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. 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 grandkids.
Kelly Stein
Kelly SteinAssistant to the Director
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Kelly is in her 11th year at Awesome Kids Preschool.  Kelly and husband, Paul have two children. Keat is a Senior and Claire is a Sophomore at Blue Valley High School. Her children attended Awesome Kids when they were younger. Keat was a Friendly Frog 3’s and Claire was a Busy Bee with Mrs. Newberry when she was 2 1/2.  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, watching her kids’s (teenagers) soccer games, listening to music and playing/walking 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 11 years ago.  Their son Nathan is 13 years old and is in 7th grade at Prairie Star Middle School.  Kay enjoys being with family and friends, traveling and being in the garden.
Tina Newberry
Tina NewberryLead Teacher
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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 15th year with Awesome Kids Preschool.  Tina and her husband Jim have 3 daughters, Her twins Bayli and Mallory (20) and BreAwna (27).  She is a new grandma to Kyah who is 10 months 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 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 Senior at Washburn University and Cole is a Sophomore 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, Grant and Hannah.  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. 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 11th year at Awesome Kids Preschool teaching in the Friendly Frogs Class. Deb and her husband, Tim have two beautiful daughters, Jessica (16) and Kaity (14).  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 kids.  Jody and her husband Patrick have 3 kids Brady 19, Claire 16 and Maria 13.  She enjoys going to her kids sporting events, and spending time with her family at the lake.

Lydee Loepp
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!

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 Sophomore at Missouri University and Tyler is a Senior 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.
Jessica Baldwin
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 (11), Emmy (8) and Cade (6). Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, outdoor activities with her kids, and running.

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 University of Kansas with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has four boys Mason (17), Walker (14), Carson (11), Porter (9). She enjoys going to the movies with her kids, 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. This will be her 16th year at Awesome Kids Preschool. Cindy and her husband, Mike just celebrated their 35th 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 17 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

Kathryn Buckley
Kathryn BuckleySubstitute Teacher

Kathryn graduated from Kansas State University with a business degree. She has two boys Briggs (6) and Beau (4) who have both attended Awesome Kids. She enjoys running, triathlons, movies with her boys and date nights with her husband, Bryan.

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 (11) and Jaxon (14).  She enjoys skiing, running, reading, and spending quality time with her family. 

Cheryl Metz
Cheryl MetzSubstitute Teacher

Cheryl graduated from Kansas State University. She and her husband, John have three children: Brooke is attending University of Kansas , Alec is a Senior at Blue Valley High School, and Chase is in 4th 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.

Allison Nigro
Allison NigroSubstitute Teacher

Allison graduated from Kansas State University. She and her husband have two boys, Benjamin, a second grader, and Jackson, Pre-K. Both attended Awesome Kids Preschool. She loves to be outdoors, playing sports, spending time with family, reading, and cooking.

Tarra Sigg
Tarra SiggSubstitute Teacher

Tarra graduated from Park University with a BA in psychology and sociology. She and her husband have 4 lovely children Carter (14), Avery (12), Baily (9), and Ryder (6). She always enjoys going to her kids sporting events and is always volunteering for community service at church or school.

Stephanie Sale
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 (29), Drew (15) and Garrett (13). She enjoys cheering on her kids in their activities. She spends time volunteering with PTO a their schools, Building Better Moms and wherever else she is asked.