Bonnie Traynor
Bonnie TraynorDirector
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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 and Summer Fun. 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, spending relaxing moments at her RV in Branson, reading vintage mysteries, playing with her grandkids.
Kelly Stein
Kelly SteinAssistant to the Director
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Kelly is in her 10th year at Awesome Kids Preschool.  Kelly and husband, Paul have two children. Keat is a Junior and Claire is a Freshman Blue Valley High School. Her children attended Awesome Kids when they were younger.  Kelly’s interests include spending time with her family, friends, watching her kids’s soccer games, music and her dogs Latte and Lola.

Busy Bees (2 1/2 year olds)

Kay Ginther
Kay GintherLead Teacher
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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 10 years ago.  Their son Nathan is 12 years old and is in 6th grade at Prairie Star Middle School.  They also have two dogs; Aspen and Bentley.  Kay enjoys volunteering at Nathan’s school and playing with the neighborhood kids.  Her free time is spent gardening, being with friends and walking their dogs.
Tina Newberry
Tina NewberryLead Teacher
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Tina is co teaching along side Mrs. Ginther in the Busy Bees class.  Tina earned a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education from  an Indiana Junior College.  She was the Assistant Director at a Christian Preschool / Day Care for two years. This is her 14th year with Awesome Kids Preschool.  Tina and her husband Jim have 3 daughters, BreAwna 26, and twins Bayli & Mallory 19 and their dog Macy. Tina’s hobbies include walking, traveling (especially back home to Indiana) and spending time with her family. 

Eager Elephants(3 year olds)

Molly Bieker
Molly BiekerLead Teacher
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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 children; Adrienne is a Junior at Washburn University and Cole is a Freshman at Kansas State University.  In her spare time, Molly loves to travel, run and relax with her family.

Lori Poje
Lori PojeAssistant Teacher (M/W/F)

Lori is the assistant teacher with Mrs. Bieker in the Eager Elephants class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 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 26, Grant 23 and Hannah 19.  She enjoys reading, traveling, sports and serving in her church.

Becky Davis
Becky DavisAssistant Teacher (T/TH)

Becky is the assistant teacher for Mrs. Bieker’s Eager Elephants three year olds on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Becky has lived in the Kansas City area all of her life.  She received her BS in Psychology from Texas Christian University, and her Master of Social Work from Washington University.  She resides in Leawood, KS, with her husband. Their 19 year old twin daughters just started college. Lindsay is attending George Washington in DC and Maddie is at Mizzou.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and playing with their dogs – Ellie and Moose.

Friendly Frogs (3 year olds)

Deb Wilson
Deb WilsonLead Teacher
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Deb 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 10th year at Awesome Kids Preschool teaching in the Friendly Frogs Class. Deb and her husband, Tim have two beautiful daughters, Jessica (15) and Kaity (13).  She enjoys reading books, family fun nights, walking, and working with kids!
Jody Petersohn
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 kiddos.  Jody and her husband Patrick have 3 kids Brady 18, Claire 15 and Maria 12.  She enjoys going to her kids sporting events, volunteering at their schools, and biking.

Tarra Sigg
Tarra SiggAssistant Teacher (T/TH)

Tarra is the assistant teacher in the Friendly Frogs class on T/TH with Mrs. Wilson. She graduated from Park University with a BA in psychology and sociology. She and her husband have 4 lovely children Carter (13), Avery (11), Baily (8), and Ryder (5). She always enjoys going to her kids sporting events and is always volunteering for community service at church or school.

Brave Bears (Pre-K)

Jody Matthews
Jody MatthewsLead Teacher
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Jody is the lead teacher for the Brave Bears class. She graduated from Calvary Bible College with a Christian Camping and Biblical Counseling degree. She is married to Pete and they have two children; Breanna is a Freshman at Missouri University and Tyler is a Junior at Belton High School. They have a dog named Samson.  In her spare time Jody loves to work in her garden and spend time with her family.
Tabitha Lashbrook
Tabitha LashbrookAssistant Teacher

Tabitha is the assistant teacher in the Brave Bears with Mrs. Matthews.  This is her 8th year with Awesome Kids. Tabitha practiced real estate before staying home to raise her children. Tabitha and her husband, Jeremy, have two children who attend Olathe schools. Their daughter Kylee, is in 10th grade and son Kayden is in 6th grade. They coach soccer and are all involved in sports. Tabitha’s hobbies include family, church, sports, art, traveling, music and decorating.

Mighty Monkeys (Pre-K)

Allison Phillips
Allison PhillipsLead Teacher
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Allison Phillips is the lead teacher of the Mighty Monkeys. She graduated from Kansas University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has four boys Mason (16), Walker (13), Carson (10), Porter (8). She enjoys crocheting, reading and walking her dog, Lincoln.
Anne Wayne
Anne WayneAssistant Teacher

Anne Wayne is the assistant teacher with Ms. Phillips in the Mighty Monkeys. She was a professional dancer for 20 years and taught dance for those years as well. Anne and her husband Marc have 7 children. She is presently studying to get a degree. Her favorite pastimes include cheering for her children and game/movie nights with her family.

 

Lovable Lions (Pre-K)

Cindy McNiel
Cindy McNielLead Teacher
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Cindy is the lead teacher for the Lovable Lions.  Cindy graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Elementary Education. Cindy and her husband, Mike just celebrated their 34th 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 Price
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 16 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.

 

Subsitute Teachers

Jessica Baldwin
Jessica BaldwinSubstitute Teacher

Jessica is a graduate of Kansas State University. She and her husband Ryan have three children: Ella (10), Emmy (7) and Cade (5). She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, outdoor activities with her kids, and running.

Sarah Besch
Sarah BeschSubstitute Teacher

Sarah graduated from Simpson College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught Kindergarten for three years before staying home with her children. She and her husband, Doug have four children: Luke (10), Julia (10), Elyse (7) and Garrett (4). In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.

Ashley Dwight
Ashley DwightSubstitute Teacher

Ashley is a graduate of Illinois State University. She and her husband, Bryan have 5 children: Davis (12), Bennett (10), Finley (7), Neely (4) and Talbot (4). She enjoys spending time with family, friends and playing tennis.

Blythe Goldberg
Blythe GoldbergSubstitute Teacher

Blythe graduated from Fanshawe College with a degree in Business Insurance.  She and her husband Lonnie have two children Jaden (10) and Jaxon (13).  She enjoys skiing, reading, and going to Royals games with her family.

Cheryl Metz
Cheryl MetzSubstitute Teacher

Cheryl graduated from Kansas State University. She and her husband, John have three children: Brooke is a Sophomore at Kansas University, Alec is a Junior at Blue Valley High School, and Chase is in 3rd grade at Sunrise Point Elementary. Cheryl has lived in Kansas City her whole life. She enjoys traveling with her family, she likes to volunteer at Advise and Aid and at her kid’s schools. Her boys both previously attended Awesome Kids Preschool.

Mary Woody
Mary WoodySubstitute Teacher

Mary previously worked in the Loveable Lions Classroom as an Assistant teacher from 2006 – 2010, and is so happy to be back for round two 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, 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.