Our Staff

The staff at Valley are caring and passionate about quality child care and education. They represent a combined 100 years of experience in early childhood education.

Cindy Walls
Director

Cindy has been director at Valley since June 2010. She has 25 years of preschool teaching experience and 15 years director experience in IL and IN. Cindy earned her degree in Early Education from Lake Land College and is certified in CPR, First Aid, and Universal precautions.

Janet McKinney
Assistant Director

Janet has been employed at Valley for 25 years. She works with the preschoolers in the morning and with our school age children in the afternoon and summers. Janet is certified in CPR, First Aid and Universal Precautions and has a Child Development Associate license.

Lora Bye
Head Teacher

Lora Bye comes to Valley with over 30 years' experience in early childhood education. Lora earned a Child Development Associates certification and a degree from St. Mary's of the Woods in Early Childhood Education. She has been a lead teacher for 19 years. Lora is certified in CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions.

Pam Price
Teacher Assistant

Pam joined Valley staff as a teacher assistant 5 years ago. Formerly, Pam worked at the Clinton Library in the children's department. Pam holds a Technical Certificate in Early Childhood. We value Pam's knowledge and expertise of children literature for use in our classroom. Pam is a certified Music Together teacher and is certified in CPR, First Aid and Universal Precautions.

Vicki Dowers
Teacher's Aid

Vicki has served as a teacher aide at Valley for 11 years. Vicki will greet you early in the morning as your child is dropped off. Vicki is certified in CPR, First Aid and Universal Precautions.

Becky Edwards
Teacher aide

Becky has been working at Valley for 18 years in various positions. She welcomes all our early bird families each morning. Becky helps the children do their best in the classroom. Becky is certified in CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions.

Laura Mills

Teacher's Aid/Cook

Laura Mills has 13 years of experience working in child care. She has been employed at Valley for 5 years and brings her creative talents and positive attitude to your children everyday! Laura is certified in CPR, First Aid and Universal Precautions.

Ella Carter

Ella Carter

Ellie has been employed at Valley as a substitute teacher aide for 1 1/2 years. She is a student at St Mary of the Woods majoring in early childhood. Ellie is certified in CPR, First Aid and Universal Precautions.

Alexis DuChene

Alexis has worked at Valley for 1 year as a teacher aide. She is currently attending Ivy Tech working towards a Child Development Associate certification. Alexis works with our youngest children who attend Valley. She is certified in CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions.