Academy Director/ Owner
My name is Chantel; I own and operate Memories & Milestones Academy (along with my wonderful Directors and Teachers). My passion for children stems from when I was young and my Mom watched a few kids from the neighborhood in our family home. I helped as much as she would let me and was so lucky to have multiple babysitting jobs every weekend. I always told Mom, “When I get older, I want to have 100 kids and live right next door to you”! WOW, who knew it would really happen; well the 100+ kids are not my own, but close enough and Mom and I are only a few cities away. DREAMS DO COME TRUE. By the way, Mom loves telling our story.
My career experience taught me various hands on skills, life skills and I realized the need for more quality child care options. Of course, my education paved the way also, I do hold a Business Management Degree with a Child Care Emphasis as well. I spent years doing in-home child care, years in a state of the art child care, years in Corporate America and landed right where I wanted to be.
Corporate America is why I’m here today. I cannot recall the number of un-planned days I had to tell my boss, sorry I have to leave, or I can’t come in my daycare is closed. It was very frustrating and the quality of the care was not ideal, when daycare actually was open. One day I said to myself, “what am I doing; I’ve always wanted to own my own Academy, just do it.” A few months of planning and voila. Honestly, I never looked back. Reliable, Quality care that is consistent, in a professional, welcoming environment is what I wanted and I assumed I was not the only ONE.
I feel extremely lucky. Through all my life, I have and continue to meet people, form relationships, accomplish goals, support people, teach children, teach adults, and lend a hand, the list goes on, which truly allows me to continue to utilize my passion in my child care business.
I live in New Prague with my three handsome, loving boys. Experience has guided me to meet your needs. I really understand how important your decision is. We know we cannot be perfect, we appreciate and acknowledge your feedback and implement changes to meet your needs.
I look forward to watching your child/children grow.
Employee since 2009
My name is Alyssa and I am the Assistant Director of Memories & Milestones Academy in New Prague. I have been working at Memories & Milestones Academy since 2009. I started out as a Pre-K/School Aged teacher and then became the Assistant Director in 2011. I have been working in the childcare field since 2005. I have an Elementary Education degree (with a Middle School English concentration) from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
When I was growing up, I loved to play school and correct pretend papers. My younger brother was often “my student.” I also enjoyed taking babysitting classes and as I got older I babysat kids in my neighborhood. I have always had a love of kids!
After college, I worked at a small daycare, then a large chain daycare for a few years and then landed here at Memories & Milestones Academy. I have really enjoyed the smaller daycare atmosphere here. It is so nice to know all of the families and all of the children here at Memories & Milestones Academy. I live in New Prague with my husband, our two children and our dog. I really enjoy living in New Prague. I also enjoy working for such a high quality daycare center. We are all lucky to have Memories & Milestones Academy in our community! I look forward to meeting you and your child/children in the future!