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Our Staff

Staffing is based on the size of classes and a ratio of 1:10.
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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 love to teach children! I have worked and volunteered in after school programs and daycares since high school. 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 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! 

 

Hi! My name is Destiny. I have always lived in the Sioux Falls area. I graduated from Harrisburg high school. During high school I worked at a few different daycares. Once I graduated, I started working at Lifescape with adults and children with physical and cognitive disabilities.

When I heard Mel was extending Little Wings Preschool I knew it was a good fit for me because I love being around children and helping them learn.

I started working on my CDA certification a few months ago and I will have it completed in July of 2022. Some things I like to do in my free time are going on walks with my husky Titus , camping, hanging out with family and friends , and photography! I'm super excited to get started this coming August as one of the teachers and can't wait to get to meet the new families and children this year!

Hi! I was born and raised in SD. Graduated from Huron. I worked in the food service industry as a server and in management for 20 years. In 1997 my husband and I started our family. At that time I opened my in-home daycare, which I operated for 20 years .

 

I am the proud mom of 4, ages 25,23,22, and 19 and a PROUD grandma of 2 beautiful grandchildren ages 6 and 3. The past 6 years I have spent taking care of these littles! Also worked as a part time nanny and at Sanford Wellness in the KidZone during this time.

I genuinely love working with children and am looking forward to meeting the students and families at Little Wings, and helping your children grown and learn.

 

 

 

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 as the Lead Extended Care Teacher, meeting all the families, and continuing my career here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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