Jennifer Ryker, School Director
Hi, My name is Jennifer Ryker and I have been part of the Cadence Academy Family since 2006 and am proud of the loving and educational care we provide to our families. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Child, Adult and Family Services from Iowa State University and have been in the childcare field since 2002. I love being a part of the lives of our children and families, as well as our teachers.
Lacey Miller, Assistant Director
My name is Lacey and I am happily married to my husband, Corey. We have three beautiful kiddos: Parker, our angel, who earned his angel wings due to a congenital heart defect, Keigan, and Addisyn. My previous background is in education, customer service, management, and accounting. I feel beyond lucky that I get the opportunity to work with your children every day. It is a wonderful feeling to get the opportunity to be a part in molding the growth of each child. It's especially rewarding to have a job where I receive smiles, hugs, laughter, drawings, and get to enjoy the great moments that each child brings daily. I look forward to being a step in each child's ladder of life experiences. Thank you for giving me the privilege to work with your most precious blessing.
Carrie Hotchkiss, Teacher
Ms. Carrie has been a teacher with us since 1999. Ms. Carrie is an enthusiastic teacher of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool program. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with endorsements in k-8 mathematics, P K-3 teacher, regular education, and special education classroom. She puts a lot of emphasis on incorporating the development of kindergarten readiness skills into the routine of the children’s day. She proudly leads the K-Club and demonstrates a great understanding of the development of preschool age children.
Crystal Major, Teacher
I joined this school in the Fall of 2011 in the toddler classroom. I graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2007 with a degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in Special Education, Reading, and Language Arts. I currently live in Des Moines with my husband, Duran, and our 3 children: Leila, Da’Sean, and Jaylen. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy reading and crossword puzzles. I love to watch the children learn and grow and look forward to getting to know your child.