Meet the Teachers


Infant Toddler Program:

Co-teachers Katie Brody and Katie Lynch

Katie Lynch
I am a co-teacher in the Infant/ Toddler program. I came to CCC in January 2014 and am so thankful to have found  such a wonderfully nurturing environment. I graduated from Indiana University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and have worked in Early Childhood Education since. I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in ECE. I enjoy the dynamic and exciting opportunities that young children bring. They are so passionate and excited about the world around them. I have learned so much from their investment in exploration and am committed to supporting and growing with them.

Katie Brody
In 2009 I graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Elementary Education.  I started working at the CCC in 2007 as a teacher’s aide and have recently joined the family as a co-teacher in the Infant/Toddler program in June.  I am so excited to be working with children and truly feel like I’ve found what I was meant to do.  These little people have taught me so much about discovery, imagination, curiosity, joy, and the never ending journey of learning.  I love to bring aspects of theater, art, and creativity into the classroom.  Most importantly I love supporting each child in their own individual path and always strive to give them the care and resources necessary for their own independent growth.  The CCC is a magic place and I feel honored to be a part of the family!

Co-Teachers Jasmine Zachariah and Amanda

Jasmine Zachariah
I work as the Co Teacher in the Infant/Toddler program. I have been in the field since 1990, and have worked at CCC since 1996. I have finished my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and am currently working on my Doctoral dissertation.  I enjoy working with young children and love their spontaneity and transparency. I strongly believe that all children should have access to quality care and I strive to work for it!

Amanda

Co-Teachers Mariah Stormborn and Jennifer Bland

Mariah Coley Stormborn
I am a co-teacher in the infant and toddler classrooms. I have a serious passion for learning through play, which I discovered during my nephew’s early years. After completing my undergraduate degree at Indiana University and a bit of world travel, I ended up back in Bloomington in 2010 for graduate work in language education. It was then I found the most wonderful job as a part-time aide at CCC. I find infants and toddlers to be the most genuine and loving human beings and delight in my opportunities to learn with them all day every day. I am so grateful for the chance to work with the teachers, children, and families here – it’s a dream come true!

Jennifer Bland
My name is Jennifer Bland, and I started CCC in August of 2010. I have various experience in early childhood ranging from infant thru preschool working at child care facilities and Head Start. I love experiencing the “new” with the children as they are seeing the simple beauty of everyday. I also find it extremely rewarding to learn about and getting to know the families.


Preschool Program:

Co-Teachers Michiru Oleson and Dawn Berkenstock

Dawn Berkenstock
I have been teaching at Campus Children’s Center since the summer of 2000. I am from Bloomington and received my degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University. I am passionate about the outdoors and love watching children explore. I enjoy working with preschoolers and their families as they grow, develop and learn.

Michiru Oleson
I am one of the preschool teachers. I am originally from Japan and before coming to the States, I earned an associate degree in social work (child welfare) in Japan and worked for a Japanese daycare for 4 years. After I received a bachelor’s degree in education (multi subject K-8)from Glenville State College, in West Virginia, I taught in the U.S. education system for 7 years, including the American School in Japan and subbing in public school in West Virginia. I started working for CCC in 2003, the same year I started working on my master’s in early childhood education at IU ( I completed it in 2009).  I love helping children develop their social and emotional selves. I also enjoy studying about our Bloomington community with our children.

Co-Teachers Sara Rush and Karen Hahn

Sara Rush
I am a co-teacher in one of the preschool classrooms.  I started part-time at CCC as a teacher’s aide in 2002. I continued part-time while I completed my undergraduate and graduate programs at IU.  I finished the Elementary Certification Graduate Program in 2006.  I became a fulltime teacher in 2007.  Working with children is enlightening, interesting, and challenging.  I love that each day is different and that each child brings something new and special to the group.  I enjoy working at CCC.  The environment is supportive and collaborative among all of the teachers and staff.

Karen Hahn
I am co-lead teacher in one of the preschool classrooms.  I have been teaching in the field since 2002 and hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Hanover College and a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Indiana University.  I enjoy working with young children because I have the privilege to watch children grow and make discoveries daily.


Office

Director Christy Smith
I have my MS degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development from Wheelock College in Boston, MA and have been at CCC since 2002.  I enjoy the strong relationships that I have the opportunity to build with children and families.  I believe that providing quality early care and education to a child expands beyond developing curriculum. It’s about joining with a family and celebrating their child’s growth and development from the moment they walk through our doors to the time they leave (and often beyond).

Program Assistant Pat Cole
The opportunity to work with children and staff in a high quality early education program, on a daily basis, drew me to the position of program assistant at CCC.   Formerly I owned and operated a licensed accredited child care home and worked in state level organizations focusing on early childhood.  Those experiences plus Master s in Public Health that I earned from Indiana University combined with extensive work in health and safety in early care settings are applied on a daily basis in snack preparation, classroom interactions, and support for teachers.

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