The Team

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Karen Riggins

Director/Teacher

Karen begins her 8th year at Jack & Jill. She is the lead teacher in M/W/F AM, 3 year old class. Her experience includes working for 5 years as an Early Childhood Special Education Para in the Derby School District.  She also ran her own daycare in Derby for 2 years and was a Room Leader at Travis AFB Child Development Center in California for 6 1/2 years.  Karen and her husband along with their two girls live in Derby.

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Janice Whalen

Co-Director/Teacher

Janice begins her 12th year as the director and her 21st year as a teacher at Jack & Jill. She is the lead teacher in the Monday through Friday afternoon class. Janice graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Child Development. Her past experience includes four years teaching preschool and six years as the Family Day Care Coordinator/Assistant Director at Chanute AFB Child Development Center in Illinois. Janice has two grown sons. She and her husband live in Derby.

Leslee Johnson

Teacher


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Cindy Spicer

Teacher

Cindy begins her 4th year at Jack and Jill. She is the lead teacher in the Monday through Friday morning class. Cindy graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Her experience includes teaching preschool in West Wichita for the past 19 years and serving as Preschool Director for the past 8. Cindy has two grown sons and lives in West Wichita with her husband.

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Ms Kelly

Aide

Kelly begins her 5th year at Jack and Jill. She is the aide in the M-W-F AM class.  Kelly graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Early Childhood Development. She has a passion for working with young children and engaging them in the learning process. She, her husband, and two girls live in Derby.

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Ms Shawna

Aide

Shawna is starting her 4th year at Jack and Jill after a two year hiatus. She is the aide in the M-F AM & PM classes. Shawna graduated from Kansas Newman College with a degree in Business Management.  She ran an in-home daycare for 10 years.  She also worked as a substitute para-professional in the Derby School District.  Shawna grew up in Derby and now resides in Derby with her husband and two sons.

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Cindy Priebe

Teacher

Cindy is starting her 2nd year at Jack and Jill. She is teaching the M-W-F AM and PM classes, and aiding in the T/TH AM class.