Miss Stephanie started working at AppleTree in April 2021. She has studied Early Childhood and Children’s Ministry at Lincoln Christian University and has received her National Director Credential from McCormick Center for Early Learning. She comes to us with 13 years of early childhood experience, with over 9 years of classroom teaching, and most recently an assistant director in Springfield, IL. Miss Stephanie loves working with young children because “They are simply amazing. There is no greater joy than watching children learn, grow, and have fun!”. When Miss Stephanie was a classroom teacher, she enjoyed creating a classroom learning environment in which students could thrive and she placed a high value on her partnership with parents. Now it is her passion to guide and mentor other early childhood teachers and foster great relationships with families. When she is not at AppleTree you can find her playing games with friends, listening to the newest true crime podcast, cheering on the Gonzaga Bulldogs, or just spending time with the people she cares about!