The Formative Years' Team

Our teachers provide warm, safe, and loving educational environments for the children in our care.

Discoverers’ Room: 6 weeks - 12 months

    Ms. Makayla- I have worked in child care for several years.  I love to see how the children develop everyday.

Explorers’ Room: 12 - 24 months

    Ms. Nicole- I have worked in the child care and social work areas since I graduated.  I love to watch each child grow as an individual and watch how they discover new things every day.


Adventurers’ Room: 2 years

    Ms. Amy- I have been in the childcare field since 2001. I love utilizing color sorting games and velcro story boards with the children and seeing the children get these skills under their belts.  I’m originally from Wisconsin but love it here in Ames. 

    Ms. Jenny- I have been working with preschoolers for almost 10 years. I love to help the kids with art projects, especially painting. In my free time, I enjoy sketching nature.

Navigators’ Room: 3 years

    Ms. Sawyer-l have been in the childcare industry since 2015. I feel this is the age where the kids really come into their own; watching them discover how to be peers is very rewarding. In my free time, I spend time with my husband; we love to travel and spend time at our lake house.

    Ms. Kali- I’ve been in childcare for a little over 7 years. I love how unique each child is and how much their personalities grow. My favorite activity is helping the children learn to transition smoothly. I have a beautiful roommate: my cat Milo.

Inventors’ Room: 4 Years

    Ms. Maria- I've been in childcare since 2006 and have been with Formative Years since 2008. I love how engaged four-year-olds are with books and story time. Outside of work I love spending time with my family, friends, and especially my dog!

Learners’ Room: 4 - 5 years

    Ms. Nikki- I have been working with children for many years and have been here at Formative Years since 2010. I thoroughly enjoy helping them learn how to build and create. When I’m not working, I love spending time with my daughter doing puzzles and reading. 

    Ms. Julie- I have been at Formative Years since 1999. I enjoy watching the children discover different ways to build with blocks and seeing the children’s imaginations grow. When I’m away from work, I spend time at home with my husband, two dogs and two cats.

Interested in Joining our Team?

We are always looking for caring and qualified people to join our team. If your would like to join our staff fill out the application below and send it into or bring it to us in person at 4510 Todd Dr. Ames IA, 50014. Thank you and we look forward to meeting with you.

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All staff is First Aid, CPR and AED certified, receive yearly curriculum training,

have been screened for criminal history, and have an up-to-date physical on file