Little Angels Learning Center and Preschool

of the First United Methodist Church

Director

Cathy Stange


 I received my BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University "many moons ago."  I started out in the field of Social work and Child Protection Services. Years later I was blessed to open and run a home child care business for the next 10 yrs as I raised my children.  I have been the director of LALC since 2007; I consider working with children and families to be a passion of mine and thoroughly believe that ours is a business of building relationships. Diversity is of the utmost importance to us and It is my job to make sure each family that comes through our doors feels safe, connected, empowered and respected.  

Assistant Director & Lead Pre-K 2 Teacher

Jamilee Xiong

I received my degree in Early Childhood Education from Harding University in Arkansas. After graduating in 2004, I taught English at China Three Gorges University in Yichang, China for two years. I accepted the Lead Teacher position at LALC in February of 2007 and added the duties as the Assistant Director later that year.


I find a lot of joy in teaching young children and working together with their families. I truly believe that the first five years of a child's life play a significant part in the person they will become as an adult. I believe that learning is and should be fun and exciting. I love to see that light bulb go off and the child’s face to light up when they’ve just achieved something new! Learning should be a “want to” not a “have to”. Nurturing a child’s curiosity and creativity is a passion of mine.

Lead Infant Teacher

Amber Becker


Amber has been with Little Angels since July of 2016.  She worked in the medical field prior to joining our LALC family.  She has 2 older children and loves gardening and spending time with her children. She is a big documentary fan as well.
Amber's organizational skills are a strong asset for the infant room as she juggles the daily needs of up to 9 children.  Her favorite part of working with the babies is watching and helping them meet their developmental milestones over their first year.  The bond between Amber and her babies is strong and it is always hard to say goodbye when they graduate to the next classroom.


Lead Young Toddler Teacher

Jolie Hutchens

I am originally from Napa Valley California. I have two daughters.  We have lifelong friends from Iowa and when we came to visit my daughters decided they wanted to go to College out here. I followed them about 3 years ago.  I am very happy to be here! I love exploring Iowa and all the charming towns. I love antiquing, reading, spending time with my girls. I went to Napa Valley College and graduated with a certificate in Early Childhood Education. I have been working with children for over 25 years now. I first started with Infants and Toddlers and have my Master Teacher Permit with a specialization in Infant/Toddler Growth and Development. I have worked with children from Infants through School age but the majority of it has been Toddlers through Preschool age. Working with one year olds the past several years has renewed my passion for teaching! I am very proud and honored to be a part of their learning process. I believe in each child being treated according to their individual needs.


I feel open communication and a partnership with parents is vital to ensuring that each child has the best possible experience in child care! I also believe in having a sense of humor because that has helped me in just about every situation in life! :)

I look forward to getting to know each of your children and all of you as well! I am very excited to be part of the "Little Angels" team since June of 2012!

Lead Older Toddler Teacher

Under construction  Danni Joveski

Ms. Danni has been with our LALC family since February of 2015.  She started with us as an assistant teacher but quickly graduated to a Lead. We always say that she is wise beyond her years.  Her instinct for her children's needs are right on point. She is calm and patient which is exactly what every two yr old needs!  

Working at LALC has inspired Ms Danni to go back to college in the education field.  She is a gift to LALC; her parents and children love her!

Lead Pre-K 1 Teacher

Candice Betsworth


Ms Candice has been with LALC since August of 2014. She has her associate degree in Early Childhood and loves teaching preschool. Candice has 4 children of her own and is very involved in her daughters girl scouts.  Ms Candice is the "Cookie selling Queen" in our eyes.


It is amazing to watch Ms Candice teach.  She knows that building a strong self esteem and teaching social skills is imperative at this age group. While Ms Candice makes time for lots of learning activities she can also be  found sharing a funny story with  parents or on the floor singing and dancing with the kids. The relationships she develops with her children and parents is amazing.

Lead Pre-K 3Teacher

I graduated from Kirkwood Community College with my AA in Education in 2010. I finished my BA in Early Childhood Education May 2015 from Ashford University.


I have worked the past five years in childcare centers in Cedar Rapids & North Liberty. I was the lead preschool and preschool program developer at a center in North Liberty before coming to LALC. I started working here at LALC in August 2014. 


I feel that communication between teachers and family is very important when working with children.  I look forward to working with the preschoolers and watching them grow.

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