Our Teachers!

Mr. DeWayne

Greetings! My name is DeWayne Kittrell. I’ve been a part of the Funshine family for over 17 years, 15 of which I’ve been the Pre-Kindergarten teacher. I received my degree in Early Childhood Education through Ivy Tech and continue to expand my knowledge of Early Childhood Education by attending trainings throughout the year. I enjoy collaborating with other professionals in my field to ensure the best experiences and education possible for my students. My goal for each student that comes through my classroom is to make a positive difference in each of their lives. The Pre-Kindergarten program focuses not only on academics, but on teaching the children independence, curiosity, confidence and helping the children develop a lifelong love of learning.
Sincerely,
Mr. De Wayne Kittrell

Ms. Pavla

My name is Ms. Pavla and I was born in the Czech Republic and have a Masters Degree in Education and a degree in Special Education. Before I moved to the United States, I was a high school teacher for students with special needs for 5 years. I love to educate children and teaching means much more than lessons and standards. I am responsible for creating an environment of support that allows children to develop their own ideas, express their feelings, take risks, make choices, and most of all grow to be strong, thinking individuals. My goal is teaching children to love learning by being an observer, a supporter, a facilitator, and always a good role model. My biggest passion is a healthy lifestyle, helping others, and making positive changes in children's lives.
Sincerely,
Ms. Pavla

Ms. Wendy

Hello, my name is Ms. Wendy! I moved to Carmel from South Bend 3 years ago and have taught preschool for the past 13 years. I have my Associates in Early Childhood Education and enjoy children of all ages. I have three children, two boys ages 28 and 25, and my daughter is 22, all are Butler grads, Go Dawgs! My goal for my students is develop a strong love of learning and to help them to grow into kind and joyful individuals. I especially love to play games with the kids, perform science experiments and talk with them about their interests.
Blessings,
Ms. Wendy Rinehart

Ms. Lucy

My name is Lucy, from the little island of Puerto Rico. I have a love for the outdoors and traveling. In Puerto Rico I studied elementary education in ESL. Later, I proceeded to grad school to study Curriculum Development and Instruction in ESL. My love and passion for children started at a very young age, and as a grew older I knew I wanted to be in the field of education. While in Puerto Rico, I had the opportunity to work in two wonderful schools for over four years. Working as a teacher and a daycare teacher, I acquired the experience and the skills needed to become the teacher I wanted to be. I recently moved to Indianapolis, IN in hopes to grow and expand my horizons, while I continue my grad school studies online. Being able to work in such a fun and loving environment as Funshine has been wonderful. I appreciate the opportunity that has been given to me to be able to work side by side with amazing people and care for the lovely children here at Funshine.

Ms. Marina

My name is Marina Babaian. I have had the joy and pleasure of teaching at Funshine since 2012. My goal has been and always will be to teach, nurture, and motivate my students to reach their full potential. I'm inspired to empower them to find their voice and talents through enriching and engaging activities. My hope is to instill empathy and compassion in my students to develop their personal character with your collaboration. To provide you a little background and interesting information about me is that I was born and raised in the Middle East and come from an Armenian descent. I am a passionate and inquisitive learner and am multilingual. My interests are spending quality time with my family, cooking, learning about health and wellness, and taking nature walks. I look forward to our continued partnership and being an integral role in your child's life.
Blessings,
Ms. Marina

Ms. Sophia

My name is Sophia. I love music, dance, cooking and I love kids a lot! I always wanted to be a teacher or a caregiver for children, especially. I love being here, talking to these cute kids! They are so much fun! I hope I can make a difference in their lives in the future for a brighter and happier future!

Ms. Claudia

Greetings! My name is Ms. Claudia and I have been a teacher at Funshine since 2015, and have been in preschool teaching for 20+ years. I moved to Indianapolis from a small coastal town in California where I was born and raised. I do not have children of my own, but I always have dogs! I love children of all ages and enjoy teaching two year olds!
Sincerely,
Ms. Claudia

Ms. Aleeda

Hi! My name is Aleeda and I am the assistant teacher in Wee Care! I’m 22 years old and I have been in childcare since I was 12, some find it hard to believe but I started in a children’s ministry as an assistant. After that I started working in daycare centers. Now I’m on my way to get my associates degree in childcare. I love doing what I do it’s such a joy to see how children grow and develop.

Ms. Aaliyah

HELLO! My name is Aaliyah and I was born and raised in Indianapolis. I love traveling and reading puts me at peace. I am a Disney fanatic, and I love all things Pink! Children are my PASSION and they bring me so much joy! My career with children started when I was working in my church's nursery at only the age of 11. It has been a dream to teach as long as I can remember. I am studying Elementary Education at Ivy Tech Community College, and my goal is to transfer to the University of Indianapolis where I will receive my Master's Degree. I believe that children are the leaders of tomorrow. Becoming a teacher at Funshine has been one of the biggest blessing I have received. I thank you for allowing and trusting me to lead and teach your future scholars!
Sincerely,
Ms. Aaliyah

Ms. Kinisha

Hi, I’m Kinisha Griffin and I’m 35 years old. I’m originally from Illinois but just moved to Indiana from Virginia. I graduated from Benton Harbor High School in Michigan. I’m the oldest of 2 girls.

Ms. Donna

Welcome to Infant Care at Funshine! My name is Ms. Donna. I’ve been at Funshine since the opening of the infant room in 2007. I have 20 years of experience working with infants. I’ve always had a passion and love for children even at a young age. Beginning in the infant room, our babies learn social/emotional, gross and fine motor skills that prepare them for “toddler-hood”. We also believe that music is a healing art and we use many different kinds during the day from classical, lullabies, to spoken nursery rhymes. This aids in language development as well as the reading we do on a daily basis. I have four grown children, two granddaughters, one grandson and twin step granddaughters. I also have two grand dogs! My husband and I enjoy country living and all that outdoor enjoyment!
Blessings,
Ms. Donna

Ms. Rosana

My name is Ms. Rosana, I am from Peru and I have over six years of experience here at Funshine working with children and I love caring for them! I have a college education in Business Administration. My goal working with your child is to make them feel like this is their second home. I have three children of my own ranging from college education age to middle school, and I have two granddaughters and they mean the whole world to me. I enjoy weekends with my whole family taking trips or just having a good dinner at home. Family means everything to me. My hobbies are cooking and arts and crafts.

Ms. Shelly

My name is Shelly. I was born in Crown Point, IN and moved to Indianapolis when I was 7 years old. I have had a lot of experience working with children. I have worked with infants through high school age. I have also worked with special education students. I have many hobbies that I enjoy. I like to cook, go on hikes, and enjoy dancing. I have a 25-year-old daughter who is an RN nurse that works in the critical/intensive care unit in San Francisco.

Ms. Sandra

I was born and raised in Sandusky and Port Clinton, Ohio. My background is in Banking and Finance. I attended the American Institution of Banking to help further my education and managed a branch for 13 years in Port Clinton, OH. I attended a small church in Ohio where I was appointed treasurer for 2 years and taught toddlers in Sunday School. I moved to Indianapolis in 1999 to be with my family and see my grandchildren grow up. I am a proud mother of one son and grandmother to 1 granddaughter, now age 21, and 2 grandsons ages 16 and 24. I was blessed with many joyful moments seeing my grandchildren blossom to young adults. I do attend church and have always loved children of all ages. I am so excited for my career change and the opportunity to care for young children.

Ms. Minnie

Greetings! My name is Minnie and I moved here from Chicago with my family. I have always had a passion working with kids because I love to make kids laugh and smile. The best part of my job is seeing the kids have fun. An interesting fact you should know about me is that I am adopted!

Ms. Liz

Hello! My name is Ms. Liz, and I am an Indiana native. I have had a passion for working with young children from an early age. I started volunteering at my church in high school with the older infant class. From there, I went to Lynchburg, Virginia earning a Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies. I have three minors in Education, English, and Psychology. Throughout my adult life I have worked in childcare. I love helping children learn and grow to their best potential.

Ms. Joiyah

Hello, I’m Joiyah and I’m 22 years old. I’m from Charlotte, NC and have a passion for caring for others. I am outgoing and silly, with a sweet personality. I am currently in school for medical assisting and one day dream of being a nurse. I’m currently engaged and soon to be married! I love working with people of all ages, especially children. Funshine has truly become another family to me. Being able to make children smile everyday puts so much joy in my life!

Ms. Lindsey

Hi, my name is Ms. Lindsey! I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. I currently live in the Castleton area with my fiancée and our son, Miles, who was born on Valentine’s Day! I've been caring for children since I, myself was a child. My grandmother has run an in-home daycare for 35 years. I spent a majority of my time there as kid. I loved helping my grandma care for the younger kids and I happily took on more responsibilities as I got older. I believe it is my job as an early childhood educator to provide children with an environment where they feel free to be themselves, comfortable to express feelings and opinions, not afraid to ask questions, and most of all, feel like an important and valued part of a community. When children feel confident and safe in their environment, they are able to branch out, explore, and fully immerse themselves in play.

Your Career Starts Here

We are very proud of the care that we provide at Funshine Children’s Center and realize that the quality of our teachers and administrative staff is the key to our continued success! Please complete the form below and a representative from our school will contact you shortly. If you have a resume, please email it to Funshineforkids@sbcglobal.net