Our Teachers

Our teachers and staff are dedicated to helping each child discover their unique potential. Quality care is provided, self concepts are enhanced, independence is encouraged, social skills are acquired and individuality is respected in each of our classrooms.

Director & Teacher: Jody Krugger

Jody Krugger has been employed at Elkader Childcare and Learning Center for 9 years.I am the director and preschool teacher assistant. A little about myself; I live in Volga, with my husband and 2 children. I enjoy being a 4-H leader, spending time with my family, camping, being outdoors, and reading.

Lead Toddler Room Teacher and Assistant Director: Lynda Schaefers

Lynda Scheafers has been with Elkader Childcare and Learning Center since 2007. Lynda has been a lead teacher since 2009 and assistant director since 2013. Lynda has an Early Childhood Diploma from NICC. Lynda enjoys watching the children grow and learn at ECCLC. Lynda enjoys spending time with her family and horses. Lynda lives by Guttenberg with … Continue reading Lead Toddler Room Teacher and Assistant Director: Lynda Schaefers

Lead Preschool Teacher: Brenda Vaughn

Brenda has been an early childhood teacher for over 20 years and began teaching in the Elkader Childcare and Learning Center preschool program in August 2013.  She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Teaching Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Children with an endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education. Brenda grew up in Shellsburg, Iowa.  She … Continue reading Lead Preschool Teacher: Brenda Vaughn

Teacher Assistant: Kelsey Vlazny

Kelsey Vlazny has been with Elkader Childcare and Learning Center since 2015. Kelsey is a student at Upper Iowa University getting her teaching degree.