Lee Wheeler - Executive Director
Jamie Pankoke - Center Director
I am originally from Harvard, Illinois. I attended Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois where I graduated in 1996 with a bachelor's of science with a major in Elementary Education. I have been in the teaching field for about 9 years. I taught afternoon Kindergarten in Illinois and taught a school age class at a local child care facility for 1 1/2 years. Then my husband and I moved to Elkhart when he switched jobs, and I started teaching a three year old class in Granger. From there I went on to be the Kindergarten teacher at the YWCA in Elkhart. After teaching 2 1/2 years I had my first child and became a stay at home mom. I am now the mother of three lovely children; Hope, Rose and Adam. Hope is 13, Rose is 12 and Adam is 10. When Adam started Kindergarten I went back to teaching with Head Start where I taught 3 1/2 - 5 year olds. In June of 2013 I decided to join Walnut Hill as the Lead Teacher in the Middler Room. In 2015 I moved into the Family Services Coordinator position. I love working with children and watching them learn and grow and am blessed to have a position in a wonderful program with a wonderful staff.
Heather Schuetz - Lead Teacher in Bumblebee Classroom
This is my 11th school year at Walnut Hill. I graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I did my student teaching here at Walnut Hill in the Middlers room. I was then hired as the Lead Teacher in Middlers where I taught for the next 5 years before moving to the Beginners. The younger the better :). I have been married for 10 years and have two children. Kaden is 9 years old and Hailey is 5. I am excited for the future of Walnut Hill and can't wait to see what it holds.
Rachel Templeton - Lead Teacher in Ladybug Classroom
Haliey Enos - Lead Teacher in Dragonfly Classroom
Elysha Dukeman - Lead Teacher in Caterpillar Classroom
Rachel Wilson - Lead Teacher in Grasshopper Classroom
Elizabeth Powell - Co-Lead Teacher in Butterfly Classroom
Paige Romaine - Co-Lead Teacher in Butterfly Classroom
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