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