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Alyssa

Position and Class: School Age Teacher

Start Date at Kids First: March 2008

Education and Training: Working towards an Associate’s Degree to become a dietetic technician.

Experience with Children: Babysitting, Sunday School Teacher, and Vacation Bible School

What do you love about your job: When I come to work and all the kids are happy to see me.

Faith walk: I professed my faith and was baptized at the age of 6.  Since then, I have been active in my church and growing closer with God everyday!

Angel

Position and Class: Lead Teacher-Starfish

Start Date at Kids First: October, 2003

Education and Training: I graduated from New Life Bible Academy with honors. I have had various trainings in early childhood as well as CPR/AED and First Aid.

Experience with Children: I have worked in childcare centers for the past 12 years. I have also been a nanny and have had consistent babysitting jobs since I was 11.

What do you love about your job: I love being able to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to children. I also enjoy watching children learn and grow.

Faith walk: I asked Jesus to be my personal savior when I was 5 years old. Since then, I have strived to follow His will and tell others of all the things Christ has done for me.

Ashley

Position and Class: Butterfly Teacher

Start Date at Kids First: March 2009

Education and Training: I attended and graduated from SCC of Lincoln with a degree in Medical Laboratory Technology

Experience with Children: I have five children ranging in ages from 2 to 12 years of age.

What do you love about your job: I love seeing the kids learn new things, and enjoy working with a great group of people

Faith walk: I accepted God into my heart and life when I was in the 7th grade, I joined a church and got confirmed by myself, my family did not choose to attend church with me I feel made trust in my faith and God more.

Chelsey

Position and Class:Teacher-Babies and Toddlers

Start Date at Kids First: March, 2009

Education and Training: Currently working on my degree in Elementary Education

Experience with Children: Years of babysitting, work at Fremont Public Schools, and teaching children how to dance ballroom at a ballroom studio.

What do you love about your job: I love watching kids learn and grow and for them to do all of that in a faith based school is amazing.  I love watching their journey.

Faith walk: I was brought up in a loving home where we went to church every Sunday.  I was confirmed in 8th grade, but I truly understood what it mean to have Jesus in your heart my senior year in high school.  Two people very close to me passed away and I was hit with some serious medical problems.  After that test of faith, I try to live everyday as if it was my last, and try to walk with Jesus as well.

DiDi

Position and Class: Assistant Teacher-Rainbowfish

Start Date at Kids First: March, 2004

Education and Training: Some college; experience with children since 19. Ran in home daycare; 14+ years at Donald O Clifton/Gallup Daycare Center

Experience with Children: Babysitting experience when I was 11-19; loved on kids ever since. Raised two nieces (one for ten years and one for five years)

What do you love about your job: Helping children learn and seeing the light of joy and an excitement in their eyes and faces when they can say “I did it!” for the first time.

Faith walk: I was saved at 7 ½ and baptized at First Bible Baptist Church. I attended church off and on until 13, then I was hurt by rude teens at a church. I told God if His people are as mean as the worldly people, then I didn’t see any point in going to church. I prayed and read the Bible some, but didn’t return to church again until I was 29 years old. Then, God tricked me back to Church in July of 85 and I have been serving Him ever since. 1985-1998 I attended Garden View Assembly of God. When it closed its doors in Feb of 98, I began hunting around for a new body to belong to, but nothing was close so I didn’t start going anywhere until 2008. I now attend First Baptist Church of Lincoln and really love serving Jesus here at Kids First.

I have taught Sunday School, Rainbows, ran the church nursery, and been the SS secretary and bookkeeper (some of these all at the same time). I have also sung in choir and performed in an Easter pageant.

Donna

Position and Class: Lead Teacher-Rainbowfish

Start Date at Kids First: October, 1997

Education and Training: I graduated from NE Wesleyan University with a BA in Education and minors in Social Studies and Special Education. I also have 27 hours towards a Master’s Degree.

Experience with Children: 20 years as a Public School Teacher (kindergarten), 4-H leader, Sunday school teacher, Bible school teacher, Awana Leader, Preschool teacher.

What do you love about your job: I believe God has given me a gift to work with children. I believe that God is in the classroom with me helping the children learn, helping me as a teacher meet each child’s needs and differences, and to develop and grown in their relationship with Jesus. I pray for them each day.

Faith walk: I am a born again Christian. I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was five years old. Our faith was tested when our daughter contracted Lyme Disease and was sick for eight years. She was bedridden for two years. She is doing much better. To God be the Glory!

Emmy Lou

Position and Class: School Age

Teacher
Start Date at Kids First:
April 2004

Education and Training: I received my degree in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (birth through 3rd grade) in December 2008 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  I am CPR, First Aid, and Health Safety certified too!

Experience with Children: I have worked with kids for 13+ years.  I started babysitting when I was 12 and have loved kids ever since.  I have taught Sunday School, worked at camp, been a teacher’s assistant, done various practicums and student teaching, work at the Lincoln Children’s Museum, etc.  If there is something to do with kids, I’ve probably done it!

What do you love about your job:  Everything!  I’ve worked here over 5 years now and it seriously is a joy to come everyday!  I grew up with these kids in some ways (as I started when I was 19) and the kids who were in kindergarten then are just about to be 5th graders.  I love that they feel like my family and there isn’t really anything good that happens now that I don’t want to rush over and share with them first just like they were my own brothers and sisters!  I love playing games, being silly, having fun, going on field trips, playing outside, and laughing with them a lot.  Plus, we have a stellar school age staff who love the kids as much as I do!

Faith walk:  God got a grip on my heart when I was 5 years old but for many years I went to church because it was the good Christian thing to do. My junior year of college, God radically transformed my life and I haven’t been the same ever since.  He showed me what it was like to follow Him and not just a set of rules and how His intense grace covers me when I fail (which is quite often).  I love to pray and am more than happy to pray for any need you might have.  I have loved experiencing God with the kids here and love that they teach me everyday how to have faith like a child.

Jared

Position and Class: School Age Teacher


Start Date at Kids First: March 2009

Education and Training: Currently at UNL for Middle School Education


Experience with Children: Classroom practicums

What do you love about your job: Playing with children and watching them grow

Faith walk:  I have grown up attending and participating at First Covenant Church, which growing and building a stronger spiritual relationship

Laura

Position and Class: Part Time Baby room and Sub

Start Date at Kids First: August 2005

Education and Training: B.S.-Marketing Management

Experience with Children: mother of four children, ages 19, 17, 4, and 2 months

What do you love about your job: The people I work with are awesome and I love being close to my kids.

Faith walk: I found Jesus in 2001 at a sales seminar and I’m always trying to grow in my relationship with Him.

Sara

Position and Class: Executive Director

Start Date at Kids First: June 2004

Education and Training: I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development

Experience with Children: I worked for six years at the Gallup Child Development Center, taught first grade at Elliot Elementary, and worked as the Assistant Director of Kids First from June 2004 to February 2008.

What do you love about your job: I get to be surrounded by kids, work with amazing, caring adults, and get to talk about Jesus!

Faith walk: I grew up going to church at First Covenant. I accepted Jesus in my heart at Covenant Cedars Bible Camp when I was seven. My family continues to be involved in First Cov.

Sarah

Position and Class: Lead teacher-Baby room

Start Date at Kids First: August 2005

Education and Training: Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Southeast Community College

Experience with Children: I was always a second mother to my little sister. I used to work at another childcare center where I was a toddler teacher.

What do you love about your job: Seeing children accomplish a task that they have worked hard on.

Faith walk: I was born and raised in a Methodist Church. I am a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church where I play bells in the adult bell choir.

Shauna

Position and Class: Lead Teacher-Bluebird room

Start Date at Kids First: October 2006

Education and Training: I graduated from Norfolk Senior High in 2001. I then went to Northeast Community College, in Norfolk, where I earned my Associates of Liberal Arts Degree. I also took some classes regarding early childhood development.

Experience with Children: After high school, I worked at the Juvenile Detention Center in Madison for two years where I worked with troubled children. I then moved up to Lincoln, where I worked at CEDARS for three years with homeless, abused, and neglected children. Then I started to work at Kids First. I worked with toddlers from October, 2006 to April 2008. Since April 2008, I have been with the Bluebirds.

What do you love about your job: Getting to see how much the kids learn and grow, planning activities for the kids to do, listening to the kid’s funny/serious stories, getting to read the Children’s Bible to the kids and telling them about God, and seeing each child’s individual personalities. =)

Faith walk: I was born and raised a Christian going to Christ Lutheran Church and School in Norfolk, NE. Since moving to Lincoln, we have been wanting to visit churches here.

Shawna

Position and Class: Lead Teacher-Baby Room

Start Date at Kids First: June 1999

Education and Training: I went to college for child development but decided to quit to work full time in the baby room. Throughout the years, I’ve been to several trainings and workshops to better myself as a teacher and caregiver.

Experience with Children: Besides all the babysitting I’ve done since I was 12…I worked at the Racquet Club for two years in the nursery during high school. I have two kids of my own; they are four and six years old. I have surrounded myself with children for most of my life.

What do you love about your job: I love my job because babies are so sweet, angelic, and fully of curiosity. Watching a baby grow and develop is so fascinating to me. I love being the one that guides them and makes sure they are cared for while their moms and dads are hard at work.

Faith walk: I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I have full trust in Him and He has, and always will, guide me through my life.

Tiffany

Position and Class: Lead Teacher-Teddy Bears

Start Date at Kids First: January 2007

Education and Training: Three years of education in Early Childhood Education Program at Southeast Community College in Lincoln. High school diploma from Pius X High School in Lincoln.

Experience with Children: Three and a half years as a part time nanny, working with children ages six weeks to six years old, and special needs. Along with many years of odd job childcare!

What do you love about your job: I love the fact that I get to wake up, every morning, excited to go to work! Watching these children learn and grow everyday is an amazing thing to be a part of. It has always been my dream to teach at a daycare where I am able to instill the flame of Christ into children. Watching them in their love of God inspires me everyday to better myself. God works in amazing ways!

Faith walk: I attended Catholic school here in Lincoln. In grade school through high school, I was a member of a Catholic youth group called Schoenstatt. Through Schoenstatt I counseled a weeklong girl’s camp in Sleepyeye, MN for seven years. I also got to take an amazing pilgrimage to Schoenstatt, Germany and Rome, Italy in 2000. In high school I also was an active member of our high school retreat team, where I got the chance to travel to many Catholic junior highs giving faith based retreats. My faith has been a beautiful and amazing journey…and I know this is only the beginning!