Staff and Employment

We are proud to employ highly educated and experienced full-time teachers who hold a variety of Gateway Credentials. Many of our teachers have been with us for several years, contributing to the supportive, consistent environment we create for our children.

Interested in joining our team? Information about full-time openings will be posted on the NIU employment portal as they become available.

We also employ several NIU students part-time and welcome volunteers in our classrooms.

We welcome student employees and volunteers in our classrooms. Our student workers supervise children, provide support to teachers and help maintain classroom routines. They benefit from ongoing training, guidance from skilled teachers, networking opportunities and access to children and families, which can be helpful for completing course work. They generally work 10 to 20 hours per week, and their work schedules are developed around their class schedules.

NIU students interested in working or volunteering at the center should provide us with a completed application form. The best time to apply for work in a certain semester is about a month before that semester begins. Students who are child development or early childhood majors are given priority when we select students to interview for employment. Our other considerations include whether they have work-study funds, the hours they have available to work, and the experience they have caring for young children.

Child Development and Family Center Staff

Lisa Schmidt

lschmidt@niu.edu 
Lisa has worked at the center since 1996. Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in applied family and child studies from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credential: Director Level 2.

Kristin Schulz

kschulz@niu.edu
Kristin has worked at the center since 2004. Kristin has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 4, ECE level 5, Director level 2.

Amy Lofthouse

alofthouse@niu.edu
Amy has worked at the center since 2015. Amy has a bachelor's degree in child development and a master's degree in early childhood education from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5, Director level 2.

Janene Boyer

jboyer@niu.edu
Janene has worked at the center since 1989. You can contact Janene if you have any questions regarding the Center, enrollment procedures, billing, etc., by phone at 815-753-0125 or email.

Kat Dolan

kdolan1@niu.edu
Kat is a teacher in a 2/3's classroom. She has worked at the center since 2017. Kat has a bachelor's degree in child development from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5, Director level 2.

Leslie Dolan

ldolan@niu.edu
Leslie is a teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the center since 2017. Leslie has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Arizona.

Kellie Fuss

kfuss@niu.edu
Kellie is a teacher in the toddler room. She has worked at the center since 2000. Kellie has an associate's degree in early childhood education from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree in family and individual development from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 4, ECE level 5.

Kristi Hayward

khayward@niu.edu 
Kristi has worked at the center since 2000. Kristi has a bachelor’s degree in family and child studies with an emphasis in child development and a master’s in early childhood education from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials ECE Level 5, I/T Level 5, Director Level 1.

Krysten Jones

kjones20@niu.edu 
Krysten has worked at the center since 2017. Krysten has a bachelor’s degree in family and childstudies with an emphasis in child development from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials ECE Level 5, I/T Level 5.

April Kaiser

akaiser@niu.edu
April is a teacher in a 2/3's classroom. She has worked at the center since 2004. April has an associate's degree in early childhood education from Kishwaukee College. Illinois Gateways Credentials: ECE level 4.

Jamie Kenney

jkenney@niu.edu 
Jamie has worked at the center since 2015. Jamie has a bachelors in early childhood education with an emphasis in special education from Kendall College and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Oregon State University. Illinois Gateways Credentials ECE Level 5, Director Level 2.

Ann Kuta

akuta@niu.edu
Ann is a teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the center since 2016. Ann has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's in education from Ashford University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5, Director level 2.

Clarissa Luke

chill13@niu.edu 
Clarissa has worked at the center since 2009 and as a professional staff member since 2010. Clarissa has a bachelor’s degree in family and child studies with an emphasis in child development and a master’s in applied family and child studies from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials ECE Level 5, I/T Level 5, Director Level 2.

Diane Mathison

dmathison@niu.edu
Diane is a teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the center since 2000. Diane has a bachelor's degree in child development from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 4, ECE level 5, Director level 1.

Alex McAnally

amcanally1@niu.edu 
Alex is a teacher in the infant classroom. She has worked at the center since 2017. She was a former student worker who recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in child development from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5.

Kendra Nenia

kkirkham@niu.edu
Kendra is a teacher in a 2/3's classroom. She has worked at the center since 2004. Kendra has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Western Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 4, ECE level 4.

Sherie Newman

slnewman@niu.edu
Sherie is a teacher in the infant classroom. She has worked at the center since 2003. Sherie has a bachelor's degree in early childhood and elementary education from Illinois State University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5.

Hillary Rosher

hrosher@niu.edu
Hillary is a teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the center since 2015. Hillary has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 4, ECE level 5.

Ecila Scaife

escaife1@niu.edu 
Ecila has worked at the center since 2013. Ecila has a bachelor’s degree in family and child studies with an emphasis in child development. Illinois Gateways Credentials ECE Level 5, I/T Level 4, and Director Level 1.

Karen Smith

smithk@niu.edu
Karen is our full-time kitchen saff. She has worked at the center since 2003. Illinois Food Service Sanitation Certification.

Denise White

dwhite6@niu.edu 
Denise has worked at the center since 2014. You can contact Denise if you have any questions regarding the CDFC Gabel Hall Annex in regards to enrollment, billing, etc., by phone at 815-753-1150.

Bri Wicker

bbrandon1@niu.edu 
Bri is a teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the center since 2015. Bri has a bachelor's degree in child development from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5, Director level 2.

Pam Yockey

pyockey@niu.edu
Pam is a teacher in the toddler classroom. She has worked at the center since 2010. Pam has an associate's degree in early childhood education from Kishwaukee College. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 2, ECE level 4.

Jen Young

jwessel@niu.edu
Jen is a teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the center since 2001 and as a professional staff since 2004. Jen has a bachelor's degree in child development from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5.

Barbara Zeman

bzeman2@niu.edu
Barbara is a teacher in a 2/3's classroom. She has worked at the center since 2007. Barbara has a Master's degree in early childhood education and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Northern Illinois University. She also has an associate's degree in early childhood education from Kishwaukee College. Barbara has achieved both an infant/toddler and early childhood credential through Gateways IL. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5.

Contact Us

Child Development and Family Center
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-0125
jboyer@niu.edu
Child Development and Family Center Annex
Gabel Hall, Rooms 169-170
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1150
dwhite6@niu.edu

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