Qualified staff members are the most essential element in a quality childcare program. Teachers must possess a good mix of theory and practice to maintain a nurturing setting while developing a creative educational program. In addition to their educational training, our staff combines on-the-job experience with a genuine passion for what they do.
The ECDC uses a team teaching approach. The team includes two full time teachers in each classroom and student workers who serve as teacher assistants. By combining teachers and teacher assistants with varying levels of education and experience a mentoring relationship can develop that will increase the strength of the teaching team.
The team is responsible for developing a curriculum that is thoughtful and thought provoking. All teachers contribute to weekly planning sessions and attend scheduled staff meetings.
June has been in education since the day she graduated from high school. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading from Montana State University-Billlings. She also has her Masters Degree in Education with a focus in Leadership and Instruction from Bluffton University. She is married to Jake and they have two children, Molly and Zack. In her free time her heart is happiest attending my own children’s activities or just spending time with my family and friends. I love working with children and I am very mindful of my interactions with them. Children learn best and take risks in their learning when they have a strong relationship with their caretakers. As a director, she desires to provide the children at the center a positive and safe learning environment to capture each child’s optimal learning potential.
Vi has been a preschool teacher at ONU since 2014. She has her Child Development Associates Credential. She is a life-long resident of Hardin County. She is married to Charlie and has 2 children and one granddaughter, Callie. She loves reading, talking walks, and spending time with family. She is looking forward to all the time with her preschoolers and the many wonderful opportunities to play, learn, and grow together!
Gail Schoonover (Mrs. Schoonover)
Gail has worked at ONU for over 20 years. She has her Early Childhood Associates Degree from Rhodes State College (Lima Technical College). She is married to Bob and lives in Benton Ridge. She is the mom to 3 sons and Grandma to Lincoln, Owen, Baker, and Lydia. She enjoys scrapbooking, reading and traveling. She loves to watch the “light bulb moment” when things click for children.
Amy is married and has three children. Amy has worked with children most of her career. Amy has her Early Childhood Associates Degree from Lima Technical College. Young children are Amy's pride and joy! She is feeling blessed to teach at Ohio Northern University Early Child Development Center!!
McKenna is from West Valley City, Utah. She has lived in Ada for four years. She is currently going to school for Elementary Education online at Grand Canyon University. In her free time she likes to paint, go on walks with her dog, and read. She is excited to work at the center for the opportunity to help children learn and grow. She loves being apart of the learning process and being able to see how excited children get when they learn and accomplish new things.