I am Miss Hanna, co-owner of AppleTree Academy. I attended Parkland Community College where I received my degree in Child Development in 1998. Prior to college I babysat the neighborhood children near my hometown and volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, at VBS, and as a 4-H coordinator. I 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, I worked at the local YMCA as a lifeguard and swim instructor, was an assistant teacher at the local daycare, Montessori assistant teacher and was a nanny for a few years as well. After arriving in Peoria, I was a preschool teachers / infant teacher for a local daycare. After many years of knowing Miss Stacey, we decided to start our own childcare center. I have always been around children since a very young age; along with all the experiences throughout my high school/college years, I am the youngest sibling of 6 children. Nieces and nephews have always been a part of my everyday life as well. It brings joy to me when I see 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 dedication, education & affection that I see our teachers give each day. In my free time I like to spend time with our daughter who is a Bradley student, cook and prep healthy meals for the week, I enjoy working out and running with her husband.