Meet the Staff

Leadership Staff

Our professional staff includes qualified teachers and other individuals who are eager to provide safe, enjoyable learning opportunities. We offer the structure, care and love of learning you want your child to experience.
Use the lefthand navigation to meet the rest of the center's staff.

Ms. Julie D.
Julie is the co-owner of McDonald's franchise restaurants in Bloomington-Normal and McLean, Illinois. Past President of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council. The development of a learning center for children has been a life long dream come true.

Director of Operations
Ms. MaryBeth
MaryBeth is originally from Macomb, IL. where she attended Western Illinois University. She is married to Jake, and they have 2 little boys. She attended Western Illinois University where she has credit hours toward a B.S. in Elementary Education. MaryBeth has been involved in child care since 2002.

Director of Curriculum
Ms. April
I was born and raised in Bloomington. I am a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Psychology. I have been working in childcare since 2000, I have 5 years of classroom experience and over 10 years of experience in management. I am proud to say I have been working with Little Jewels since we opened our doors in 2004. I have been married since 2001 and I am the very proud mother of 2 busy boys. Thank you for sharing your child with us!


Ms. Heidi

Heidi graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S in Early Childhood Education. She has over 15 years of experience in the Early Childhood field and is thrilled to be part of the Little Jewels family.  With her husband, Geoff, they have three children and a puppy.  Her spare time consists of family fun, outdoor activities, and community events!

Assistant Director

Ms. Kara

Kara is originally from Decatur, IL. She moved to Bloomington after she graudated in 2016 from Illinois State University. She recevied a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences with a focus on Human Development and also a minor in Children's Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting and spending time with friends and family.

Building Manager
Mr. Steve
Steven has been with Little Jewels since the beginning in 2004. He is married with 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl. He came to us through McDonald's where he met Julie Dobski. He worked there for 26 years. He loves children and enjoys music and trivia.