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Our Staff

Staffing is based on the size of classes and a ratio of 1:10.
Mel Wehrkamp

I am the owner and teacher at Little Wings. I opened this program with the hope to connect with and encourage as many children as possible. I love kids and want to see them succeed!


I graduated from Southeast Technical Institute in 2011. After finding my passion to work with kids I started right away on educating myself and now have received my CDA credential. I am CPR/First Aid/AED certified also. 

​ I have two daughters and a son. My husband and I have been married since 2015. We love to get outdoors and keep our bodies and minds healthy! I also adore animals and love to stay active working out and with sports of any kind. 

I hope to live out my passion and change the lives of every child I work with. I want to encourage them to try new things, make friendships, fail and get back up again. I can't wait to meet your child and begin a new adventure this school year! 

Ms Riki

Hello! I am the pre-k/preschool teacher in our Green Room. I am so excited to be here and cannot wait to see how much fun we will all have learning and playing together! I am a mom to two little guys and I have been married since 2018. We also have a cat named chunk!


I have worked in a few different daycares and had my own for a while when my kids were younger. I love messy play and singing and dancing. My family and I love to be outdoors, hiking, crafting of all kinds! 

Ms Cassie

Hi! Miss Cassie here, I grew up in Crooks, a small town just north of Sioux Falls. After I graduated high school, I attended Dakota State University for Graphic Design. However, in 2010, I started working at a Childcare/Preschool and realized that working with kids was my passion, so I decided to pursue a career in childcare and have spent most of my adult life working with children. I currently reside in Alcester with my boyfriend, Jerry, our son, Keanu, our dogs, Neo and Falco, and gerbils, Yoda and Rocket. In addition to reading, watching movies, and going to the arcade, I like traveling and spending time outside, playing yard games, participating in sports, going to sporting events, swimming, taking walks or going on hikes, riding my bike, camping, sitting around the campfire, or just spending time with family and friends. During my free time, I enjoy messing around with graphic design, making crafts with my Cricut, and doing DIY projects.

As a childcare teacher, I enjoy sharing my love of the outdoors and creativity with kids. Having the opportunity to work with children is incredibly rewarding as I get to experience something new every single day. Children are truly amazing and there's a lot of joy in seeing them grow up, reaching milestones, and sharing special moments with their families. I am very excited about joining Little Wings Preschool, meeting all the families, and continuing my career here!

Ms Jena

Hey there! Ms Jena here, I’m so excited to join this wonderful team/family and get to know all the amazing kiddos! Along with watching them grow & impact their lives and minds! I grew up in Humboldt, SD. I have been working with children for 7 years and I absolutely love teaching!


If you asked people to describe me, these are some words they say…outgoing, creative, kindhearted, silly, bright, positive, etc! One important thing to know about me is that I'm allergic to peaches and mangos!

Ms Amber
Ms Ashley
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