Infant and Preschool Center
Sherri Moon - Director/Lead Teacher
Sherri Moon received a Bachelor degree from Western Illinois University in Early Childhood Education. She completed her Master’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood in 2010 also from WIU. She has been working with young children ages 6 weeks to 6 years for 24 years. She taught kindergarten for 15 years and first grade for four years in the Macomb School District. She was a program assistant for their pre-kindergarten program for 2 years. She also worked as a childcare assistant for 1 year. Sherri is beginning her 3rd year as Director of the Infant and Preschool Center at WIU. Sherri loves being a Grandma and spending time with her family! She loves to read and loves the color purple!
Sandy Pendell - Lead Teacher Infant/Toddler
Sandy Pendell received a Bachelor degree form Western Illinois University in Elementary Education. She completed her Master’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education in 2012, also from WIU. Sandy has taught elementary school, preschool, infants and toddlers. Ms. Pendell has been employed at the Western Illinois University Infant and Preschool Center since 2000 and became a Lead Teacher in 2013.
Kelly Morck - Lead Teacher Preschool
Bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in Elementary Education. Master's Degree from Western Illinois University in Early childhood Education. Seven years of teaching experience, including four years working with Title I students and 3 years working with preschool-aged children. First year here at the WIU Infant & Preschool Center. Interest include riding my horses, playing with my dogs, and being outside.
Leann DeJode -Teacher
Leann DeJoode received Bachelor degrees in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration (1983) and Elementary Education (1986) from Iowa State University. She has worked with the Girl Scouts, the Macomb Park District and the Roseville, Illinois school district. Leann has been employed at the Western Illinois University Infant and Preschool Center since 2003. Ms. DeJoode received her Master’s degree in RPTA from Western Illinois University in 2013.
Susan Vaughn - Teacher
Susan Vaughn holds a Child Development Associate credential from the Council for Professional Recognition. She has worked with young children since 1992. Susan has been employed at the Western Illinois University Infant and Preschool Center since 2001.
April Carson - Teacher
My name is April Carson and I have spent my entire life in this area. When it came time for me to go to college, I KNEW I wanted to work with children. I attended WIU where I studied Early Childhood Education. I worked at a local daycare for 11 years as a teacher, head teacher, and assistant director and established life long relationships with countless families. I then opened a licensed home daycare for 5 years until my youngest started school. At that time I worked in a local school as a teachers aide in a Special Education classroom. I did this for 3 years until I became a teacher for PACT Headstart. I am also a Foster Parent. Now, I am here at the WIU Infant and Preschool Center and loving every minute of it! Currently, my children are Bethany who is 18 and attending WIU, Brooke who is 13 and in the 8th grade and Gracie who is 7 years old and special needs. My life is full of going from one sporting event to another and surrounding myself with my family. I love children and am at my happiest when I'm surrounded by a roomful of shinning little faces. I consider it a pure joy to look at the world through the eyes of a child!
Chris Switzer - Chief Clerk
Chris Switzer received his bachelors degree from Western Illinois University in the fall of 2011. In February of 2013 he began his career at WIU as Chief Clerk of Curriculum & Instruction as well as the Infant and Preschool Center. He was born in Macomb and was raised in the surrounding area his entire life. Family is very important to him so it was logical that he decided to stay close to those he cares most about. Chris currently resides in Macomb and is engaged to his fiancé Rachelle. If you wish to contact Chris he can be reached at email@example.com.
Emily Thurman - Substitute Teacher
I’ve been working at the center since 2007. I started out as a student worker and couldn’t get enough of the children. When I graduated in 2010, I decided to continue my work here and become a substitute teacher. I love playing with the children and taking care of babies!
Cathy Gilley - Substitute Teacher
Karen Thurman - Chef
I have worked at the Center for nine years. I like to cook and bake. I have five children. The youngest are twins who are now 22 years old. I also like to play volleyball and build small furniture and cabinets. I enjoy the fun things your little ones do and say! Preschool is fun!