Hello, I am Mrs. Scheffers the Director and a teacher at Federated Preschool. I begin my 24th year here at Federated Preschool and as I enter the doors each morning it still feels fresh, fun and exciting as my first day. The transaction from home to preschool can be intimidating and provide normal anxiety for both children and their parents. I have the privilege to help ease fears and introduce routines, activities, learning materials and concepts to children as they prepare for big school. I am working with educators and community groups for family engagement, collaboration between preschool and Kindergarten educators and common assessment tools for Kindergarten readiness. I am honored to be an educator and blessed that 3,4 and 5 year olds share their joy, imaginations, curiosity and genuine love of life everyday with me at school.
Hi, my name is Tiffany Busby. I have been a team member at Federated Preschool since 2007. I am a wife and a mother of four great kids. Three are adults now and my youngest has a couple years of high school left. Seeing how fast they have grown and how short life’s journey really is makes me appreciate my time at preschool that much more. It gives me the opportunity for continued growth year after year, and gives me a sneak peek into the lives of our future generations. Spending time teaching your little ones gives me great joy. I look forward to an amazing year with new challenges, new friendships and excitement seen through the eyes of your child!
My name is Melissa Schwichtenberg. I am married with two great kids. I enjoy reading, camping, and spending time with my family. I've worked at Federated Preschool since 2010 and earned my CDA in 2017. I love watching the 3 and 4 year olds come in and spread their wings throughout the school year. It is an honor to be able to be with them as a part of their journey in life. I'm very excited for the year ahead.
My name is Mrs. Trebe. I have had the privilege of being a part of Federated Preschool for many years. First as a parent, then as an Assistant Teacher, and now as a Teacher. I am so proud to part of this amazing team. I absolutely love working with children and families. I truly believe in the golden rule, I believe in caring for, teaching and loving all children the way I would like my own children to be cared for, taught and loved by their teachers. I promise to celebrate each child and family as unique individuals. I look forward to providing your family with an environment that is both loving and developmentally appropriate, where play and learning go hand-in hand.
My name is Dawn Maldonado. This will be my second year of teaching and I am very excited for this year. I have been working with children for the last 14 years! I have taught every age up to 5 years. I live in Sycamore and have 3 boys myself that I love dearly. They keep me busy and active. I am very excited to get to know each and every one of you.
Hello, I’m Melissa Laurie. I am a wife and mother to two wonderful girls, ages 4 and 8. We enjoy the outdoors, building with Legos, reading as a family and spending time with our extended family. As a hobby, I spend as much time as I can in my garden. After being a stay-at-home mom for 8 years, I am excited to be returning to the workforce at a preschool with an amazing philosophy I wholeheartedly believe in. This is my first year as a teacher’s aide and I am working on my bachelors in education. I believe the children are our future and I will strive to assist each individual in every way I can, in the most loving way. Thank you for allowing me to work by your side, with your children, to develop a deep love for themselves, others, and lifelong learning.
Hi, my name is Tia Byrd. This is my first year working as a teachers aide at Federated Preschool Before starting here, I was a nanny for the last six years. I love working with children and have always known it is what I wanted to do. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and baking. Im excited to be part of a wonderful team at this preschool and to watch your children learn and grow!