Meet our team of loving, caring, and very enthusiastic employees here at Munchkinland & More.
Poppy Seed 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.
Poppy Seed 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 apart of the Munchkinland & More team.
Kansas Lead Teacher
Hello Everyone! My name is Jaylan Knight. I am 20 years old and live in Yates Center, Kansas. I am very close with my family and enjoy spending time with all of them. I have two siblings a twin sister and a 7 year old sister. I am currently attending ACC for my general education courses in pursuit of my Occupational Therapy degree. I have worked with children of all ages since high school and after. I love all children but especially toddlers. They are so much fun and I love to see them learn new things everyday. Munchkinland & More has been a blessing for me and I love coming to work each day.
Yellow Brick Road Lead Teacher
Hi! My name is Delanie Cammack. I am married to Wesley Calahan and we have one daughter together Jennie May. She has been the best gift we could of imagined.
I previously worked at another center when I applied and I was asked to join the team here at Munchkinland and More. I could not wait to join this fun, caring, and loving team. We all truly love the kids so much.
Over the Rainbow 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.
Hello! My name is Madison Ellis and I am married to my highschool sweetheart, Brock Ellis. 2019 was a great year for us for a couple reasons we said our vows and bought our first house. We are in the process of updating our house and it has been a fun process. Since we have added an addition to our family, Braelynn Jo, and she is the light of our life. She makes life so much more fun.
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 and then I received the call and I said YES!!
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.
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 🙂