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Krysta Steckelberg, School Director
Krysta Steckelberg, School Director

Krysta has impacted children’s lives in a young preschool setting at Cadence Academy for many years. She has fostered children’s development and a love for learning. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and numerous years of experience in the early care and education field.

Madison Whisney, Assistant Director
Madison Whisney, Assistant Director

I am a recent graduate of Iowa State University. While studying to get my degree, I was a teacher in the young toddler room of an Ames area daycare for three years. In addition, I was a teacher in the infant room of my hometown daycare in Manning, Iowa. I have a passion for early childhood education and have a long family history of amazing teachers. I look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you!

Brandy Melton, Teacher
Brandy Melton, Teacher

My name is Brandy and I’m the Lead Universal Preschool (UPK) Teacher. I have been employed here since the summer of 2004 and have found it to be a welcoming and family environment. I attended Graceland University where I received my BA Degree in Elementary Education with focuses in Early Childhood Education and Reading. As long as I can remember I have always wanted to teach and work with young children. They have such a passion and curiosity for learning and life. I only hope that my presence in their life can help foster a lifelong love of learning.

When I have free time, I enjoy being outdoors whether it’s going on a long walk, being near water or helping my parents in their backyard. I also enjoy being curled up with a good book at the end of the day as a way to relax. My family is very close and I spend as much time with them as I can. We often go camping and fishing on the weekends when the weather allows. My parents instilled in me the value of family and what it means. I take that knowledge and bring it into my classroom to help make the students feel comfortable and valued. I look forward to getting to know you and your family!


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Enrolled Families: 515-276-9247

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Address & Directions

5623 Northwest 86th Street
Johnston, IA 50131
86th St and Chambery Blvd



Monday - Friday
6:30am - 6:00pm
Recognized as a Cadence Education 
School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Johnston, IA