Child Care Staff

Haley Hill        Assistant Teacher        Team Member Since September 2010

Haley is currently a student at Johnson County Community College, she has plans to work in a veterinary clinic or with children. She loves to play sports and being involved in the drama department by doing make-up for the shows. Haley loves kids! She is involved in helping out at her church nursery, as well as their VBS (vacation bible school). She has loved animals ever since she was little. Haley wants a job where she always loves what she does.

Misha Hill        Assistant Teacher        Team Member Since July 2014

Don’t worry, we’ll get something here for Misha soon!

Deb Hoffman        Lead Teacher – Red Room        Team Member Since September 2009

Deb has been working in childcare as lead teacher for 7 years with toddlers. She is also a retired license nail tec. for over 20 years. Deb loves teaching children very much and loves to see how excited they get when they learn something new! Deb has been married for 30 years to her husband Clay, who is a great husband and father. Clay is retired from the rail road and looking forward to new adventures. Deb and Clay have a daughter Sara who is 27 and working as a dental hygienist. Their daughter was recently married in June 2011 to Kevin who is 29 and is part owner of K.C. Brakes and Auto.

Deb has 2 dogs a lab, a miniature dash hound, and her daughter’s toy Chihuahua who she babysits when they travel. Her Favorite things are my dogs, KU basketball, K.C. Chiefs, country music, dancing, going out for tacos and spending time with my family.

Shelly Holmes        Lead Teacher – Evenings        Team Member Since September 2013

Shelly has 2 twin daughters in high school and a husband named Greg. Shelly had the wonderful opportunity to be a stay at home mom for 16yrs.  She loves working in the yard, doing crafting, and cooking.

Casey Jeffers        Lead Teacher – Green Room        Team Member Since December 2011

Casey has 2 children and loves the Green Bay Packers. Casey hopes to be a dentist assistant one day.

Linda Johnson        Cook        Team Member Since July 2011

Linda has experience in food service, working for many years for the Basehor-Linwood Public Schools food service division. Linda enjoys doing yard work, reading, and watching her son play college football at MNU. Linda has been married for 26 years has 5 children and grandchildren.

Caila McPherson         Assistant Teacher         Team Member Since July 2010

Caila graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 2011. She is currently attending Kansas City Kansas Community College. In her spare time Caila enjoys reading.

Melissa Orton         Business Manager         Team Member Since March 2013

Melissa moved to the Basehor area, from her home in Topeka, in 2008. She is the wife of Darrin Orton, and Mother of 3 children, Bryce (8), Logan (7) and Avery (3). She volunteers as treasurer for the Basehor Community Library Board, and has served on the TFLC Team since March 2013. Melissa also helped TFLC by working part time during the Summer in the kitchen with Ms. Linda. All 3 of Melissa’s children have attended TFLC.

Makayla Richert        Assistant Teacher        Team Member Since September 2013

Makayla is a senior at Tonganoxie High School and has 3 siblings, She used to work at Kiddies Kampus in Overland Park, she stayed there for 2 yrs. Makayla loves art, dancing singing and working with kids.

Teri Richert        Bus Driver        Team Member Since May 2013

Teri loves working with kids! She also enjoys driving the bus; Teri worked for the Tonganoxie school district as a bus driver for. 6 years. She started at TFLC the summer of 2013 in the school age program and now she is driving for our before and after school program this year. Teri wants to go back to school for Phlebotomy (drawing blood). She enjoys working out and spending time with her family and friends. She is a mother of 4 ages 15 to 25 and a grandmother of 2.

Jennifer Sirridge        Assistant Director/ Linwood Preschool Lead        Team Member Since September 2010

Jennifer (Jenn) has her AAS from Kansas City Kansas Community College in Early Childhood Education. She has 2 sisters, a nephew, and niece and likes to spend time with her friends and family.  With a long history in the area, Jennifer graduated from Basehor-Linwood high school in 2008 and when she’s not at TFLC, loves working in her garden!

Brittany Smith        Assistant Teacher       Team Member Since July 2014

Brittany just joined us, but we’ll get some of her hobbies and share them with you soon!

Danielle Tyson        Lead Teacher – Yellow Room        Team Member Since December 2008

During the Summer she moves to the School Age Summer Program. She graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 2007. Danielle loves music, reading, and watching/going to musicals and Plays.

Lese Whitmill        Lead teacher – Purple Room        Team Member Since September 2007

Lese has been married for 25 years and has 2 children and two grandchildren. In Lese’s spare time she loves to go camping, visiting her aunt in Mexico (when she can), and she loves to spend a lot of time with her adorable grandchildren!

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