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Meet Us

Natalie Weltner, Director
Natalie Weltner, Director

I am from a small town in Northeast Iowa and I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion. I have an extensive background in youth programming and enjoy educating children and being a positive role model to them. In my spare time I enjoy running with my dog, reading a good book, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to getting to know you!

Danielle Stanford, Assistant Director
Danielle Stanford, Assistant Director

I graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development. I have worked in a childcare center for almost five years as a teacher and an administrator. I am motivated by the knowledge that the day-to-day tasks of quality childcare are creating a brighter future for all of us.

I currently live in Utah, but will be moving to Des Moines as my husband plans to attend Des Moines University’s medical program. I love the outdoors and spend a lot of my time hiking. I have a mild obsession with Disney, Harry Potter, and chocolate. I love spending time with family and friends, but after the move, I will be spending lots of my time exploring the Des Moines area and making new friends! I am excited to be apart of Cadence Academy and cannot wait to get started.

Carrie Hotchkiss, Teacher
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
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.


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5859 Ashworth Road
West Des Moines, IA 50266



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

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Ashworth, West Des Moines, IA