Eldora Children's Center
Staff Mission

Our staff of dedicated professionals will care for and about your children's  individual needs, provide a positive experience, and work in partnership with families. Each staff are highly trained in CPR and First Aid, Universal Precautions, Mandatory Reporting, and 13 hours of "Essentials in Child Care" courses. Our Preschool Program teachers have the same trainings with an addition of a CDA certification.


Kendra Kendall


I grew up in Eldora and graduated from South Hardin in 2011. I have a son, Carter, who was born in 2012. We enjoy swimming, reading together and exploring state and national parks! I graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2014. Also in 2014 I began working at Eldora Children’s Center where I have held many different roles. In 2018 I began my role as Director. I am beyond thankful and proud to provide this service to the families of our wonderful community.


Terry Weatherly

Red Room / Infants
6 weeks - 12 months

Before moving to Eldora, I lived in Maryland. I’ve always been involved in childcare in one fashion or another. I started babysitting as a teenager then opened my own in home daycare while my children were little. As they grew, I took a position as a nanny. I am here to support you in any way you need me to. I started at the center in 2009.

Alesha Bartsch

Orange Room / Toddlers
1 year olds

I am a life-long resident of Eldora. I had my daughter, Charlotte, in 2017. We enjoy reading and getting out in nature! It’s been so much fun watching all the kids grow and learn! It’s truly my pleasure to help your kids grow! I started at the center in 2018 and started in the one-year-old room in 2019.

Brenda Abels

Orange Room / Toddlers
1 year olds

I started at the center in 2019!


Zoe Tomlinson

Assistant Director
Green Room / Preschool Program

I graduated from Ellsworth Community College in 2017 with an Associates in Art. My husband, Coby, works for Hadwiger in Iowa Falls. We had our first born, Lilian, in January 2020. I am more than thankful for the opportunity to form relationships with each and every child! I started at the center May 2017, took the position of Assistant Director June 2020, and began teaching the Preschool Program August 2020.

Kristi Smith

Green Room / Toddlers
2 year - 3 year olds

I grew up right here in Eldora. With my fiancé, Bryan, we have 5 children. I've worked in the care field all of my life.  Whether it be with children, the elderly, or people with traumatic brain injuries or illnesses. I’m a big kid at heart. I work hard to be able to support my family and my Target and coffee budget. I love our daycare family with you, your kids, and the staff. I am proud to work here. I started at the center August 2017.

AnnaBella Nablo

Green Room / Toddlers
2 year olds

I started at the center September 2020.


Kayleigh Youngman

Purple Room / School Agers
4 year - 12 year olds

I live in Eldora and have my whole life. I married my husband Matt in 2017. Together we have two kids, Lexi and Easton, and one on the way! We enjoy all things outdoors from fishing and hunting to going on walks and gardening. I am excited for this next adventure! I started at the center July 2020.

Cathy Faris

Purple Room / School Agers
4 year - 12 year olds

My husband, Dick, is the C.I. head mechanic in Iowa Falls. We have two children, Slade and Whitney, and three grandchildren. I’m lucky because I get to be with all kids. I really enjoy working with your children and seeing the steps they make. I have worked at the center since it very first opened. I’ve had a lot of different positions, but I am now the center’s “opener” and cook all of our meals.

Alivia Crosser

Purple Room / School Agers
4 year - 12 year olds

I started at the center September 2020.


Faith Owens


I live in Eldora and will graduate from South Hardin High School in 2021. I started at the center November 2019.









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