Admissions Director, Financal Coordinator, C.E.O and Founder, Cassie Fenstra.
Cassie dreamed of opening First Steps Child Care Center as a young adult, growing up in a home where her mother ran a home child care. Discovering her passion, Cassie attended college early in her high school career, obtaining Child Development credentials while at the same time working at a local child care center. She was able to start her own home child care at the young age of 18. On January 6th 2014 she opened our center with the mission to offer a child care featuring the structure and security of a center with the warm, loving, nurturing aspects of an home child care that she loved so much. Two short years later First Steps expanded to accommodate 176 students. Cassie enjoys staying involved in all 13 classrooms on a daily basis. Some of the other roles of her position are as Enrollment Coordinator, Head of the Tuition Department, Professional Development specialist and as Preschool C.L.A.S.S observer, rater and coach. Cassie’s passion and commitment to First Step’s mission and Early Childhood Education is impossible to go unnoticed.
First Step’s Center Director and Human Resources Coordinator, Amy McAndrew.
Amy is a close cousin of Cassie’s, growing up more like a big sister. Amy has been a apart of the First Step’s mission since day one, January 6th 2014. Shortly after completing her Child Development education, Amy was promoted to Lead Teacher of the Pre-K classroom. We all knew Amy had found her happy place, preschool education came naturally to Amy. Clients adored her attention to detail and devotion to their Kindergarten readiness. With First Step’s expansion Amy’s passion was called upon for a promotion, we knew her students would miss her but that she deserved the opportunity to reach even more students then she could in her classroom. Amy manages 176 students and 50 teachers she has proven to be an amazing Director, as well as, outstanding curriculum support for her teachers. First Steps is the best choice for your children because of Amy’s tireless devotion to making it the best choice!
First Step’s Center Director and Head Start Coordinator, Renee Dobbelaere.
Renee joined the First Steps team and has been a part of it’s devotion to excellence since opening day in January 2014. Over the years Renee has taught in every classroom at First Steps. She went on to be promoted to Early Head Start teacher with First Step’s expansion in 2015 and was promoted to Assistant Director in July 2016. Due to spending her teaching years in various classrooms, Renee has become an expert in every age group which made her a wonderful candidate for Center Director of the expanded program we refer to as the Little Steps Campus. Renee loves to be a part and take witness to our student’s accomplishments as much as she can, as the Center Director of our youngest students she loves to watch our precious little ones reach major milestones in the first few years of life.
Administrative Assistant Director, Kelly Greenameyer.
Kelly had an early love for quality care and education. She desired to work with student’s with special needs in the school district before she found the First Step’s Program. Kelly began her career as an infant aide before finding her strength in leading a toddler classroom of her own. Kelly has one of the most energetic, positive and loving personalities. Her skills set soon showed she was deserving of a promotion into management. As the program’s Administrative Assistant, Kelly supports student assessment, daily records, attendance, food program paperwork and writing our company newsletters. She loves using her special administrative skills while still being able to spend quality time in the classroom supporting teachers.
-Provide safe, nurturing, home-like classrooms meeting each and every child and child’s families individual needs.
-Never miss an opportunity to educate and spark interest, curiosity and wonder every chance we get.
-Use open communication with all parents to provide the best quality of care possible.
-Create an environment where your children are learning through play.