ryan. Recently retired from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Mary loves to travel, read, have family dinners and is volunteering at Children’s Mercy Hospital.