It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.
Polliwogs is wonderful daycare that cares for children from the age of 6 weeks to 5 years old.
Terri Hall - Co-owner/Director
Terri has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida, but when she discovered her passion for working with little ones she went back to school to be both a teacher and a director. She runs the center and is often at the front desk to greet parents and Polliwogs.
Maureen Gebhards - Co-owner/Director
Mo has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois and a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley. She loves her involvement at Polliwogs, and is currently working mostly behind the scenes.
Rachel Hall - Assistant Director
Born and raised in Peoria, Il, Rachel knew early on that she wanted to be in childcare. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Letter of Approval in Special Education from Illinois State University. What she enjoys most about working with children is the joy and laughter they bring!
Ms. Ginny - Lead Infant Teacher
Ginny is our longest-tenured team member at Polliwogs. She has been with us literally since the day we opened! She has more than three decades' experience caring for children and has a Bachelor's Degree from Illinois State University. Her natural loving and calm demeanor makes her a favorite for parents with new babies.
Ms. Mary - This lady does it all!
Ms. Mary has been at Polliwogs for several years and there is not a task presented that she is afraid to tackle. You might see her cooking lunch, organizing spare clothing, keeping us up to speed with fire codes, or keeping the peace in a classroom. EVERYONE, parents, kids and staff alike, are happy to see Ms. Mary! She has a special style and a nickname for everyone.
Ms. Stacey - Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher
Stacey has been with infants and toddlers during her entire tenure at Polliwogs. You will not find a more organized room in the center than the one Stacey leads! She is terrific at getting the younger kids to adapt to day care life and loves filling their days "experiences." Stacey incorporates music, singing, story time, and science into learning fun!
Ms. Amanda - Lead Twos Teacher
Ms. Amanda received her teaching certificate from Illinois Central College. She is a natural when it comes to this challenging age group. She is not only in charge of keeping her polliwogs stimulated academically, but also in helping them socialize and potty-train. She understands the importance of communicating with parents on all activities and strives to make learning fun!
Ms. Theresa - Lead Preschool Teacher
Theresa has been Polliwogs' Pre-k teacher since 2012. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from ISU and has been working with children since 1976. Many of those years she was a kindergarten teacher in District 150. She is very committed to our Pre-K program and we can't think of anyone better to prepare the kids for kindergarten than someone who's been there!
Ms. Abbey - Teacher
Ms. Abbey is originally from Farmington, Il. She is currently in the process of becoming a certified daycare teacher. Growing up with younger siblings, Abbey developed a love for interacting with children. She loves seeing all her students faces and how they yell her name when they see her!
Ms. Kylee - Teacher
After realizing how much she enjoyed spending time with kids, Kylee decided to make a career of it! She is currently in the process of becoming a certified daycare teacher. She enjoys talking to her students and hearing all the interesting stories they tell her. Originally from Farmington, Il, Ms. Kylee enjoys spending time with her daughter, who is the same age as the littles in her class.
Ms. Rebecca- Teacher
Rebecca grew up in Princeville, Il. She likes to paint, bake, shop, and hang out with friends. She also has an Associates Degree in Cosmetology and is currently in the process of becoming a certified daycare teacher. When she was younger, she used to babysit neighborhood kids and this is what inspired her to work with young children. Her favorite thing about being in the classroom is watching the kids grow and seeing their personalities develop. She says it's fun to see them learn new things!
Ms. Michelle - Lead Infant Teacher
A Florida native, Michelle has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has always loved working with young children and especially enjoys teaching them new things. The best part of working with little ones for Michelle is doing art projects with them and seeing their smiling faces!
Ms. Rachael - Teacher
Rachael loves the creativity, curiosity, and determination that the kids in her classroom show. She says this is when they are the happiest. "There is never a dull moment!"
Rachael is from East Peoria. She loves to spend time with her nieces and nephews, her dog, and go out to eat with her fiance'.
Ms. Lizzy - Teacher
Lizzy is originally from Iowa. Her favorite thing about working with children is being able to teach them. She says that she has always loved children.
Lizzy enjoys bowling, spending time with family, going on trips as well as being outside. She hopes to have a big family herself one day.