Heartland Faculty - 2018/2019


*All teachers participate in CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions, New Staff Orientations, DHS Essentials and Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting.

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Merilee Mescher
Director of Administration
IWCC Graduate; National Credential in Child Development; National Credential in Administration
Has worked in education since 1985; in early education since 1995
Southwest Iowa Chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (officer); Council Bluffs Community School District Career & Technical Advisory Committee; Professional Development Specialist for CDA Credentialing Program; Winner SWIAEYC’s Friend of the Young Child
Married with 4 adult children
Reading; traveling; spending with family and friends

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Tonya Jensen
Director of Curriculum
National Credential in Child Development; National Credential in Administration
Has worked in early education since 1994
Who’s Who Among American Teachers; Who’s Who Among American Business Women; Southwest Iowa Chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children; Winner SWIAEYC’s Friend of the Young Child
Married with 2 adult children
Shopping; hosting; spending time with family and friends

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Ms. Jill
Heath & Nutrition Coordinator
IWCC Graduate; Certified Medication Administration
Worked in the child care field from 1993 – 2008; in early education since 2008
Southwest Iowa Chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (officer); long-time volunteer for Council Bluffs Schools
Married with 2 adult children; 2 grandchildren
Reading; traveling; biking; spending time with family

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Ms. Kristen
Teacher
IWCC Graduate in Early Childhood Education
Has worked in early education since 2002
Southwest Iowa Chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (former member/state representative)
Married with 2 young children
Shopping; reading; enjoying time with her children

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Ms. Molly R.
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IWCC Graduate in Early Childhood Education; Current Buena Vista Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education w/ Pre K Endorsement
Has worked in early education since 2002
Southwest Iowa Chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (former member)
Married with 4 children
Reading; sewing; attending her children’s activities

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Ms. Jamie
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IWCC Graduate in Pre-Elementary Studies; National Child Development Credential
Has worked in early education since 2011
 
Married with 5 children
Reading; shopping; cooking; cheering for Huskers

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Ms. Cheyenne R.
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IWCC Graduate in Early Childhood Education; Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education w/ Endorsement in PreK Reading & Writing; State of Iowa Teaching License
Has worked in early education since 2013
 
Single, lives with parents and sister
Cheering for Hawkeyes; scrapbooking; volleyball; baking

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Ms. Molly N.
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IWCC Graduate in Early Childhood Education; Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education w/ Endorsement in PreK Reading & Writing; State of Iowa Teaching License
Has worked in early education since 2015
 
Single, lives with brother and sister-in-law
Shopping; attending concerts; reading; crafting

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Ms. Sarah
Teacher
150+ hours Early Education Professional Development; National Child Development Candidate
Began working in early childhood in 2007 and has worked all over the U.S.
 
Married with one daughter
Crafting, Shopping, Traveling

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Ms. Katana
Teacher
National Child Development Candidate
In early education since 2017
Volunteer student dance camp Glenwood schools
Married with one son
Spending time with family, camping, 4 wheeling

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Ms. Melinda
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IWCC Associate's Degree in Early Childhook / Child Development; current Buena Vista student majoring in Elementary Education with Endorsement in Reading
Has been in early education for two years. Former teacher at Iowa Western Early Childhood Center.
 
In a relationship for five years
Reading, traveling, shopping, spendint time with family, kayaking

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Ms. Harley
Teacher
IWCC Certificate in Early Childhood Development
IWCC Lab School; assisted in a South Dakota special needs preschool
 
Immediate family lives out of state. Currently living with bestie and raising a puppy!
Kayaking, playing with puppy, camping, swimming, spending time with family and friends

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Ms. Bailey
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IWCC Graduate in Pre-Elementary Education; current Buena Vista student majoring in Elementary Education with Special Education endorsement and Reading endorsement
Former para-educator for specialized preschool classroom in the Council Bluffs Public Schools. In-home daycare experience.
 
Lives with her significant other, Trevor, and youer puppy, Kylo
Crafting, swimming, cooking / baking ... busy with homework

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Miss Alex
After-School Assistant
 
 
 

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Ms. Heather
Substitute
 
 
 

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Ms. Leslie
Substitute