Child Care and Preschool Care Team

The Loving Arms™ Care Team consists of dedicated professionals who have devoted their lives to the care and education of children. The Loving Arms™ care team meets or exceeds State of Kansas Child Care Licensing Guidelines, in accordance with K.A.R. 28-4-429.

Working for Loving Arms has been such a great experience. The energy and happiness I receive everyday makes everything worth it. Thank you for bringing me into your home.

Love, Ms. Kateri, December 2014


Child Care Team

Kristen Payne, Lead Infant & Toddler Ms. Kristen Payne
Infant & Toddler

I am from Kansas City, Missouri. I am married to a US Service Member amd we have two beautiful children.

I have worked at Loving Arms™ for almost two years and really enjoy it. I have worked in childcare since 2007 and my goal is to get my Child Development Assocate (CDA) Certification in the next year.

Katherine Show, Infant & Toddler Ms. Katherine Show
Infant & Toddler

I am married to a U.S Army Soldier. I have always loved taking care of children and find joy in doing so. I couldn't think of a better thing to do. Children brighten my days. I am going to get my CDA within the year.

Maryann Coffey, Infants Ms. Maryann Coffey
Infant & Toddle
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I'm originally from Massachusetts but have lived in Junction City for 34 years. I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my kids. I have an Associates Degree in Para Professional and have worked with children off and on for many years. I enjoy watching them grow and learn.

Ksenia Nakamura, Infants and Toddlers Ms. Ksenia Nakamura
Infant & Toddler

My husband serves in the Army, which is what brought us to Kansas. Prior to becoming a mother, I was pursuing a career in hospitality and hotel management. My life changed when I had my son. After staying home with him for 3 years, it was time for a new chapter. I started working at Loving Arms in the infant room while my son attends the preschool here. I love working with little ones, and I believe that the first three years of a child's life is crucial in terms of experiences that the child is exposed to as it sets the foundation for their future life. Therefore, I love interacting with my little babies and try my best to provide them with quality caregiving experience.

Shayla Hall, Toddlers Ms. Shayla Hall
Toddler

I am from a small town in Indiana. My husband is a U.S. Army soldier. We have been married for almost four years. We have a three year old son, who is our entire world. I am currently enrolled in college courses and have had previous experience in childcare. I have worked for Loving Arms since June 2016. I have really enjoyed watching the children grow and learn new things each day. The smiles and giggles make my day! I Love being a part of the staff here at Loving Arms Childcare and Preschool!

Kristen Tainatongo, Preschool Ms. Kristen Tainatongo
Preschool

I graduated from Junction City High School, went to Allen Community College on a soccer scholarship. After I received my Associates in Arts, I decided to further my education through Ottawa University. I came to Loving Arms in hopes of gaining experience in child development and enhance my pursuit of my bachelors in Psychology. Loving arms has given me more than that. After a year away from Loving Arms, I applied again with hope that I would be able to work with the kids and the amazing staff. Aside from school, I spend my free time working on cars and thinking of ideas on what my students will enjoy doing. I have been told I am pretty creative - the secret is being surrounded by tiny human beings and you will learn to think out of the box.

Kei'Anna Sills, Preschool Ms. Kei'Anna Sills
Preschool

I am from Topeka, Kansas, raised with 2 younger sisters and 3 younger brothers! I am a single mother of a beautiful son named Kaiden. When in high school, I volunteered at Loving Arms and have since become an employee at this wonderful center! I am one of the Preschool Teachers, however, because of my cross-training, I can be seen in any of the classrooms within the building!

Jerri Brewer, Child Nutrition/Cook Ms. Jerri Brewer
Child Nutrition Specialist

Jerri Brewer, Child Nutrition/CookI have been married to my husband, Mike for 20 years. We have three adult sons and five wonderful grandchildren. I have enjoyed working with Loving Arms™ as the Child Nutrition Specialist since 2012. My responsibilities include making sure our children at the center receive a nutritous and well-balance diet in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kansas Department of Education Child and Adult Nutrition Program (Kan-Eat).

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work for you. I really enjoyed it. I will truly miss [LaFarris] and the rest of the staff.

Love, Ms. Heather, December 2014
All Loving Arms™ Care Providers meet the following qualifications/requirements:

If you meet these criteria and would like to join the Loving Arms™ Family as either a Care Provider, Volunteer/Internship, please visit one of the following pages: Career or Volunteer. A background check is required.