Teachers

Sherri Sciarrotta  

Sherri Sciarrotta

Director of the DMACC Child Development Center

Professor in DMACC Early Childhood Education Program

I am entering my 33rd year in the Field of Education, and I love every single day of my work here at DMACC. I am a graduate of DMACC with my AS in Early Childhood Education and a BA from Buena Vista University in Elementary Education. I am very passionate about children, families and Early Childhood Education (ECE)! I dedicated my life work to the field of education and strive to provide quality, affordable child care for all. I am a strong advocate for children, their families and ECE. I embrace the opportunity to teach, mentor and coach DMACC Early Childhood Education students with their coursework in the center.

 

Kayla Thompson  

Kayla Thompson

Child Development Specialist

Childcare Center's Director's Assistant

I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Child Adult Family Services. Soon after graduation, I found myself working with preschool age children for the first time and discovered it was something I truly enjoyed. I have been working in the field for over 6 years, and in addition to teaching, I was an assistant director of an after-school program, before I found my place here at DMACC. I find a lot of joy working with young children. Every day there is something new to discover, and there is never a dull moment. 

I grew up on a farm in Illinois and made Iowa my home after I graduated. My family and I enjoy spending time outdoors including boating, snowboarding, or going to the famers market.

 

    Hannah Bradshaw    

      Hannah Bradshaw
Child Development Specialist

I graduated from Grand View University with a degree in Elementary Education and an early childhood endorsement. Before coming to DMACC, I spent four years teaching multi-age preschool at the Iowa State University Child Development Lab School. One of my favorite parts of working with young children is seeing their excitement for learning new things. As an early childhood teacher, I have the opportunity to teach children foundational skills that they will take with them throughout the rest of their lives. It is a big task and a great honor to shape young minds.

  When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with friends and family and drinking way too much coffee.

 

Sandy Macklin  

Sandy Macklin
Child Development Specialist

I have my BA degree from UNI and my Early Childhood Endorsement from ISU. Before UNI I started at DMACC. From the start, I knew I wanted to work with children, but was not sure if I was ready for a 4-year degree so l got my AA degree at DMACC. This fall starts my 31st year at DMACC!! Before coming here, I worked at Mercy Child Development Center with 4 and 5 year-olds. I also substituted in Ankeny and Des Moines Public Schools for 2 years. I've been asked, "Why do you like working in Child care?" The simplest answer to that question is because every day is DIFFERENT and every day is full of SURPRISES! You never know what children from the ages of 2-5 years are going to tell you! It's so much fun and enjoyable watching your child grow and learn and change from year to year!

When I'm not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband, Mike, our son, Josh, who is a senior at Ankeny High School this year, our daughter, Lindsay and grandson Keegan. We enjoy going to the movies, going to parks, watching Josh at his bowling meets, and watching college football (my younger brother is a coach).

 

Tabbitha Norris  

Tabbitha Norris
Child Development Specialist

I received my Early Childhood Education Associates degree from DMACC and have been working in child care for 10 years. I am in the this field because I have had unique experiences in my life that lets me to see things from a different viewpoint and allows me to be patient and understanding to many different needs, circumstances and cultural differences. My background involving children with special needs has taught me to be flexible and how to make learning as individual as our children. Being a part of the DMACC program, to me, means helping children and students be the best they can be. I try to be the best that I can be everyday, I am very happy to be a part of the DMACC family and a part of yours.

My husband and I are from Kentucky and have been married since 2003. We welcomed our first child in Nov 2015. He attends the DMACC Child Development Center with me. We have a pet cat and fish. We love to go to Iowa Wild Hockey games and being outside as a family.

 

Jennifer Wardyn  

Jennifer Wardyn
Child Development Specialist

I have worked at the DMACC Child Development Center for 23 years. Before DMACC, I worked at another child care center for two years. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood from DMACC. I enjoy watching the children learn, discover and grow. I enjoy working with the families and mentoring students in the program.

In my spare time I spend time with my two daughters and grandson.

 

Sherri Sciarrotta  

Sharon Wiese
Child Development Specialist

I have an AS degree from DMACC, and I’m starting my 26th year working here. I have enjoyed every year, and each group of children is different. What makes my job so wonderful is that I touch so many lives and they each make an impression on my life. I have worked with many age groups, and each one has their joys and challenges.

My husband, Terry, and I have two children: Tyler, who is 20, and Emilee, who is soon to be 18. Tyler is in the Diesel Tech program at DMACC, and Emilee is a senior in high school. Things I enjoying in life are spending time with my family and walking our dog, Molly. I also love going to Tyler and Emilee’s events in school and community events.

 

    Lucinda Williams    

      Lucinda Williams
Child Development Specialist

I have my BA degree from UNI in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in Special Education. I also hold a Standard Teaching License PK-3 teacher, Regular Education/Special Education in the state of Iowa. Prior to working here at DMACC, I taught infants and toddlers at the Iowa State University Child Development Laboratory School for four years.

I was born in Des Moines, Iowa and grew up here in Ankeny. After graduating from Ankeny High School, I attended Central College in Pella, Iowa where I graduated with a BA in the liberal arts and sciences. After graduation, I spent some time lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons when I decided my passion was in with teaching young children. After deciding to become a teacher I attending the University of Northern Iowa to obtain my qualifications. Upon graduating from UNI my husband Blake, and I, moved back to our childhood home of Ankeny in order to be closer to family.

The thing I enjoy most about teaching children is watching them develop new skills and experience new things. To an infant, everything is brand new, and to watch them discover things around them that we take for granted is amazing to witness. Children also grow and change so quickly! I love being part of the experience of helping children learn new skills.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Blake and our son Jude. I enjoy spending time outside and going for walks. I also enjoy baking and cooking in the kitchen. I belong to several book clubs and enjoy reading everything from newspaper articles to classic novels.       

 

   Brent Baade     

Brent Baade
Center Cook

I am an alumni of DMACC receiving my AAS in Culinary Arts in 2011. I became a Certified Dietary Manager and Certified Food Protection Professional in 2016 (CDM, CFPP). Of all my years in food service the 2 most rewarding jobs I’ve had involved children. I truly enjoy coming to work every day.

Prior to coming to DMACC I was the Culinary Services Director at Mill Pond Retirement Community here in Ankeny. My wife, Lauren and I have been married 6 years and we have 3 dogs: Autumn, Izzie and Noki. During our free time we enjoy anything that involves us being together and we are highly active in our church, Eternity Church over in Clive.

My favorite part of being here in the Child Development Center is seeing the children learn and discover new things. I also really enjoy when the children get convinced to try a new food they are sure they don’t like only to discover they do like it! Kids rock!