Julie is the co-owner of McDonald's franchise restaurants in Bloomington-Normal and McLean, Illinois. She is also the past president of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council. The development of a learning center for children has been a life-long dream come true.
Ms. Mary Beth
Director of Operations
Mary Beth has worked at Little Jewels since it’s opening in 2004. She has been a teacher in both the two-year-old room and three-year-old room, as well as a director. Mary Beth loves her position now as Director of Operations because she gets to visit all the teachers and “little jewels” at all three centers. She is originally from Macomb, Illinois, where she attended Western Illinois University. She enjoys spending time with her two sons and husband. Mary Beth loves to spend outside and crafting in her spare time.
Director of Curriculum
April has been working at Little Jewels since 2004. She studied Elementary Education at Eastern Illinois and is the proud mother of two boys: Parker and Noah.
Karen joined the Little Jewels team as an assistant teacher in November of 2008, became a lead teacher, and is now the Director of Training and Director of Treasures at Corpus Christi. She was born and raised in Arkansas. She has been involved with children since 1984. She ran a daycare in her home for ten years, coached youth travel softball, JFL cheerleading, and is a proud life member of the Girl Scouts. Karen has a love for children that goes on forever! She has five lovely grandchildren and two grown daughters. Karen loves the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Blackhawks, and her favorite of all, dirt track races!
Director - Oakland Avenue
Betsy has been with Little Jewels since 2012 and has been a teacher in both the two-year-old room and three-year-old rooms. She attended Eastern Illinois University and majored in Family Consumer Science. Betsy loves spending time with her son, Mackson, and her family!
Assistant Director - Oakland Avenue
Mareka is excited to be a part of the Little Jewels family!! Mareka has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has several years of experience working with children. She's a mother to two daughters and a son. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children, watching her children play sports, walking, reading and hiking.
Select a room below to view the staff at our Oakland location.