Gina Roberts – Room 121
Gina joined the staff in August of 2011. She has an Associate Degree in
Early Childhood Education and has enjoyed working in the field for the
past 17 years.
In her free time she also enjoys salsa dancing and going to karaoke with
Chasidy Starlin – Room 121
Chasidy received her Associate of Science degree from Ivy Tech in 2006. She has
over twelve years of experience working with children. She loves teaching children
new things and enjoys hearing all the funny things children say every day.
Chasidy was born and raised in Indianapolis. She married her husband, Sam, in
2006 in Nassau Bahamas. They have one daughter, Paityn. They also have a cat
named Miss Kitty. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities, especially in the
Fall season. They also enjoy watching movies and the Colts.
Chasidy looks forward to being a special part of the children's lives. She hopes to
return to school in the future to receive her degree in Elementary Education.
Sashay Render – Room 121
Sashay joined CYC in December 2012. Prior to joining us she worked for four years
with children in a ministry setting.
Sashay lives in Indianapolis and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She
enjoys bowling and reading in her spare time.
Sashay looks forward to completing her Associates degree in Early Childhood
Education and continuing to work with children.
Laura Prange – Room 131
Laura Prange started working at the center in October of 2010. She has
taken Early Childhood Education classes at Ivy Tech. She has been the
manager and lead teacher in a licensed in home center since 2001. She
enjoys watching children grow and develop. She has a dog named Sadie
and enjoys playing the piano.
Janine Huff – Room 131
Janine has been with CYC since 2010 as a student employee. She joined
Room 131 in January 2013 as an Assistant Teacher. She lives in the
downtown area with her dogs Harley and Lexi. In her free time she
enjoys Broadway plays, sports, restaurants and movies.
Janine really enjoys working with children and she is looking forward to
working with room131. She is very excited to watch all of the toddlers
mature into preschoolers.
Emily Mayer – Room 131
Emily Mayer started working at the center in November of 2010. She is
currently finishing up her degree in Psychology. She worked at a daycare
center in Lafayette before coming here to Indianapolis and starting at JC
Penny Portrait Studios taking pictures of families and young children. She
loves being with the children and helping them grow. She just recently
got married and enjoys photography.
Elaine Garard-McCracken – Room 133
Elaine joined the Center for Young Children in 1987 after receiving her AA in Early Childhood
Development. She continued her education and received her BS in Kindergarten/Primary
Education with a nursery school endorsement. She is a long standing member of the
National Association for the Education of Young Children. Elaine worked with preschoolers
until moving into the new building when she changed to the younger Weeschoolers.
Elaine has seven grandchildren with whom she shares silly times. Her husband, Phil, is
retired and keeps busy with many projects around the house that Elaine helps to plan. Her
gardens keep her busy during the warm weather. She views her flowers like her children.
They need care and nuturing as they will bloom in their own time.
Adria Crawford – Room 133
Adria started working at the CYC after she finished high school in
September of 2010. She enjoys her time working with the children and
plans to stay for awhile.
Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family (her church
family as well), playing basketball, dancing, and writing poetry. Her plans
for the future include opening her own physical therapy
business/childcare center for both the employees and the patients. She
wants to travel the world as well.
Lori Baumgarten – Room 134
Lori joined CYC in 2010. She currently lives in Historic Irvington with her sons Emmett
and Duncan. She has been working with infants and preschoolers for over 14 years.
Some of her many hobbies include belly dancing, sewing, embroidery, cooking,
baking, drawing, painting and jewelry making.
Lori is a breast cancer survivor and spends time helping the newly diagnosed as well
as being an advocate for the cause. She enjoys various kinds of music and attending
concerts. She enjoys spending time outdoors and especially enjoys days that remind
her of an Edward Hopper or Maxfield Parish painting.
Lori is a parent who prides herself on trying to raise her sons well, so she works hard
to give the parents peace of mind when they entrust their children with her.
Annette Nowlin – Room 134
Annette joined the CYC staff in 2011. She resides on the northwest side
of Indianapolis with her two children Aysia and Aleia, and their dog
Puddles. She began working with children about 1 years ago in the
kindergarten room of Fort Harrison and has been enjoying working with
them ever since.
She enjoys traveling, reading, shopping, listening to music and collecting
teddy bear figurines. Her goal is to find that perfect balance between
work and family so she could spend more time with her children. When
she has time in her busy schedule she truly enjoys a good inspirational
book and a glass of sweet tea.
Christina Ratney – Room 134
Christina joined the CYC staff in 2010 as a classroom assitant. She will
join room 134 in June of 2013.
She will finish her Bachelors degree in 2013 and hopes to start her
Masters degree in Education. She is planning to focus on Early Education.
In her free time she enjoys traveling, basketball, dancing, music, and
Christina feels it is always inmprtant to be a blessing on someone's life
becuase you never know how much you can impact a person.
Sabrina Haughn – Room 136
Sabrina has been with the center since October of 2010. As the aunt to 11 nieces
and nephews, and the daughter of a teacher, Sabrina has many years of experience
working with young children in both a social and educational setting. She has worked
for Wee Wonders Childcare (a home-based center) and has completed several classes
in Elementary Education at IU Bloomington. She most recently comes to CYC from
the banking industry and is fulfilling her passion for inspiring young minds as a
volunteer with Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. She enjoys collecting children’s
books, movies and popcorn, attempting new recipes and spending time with friends
Michelle Hotseller – Room 136
Michelle joined the center in 2011. She currently lives on the Eastside of
Indianapolis with her cat, Stinky. Before joining CYC she worked at Kindercare for
In her free time she likes to collect dolphins, read and watch NASCAR. She also
enjoys camping, hiking, and dinner with friends.
One of Michelle's goals is to finish her Bachelor degree in Early Childhood
Janet Rawson – Room 141
Janet received her BS in Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education
from Indiana University and joined the Center for Young Children in 2006.
Before coming to CYC, she taught for Head Start in Indianapolis, as well
as preschool and first grade in Washington, Massachusetts and Kentucky.
Janet is married and has 3 children and a dog named Kody. Janet was
excited to welcome her first grandchild, Caden, in 2010.
Danielle Williams – Room 141
For the past five years, Danielle has worked with all age groups at the Center
for Young Children as an Assistant Teacher. She is currently pursuing her
degree at IUPUI and says that the love of children and their development has
kept her in the field of childcare for fifteen years!
Danielle is a wife and the mother of two wonderful boys. Her hobbies are
reading, spending time with her family, shopping, staying healthy and
Megan Davis – Room 143
Megan joined CYC in January 2012 after spending the past two years as a lead
teacher in a preschool. Prior to the preschool she spent three years as a Spanish
teacher in an elementary school.
Megan lives in Indianapolis with her husband Chris and her two children Dominic and
Rowen. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, bowling, taking pictures,
and scrapbooking. She also enjoys foods, especially cheeses, scary movies, and
meeting new people.
Megan's goals are to be a great parent and to make a difference in the lives of the
children that she teaches.
Carolyn Kratowicz – Room 143
Carolyn joined CYC in July of 2012. She has been working around children since she was
12 years old. She is originally from Chicago but now lives in Indianapolis with her two
daughters, two cats, two birds and her fish.
In her free time she enjoys gardening, and crafting items such as cameos, cards and
magnets on Facebook. One of Carolyn's goals is to complete her degree in nursing.
She believes every child has his own unique way of learning and looking at the world
around them. They also have the ability to teach. In working with children she has
learned how to enjoy each moment and she believes this is helping her to be a better
Bill Lowry – Room 143 (and 126 in summer)
Bill Lowry has been working at the CYC since September 2010. He
graduated from Ben Davis High School in 2009 and is majoring in
Electrical Engineering. His hobbies include working on cars, hanging out
with friends, and sports.
Jennifer Bohannon – Room 144
Jennifer joined CYC in May of 2012. She recently worked at Jeremiah Gray Edison
Elementary as an ISTEP Interventionist. She has also taught first grade at a charter
school and preschool at the Goddard School in Avon.
Jennifer lives in Fountaintown with her husband Ryan and their two miniature
Dachshunds, Shorts and Gretchen. In her free time she enjoys walking her dogs,
reading, and having bonfires at their house in the country. She also enjoys visiting
the zoo and going to various restaurants.
Jennifer's goals include being the best teacher possible and to start a family.
Karen Crawford – Room 144
Karen has worked in the Early Childhood field for a number of years. She
has worked at the CYC since 2004 as an assistant teacher. She recently
completed her CDA and likes to attend Indiana Early Childhood
Conferences to learn fresh ideas & activities for the children.
She is the mother of three wonderful children and her mission is to help
educate, love and provide for all the children who are in her care.
Laney Blaine – Room 146
Laney joined CYC in December of 2011. She has spent the past 10 years using her
Elementary Education degree by working in the education field with children in different
capacities. Some of her experiences have included being a substitute teacher, working in
the education department of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, and working at the YMCA in
summer camp and before and after care. She has also worked in preschool for over 5
years and has taught two's, preschool, and kindergarten.
Laney currently lives on the South East side of Indy, in the Franklin Township area, with
her husband Terry and her daughter Mackenzie. She enjoys spending time with her
family and friends and her beagle named Twinkie and multiple kitties.
In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking and baking, decorating cakes, trying new
restaurants, photography, visiting zoos and museums.
In the future Laney hopes to continue learning and growing in the field of education, and
eventually pursue a master degree. She is also interested in taking classes to become
certified in SCUBA.
Alexis Ferrell – Room 146
Alexis joined CYC in May of 2012. Prior to joining us she worked at
Monkey Joe's, the Hilltop Child Care Center and La Esqulita. She also
completed an internship at Disney World.
Alexis lives on the eastside of Indianapolis with her husband Casey. In her
free time she enjoys singing, dancing, and playing the violin. She also
enjoys family time, watching movies and writing.
Alexis has the goal of one day opening a center for teenage mothers.
Vikki Tucher – Room 151
Vikki received her degree from IUPUI in Elementary Education in 1995 and
completed her Master's degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Early
Childhood. She began working for the Center for Young Children in 2000 and
prior to joining the CYC staff was a Kindergarten teacher at another school for
Vikki's hobbies include reading, listening to audio books, gardening and cross
stitching. She has been married since 1998 and has two step daughters.
Shaila Melanta – Room 151
Shaila received her B.S. in Chemistry and Zoology from Bombay University in 1984.
She has earned her B.G.S. degree from Indiana University with focuses in Biology and
Early Childhood Education. She also received her Human Resource Management from
Purdue in 2009. She joined CYC in 2006 and before coming to CYC she taught as an
assistant teacher for Washington Township Elementary school for four years. Prior to
that she was a professional volunteer for two years in Carmel Clay schools.
Shaila grew up in Bombay and moved to the United States in 1999. She is the mother
of two wonderful children and her hobbies include drawing, painting, cooking and
Linda Orr – Room 153
Linda graduated from IUPUI with a BS in Elementary Education and
joined the Center for Young Children in 2006. Prior to joining CYC, Linda
worked with children at Little People Prep #1, MSD Warren Township and
North Central Childcare.
Linda is married and has two daughters and one cat. Her hobbies include
spending time with her children, cooking, scrap booking and reading.
Brionna Morris – Room 153
Brionna joined CYC in 2012. She has a diverse background of working with children,
including five months at another child care facility. She is a co-writer/co-editor of Asante
Children's Theatre. She also created a mentor program for at-risk youth. She has put her
studying of multiple languages to use by working with teaching African refuges English.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two younger brothers, and her three
cats, Mooney, Pepper and Daisy. She also enjoys writing, volunteering, amusement
parks, Zumba, Water aerobics and hip hop ab classes.
Brionna hopes to complete her degree in Occupational Therapy with specialties in
Pediatrics and Neurology and use these degrees by moving to Africa.
Betty Holmes – Room 153
Betty joined in 2011. She and her husband, Robert, moved to Greenwood about four
years ago from Michigan. While she was in Michigan, Betty operated a licensed child
care center for eleven years and was also was involved in foster care.
Betty is the proud mom of five children; Lori, Andy, Cheri, Crystal and Stacy. She also
has seven grandchildren, and a cat named Princess. Besides spending time with her
family Betty enjoys sewing, camping, cooking, traveling and four-wheeling in the
One of Betty's long term goals is to retire and move to a warmer climate with her
Beth Steward – Room 154
Beth graduated from IUPUI with a BS in Elementary Education and
Concentration in Special Education. She worked at the Center for Young
Children for several years as a classroom assistant before becoming a
Lead Teacher. She has also worked at Little Bear Daycare and Kid's Corner
Daycare as well.
Her hobbies include reading, crafts, scrap booking and music including
singing and playing the piano.
Resa Underwood – Room 154
Resa been working with the Center for Young Chidren since 2003. She
began as a Classroom Assistant and is now an Assistant Teacher. She is
currently enrolled in the CDA course and hopes to receive her Child Care
Some of her hobbies include reading, drawing, painting and doing crafts.
Jennifer Warren – Room 156
Jennifer joined the Center in 2011.
Jennifer joined the staff of CYC in November of 2011. Prior to joining us
she taught preschool for 6 years and was a paraprofessional with the
Speedway School system for 9 years.
In her free time she enjoys cake decorating, baking, scrapbooking, and
reading. She currently resides in Speedway with her husband Barry and
her two children Adam and Maggie.
Jennifer has two simple goals. She wants to be the best parent possible
and be a great teacher to the children she works with daily.
Mindy Dillehay – Administrative Secretary
Mindy joined our center in August of 2013. She received a degree in
Secondary Education Business from Ball State. Mindy enjoyed many
years of staying with her son and daughter but now with an empty nest
she is putting her education and skills to use.
In her free time she enjoys reading, walking, volleyball and waterskiing.
She plans on taking some classes on woodworking and drawing. She is
also very excited about her first grandchild arriving in January.
Lynette Martin – Administrative Specialist
Lynette joined the CYC in June of 2013. She previously worked at an
Elementary school near Hilton Head SC for the past 13 years but moved
back to Indiana to be closer to family. Being able to utilize her
experience makes her feel right at home here at the CYC.
Barb Howe – Assistant Director
Barb came to IUPUI after nearly ten years of service in Central Indiana not for profits. During
this time she was involved in the administration of children's programs, budgeting, human
resources and fundraising.
Barb was raised in Madison, Indiana, and currently lives with her husband Michael and their
twin sons Mike and Matt on the Southside of Indianapolis. In her free time she enjoys camping,
hiking, reading, golfing, and gardening. She also enjoys spending time with her dog Max, a LabShepherd mix.
Barb graduated from University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor degree in Business and minors
in Health and Safety and Early Childhood Development. She received her Master Degree in
Management and a certificate in Human Resources from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Dave Sandrick – Director
"Mr. Dave" began his career in Early Childhood Education in July of 2003 as one of the lead
teachers in the infant room at Campus View Child Care Center on the campus of Indiana
University in Bloomington. Prior to this initial early childhood experience, Dave spent several
years in the field of Elementary Education both as a full-time classroom teacher and a
substitute teacher. He has earned both a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.S. in History
and Philosophy of Education from IU - Bloomington. His passion for working with young
children started as an undergraduate, but after the birth of his first daughter, Kate, that passion
skyrocketed, and led him to the lead infant teacher position. After two-and-a-half years at
Campus View, Dave became the director of the Hoosier Hills Career Center's Child Care Center
where he also served as the teacher in the one-to-three-year-old classroom. He had the
wonderful opportunity to work with his second daughter, Claire, at that particular center. He
then went on to start the infant program at the Salvation Army of Monroe County before taking
a position at the University of Southern Indiana as an instructor where he worked prior to
coming to the CYC.
Brittaney has been with the CYC since September of 2008.
majoring in Exercise Science – Pre-Occupational Therapy.
She enjoys basketball and shopping.
Brooke has been with the CYC since September of 2011. Her major is Nursing, and her minor is
Sociology. She is from Decatur Indiana. She has received the following honors: ALD/PES Historian,
Historian of Phi Mu, Highest Deans list at IUPUI. She is involved with Phi Mu and ALD/PES. Her interests
are: Scrapbooking, Soccer, Showchoir, Hanging out with friends and family, working with children.
After college she wants to specialize in pediatrics or OB nursing!
She has always loved children! She enjoys entertaining and taking care of them. She has taken classes on
taking care of children. She has babysat for many families in her community and still babysits now when
needed. Working at the IUPUI Center for Young Children has made her realize how much she wants to
work with children in her future professional life. She comes home with stories from the kids all the time
and really enjoys working with them every day.
Jessica Montalvo (pictured on the right)
Jessica is a sophomore at IUPUI and is majoring in Psychology. She plans
to become a child psychologist. She started at the CYC in Spring 2011.
She is a proud big sister of a 14-year-old brother and a 4-year-old sister.
She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and is also involved in
College Mentors for Kids.
She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and getting
involved in activities that can better her as a person.
Steven is 22 years old and is currently a student at IUPUI pursuing a
degree in mechanical engineering. Before coming to IUPUI, he spent
two years at Ball State University double majoring in education and
He is the youngest of two children, and his sister has a son who he
looks after from time to time. He likes to play outside, especially with
his dog, Titan. His hobbies include basketball, baseball, design, and
Karley Johns (pictured on the right)
Karley is a freshman at IUPUI and is majoring in Social Work. She has
taken several education classes and hopes to someday be a school social
When she is not in class or at work, she enjoys spending time with
friends and family, reading, hiking, fishing, and boating in the summer.
She is from Princeton, a small town in southern Indiana which is close to
Evansville, Indiana. Her family has a farm with three horses, a mini pony,
a mini donkey, a goat, and several chickens.
Ashley is a freshman at IUPUI. She is majoring in Social Work and plan to
pursue a career in Child Protective Services. Before working at the CYC,
she worked for two years at the Shoe Carnival in Merrillville, Indiana as a
sales associate. Surrounded by many cousins and a younger sister, she
has grown to love and work with children. She enjoys her time working
at the CYC and intends to be a positive influence on the children here.
Jasmine has been working at the CYC since December of 2011. She is a freshman
majoring in Nursing, and will apply this summer to IUPUI’s Nursing School. It has
been her goal for a long time.
She enjoys getting involved and working with others on campus. She is currently
in the National Honor Society and is trying out for the OTEAM at IUPUI.
Jasmine enjoys spending time with friends and family. She hopes to use the
experience she is gaining working with children when she fulfills her dream of
becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner.
Emma is a sophomore at IUPUI and is studying Exercise Science/Pre Physical
Therapy. She is hoping that working at the CYC will help her learn more about
child development and apply that when she becomes a physical therapist for
Emma is from South Bend, IN, and provided after school care for a young man
with Downs Syndrome for 4 years. In her free time, she enjoys playing
basketball and spending time with her twin. She has a two-year-old poodle
named Mia. She always enjoys a great Pacers or Colts game, and really likes to
get involved with the community.
Katie Ripperger (pictured in the middle)
Katie is a freshman at IUPUI and is majoring in
elementary education. She plans to finish school in four
years and then teach overseas She started at the CYC in
February of 2012. She is one of five brothers and sisters.
She enjoys traveling, sports, outdoors, friends, and
Sarah has been with the CYC since February of 2012. She moved to
Indianapolis recently from Anderson, Indiana, and is a pre-nursing
student. She is an EMT in her hometown. She has one older brother,
In her free time, she enjoys working out and playing soccer.
Tori Crosby (pictured on the left)
Tori has been with the CYC since February of 2012. She is a freshman
majoring in Nursing. She has a little sister and is from Anderson, Indiana.
She enjoys running, and her favorite color is green.
Jahleia is twenty-years-old and a junior at IUPUI. She is a Forensics
Science major, and in her spare time she likes to sing and dance.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she came to Indiana to pursue a
college education. Her goal is to graduate with a Bachelors degree and
eventually a Masters and Doctorate if possible. Her long term goal is to
work for an accredited state crime lab and eventually have children of
Maria has been with the CYC since February of 2012. She is a freshman
at IUPUI. She is from East Chicago, Indiana. She has been helping take
care of her 5 siblings since she was four-years-old. She has had a paying
job since she was 15-years-old.
In her spare time she likes to listen to music and hang out with friends.
Her spare time is limited, however, with all of the child watching she
Skye started working in childcare in 2007, babysitting for a few families on her block.
Since then, she has worked in her church’s nursery and have cared for many children.
Since coming to IUPUI this past year, she has been involved with a tutoring program at
George Washington and has also been involved with other community events.
Skye plans to have her own classroom someday. Working at the CYC has been a great
experience for learning the ins and outs of running a classroom.
In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and making art. Although she doesn’t
get to see her family much, she absolutely loves the time they have together! In the
future, she plans on always making time for the important things in life, such as her
relationships with loved ones, even when things get stressful.
Kiana is in her second semester of Freshman year at IUPUI. Her major is Elementary
Education and she plans to get a license in Special Needs education. After graduating,
I would love to continue to work at a childcare center or become an elementary
school teacher around Indianapolis. She has worked previously as a nanny and as a
camp counselor at Kamp Kaleidoscope. For fun, she likes to study films, go for long
walks around Indianapolis, and spend time with her little sister.
Kayla is a sophomore at IUPUI and is studying Exercise Science/Pre-OT. Kayla
LOVES video games and also loves to spend time with her four younger
brothers. She also has a German Rottweiler named Rajah.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing the violin and spending time with
her family and friends.
Nicole is a sophomore at IUPUI majoring in Elementary Education. She enjoys
spending time with my friends and family, including her dog, Frazier. She has one
brother, Dan, who will be a sophomore in high school.
She loves to be creative! She enjoys reading, writing, and dancing!
Lindsey is a junior at IUPUI. Her major is Social Work. Lindsey was a former employee of CYC
in 2005. Her schedule has changed and has allowed her to come back. Lindsey has worked
with children of all ages. She likes building relationships with the children and helping to
make a safe environment.
Lindsey’s favorite color is blue. She loves many things: butterflies, reading, wearing heels,
poetry, and music.
Lindsey attends Purpose of Life Ministries church where she has been a member since 2007.
Mariah is a Sophomore at IUPUI and is majoring in elementary education. She plans
to become an elementary teacher in a public school or daycare. She enjoys spending
time with her nieces and nephew and other family. She also loves to spend time with
her friends and have fun.
Jordy Rush (pictured on the right)
Jordy is a junior and is majoring in art education. She plans on teaching levels of kids
from K-12 wherever she can but would like to work in a different state at some point.
She keeps very busy with work and school. When she does have free time, she enjoys
movies, reading, going to dinner with friends, and obviously art.
Emily is a sophomore here at IUPUI.
Major: Pre-Radiography, then Medical Imaging Technology for a Bachelor's degree.
She wants to be an Ultrasound Technician specializing in Sonography.
Favorite color is blue. Favorite movies are The Lion King and The Avengers.
She loves listening to music, watching movies and game shows, drawing, reading,
photography, swimming, being outside (when it's warm of course! (: ) animals,
spending time with family, friends & her boyfriend.
Micheala is a Psychology Major and has been with the CYC since September.
She enjoys shopping, singing (she loves all kinds of music), traveling and trying
different tasty foods!
Chelsea is a sophomore at IUPUI and is majoring in Elementary Education. She plans
on being either a kindergarten teacher or an elementary art teacher. She has always
loved working with kids and watching them grow.
She enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, scrapbooking, art, baking,
traveling, shopping, and soccer.
LaShata has worked in an elementary school setting in Gary, Indiana for 4 years. She
has three brothers and two sisters. She is a sophomore at IUPUI studying Health
Service Management with a minor in Business.
LaShata enjoys singing, dancing, and drawing. She loves working with children,
especially making them smile.
Paige Billings (pictured on left)
My name is Paige Billings, I am a Sophomore at IUPUI majoring in Elementary
Education in hopes to one day become a 1st or 2nd grade teacher. I am from
Monticello, IN and am the youngest of 3 siblings, two being brothers. In my spare
time I love to watch old tv shows and spend time with friends. I also work at St.
Chelsey is a freshman at IUPUI and is majoring in Psychology. She would like to
become a child life specialist when she is done with school. She started at the CYC in
October of 2012.
She enjoys playing softball and volleyball. She also likes to go shopping.
My name is Andrienne Tabor and I just recently started working at the CYC in January
2013. I am a freshman at IUPUI and my major is Pre-med biology. I have always
enjoyed working with and helping young children, which is why I want to be a
I enjoy hanging out with friends, spending time with family, watching
movies, especially Disney movies, and being involved in SAPB (student activities
programming board) where I have met a lot of wonderfully interesting people who I
have become really good friends with.
Prensis is a sophomore at IUPUI and is majoring in Health Service Management. She
plans to become a Health Services Coordinator. She started at the CYC in January of
She enjoys volunteering at her church.
Erin Tepe joined the center in January of 2013. This is her first year at IUPUI. She is an
Elementary Education major and plans to graduate in four years. She would like to
teach first grade when she graduates. She grew up in Elkhart, Indiana where she lived
with her mom and brother.
Outside of school and work, Erin loves spending time with her family and friends. She
also loves shopping and movies. In Elkhart, she lives on the river and enjoys taking
boat rides. She also played volleyball for two years in high school and six years prior to
that. She's been babysitting for many years now and loves working with children.
I am a transfer student from Ball State pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. I
have always loved working with children and wanted to be a teacher. At the beginning
of my college career I was discouraged from it and fell in to the group of changing
majors each semester. I finally decided to follow my dreams and study to be a teacher
and so far I am loving it! I am hoping that working at the CYC will help me gain more
experience with working with children. In my spare time I like to do crafts, baking,
watch movies, spend time with family and friends, and I am a huge fan of the Colts!
My name is Kristen Villanueva and I started working at the CYC in May 2013. I started
at IUPUI in the fall of 2012 and I am majoring in Elementary Education with a DualLicense in Reading. I hope to teach kindergarten or first grade. I have had experience
with children for a long time. While in high school, I regularly babysat for family
friends from the time I was 14 to when I graduated. I am family-oriented, so I love
spending time with my parents, two younger brothers, and my boyfriend. I love to
read and I am addicted to Disney movies and cartoons.
Rodney is a Physical and Health Education major at IUPUI. He has three older
brothers by the name of Randy Jr., Rayfis, and Rory (who works at the CYC as well).
His hobbies are reading, exercising, and spending time with his family.
Rodney has plans to coach at the college and professional level of football and
baseball after graduation. He is 21-years-old and was born in New Hartford, New
My name is Jack Dolan. I'm 21 and a freshman here at IUPUI majoring in Linguistics
and minoring in Latin. I'm 21 and just now a freshman because, right out of high
school, I served a 2-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in
Honduras. I'm fluent in Spanish and English, and I hope to pick up some more
languages along the way. I've had experience with kids in a small care center in the
Plainfield Recreation Center. I worked there for 6 months. I'm hoping to become a
professor of linguistics some day. I love kids so much!!! Whenever I come and work
with them, they help me to learn and grow, and they truly make me feel loved. I'm
also centered on the family. I love spending time with and goofing off with my family.
My name is Bryan Lacey and have been working at the CYC since July 2013. I am an
Elementary Education major here at IUPUI. Sports is a big part of my life. My favorite
teams are the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, and Indiana Pacers. When I am not
working, I like to play sports, hang with friends, and play video games.
Byungwook (Jacob) Park
Jacob has been working at the CYC since July 2013. He graduated from Mapleleaf
International Canadian school in China and is originally from South Korea.
He is majoring in Finance in Kelley School of Business. His hobbies are traveling,
watching movies, and hanging out with friends.
My name is Rory Weather. I am 22-years-old and a junior at IUPUI. I am majoring in
Pre-Fine Arts. I was born in New York, but I was raised in Indianapolis. I have three
brothers and no sisters.
I like watching and playing basketball, baseball, and football. When I graduate, I
would like to travel the world and eventually open my own professional printshop.
My name is Brittany Miers. I went to Purdue University for three years but moved
back to Indianapolis this past summer. I am currently attending IUPUI and studying
Special Education. I will be starting the School of Education in the Fall of 2014.
My name is Aamina Alexander and I started working at the IUPUI Center for Young
Children in August 2013. I go to school at IUPUI, and my major is Occupational
Therapy. Over the past few months I have really enjoyed working here because I love
working with children and helping them to grow and accomplish new things everyday.
I have been working with children since the age of 14. I started baby sitting my little
cousins, then I baby sat for a friend of the family, I also have worked in other daycares
before with children and senior citizens. My other occupation is a Certified Nurse
Assistant, working in nursing homes and doing home health. I really love working with
all types of people and I can’t wait to accomplish my goal of becoming an
Occupational Therapist so that I can spread my passion for new things.
My name is Melyssa Ritter and I have been with the CYC since August 2013. I am a
nursing major and eventually plan to specialize in Pediatrics or Pediatric Oncology.
Igrew up in Marion, Indiana, and attended a small high school where I graduated with
only 92 others.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My favorite
pastime is enjoying time with my nephew and nieces. I am a Chicago Bears fan and
thoroughly enjoy watching and attending the games. I love living in Indianapolis and
plan on moving back in the future.
Amber Kachuba (pictured on right)
Hey friends! My name is Amber Kachuba and I'm a freshmen at IUPUI. I'm studying
elementary education and I hope to use my degree to teach overseas in a third-world
country in the future. Outside of school I am involved with YoungLife and i volunteer
at Rhodes Elementary school in a program called HOSTS. I have three brothers and
one sister. I'm from Newburgh, which is right outside of Evansville. Back home, I
spend a lot of my time with my sister and nephew, who is in my picture with me.
My name is Madeline Hinesley (Maddy). I am a freshman at IUPUI and I am majoring
in Elementary Education. I have worked at the CYC since August 2013. I am from
Sullivan, Indiana which is about 20 miles south of Terre Haute. When I'm not working,
in class, or studying, I enjoy shopping, reading, running, and spending time with my
family and friends.
I am a junior majoring in elementary education, with a dual license in ENL (English as
New Language). I was born and raised in Hong Kong and I came to the United States
when I was a sophomore in high school. I lived in Fishers with my aunt and uncle and
went to Fishers High School. Now I live downtown and I love being so close to the
city! I have played piano since I was three years old. I teach beginning piano in studio
in Fishers and I enjoy that a lot! I am hoping to teach K-2 grade when I am a teacher. I
love working with kids and it is very rewarding when you see them achieving
Hi my name is Darcy Bass and I have been working at the Center for Young Children
since September 2013. I am from Brazil, IN. I am an Elementary Education major here
at IUPUI. I love working with children. They are so much fun, and always make me
smile. I am very close to my family, and love spending time with them. I enjoy playing
and watching sports. I am a huge IU basketball fan, and I love volleyball. I am very
exited to be working here.
My name is Mackenzie Armes and I am a junior at IUPUI majoring in elementary
education. I am from Lafayette, Indiana and I have two brothers and a sister. My
family and I are very close and I love getting to spend time with them. When I
graduate I would love to teach kindergarten or first grade. When I am not in school,
waitressing, or working at CYC, I enjoy being outdoors, exercising, traveling, shopping
and spending time with my family and friends.
Katie Mooney is a Freshman at IUPUI studying Elementary Education with a minor in
Art. Katie has been working at the CYC since September 2013, and loves it so much
already. She is from Lowell, Indiana, where she worked at a local daycare during her
senior year in high school. Katie loves watching movies, painting and hanging out with
her friends. She loves working with children of all ages, and can not see herself
pursuing any other career.
Nikki Zengerling has been with CYC since September 2013.Nikki is a freshman at IUPUI and
pursuing an Elementary Education degree. She loves working with little children and hopes
to become an elementary school teacher. She would love the opportunity to teach
Kindergarteners but would be challenged more academically with 3rd graders. She has
worked at a dance studio for five years where she learned her true joy of working with small
children. Nikki also hopes to learn American Sign Language while going to school at IUPUI.
In her spare time Nikki loves to dance and have fun. She has danced for 16 years and loved
every second of it. She is also heavily involved in the theater world. Nikki has had the
opportunity to perform on stage in many different theaters with a wide spectrum of roles.
She also enjoys reading any kind of book she can get her hands on in her free time away