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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.

 
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Kendra Kendall

Director

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)

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.

Kristi Smith

Red Room (Infants)

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.

Alesha Bartsch

Orange Room (1 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.

 

Casey Ginther

All Ages

After graduating from UNI in Early Childhood Education in 2017, I moved back to Eldora to live with my sister and nephew. Since then I've gained another amazing nephew and I can't imagine living anywhere else. I like to read, cook, bake, do photography, scrapbook, and anything crafty! I'm a kid at heart and love spending my days surrounded by laughter and play! I've had so much fun getting to know these kiddos! I started at the center November 2020!

Kate Kohart

All Ages

I graduated from South Hardin in 2020 and will graduate with a business major at Ellsworth in. When the center first opened I started as one of the students. Now I have the wonderful opportunity to be working here. I enjoy working with your bright children. They always manage to make me giggle and put a smile on my face. I am thankful to be working at such a brilliant facility. June 2019I started at the center in June 2019.

Chelsea Baruth

Green Room (2 year olds)

I grew up in Grundy Center and graduated from GCHS in 2013. We just recently relocated from Tennessee back to the area in 2017. I have three kids, three dogs, and a wonderful husband! I have been in the childcare field officially for 4 years but I also nannied for a few families during the time my husband was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. I am super excited to watch your children grow and even more excited to be your child’s teacher! I started at the center November 2020.

 

Zoe Tomlinson

Assistant Director
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.

Raychyl Wilson

Purple Room (School Agers)

I grew up in Liscomb and currently live south of Eldora. I have been married to my highschool sweetheart since 2015. We have two amazing children, and a basset hound named Brock. Most summer/fall weekends you can find us camping or at the lake boating with our family. In my personal free time I enjoy making epoxied tumblers or fun decor signs. I started at the center March 2021.

Kayleigh Youngman

Purple Room (School Agers)

I live in Eldora and have my whole life. I married my husband Matt in 2017. Together we have three kids—Lexi, Easton, and our newest addition Benton! 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.

 

Faith Owens

All Ages

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

Kassandra Villanueva

All Ages

I started at the center October 2020.

Alivia Crosser

All Ages

I started at the center September 2020.

 

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1111 10th Street     Eldora, IA 50627

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