Welcome! My name is Janice Scheffers and I am the director and a teacher here at Federated Preschool. My journey began in 1990 when my son attended and my daughter followed him two years later. I enjoyed being a parent volunteer and watching the joy in all the children being with their peers while learning and growing. In 1996, I joined the team of educators as a teacher’s assistant, then eventually as a classroom teacher and in 2005 became the second director in the school’s 52-year history. The combination of childcare in my home and my time with the preschool I have shared my passion of educating children and their families for nearly 34 years. My team along with myself dedicate our work to provide a safe and nurturing environment for each child who becomes part of our preschool family. The child’s academics, physical growth and developmental needs are met and then challenged for the next step in their early childhood journey. We invite you and your child to grow with us!
Hi, my name is Tiffany Busby and I have been a team member at Federated Preschool since 2007. It amazes me how each year brings new excitement as well as new challenges. No two years are ever the same! That’s what makes it so much fun. Being at Federated never feels like “work”. It feels like new growth, new opportunities, more laughs, more smiles, and endless adventures. The best thing about being at Federated Preschool is you get a very large extended family with co-workers and students who embrace and love us all unconditionally. I’m looking forward to another year with all our littles!
Hello, I am Melissa Schwichtenberg. I started working at Federated Preschool in 2010 as a teacher assistant. In 2017 I earned my CDA and am now honored to call myself a teacher here. I am married with two amazing children. I’m just as excited to teach your children as they are to learn. It is amazing to be able to watch them transform through the school year. I love the excitement and joy that I get to experience with them every day. I am looking forward to a happy, healthy school year.
Hi! My name is Mrs. Trebe. I have a wonderful husband and 3 amazing children. All three of my kids attended Federated Preschool as far back as 2004. My youngest started kindergarten in 2013. I then came back to Federated Preschool in 2014 as a Teacher’s Assistant. I earned my CDA certificate in 2018 and truly enjoy teaching! I have found that you learn as much as you teach when working with children. I love it! I am so happy to be part of the amazing team at Federated. I look forward to another great year of working with each and every unique child and family!
My name is Dawn Maldonado. I am going on 3 years now being part of the Federated Preschool Team. I love that I got the chance to become part of this team. This school is a true blessing! I’m married with 3 boys ranging from 4 to 11. We also have one dog! I have been living in the Sycamore-DeKalb area for just about my entire life. I have worked with children since I was 16! I have my associate’s degree in Early Childhood. Children have always been my passion since a young child myself. I always knew I would be a teacher one day. I am so glad that I was able to make this come true. I am excited for the new year with new and returning kids. I will do everything I can to help each child I come in counter with! This year will be a little different due to things we cannot control but I know I will be very happy to see each child. I will do everything to make their experience the best one possible.
Hi, my name is Tia Byrd. This is my second year working at Federated Preschool, as an assistant teacher. I am so grateful that I get to be a part of the amazing team that works here! I love working with children, before I started here, I was a nanny for many years. I am looking forward to a new year, full of learning and fun! Thank you for letting me be part of your child’s life!!
Hi, my name is Melissa Laurie, and I am excited to be back here at Federated Preschool for my second year. I have 2 daughters, one in 4th grade and one moving on to kindergarten. I enjoy volunteering my time at their school and getting to know the children and their unique personalities. I love to sew and pass on my creations to friends and family members as gifts. I cannot wait to get to know the preschoolers of 2020-2021. We are going to have a sensational year!