Countless opportunities for personal growth, development and leadership.

There are numerous paths to professional advancement through a variety of majors, degrees and certifications related to the Early Childhood profession. The field offers many educational experiences that are rewarding, fulfilling and exciting. If you are already in the field, perhaps you will want to review the resources available to you.If you are not familiar with the career opportunities in early childhood, check out some regional individuals who have made it their mission. Contact us to learn more

Early Childhood Professionals

 
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Pat Allison
Skip-A-Long Child Development Services
Director

Major: Early Childhood
Degree: Master of Business Administration
Certifications: Infant Toddler, ECE,
Illinois Director Level III

 

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Heather Anderson
Scott Community College
Professor & Department Chair

Major: Elementary Education
Degree: Master of Education
(Early Childhood Specialization)

 

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Christine Bachelder
Black Hawk College
Professor
(Retired)

Major: Education
Degree: Master of Arts

 

         
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Kim Benge
Home Sweet Home Child Care
Child Care Provider

Major: Accounting
Degree: Associate of Arts in
Business Administration

 

 
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Melissa Birdsall
Child Care Resource & Referral
Quality Consultant

Major: Elementary Education
Degree: Bachelor of Science

 

 
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Debra Brownson
St. Ambrose University Children's
Campus Director

Major: Elementary Education
Degree: Master of Arts

 

         
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Lisa Buckwalter
Family Child Care Home Provider
Teacher/Business Owner

Major: Child Development
Degree: Associate of Child Development

 

 
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Danen Busch
Villa Montessori School
Program & Training Coordinator

Major: Engineering Management
Degree: Bachelor of Industrial Engineering
AMS Infant Toddler Certified

 

 
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Emily Cummings
Child Abuse Council
Healthy Families Coordinator

Certification: Early Childhood
Education Administrator

 

         
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Renee Detloff
Villa Montessori
Head of School

Major: Finance
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Certification: American Montessori Society/Early Childhood and Infant Toddler

 

 
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Natalie Doyle
Rock Island County Regional Office of Education
Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs

Major: Early Childhood Education
Degree: Master of Education

 

 
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Amanda Feltner
Feltner's Fun Center Child Care
Director

Major: Early Childhood Education
Degree: Working towards Bachelor of Arts

 

         
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Kathryn Graver
National Louis University
Aim4Excellence Program Supervisor

Major: Education, Psychology
Degree: Master of Science in Education

 

 
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Deb Gustafson
Scott County Family Y
Executive Director of Child Care
& Family Services

Major: Business Administration
Degree: Bachelor of Arts

 

 
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Amerdale Hicks
Our House Preschool
Director

Major: Special Education
Degree: Associate

 

         
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Blair Hicks
Our House Preschool
Preschool Teacher

Major: Criminal Justice
Degree: Bachelor of Science

 

 
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Eddie L. Horton
Shining Light Learning Center
Teacher

Major: Elementary Education
Degree: Bachelor of Science

 

 
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Jennifer Jansen
Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
Facilitator for Early Childhood Projects

Major: Elementary/Early Childhood Education
Degree: Bachelor of Arts

 

         
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Angie Kendall
Child Abuse Council
Director of Development and Communications

Major: Bachelor of Science
Degree: Adult & Family Services

 

 
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Dr. Debbie Lee
Western Illinois University–Quad Cities
Assistant Professor of Early
Childhood Education

Major: Early Childhood Education
Degree: Doctor of Education

 

 
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Pam Lynch
Community Child Care Resource & Referral
Community Relations Specialist

Major: Child Development
Degree: Associate of Early
Childhood Education

 

         
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Cindy Mahr
In A Kid's World
Executive Director

Major: Early Childhood Administration
Degree: Master of Education
Certification: Illinois Director Credential III

 

 
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Rosalind Meadows
Rock Island/Milan School District
Assistant Teacher Head Start

Certification: CDA

 

 
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Catherine Melear
Black Hawk College
Professor Child Development

Major: Early Childhood
Degree: Master of Education

 

         
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Marcy Mendenhall
Skip-A-Long Family & Community Services
CEO

Major: Social Work
Degree: Master of Social Work

 

 
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Tammy Muerhoff
Rock Island County Regional Office of Education
Regional Superintendent

Major: Early Childhood
Degrees: Master of Science in Education, Educational Leadership

 

 
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Kristin Hahn O'Toole
Community Child Care Resource & Referral
Iowa Training Coordinator

Major: Elementary Education
Degree: Bachelor of Science

 

         
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Martha Owens
Early Childhood Consultant

Major: Early Childhood Administration
Degree: Masters of Education and
Illinois Director Credential Level III

 

 
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April Peska
Early Childhood Coalition
All Our Kids Early Childhood
Network Coordinator

Major: Communication Studies
Degree: Bachelor of Arts

 

 
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Gale Roeder
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
Associate Director of Family and Consumer Sciences and Continuing Education

Major: Family & Consumer Science
Degree: Master of Science

 

         
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Dianna Saelens
Davenport School District
4 Year Old Program Manager

Major: Early Childhood
Degree: Master of Arts in
Organizational Leadership

 

 
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Marcia Seabolt
Rock Island Regional Office of Education
Early Childhood Program

Major: Elementary Education
Degree: Bachelor of Science

 

 
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Christina Spears
Shining Light Learning Center
Preschool Teacher

Certification: CDA & Certificate
in Early Childhood

 

         
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Tom Stanger
The Family Museum
Exhibit Coordinator

Major: Psychology
Degree: 2 Years College

 

 
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Kim Stickell
FCC Home Provider
Provider

Certification: CDA

 

 
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Denise Terry
Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
Early Childhood Special Education Home
Intervention Teacher

Major: Early Childhood Special Education
Degree: Master of Science

 

         
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Teresa Thornton
Mrs. T's Kids
Owner/Director

Major: Child Development
Degree: Associate of Arts

 

 
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Ramona Trout
Rock Island School District
Head Start Teacher

Major: Elementary Education
Degree: Bachelor of Arts,
Certification: 04 with Special Education

 

 
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Meg Vanderhart
Calvary Preschool
Preschool Teacher

Major: History
Degree: Bachelor of Art and
Early Childhood Endorsement

 

         
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Laurel Walker
Executive Consultant in Early Childhood

Major: Sociology, Spanish
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Certification: Program Administration
Scale (PAS) Assessor

 

 
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Denise Weiss
Share & Care Christian Preschool
Director

Major: Home Economics/Child
Development
Degree: Associate

 

 
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Dr. Jeanine Fox Wilker
Western Illinois University
Assistant Professor

Major: Reading
Degree: Ph.D in Elementary Education

 

         
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Sharon Windschitl
Rock Island/Milan School District
Teacher Head Start

Major: Education
Degree: Bachelor of Arts

 

 
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Loretta Wuerdeman
Community Child Care Resource & Referral
Director of Illinois Services

Major: Early Childhood Education
Degree: Bachelor of Science