Meet our staff

We are proud to show off our staff! We take great care in selecting teachers who will support the missions of Wee Rockets Child Development Center and Preschool. Our teachers are expected to provide your children with the greatest care and create a happy, nurturing, and educational environment. All Wee Rockets Child Development Center and Preschool staff members are qualified through the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental, even our cleaning crew! KDHE standards include background checks, health assessments, orientation/shadowing within the center, health and safety trainings, CPR/first aid, and 10 or more in-service training hours annually. In addition to required training hours, our staff attends workshops and training classes throughout the year to further their education and gain additional teaching tools for their specific classrooms.

Each teacher sets up a daily schedule that best meets the needs of the age of children in the class. Every classroom has these activities during the day: circle time, outside play, free choice inside play, art, Bible lesson, and a group story time. During the school year, the teachers follow a weekly theme throughout the center. All teachers have a lesson plan posted in the classroom that includes what the children will be doing throughout the week based on the theme. During the summer, the themes vary by classroom, but lesson plans are still prepared in advance and posted in the classroom. Be sure to ask your child’s teacher if you would like more information about the schedule and weekly theme!

Tonya Devena – Director


DirectorTanyaHired: August 2008
Favorite food: Mexican.
Hobby: Hanging out with my family and early morning walks with my husband.
Previous experience: Pre-k teacher for 4 years.
What I love about Wee Rockets: The relationships I have developed with the parents and the kiddos. 
Most Rewarding:
Kids that can’t wait to come to the center and those same kids who never want to leave.
You would Be Surprised to Know: My degree is in Veterinary Medicine.
My family: I have been married for 14 years to my awesome husband, Chad, and I have three girls; Dayne – 13, Kolsee – 9, Grier – 6.  We have two basset hounds – Hope and Walter.


Laura – Assistant Director


LauraHired: December 2011
Favorite Food: Mexican
Hobby: Thirty-One Consultant
Previous Experience: Manhattan Kansas-College Avenue Infant/Toddler Center 6mo-2.5yr olds (2.5 years) as an Assistant Lead Teacher; Wichita Kansas-TOP North (1.5 years) as an Assistant Lead Teacher
What I love most about Wee Rockets: Small atmosphere where all the teachers can get to know all the families
Most Rewarding: Getting to see the “a-ha” moment in a child when they meet a developmental milestone and knowing I helped them do that
You Would Be surprised to Know: I LOVE college football, especially Kansas State University, and I enjoy helping my husband in his NFL Fantasy football league.
Family: Married 5 years to Lannie, and we have three girls, ages 4,3,and 2. We also just welcomed a baby boy into the family. We also have a dog, Oscar.


Kim – Preschool


kimHired: October 2016
Favorite food: Mexican.
Hobby: Gardening and Cooking/Baking
Previous experience: Special Education Para, ESL Para, and Youth Programs Director
What I love about Wee Rockets: Everything!  From the students and their families and the staff.
Most Rewarding: Watching the kids grow in all areas; academically, socially, and spiritually.
You would Be Surprised to Know: I enjoy fishing and hunting
My family: Married to my Husband, Kelly and we have 4 dogs.


Amanda – Koala Room


AmandaHired: December 2014
Favorite Food: Mexican
Hobby: I love to ride horses.
Previous Experience: I was a special education Para with the Derby Public Schools.
What I love most about Wee Rockets: Getting to know all the kids that attend the center.
Most Rewarding: Being able to work with children of all ages.
You Would Be surprised to Know: I participate in Rodeos.


Jona – Koala Room


JonaHired: March 2016
Favorite Food: Ming’s Chinese and Cookies
Hobby: Playing cards and Zumba classes
Previous Experience: Raising 3 children and watching my grandchildren and a few other children in my family
What I love most about Wee Rockets: The staff and the children
Most Rewarding: Seeing how excited the children are when I walk into a classroom
You Would Be surprised to Know: I was in a Friday night bowling league for 15 years
Family: I have been married to my husband, Steve, for 32 years.  We have 3 children Heather, Steven, and Nick.  Our family has 2 cats, Dusty and Maxwell, a dog, Brownie, and a bird, Little Bird.  I have 2 granddaughters that are my pride and joy.


Lorraine – Monkey Room


LorraineHired: November 2015
Favorite Food: Italian and Mexican
Hobby: Reading
Previous Experience: Raising my own children.
What I love most about Wee Rockets: All of the children at the center and my co-workers.
Most Rewarding: Seeing each child grow and develop and enjoying the life they are given.
You Would Be surprised to Know: I have grandchildren.
Family: I have daughters, a brother and sister, and nieces and nephews.


Ashlee – Koala Room


AshleeHired: September 2015
Favorite Food: Homemade guacamole and tortilla chips
Hobby: I love just staying in and watching Netflix.
Previous Experience: Watching my nephew.
What I love most about Wee Rockets: Personally getting to know each child individually.
You Would Be surprised to Know: I am a wrestling manager for the High School.


Sydney – Monkey Room


sydneyHired: September 2016
Favorite food: Tacos.
Hobby: Watching Netflix.
Previous experience: Watching my younger brother growing up.
What I love about Wee Rockets: The relationships I have developed with the parents and the kiddos.
Most Rewarding: Watching the kids grow and learn.
You would Be Surprised to Know: I will have my Associates Degree in 2017.


Debbie – Caterpillar Room


DebbieHired: May 2014
Favorite Food:
 Mexican
Hobby: Yard Sales
Previous Experience: I have worked in child care for over 30 years.
What I love about Wee Rockets: I  can spend all day with other peoples children and spoil them and teach them and then send them home.
Most Rewarding: To help children grow and learn and to be better each day.
You Would Be Surprised to Know: I am moving to Rose Hill.
Family: I have 3 kids and 5 grandchildren.


Callie – Panda Room


CallieHired: June 2012
Favorite Food: Cheesecake
Hobby: Reading
Previous Experience: Raising my own children.
What I Love most about Wee Rockets: Working and making a difference with the kids
Most Rewarding: Being able to make a difference in children’s lives
You Would Be Surprised to Know: That I love to shop. Family: Married for 16 years with 4 kids.


Anna – Panda Room


AnnaHired: January 2016
Favorite Food: French Fries
Hobby: Hanging our with Friends
Previous Experience: Watching my younger cousins and neighborhood kids
What I love most about Wee Rockets: How friendly the staff is.
Most Rewarding: Seeing the children learn something new.
You Would Be surprised to Know: I attended Wee Rockets when I was younger.
Family: I have an older brother who also attended Wee Rockets.


Dianna – Tiger Room


DiannaHired: September 2015
Favorite Food: Ice Cream
Previous Experience: Taking care of my own children and babysitting when I was younger.
What I love most about Wee Rockets: All of the kids at the center.
Most Rewarding: Getting hugs from all the kids even if they are not in my classroom.
You Would Be surprised to Know: I LOVE the Dallas Cowboys!
Family: I have 4 kids: 3 boys and 1 girl.


Tasha – Giraffe Room


TashaHired: September 2015
Favorite food: Pasta
Hobby: Doing anything outdoors.
Previous experience: I worked at Wee Rockets for a year.
What I love about Wee Rockets: Getting the know each child and watching them grow. 
Most Rewarding:
Watching every child learn something new everyday.
You would Be Surprised to Know: I’m an only child.
My family: I have a dog who is like my child.


Heather – Frog Room


HeatherHired: March 2013
Favorite Food: 
My moms ginger ale meatballs
Hobby: I make and decorate cakes
Previous Experience: Being a mom to my kids
What I love about Wee Rockets: It is fun and a new experience everyday.
Most Rewarding: Watching the frustration and then pride on a child as they learn something new.
Family: I have been married for 5 years, and together for 12 years.  We have 2 kids: Dravyn-5 and Alana-4.


Kyla – Frog Room


KylaHired: August 2016
Favorite Food: Mexican Food especially Queso
Hobby: Singing
Previous Experience: Watching family members children and babysitting.
What I love most about Wee Rockets: Everyone is very helpful.
Most Rewarding: Making children smile.
You Would Be surprised to Know: I play Pokémon Go
Family: I have twin brothers and a sister.


Roz – Dinosaur Room


RozHired: August 2015
Favorite Food: I love all types of cuisine.
Hobby: Spending time with my family and watching Netflix and Hulu
Previous Experience: Raising my own child.
What I love most about Wee Rockets: All of the kids that attend the center and the staff.
Most Rewarding: Being able to watch the kids grow from the beginning of the school year to the end of the school year.
Family: I have 1 son who is 6.


Rebecca – Kitchen


RebeccaHired: January 2014
Favorite food: Anything Mexican
Hobbies: Reading—If I ever get any spare time
Previous Experience: 1yr at Wee Rockets; I was a Nanny to a 3 month old and 2 year old for a year; 3 years as Lead Teacher at St. Matthew’s Preschool in Topeka, KS.
Love most about Wee Rockets: That it is small enough that I can know all the kids.
Most Rewarding: Watching and experiencing the kids learning and having fun!
Family: I have 3 kids; Hunter-5 years, Kynlee-3 years, Sophie-1 year
You Would Be Surprised to Know: I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd!  I love everything to do with it!