Early Learning Center

Meet The Teachers

Our lead teachers must have extensive experience and education to teach at our school.  Lead teachers in the 2 year old through Pre K 4 classrooms are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or a similar field of study.   This requirement is crucial, ensuring our teachers have the background knowledge of child development to provide a developmentally appropriate environment for their students.  Our teaching staff regularly attends trainings and seminars to continue their growth of knowledge in early childhood education.

 

Katie Norton, Director

Katie Norton is a Duchesne High School graduate who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of MO- St. Louis in 2005 and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Webster University in 2011. She has three children who have all attended the ELC. Katie has been the director of our school since 2011.

 

Crysten Wappelhorst, Assistant Director

Crysten is a Duchesne High School and University of MO- Columbia graduate. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Development and Education in 2013. She has worked in the preschool setting for over 5 years and is excited to be with the ELC!

 

Heather Brown, Infant Lead

Heather studied early childhood education at St. Charles Community College. She obtained her director certification in 2014. She served as a preschool assistant director for 5 years before joining our school in Feb 2019.

 

Danyelle Jackson, Toddler Room Lead

Danyelle Jackson is a Francis Howell Central graduate. She studied early childhood education at St. Charles Community College before starting her own in home daycare specializing in birth to 24 months. She has two children, one who attends the ELC. Danyelle has been with the ELC since 2016.

 

Taylor Rogers, Toddler Room Lead

Taylor Rogers is a Northwest High School graduate. She studied early childhood at St. Charles Community College. Taylor has worked with toddlers for over 4 years and enjoys this age group because of all of the dynamic development that takes place!

 

Martha Mendez, Toddler Room Lead

Martha Mendez is a St. Joseph’s Academy graduate who obtained both her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s degree in School Counseling with a certification as a School Psychological Examiner from Lindenwood University. She has one son who attends the ELC. Martha has been with the ELC since 2016.

 

Adrienne Lilly, Two Year Old Lead

Adrienne is a St. Dominic High School graduate. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Childcare and Early Education and her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Central Methodist University. She has worked in our 2 year old classroom since 2016.

 

Tanysha Turner, Two Year Old Lead

Tanysha Turner is a Clopton High School graduate. She has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Central Methodist University. She has one daughter who attends the ELC. Tanysha has taught at the ELC since Oct 2018.

 

Elizabeth Wasielewski, Pre K - 3 Lead

Elizabeth Wasielewski is a Rosati Kain graduate who obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lindenwood University. She has taught at the ELC since 2012.

 

Courtney Adams, Pre K - 3 Lead

Courtney Adams is a St. Charles West High School graduate who obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Family Studies from Mizzou. She has two daughters who attend the ELC. Courtney has taught at the ELC since 2012.

 

Christie Seevers, Pre K - 4 Lead

Christie Seevers is a Duchesne High School graduate who obtained her Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Education from the University Missouri - St. Louis. Christie has taught at the ELC since 2013.

 

Zoey Plummer, Pre K 4 Lead

Zoey Plummer obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and her Master's Degree in Literacy Education from University of Central Missouri. She taught 1st and 2nd grade for four years before joining the ELC in Aug 2019.