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My name is Sammie and I have been in childcare for 7 years while I worked on my Associates degree in Human Services and my bachelors in Psychology. I currently am Lead teacher in the Pre-K classroom. However have worked closely with all ages over the years. I like to let my kids get messy while teaching them important concepts needed for them to go into Kindergarten.

   Hi, my name is Ashley. I went to Aberdeen High School, in Aberdeen, WA and graduated in 2011. In September of 2016 my fiancĂ© and I moved to Spokane with our two cats from the West Coast of Washington for his job promotion. My favorite activities are photography and all arts. I enjoy the outdoors and nature, I'm fun and easy-going. I have been babysitting children since the 7th grade, for kids of many ages. I cooked meals, played games, did crafts, took care of them and loved doing it all.  


My name is Mindi. I have worked at Lil' Hawks since March of 2012. Previous to working at Lil' Hawks I worked at another daycare for 13 1/2 years before they closed their doors. I work with the School Age children that are in Kindergarten-6th grade. When they are in school I help out by giving 10 min. breaks, lunch breaks and help the other teachers with whatever they might need.

My name is Hailey Annis, I currently am completing my senior year of highschool and come to work in the afternoons. I have been working here since August 2016 and I am a floater. Although around dinner time I help make dinner, with my position I am able to get to know all of the kids in this center and watch them all grow. I love being able to go to each classroom and interact with all of the kids and parents. 

My name is Donna, I have worked in childcare for 30 years and grew up in a large family of 10 siblings. I love working with children of all ages. Here at Lil' Hawks I'm called the Den mom because I am every where all the time. I go and give the teachers their 10 min. breaks, lunch breaks, clean and also go on school runs to pick up most of our school age children. Around here I do a little bit of everything and very much enjoy it.

    My name is Elise Fetzer Joseph, I have worked for Lil' Hawks since June 2016 as the Assistant Director. I have an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors degree in Human and Family Studies. I have worked in Early Childhood Education for over 15 years, including 2 years for the Military in Heidelberg, Germany. I also have 4 children of my own.  

    My name is Melissa Wells, my husband John and I are the owners of Lil' Hawks. I also work as the director, I have over 13 years of experience working in child care. I have an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and I have 2 children of my own as well as one grandchild.

My name is Nikki, I am 33 years old and I have been in childcare for 15 years. I currently have my CDA in Preschool. I was hired here at Lil' Hawks in November. I am the School-Age teacher, I took over for Mrs.Rebecca. My passion is to teach and help prepare our little ones for school. I am excited to get to know each of you and your children

   My name is Caitlyn Annis, I am 20 years old and I have worked in child care for 3 years! Before joining Lil' Hawks I was an assistant teacher in the infant room at a daycare just down the street! I have also been living in the Shadle Area for almost 14 years, and graduated from Shadle Park High School in 2014! I recently became the lead teacher of the Toddler 2 room, (Ages 2 1/2 to 3) which is also the potty training room. Also as of October 2016 I have been a part of the Lil' Hawks team for 1 year!

My name is Aeriell, just like the Disney princess! I am Lead Closer in the Pre-school 2 room in the afternoons. I worked at Lil' Hawks for 5 years before leaving, and have now been back at Lil' Hawks for about 5 months. I am currently going to school for my Business degree. During my free time I like to run 1/2 marathons and play with my dog Jasper. 

My name is Marlena Pelletier and I work as the Assistant teacher in the Pre-School 2 room. I used to be the teacher in the school age room, but I have switched. I am married and have an AA degree in elementary education. I really enjoy working with children and plan on continuing my education with them as I watch them grow.  

   Hi! My name is Sheila Krepps and I am very excited  to tell you about myself and my classroom. My classroom is Toddlers Ages 12 months to 18 months. We are an awesome Toddlers class. We do a lot of hands on, age appropriate, activities. Not to mention we don't mind if it is messy! I have been a Toddler teacher for about 17+ years. I've been at Lil' Hawks for 1 1/2 years and have been loving every minute of it.

Lil Hawks

1104 West Heroy