> APRIL CISNEROS
My name is April Cisneros. I am the owner and director of
Lil Chiefs Child Care Centers. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education, and have worked in the child care field for 10 years. I have three children Matthew, Jenessa, and Amanda they are truly my pride & joy and my inspiration for providing quality, safe, and loving child care centers to our community. I love children, and want them and their families to feel at home here with us & to have the BEST experience possible!
> RACHEL KLENZ
Hi my name is Rachel Klenz. I'm 26 years old and was raised in Moses Lake for most of my life. I graduated from Moses Lake High School in 2006 and took some college classes at Big Bend. I have worked at Lil Chiefs for over five years. I have worked in all the classrooms here at the center but I currently work in the office in the mornings. I look forward to meeting you and your child and help make your experience at
Lil Chiefs a great one!
> SHONNIE PENA
Hello my name is Shonnie Pena, and I am a preschool teacher for Lil Chiefs Childcare. As a mother of three children, I continuously look for ways to implement motherhood into my job performance, because I truly believe we need to treat all children as if they were our own.
I enjoy the work I do for Lil Chiefs very much and love the children I work with. They will always have a piece of my heart!
> MATTHEW ADAME
Hello!! My name is Matt Adame. I graduated from Moses Lake High School in 2011 and then went to Spokane Falls to receive my degree in Early Childhood Education. I was "raised" in a childcare environment, and love working with children!! My goal is to provide the best care possible for your child here at Lil Chiefs!! Thanks for being part of... Our Lil Chief Tribe
> KASEY HERRINGTON
Kasey Herrington- My name is Kasey Herrington. I lived in Puyallup, Washington for most of my life. Moses Lake has been home for me and my family for the last three years. I was blessed with two beautiful children. I love my job, I love working with children. Children make my day a little brighter.
> SARAH GUERRA
Sarah Guerra- My name is Sarah Guerra. I was born in California but raised in Moses Lake. I'm going back to school to get my medical degree. I don't have any kids but I really look forward to working with your kids.
> AUDRIIANA CASTANEDA
Hi, my name is Audriiana Castaneda, but please call me Nanas! The kids call me teacher Nanas so I would like the parents to also. I am 21 years old and have an amazing, beautiful 2 year old daughter named Kali and she is my blessing. I am the oldest in my family of four kids. I used to help my mom take care of my two brothers and one sister. I think one reason why I have always enjoyed children is being around my younger siblings so much when I was younger. I am currently going to school at Big Bend Community College and pursuing my dream of being an elementary school counselor. Thank you for allowing me to care for your children and help them learn new things.
> PATRICIA AVELAR
My name is Patricia Avelar. I grew up in Warden, Washington. I come from a big family. I am the oldest of five children and I am 23 years old. I have a two year old daughter named Mia. I moved to Moses Lake about five years ago to go to Big Bend Community College where I graduated with an AA degree in general studies. I enjoy working with children and look forward to working with yours.
> CRYSTAL HITT
Hello, My name is Crystal Hitt. My family and I moved here from Yakima, where I was a toddler room teacher for six years. I attended Big Bend Community College where I finished my CDA courses.
Having young children of my own, I understand the importance of child development. That's why I am so excited to be here and to help your children to learn, grow and succeed.
> MARCI ADAME
My name is Marci Adame. I have worked for Lil Chiefs Child Care Center for five years, previously as a teacher and currently as the cook. I love my job because it allows me to cook and provide nutritious homemade meals for our children.
The best feeling is when they ask for seconds or even thirds! I have three super cute kids that also attend Lil Chiefs and absolutely love it! What separates us from other centers is our constant strive to be the best!
> KATHY AFZALI-FLORES
My name is Kathy Afzali-Flores and I am very excited to be a part of Lil Chiefs Childcare Center. For the past 12 1/2 years I have been working with children ranging from infant to elementary age. I took Early Childhood education classes, child development and classes on how to become a teacher at Yakima Community College. All while I was working at an elementary school as a para-pro educator. I love and treat each child as if they were my own. I would like to thank all the parents for allowing me the privilege of working with your child. I would like to work as a team with you to help your child develop a strong educational foundation.
> THANIA CERVANTES
My name is Thania Cervantes. I was born and raised in Moses Lake. I am 20 years old and the oldest of three. I have a four year old daughter named Adalie. I am currently attending Big Bend Community College and will be graduating in December 2015 with my AA in Early Childhood Education. I currently posses my Initial Certificate with Infants and Toddlers. I absolutely enjoy working with children and am excited to be working with yours.
> DANIELA PIMENTEL
Hi, my name is Daniela. I am 18 yrs old. I am the mother of a beautiful little girl named Nevaeh. I am a freshman at BBCC pursuing a transfer degree. I have worked at Lil Chiefs for about a year, and really enjoy it. Not only does it help me better understand child development, but it also helps me be a better mommy!! I love my job and look forward to helping you raise your children
> JENNIFER STINE
Hello my name is Jennifer Stine and I have many years experience working in the field of childcare. I am patient and compassionate with all children and have their best interest at heart. I enjoy teaching children different subjects and introducing them to new fun things. Our children are the future of America and early learning is the key to success.
> LINNIA WILLIAMS
My name is Linnia Williams and I am the school age teacher. I have been at Lil Chiefs since 2012, and have 4 kids of my own. They are Benjamin, Jakobie, Addison and Lena. I love having the chance to have a great impact on these children and am very excited to get to know yours :)
> MELINA LUA
My name is Melina Lua and I am 20 years old. I was born and raised in Southern California. I have one little brother and he is fifteen years old. When I was fifteen years old, my family and I moved to Moses Lake. One of my favorite hobbies is art. I really enjoy painting and photography. My friend and I painted the murals here at Lil Chiefs. Some of my other favorite hobbies are baking, playing softball and playing the drums. I also love animals.
I have lots of experience working with children and love doing it. I also work in the preschool class at church. In high school, I took a child development class and was one of the preschool teachers for their preschool program. I've also worked as a teacher's assistant ant another preschool.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with your children and I look forward to building great relationships with you all.
> FRANCIS CLARK
Hi my name is Francis Clark, I am 40 years old. I come from somewhat of a large family. I have 2 brothers, 2 sisters and lots of nephews and nieces. I have had one son of my own, but I lost him at 14 months old. Because of my experience with him, I found out I love taking care of adults and children. I have my CNA and have worked in nursing homes and in home care for many years. I have always enjoyed working with children. I have been working at Lil Chiefs for a few months now and enjoy teaching and showing the kids new things. I am glad to have had the change to work with you and your children.
> MERRY BLANCO
My name is Merry Blanco, I am the cook at Lil Chiefs. I have 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren! I have worked in the child care industry for ten years and have been a cook all of my life and formally for the school district.
The thing I love most about my job is never having to turn a child away for lack of funds on their lunch account! My kitchen is always open for a hungry child, always allowing seconds and sometimes thirds! I will never send your child home hungry.