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Meet Us

Jennifer Ryker, School Director
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
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
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 Rd
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