Miss Hanna, co-owner of AppleTree Academy attended Parkland Community College where she received her degree in Child Development in 1998. Prior to college she babysat the neighboring children near her hometown and volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, VBS, and as a 4-H coordinator. She worked each summer at the local 4-H camp in Jacksonville IL and was very involved with the inner city youth around the Jacksonville area. During college, Miss Hanna worked at the local YMCA as a lifeguard and swim instructor, was an assistant teacher at the local daycare, Montessori assistant teacher and she was a nanny for a few years as well. After arriving in Peoria, she was a preschool teachers / infant teacher for a local daycare. After meeting Miss Stacey, they then decided to start their own childcare center. Miss Hanna has always been around children since a very young age; along with all the experiences throughout her high school/college years she is the youngest sibling of 6 children. Nieces and nephews have always been a part of her everyday life as well. It brings joy to Miss Hanna when she sees the smiles on the children’s faces from laughter, play, music time and so much more. It’s great to generate a positive feeling in our children through our dedication, education & affection that I see our teachers give them each day. In Miss Hanna’s free time she like to watch her daughter play Volleyball at the high school level, cook and prep healthy meals for the week and go running with her husband.
Please, let me take a moment to introduce myself. I’m Hanna Compton, co-owner and Director of AppleTree Academy Daycare and Preschool. I was born and raised on my family’s farm in west central Illinois, and from an early age I knew my passion and life calling was to work with children. I am the youngest of six siblings and from 12-years-old I cared for and babysat my nieces, nephews, and the neighbors’ children. The delight of singing a song, playing a game or reading a book to a young child has always brought me joy! It was a natural consequence that I pursued my degree in Early Childhood Development to become a daycare and preschool teacher.
As a teenager I was an active participant in 4-H, and in addition to babysitting I was a camp counselor for our local 4-H summer camp, working with children from the ages of three to 16-years old. The most rewarding time and fondest memories of those summers were the weeks serving as counselor for the special needs campers during the 4-H’s Camp Courage. While pursuing my degree in Early Childhood Development in Champaign-Urbana, I nannied for a pediatrician, was an assistant preschool teacher at a Champaign, IL center, and was an assistant teacher for two years at the Montessori school in Savoy, IL. After graduation, I moved to Peoria, IL with my husband and was a lead preschool teacher for a local center for seven years.
Over my career as a daycare and preschool teacher there were aspects of each center and program that I thought were excellent and aspects that I thought could be improved upon. Most of all, I believed that parents should feel that they, their teachers, and the center are a family, partnering in the care and instruction of their children. My teaching experiences, positive feedback from parents and mentors, and my passion to care for and teach children—and endless encouragement from friends, family, and my husband—convinced me and my co-owner, Stacey Seei, to realize one of my life’s dreams and open AppleTree Academy. Time flies and I am amazed that our little daycare and preschool center has been so enthusiastically accepted by our community and successful for over a decade. It is with extreme pleasure and heartfelt gratitude that I thank you for choosing AppleTree Academy and letting us be such an important part of your and your child’s lives.
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