Meet our Team

Meet our team of loving, caring, and very enthusiastic employees here at Munchkinland & More.

Ashley Cook

Poppy Seed Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Ashley Cook and I am married to Bob Cook. We have four children ages 17, 14, 7, and 3 all BOYS. They definitely keep us on our toes.

I previously worked for the Middle School as a para. When Munchkinland and More approached myself about working in their preschool aged room I was beyond excited for a change and I said YES! I absolutely love coming to work everyday and seeing all of the kids.

Employed since 2019

Stacia Vanhouden

Kansas Lead Teacher

Hello, My name is Stacia Vanhouden. I am a mother of a 8 year old boy Asher Wayne. We live in Iola, KS.

Growing up my mother had her own in-home daycare, so I have always been around some type of daycare setting and when I was old enough, I started babysitting as well. I previously worked at another daycare center in town before going on to working for the district as a para. When I was approached about taking this job here at Munchkinland and More I said YES!! I enjoy working with all ages of kids, but I am a little partial to the infants since that is what age I worked with previously at the other center.

Employed since 2019

Brooke Maley

Over the Rainbow Second Teacher

Hello! My name is Brooke. I am 26 years old, and I was born and raised in Iola. I have worked in childcare since high school as a summer job. My previous job was at little sprouts in Yates Center where I was the lead of the Infant Room. I loved my job, but I wanted a job closer to home without a long commute to work each day. I also currently own my own dance studio here in Iola, In Step Dance Academy. I absolutely love children and teaching children. I am excited and happy to be a part of the Munchkinland & More team.

Employed since 2020

Madison Ellis


Hello! My name is Madison Ellis, and I am married to my high school sweetheart, Brock Ellis. 2019 was a great year for us for a couple reasons we said our vows and bought our first house. We have a daughter name Braelynn and another baby on the way.

I have previously worked in another center in Pittsburg, Kansas (The Center) before moving back home to Colony, Kansas. I have loved every minute working with the kids. So, when a new daycare center opened close to home I applied. Then I received the call and I said YES!!

Employed since 2019

Karlie Stephens

School Break Assistant Teacher

My name is Karlie Stephens and I am the daughter of George and Lori Stephens. I am currently attending Allen Community College for early childhood education and softball.

I have previously worked for another center and I also babysit for my previous high school teachers. I love children so much that I decided I want my career to be in Early Childhood.

Employed since 2020

Piper Aronson

After school closer/Summer

Hello! My name is Piper Aronson and I am a sophomore at Iola High School! I am a cheerleader and am involved in activities at school. My dream profession is to go into early education in the future. I am so excited to be starting this journey at Munchkinland and More!

Employed in 2022

Sheila Bedenbender


Hi Everyone! I am Sheila Bedenbender and I am married to DJ Bedenbender. We work our own land with crops and cattle. I am Nany to a couple of the kids at Munchkinland and More and when I was asked to sub when needed I offered to help. I love helping with the kids and now all of the kids call me Nany 🙂


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