Mo Gebhards - Co-owner/Director
Mo has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois, with additional masters credits in education. She is currently working behind the scenes at Polliwogs; keeping busy with administrative activities.
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 always at the front desk to greet parents and Polliwogs.
Angie Yackley - Teacher/Assistant Director
Angie has an Associate's Degree and is working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. Angie has been with us since 2012 and is very versatile, having worked with all ages during her time here. Angie has taken on the responsibilities of assistant director, chef and social director at Polliwogs. She is energetic and quick to laugh and loves singing and dancing with the kids.
Ginny Preston - Teacher/Assistant Director
Ginny is our longest-tenured team member at Polliwogs. She has been with us literally since the beginning! She has more than three decades' experience caring for children and is our lead infant teacher. Not only has she been a constant, steady and reliable teacher; she has been a wonderful source of information as we have learned the ropes of running a center.
Theresa Jennett - Teacher
Theresa has been Polliwogs' lead 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 who better to prepare the kids for kindergarten than someone who's been there!
Stacey Wheeler - Teacher
Stacey has been in the Waddler room during most of her tenure at Polliwogs and is currently the lead teacher. 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 with lots of music, singing and learning.
Amanda Tenuta - Teacher
Ms. Amanda joined the Polliwogs team this year, with several years experience with toddlers. Now she is head of our toddler room. She and Miss Camille are a great team who certainly seem to know how to make learning fun!
Vijaya Anjuru - Teacher
Vijaya comes to us from India, where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Education. She moved to the U.S. (Texas) in 1998 and to Peoria in 2008. She brings warmth and compassion to our two-year-old room along with an abundance of ideas for engaging the kids in learning – both social skills and all of the other important skills that are shaping at this wonderful “post-toddler” age!
Ms. Camille currently teaches in the Toddler room, and her favorite aspect of child care is "the expressions on their faces when they learn to do something by themselves - pure excitement!" Camille has worked in child care for more than 16 years. She has three active, successful children of her own, and a Godchild from one of the Polliwogs families due to the special bond she forms with the littles in her life!
Ms. Mary has been at Polliwogs for a couple of years, but has been in childcare taking care of Peoria's youngest for almost twenty years. EVERYONE, young and old, is always happy to see Ms. Mary! She has a special style and a nickname for everyone. Her favorite part about working with children is seeing them grow into their own personalities over time.
Our other Ms. Terri has been working with children professionally since 2007. She is also a proud mother of three. From Peoria originally, she got into childcare simply because she loves children. Her favorite part about about working in a daycare is all the different personalities of the children.
Since 2016, Ms. Stella has been a part of the Polliwogs' Family. She has a love for children of all ages, and is also a mother of two girls. She has a bachelor's degree in business and finance, however her true passion is being with children.
... and more to come on Miss Ki Hughes, Miss Ethel Russell, Miss Kelsie Devore, and Miss Haylee Vance!