Our Staff

Our staff is dedicated to providing a caring and positive atmosphere for children by creating a warm, happy and safe environment for all. Secure children feel confident; confident children are happy and eager learners. Staff consistency is vital to security for children. Research tells us that, “Consistent, dependable relationships are the foundation of children’s secure attachment to adults in their family. Stable and predictable relationships are just as essential to children in child care settings. Changing child care providers and environments too often is disruptive for a child. Children should be in the same child care setting with the same adult caregivers for as long as possible in order to build the sense of security and trust that leads to secure attachment. Children in child care need familiar routines to encourage learning and provide a sense of control.

Having a secure attachment to a reliable, trusted child care provider strengthens the connections in the brain, and gives children an even stronger foundation for later relationships.”  Better Brains for Baby

For more information regarding our program or teachers, please feel free to contact me.

Susan Snow
Director
Concordia University Nebraska-Masters of Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education (M. Ed.)
Child Development Associate Degree, CDA
University of Nebraska, Omaha BASA
Metropolitan Community College, GCA
35 + years as an Educational Provider in Early Childhood
Morning Star Education Specialist since 2005


Administrative Staff

Kathy Widdershoven
Assistant Director
3 years-5 years
Bachelor’s Degree from UNL
S.T.E.M. Specialist
Child Development Associate Degree
24 years as an Educational Provider in Early Childhood
Morning Star Education Specialist since 1999

Dawn Karnish
Administrative Assistant
2015  Recipient of T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship for Early Childhood Education
Currently enrolled at Metropolitan Community College Early Childhood Education

Marilyn Sander
Program Coordinator-Infants
6 weeks-18 months
Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
30 + years as an Educational Provider in Early Childhood
Morning Star Education Specialist since 2005

April Mather
Toddler and Preschool Coordinator
2 years-5 years
Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
Dual B.A. in Early Childhood Program Management and Behavioral Science
Designs all toddler and preschool classroom lesson plans
Morning Star Education Specialist since 2017