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Welcome to the Kaw Nation

Meet Our Staff

Zoe Freeman

Administrative Assistant

Hawé, my name is Zoe Freeman, I am a member of the Muskogee Creek Nation and Ponca Tribe. I will receive my Associate Degree in Business Administration, after one more semester. I began working for Kaw Nation in 2021, as the School Age Master Teacher and now the Administrative Assistant. Before coming to Kaw Nation, I was the Title VI Teaching Assistant at Lincoln Elementary, as well as a 7th grade basketball coach. Basketball has always been an important part of my life. I am a mom to three fur babies. Mvto!

Kristine Berry

School Age Master Teacher

Kristine was born and raised in California and moved to Oklahoma in 2022. She has worked with children since 2012, ranging in age from infants to teenagers. She has a wide range of experience starting while on Active Duty, working and volunteering with children in a literacy mentor program, owning and operating an in-home childcare and working as a preschool aide. She graduated from Fresno Pacific University in 2019, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Education. Her wide range of experience helps our children continue to develop their social and emotional skills.

Tomi Bailey

School Age Teacher

Yá’át’ééh, my name is Tomi Bailey, and I am a tribal member of the Navajo Nation. I have three beautiful children that are members of the Potawatomi Nation. I have worked in a childcare setting since 2000; I have my Mastery in Early Childhood Education. I have been with the Kanza Child Care since 2018 and previously worked for Child Development Center for 8 years. I have worked with children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 12 years old. Teaching is a passion I have always had and to be able to pursue that passion every day, is a gift.

Rachel Myers

School Age Teacher

Hawé, my name is Rachel and I have been in childcare since 2002. I have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as years of training and experience. I have worked with children from the ages of 6 weeks up to 12 years old. Childcare is not for the faint of heart, I truly believe I am where I am for a reason, and I enjoy my time with the children.

DelieAnne Giles

School Age Teacher

My name is DelieAnne, or De, as the children call me. I was born in Ada and have lived in Ponca City since 2010. I have two beautiful children who are a great joy. I graduated from Ponca High school in 2016 and started my educational journey at Northern Oklahoma College. I became a Detention officer in 2018 but changed my career field to Early Education. I am currently pursuing my certificate of Mastery in Child Development at Northern Oklahoma College. I have been with Kanza Child Care since 2021 and have worked with children from the ages of 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Arantxa Sanchez-Medina

Infant Teacher

Hawé, my name is Arantxa, but everyone calls me Lupita or Pita. I am a Taposká in the infant room and have worked with children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 12 years. I have my CDA and am working on furthering my education. I have been with the Kanza Child Care since 2019 and previously worked as an infant/toddler teacher for Head Start for 5 years. I am a mom to twin girls who keep me on my toes.

Lindsey Spotted Bear

Infant Teacher

I am a Taposká in the infant classroom. I received my Assistant and Lead Teaching Degrees from Pioneer Technology Center in 2004. I have worked with children for most of my career, starting part time with Kaw Nation Child Care as a teenager. I am married to my best friend, Bo Spotted Bear, and together we have been blessed with eight children, four boys and four girls. Our hands are full, and they keep us busy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for sharing your babies with me, it is an honor and responsibility that I don’t take lightly. I enjoy getting to teach and care for your little ones daily and am so thankful to get to do what I do for a living.

Tess McBride

Toddler Teacher

Hawé, my name is Tess McBride and I have worked with children since 2013. I am continuing my education in Early Childhood Development through Cowley College. I have worked with children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 12 years. My husband and I are blessed with three children, who keep my life very busy. I have worked for Kanza Child Care since 2019 and worked for Building Blocks and Child Development Center previously.

Keitha Spotted Bear

Toddler Teacher

Hawé, I am Keitha and I have worked for Kanza Child Care since 2021. I am a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and I am also Cherokee. Before coming to Kaw Nation, I was the Title VI tutor and a paraprofessional at Newkirk Schools. I am working toward my Associate Degree in Child Development. I have worked with 1–2-year-olds, as well as school age children.

Jordan Landis

Toddler Teacher

I am Jordan Landis and I have been a toddler teacher at the Kanza Child Care since 2019. I received my Associate Degree in Child Development and Associate Degree in Elementary Education in 2018. My husband and I have been married since 2015 and we have three wonderful children. I love watching the children’s faces as they learn new skills and ideas. I have a passion for books and love incorporating that into my classroom.

Isabella Sturgeon

Toddler Teacher

Hawé, my name is Isabella Sturgeon, or Taposká Bella. I have worked in childcare since 2019, joining Kanza Child Care in 2021. I previously worked for Sunshine Day Care in Winfield. I am pursuing my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development through Cowley Community College. I live in Winfield, Kansas along with Taposká Sarah, and enjoy the beautiful drive to work each morning.

Amber Lara

Preschool Teacher

Hawé Kayó, I am Taposká Amber. I am married with two children. I love all sports; I have coached softball for the past four years. I strive off structure and routine. I enjoy working with the children in my class and their families. I take pleasure in watching the children grow and learn, from the time they come in, to the time they leave. I have my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development and am working toward my Bachelor’s Degree. I take pride in seeing the children strive and succeed in every developmental domain. Wìblahá!

Sarah Conner

Preschool Teacher

Hawé (Hello), my name is Sarah Conner. I enjoy making crafts and spending time with my family. During the summer, I love being outdoors. I enjoy teaching people new things, but I love learning new things more. I have my Associate Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary from Cowley County Community College. I have worked in childcare since 2019, coming to Kanza Child Care in 2021. I travel from Kansas every day to see my wonderful students. I look forward to getting to know all the parents and students who walk through my door. Witonbe ta

Mindy Coursey

Multipurpose Aid

My name is Mindy Coursey, and I am mom to two amazing boys. I am also a bonus mom to six other children. I have had the opportunity to be an Early Childhood educator since 2016 and have worked for Kaw Nation since 2021. I have exceeded 300 hours of childhood professional education trainings and I received my CDA in 2020. Each child holds a special place in my heart and watching them learn and grow, is the most rewarding part of my job.

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