Meet the Teachers


Infant Toddler Program:

Co-teachers Katie Brody and Jennifer Peden

Jennifer Peden
I began my time with Campus Children’s Center in the fall of 2010. I started out as a practicum student in the infant room, to fulfill one of my credits toward my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. The following spring I had another practicum class which I spent in one of the preschool rooms at CCC as well. At this time I also began working in the toddler room, and the other preschool room as a teacher’s aide. I now have my Associate’s Degree and will be working toward my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Mary of the Woods. I am very passionate about working with young children, and feel so lucky to have been welcomed into the CCC family. Every day I look forward to the new experiences I get to enjoy with the children in my classroom.

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 Ben Planton

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!

Ben Planton
I have always looked for a job in which I could have a positive impact every day. When I entered the education field in 2006 I knew I had found something that I both enjoyed and felt good about. When I started working at the Indiana University day care centers 3 years ago I found a philosophy that I could believe in and the support I needed to advance as a professional.

Co-Teachers Vicki Burton and Jennifer Bland

Vicki Burton
I have a Bachelor Degree from Purdue University in Speech and Audiology and Psychology and a Bachelor Degree from Indiana University in Early Childhood Education.  I began working in childcare in 1998 at a center in Lafayette.  I enjoyed working with the children so much I returned to school to learn more.  When I graduated from Indiana University in 2003 I began working at Campus Children Center.  I began working in the preschool room and when the Infant/Toddler Program opened in 2007.  I really enjoy spending time with the children and sharing with the families watching all the growth and learning that the children experience while here.  My favorite activity with the children is sharing stories together.

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 Diana K Patterson
I have been the Program Assistant since June, 1987.  I am still with CCC because of my love of children and watching them grow.  They are truly amazing.

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