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 is in her 9th year at Awesome Kids Preschool. Kelly and husband, Paul have two children. Keat is a sophomore at Blue Valley High School and Claire is an 8th grader at Blue Valley Middle 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 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 9 years ago. Their son Nathan is 11 years old and is in 5th grade at Sunrise Point Elementary. 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 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 25, and twins Bayli & Mallory 18 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 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 sophomore at Washburn University and Cole is in a senior at Blue Valley High School. In her spare time, Molly loves to travel, run and relax with her family.
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 25, Grant 22 and Hannah 18. She enjoys reading, traveling, sports and serving in her church.
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 18 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, playing with their dogs – Ellie and Moose.
Friendly Frogs (3 year olds)
Deb was born and raised in North Eastern, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in elementary education and a minor in mathematics. Deb has taught preschool, second, and third grade. This will be her 9th year at Awesome Kids Preschool teaching in the Friendly Frogs Class. Deb and her husband, Tim have two beautiful daughters, Jessica (14) and Kaity (12). She enjoys reading books, family fun nights, walking, and working with kids!
Stephani Holmes is the assistant teacher for Mrs. Wilson in the Friendly Frogs on MWF. She was a sub for Awesome Kids last year. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She and her husband Chad have three girls Callie (10), Addison (7), and Kinsley (4). In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading and time with her family.
Jody is the assistant teacher in the Friendly Frogs on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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 17, Claire 14 and Maria 11. She enjoys going to her kids sporting events, volunteering at their schools, and biking.
Brave Bears (Pre-K)
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 senior and Tyler is a sophomore. They have a dog named Samson. In her spare Jody loves to work in her garden and spend time with her family.
Tabitha is the assistant teacher in the Brave Bears with Mrs. Matthews. This is her 7th 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 9th grade and son Kayden is in 5th grade. They coach soccer and are all involved in sports: soccer, tennis, and basketball. Tabitha’s hobbies include family, church, sports, art, traveling, music and decorating.
Mighty Monkeys (Pre-K)
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 (15), Walker (12), Carson (9), Porter (7). She has been a sub for Awesome Kids for the last 4 years. She enjoys crocheting, reading and walking her dog, Lincoln.
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 her degree in social welfare. Her favorite pastimes include cheering for her children and game/movie nights with her family.
Lovable Lions (Pre-K)
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 32nd Wedding Anniversary. Her family includes 3 grown children, Kadie who is married to Andrew. Jacob who is married to Kelly, and Maggie who will be married to Kurt in October. Cindy loves teaching, spending time with her family and walking her dogs Kobe and Tully.
Kelly Ketner is the assistant teacher in the Lovable Lions with Mrs. McNiel. This is her 1st year with Awesome Kids. She has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Oklahoma. She taught elementary for 6 ½ years full time and has been substituting since the birth of her daughter. Kelly and her husband Tracey have Jillian who is 13. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and have a good camping trip with her family.
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 (9), Julia (9), Elyse (6) and Garrett (3). In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.
Ashley is a graduate of Illinois State University. She and her husband, Bryan have 5 children: Davis (11), Bennett (9), Finley (6), Neely (3) and Talbot (3). She enjoys spending time with family, friends and playing tennis.
Blythe graduated from Fanshawe College with a degree in Business Insurance. She and her husband Lonnie have two children Jaden (9) and Jaxon (12). She enjoys skiing, reading, and going to Royals games with her family.
Janis was a critical care nurse at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, for 15 years. She moved to Overland Park in 2004 with her family – Michael, Annika (now a sophomore at John Brown University), Marcus (11th grade at BVSW), and Sofia (8th grade). Within the first week of moving here, Janis had enrolled Marcus in Awesome Kids, with Sofia following later. She is excited to be back in “Round Two” as a substitute after working Summer Fun in July, 2014 with her daughter, Annika. She enjoys time as a family and doing anything outside.
Bayli will be a sub on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the preschool. For the past two years she has been the assistant teacher with her mom Mrs. Newberry for Summer Fun. She is currently attending JCCC. She loves pet sitting and being a nanny
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.