YCCF staff are highly experienced, well trained, and full of passion for the development of your child.
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I have undergraduate degrees in early childhood education and kinesiology, and a graduate degree in early childhood leadership. In the 20+ years I’ve worked in the field, I’ve worked as a teacher of young children, an administrator, and as a college educator at both the community college and university levels. I’ve taught at licensed early childhood programs for the Department of Justice, the Pentagon, and the University of Maryland. In addition, currently I sit on the advisory board for the Education Department at Ivy Tech, Bloomington, and on both the local and state boards for the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In all of my work, I am committed to creating high-quality programs for young children. In my free time, I enjoy gardening, reading, attending local theater productions, shopping in downtown Bloomington, and spending time with my son, husband, and our 3 dogs in our west-side home.
I have been working in the Early Education field since 2006. My passion is changing the world - working with children, families, staff, and the community gives me an amazing way to do that every day! I worked for seven years in the Indiana University Child Care Centers mostly with Infants and Toddlers. During that time I founded the South Central Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children, a professional and advocacy organization, that has provided multiple conferences, training opportunities, and has been central in forming community partnerships that have led to a focus on supporting High Quality Early Learning. I have also served on multiple committees and boards related to the field. I come to the YCCF from Indiana AEYC where I worked with the Accreditation Project in supporting programs throughout the state. I enjoy reading, playing games, shopping local, and advocating for causes I believe in.
I am excited to be the Business Coordinator for the Center for Children and Families. I have 7 years’ previous experience working in a childcare center as a director. I also have my Child Development Associate Certificate. My hobbies include spending time with my 3 daughters, walking, and shopping.
I am very excited to be apart of the YMCA team as the Child Care Chef Manager! I love being part of the Bloomington community, as I have spent the last 10+ years cooking for and contributing to various local businesses. I have a strong passion for creative and nutritious foods and promoting clean eating for a healthy lifestyle. I especially love cooking with seasonal and organic foods, which I often get from our fabulous local Farmer’s Market! In addition to sharing my love of food, I also enjoy gardening, hiking with my dog, and playing music on my banjo or ukulele, and spending lots of time with my amazing nieces and nephews!
I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for nearly four years. Before coming to the YMCA I was with Child and Youth Services of the Army at Camp Atterbury. In the Spring of 2013 I received a certificate in Child Development Associate from Ivy Tech. I am currently pursing my associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech. I hold several certificates of training in the field of Child Development. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my son and family, being outdoors, and taking mini-vacations.
Hi, my name is Michelle Axsom. I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since High School. In 2003 I began my career as an Early Childhood Educator at Head Start. Over the years, I have watched a multitude of children and families grow. It has become so much of a passion watching and encouraging these families. In the future, I hope to continue my education, and better serve the families in our community.
I was born and raised in Indiana, PA and have a daughter that is 11 years old. I entered into the Early Childhood Education field in 2004 just after the birth of my daughter. Like all parents I wanted to always be with my child and give her the best care I could possibly give. So I choose to pursue a higher education in Early Childhood. I began working with children at a registered Ministry in Avoca, IN., but in 2005 they closed the daycare. I then began caring for children in my home because so many families were without childcare when the Ministry closed. I went from licensed exempt childcare home to a state licensed childcare home in 2006. After 8 years of dedicated in home childcare service I closed my childcare home and became a member of the YCCF family. I look forward to many years of dedicated service to the families of the YCCF.
I was born and raised in Bedford, IN. I received my Associate in Early Childhood Education from Ivy Tech in 2015, and am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s from Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods. I have been working at the Center for Children and Families since July 2014, where I have had the privilege to be part of a fantastic team of teachers and administrators. I am incredibly excited and happy to be able to work with children, using my knowledge and experiences to support and guide them. I live with my husband and my spirited five-year-old son, Max. I love bright colors and using copious amounts of glitter, as well as reading and rolling around in dirt.
Hi. My name is Jeyona Leanoflores. I am a teacher in the maple room. I’ve worked with infants in San Diego for 2.5 years before I moved to Indiana. I have a Bachelor’s degree in social work. My goal is to start my Master’s degree in the next few years. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, fishing, playing with my 2 dogs, and exploring new places. I look forwards to getting to know Indiana. I also look forward to working at the YCCF.
I have worked as a caregiver since I was 16 years old and have been a Performing Arts Director, a Baby and Me Teacher, and worked in a group home for adults with challenges. I am currently in school for my degree in Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech. I am from California and I currently live in Bloomington with my dog, Rose, while my husband is deployed with the Army. I enjoy being in nature and love to share it with the children.
Hello, my name is Kristie Rundell. As a child, my aunt drove a bus for the local Head Start program, and I knew even then that I wanted to teach young children. I have worked with children and families since becoming a teaching assistant with Head Start in 1993. I became determined to further my own education, and obtained my associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Ivy Tech in May of 2015. The experience has renewed my commitment to serving young children and their families. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
I was born and raised in Bloomington, IN. I am currently working on my CDA and hope to continue my education in early childhood. I’ve wanted to work with kids for as long as I can remember. I am very happy to be a part of the YCCF team. I absolutely love all of my fellow teachers. In my free time I enjoy babysitting, swimming, being outdoors, and hanging out with friends!
I was born and raised in Bloomington, IN. I graduated from Indiana University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. I have many years of experience and have enjoyed interacting with young children for as long as I can remember. I am excited to be working with the staff, families, and children at the YCCF. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two sons.
I was born and raised and Argentina, where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Speech Therapy and Audiology. I worked in a general hospital and a private clinic in Buenos Aires for 15 years. Eleven years ago we came to the US. In the last two years I have been working in preschool and enjoying doing so. I am currently working on my CDA. I am very excited and grateful to work at the YMCA and have the opportunity to contribute to the children’s development as great human beings. I enjoy spending time with my husband and my sweet daughter.
I completed my Associate degree in Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech in 2012 and recently finished my Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Family and Consumer Science at Eastern Illinois University. I have been working in childcare for the last 7+ years including preschool classrooms and nanny positions. I am excited to be a part of the YCCF team and hope to support the children and their families that I have the privilege of working with. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my husband Scott and our family and friends, playing with our new Weimaraner puppy, kayaking, reading and traveling.
I was born and raised in Morgantown, Indiana. I was in the Army National Guard for 5 years. I have worked with children for about 15 years. I have my CDA. I have worked with ages from infants to high school age kids. I have one daughter and two grandchildren. In my free time I like being on the lake, spending time with family and friends, and cross stitching. I'm so lucky to have parents who are willing to share their child with me and let me help mold them for the world.
I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development/Family Studies and Education from Indiana University in 2012. I’ve been a teacher/caregiver for about 4 years now and love to see the children’s smiling faces every day! I live with my husband, Craig, and hope to start our own family in the future. In my spare time, I love to read books on my Nook, watch movies, and spend time with my husband, our dog, and our cat.
I started my undergrad degree in 2006 in music performance (instrumental) and later transferred to Indiana University Bloomington to complete my degree in studio art in 2011. As a student I worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Ellettsville as the Art Director (through AmeriCorps). After college I traveled as a migrant farm worker with my husband Greg and worked seasonally on farms in Colorado, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana. After farming for a few years, I decided that I wanted to work with children again and applied to work at the YCCF. I have been at the YCCF for over a year and love it! My future goals include opening a farm-based preschool and getting my masters in a teaching/design field.
I have a BS in Child & Family Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I have 20 years of experience working with children. I have worked over the years as a nanny, in a group home for at-risk Youth, as an Infant & Toddler teacher, a Preschool Special Education Aide and a substitute teacher. I have worked with children of all ages in the years since I graduated from college. My husband and I moved to Indiana 16 years ago from upstate NY, while he pursued his graduate degree. We now have three kids of our own who are very active. In my spare time, I like to read, craft and spend time with my children.
I started working at the YCCF over a year ago when I first moved to Bloomington and have loved my time here! I've been working in childcare for about 3 years now. Being at the YCCF this past year has really influenced my decision to pursue a career in early childhood education. I'm currently working on my CDA in hopes of gaining my Associates Degree. In my spare time, I love being outdoors with my dog, kayaking, and reading.