Kidslink Preschool Director
EmailRHONDA CLEVELAND has been at Kidslink for twenty-nine years! She was a lead teacher for three years and then completed seventeen years in an administrative role as the Director’s assistant. Rhonda has an Associate degree in Christian Education from Nebraska Christian College and an Associate in Applied Science – Early Childhood Education from Butler Community College. She is actively involved in the Wichita area Early Childhood Directors Organization (ECDO). Mrs. Cleveland has a special interest in children’s music and enjoys singing and directing the Kidslink Programs. Rhonda and husband Kenton have two grown daughters: Andrea and Ashley, one seven year-old granddaughter, Alia and one 4 year old grandson, Ethan. Rhonda loves growing flowers, reading, biking, going for walks, camping & hiking, and experimenting with new recipes!
Kidslink Administrative Assistant & Lead Teacher
EmailJODI GLUNT is beginning her fourth year at Kidslink. She graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She was a stay at home mom for 10 years and a substitute teacher in the Goddard school district for two years. She and her husband, Ryan, have two daughters; Olivia (15 years old) and Abigail (9 years old) who both attended Kidslink. She was involved in the March of Dimes for years until they closed the Wichita chapter. Her family was the 2014 Wichita Ambassador Family and it remains a cause near and dear to her heart. In her free time, she enjoys writing, painting and cheering on Wichita State basketball. Most of all, she loves spending time with her family (which also includes two chihuahuas and 2 cats.)
DONNA BAIRD graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She has taught in the Andover Public School System and worked as a substitute teacher in the Wichita schools. She has coordinated the children’s Pioneer Club and the church Resource Center. Donna has also helped with VBS and taught Summer Play Day. She taught in a Campus Kids after school Bible Club at Pleasant Valley Elementary. She is currently involved in the Bible Club at Cessna Elementary in Wichita. Mrs. Baird is starting her twenty-eighth year at Kidslink as a lead teacher. Donna and husband Rick have two grown children: Timothy and Ashley, one grandson, Gavin; and two granddaughters, Madi and Molly. Mrs. Baird loves spending time with her family, reading, doing word puzzles and going to the zoo!
SAMANTHA BARNETT is starting her second year as a lead teacher after two years of serving as an assistant teacher. She graduated with an Associates of Arts degree. Samantha has been a stay at home mom to her 3 children Hailey-15, Abbey-8, and Hunter-6. Abbey and Hunter attended 2 years at Kidslink. Abbey will begin 3rd grade and Hunter will be a first grader this fall. Her husband Jonathon is a lead operating engineer with JLL and their family lives in Goddard. She is in her 5th year volunteering at the Pathway Goddard Campus in the Farm leading kindergarteners every Sunday. She is also the room coordinator. Mrs. Barnett volunteers with leading at VBS and Day Camp. In her spare time she enjoys photography, traveling, zoo trips, and swimming with her kids.
RHONDA BOLEN begins her twenty-seventh year on the Kidslink staff. She previously was an assistant teacher at Kidslink and has served in our Kids Day Inn program for three years as a lead teacher. Mrs. Bolen enjoys drawing and art and has had a craft idea published in “The Mailbox”, a teacher resource magazine. Reading, gardening, and traveling with her family are also favored pastimes. Rhonda and her husband Steve have two grown children, Josh and Brooke, both of whom attended Kidslink as preschoolers. Mrs. Bolen also has a granddaughter, Anika Rose and a grandson, Simon. Anika attended Kidslink and will begin kindergarten and Simon will be attending Kidslink this year.
CATHIE CHAFFIN is a lead teacher and she is beginning her nineteenth year! Mrs. Chaffin graduated from Tabor College (Wichita) with a degree in Christian Ministry. She has served as a children’s minister, Sunday School and VBS teacher, has assisted at Pathway Church’s summer programs, and has served on short-term mission trips. Cathie and husband Kevin have two grown daughters: Meagan and Brianne. She is “Nana” to grandsons Luke and Andrew. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, reading, lawn and garden care, and on pleasant days prefers time on her porch swing with Kevin and their chiminea.
Lead and Assistant Teacher
LAURA EWY is beginning her first year at Kidslink as a lead and assistant teacher. She has worked as a Registered Nurse the last 10 years, but has always had a passion for working with preschoolers. She and her husband, Kyle, have served in the preschool ministry at the Westlink campus for 11 years and have volunteered at VBS. Two of their children, Noah (13) and Emily (8), now serve alongside them. Their youngest, Nolan (5), will be attending his second year at Kidslink this year. Laura enjoys attending her kids’ sports and activities, spending time outdoors, reading, playing cards and board games, and quality time with her loved ones.
PAULA WEBB grew up on a farm in Northwest Kansas. Her love of cooking and canning developed as a young girl in 4-H. Paula has a degree in Home Economics from Kansas State University with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education, and she also holds a one-year graduate Bible certificate from Multnomah School of the Bible. She has taught at Kidslink for thirty-three years and Sunday School at Pathway Church. Mrs. Webb’s baking and canning entries win blue ribbons every year at the Kansas State Fair! Her love of cooking is integrated in the classroom. She and her husband Charlie, who recently passed away, have two married children: Mark and Lenora, two grandsons and three granddaughters, including a set of twins!
JAN HIGGINS is starting her first year as an assistant teacher with Kidslink. She is retired from a 32 year career in Early Childhood Education. She was on staff at Pathway Church as Early Childhood Director from 2004 to 2014. Mrs Higgins enjoys going to movies, traveling and painting. She has traveled twice to India with a missions team from Pathway. She and her husband, Donn, are avid WSU Shocker fans. They have three children, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
LAUREL SMITH is beginning her second year as an assistant teacher at Kidslink. She’s currently taking classes at Butler Community College and will be graduating next May with an Associates of Arts degree in Graphic Design. She’s very involved at Pathway Church and volunteers as an assistant leader in the middle school ministry, tech production in the ballpark, and serves as an usher for the 10:30 service at the Westlink Campus. In her spare time, Ms. Smith enjoys photography, drawing, spending time with friends, and Starbucks coffee.--
TAWNYA SOKOLL is beginning her eighth year as an assistant teacher. She was previously a substitute teacher for Kidslink. Her husband is Steve and they have two daughters, Corinn and Jenna. Both girls attended Kidslink as preschoolers! Steve and Tawnya have been married for 25 years. Corinn will graduate in December from ESU with her nursing degree. Jenna will be a junior at Maize South. Mrs. Sokoll worked in VBS and Day Camp until her children were older. She loves scrapbooking, working in the yard as well as watching her kids play volleyball and softball.
MANDY SPEXARTH is starting her first year as an assistant teacher with Kidslink. She worked as an Administrative Assistant for Pathway Church from 2016-2018. Mandy and her husband, Roger and their 4 year old son, Harrison attend the Westlink campus at Pathway Church. Mandy’s greatest joy is her son, Harrison who brings so much energy, love and adventure to her life. In her spare time you can find her crafting; especially card making. Mandy also enjoys being a part of the local Project Linus non profit organization that provides blankets to kids going through challenging times. Mandy loves traveling and hiking with her husband and son.
BROOKE ULBRICH is beginning her third year at Kidslink as an assistant teacher. She previously worked as an ESOL para at both the Maize and Wichita school districts. Mrs. Ulbrich and her husband, Ben, have two children: Anika (6) and Simon (3). Anika has attended both Kidslink and Kids Day Inn and will be going into Kindergarten. Simon will be attending Kidslink this year. Mrs. Ulbrich is returning to the world of education after 3 years as a stay-at-home mom. She also attended Kidslink as a child. In her free time, she enjoys playing the clarinet in a few local ensembles and in music theatre, and she loves spending time with her family.
DENISE WRIGHT was a lead & assistant teacher for twenty-five years at Kidslink and was formerly the director of Kids Day Inn. Denise graduated from Friends University where she was enrolled as an Education major before later deciding on a degree in Business and Spanish. Mrs. Wright has taught in MAPS and Sunday School, and has been coordinator for the Preschool Sunday School department. Denise is a former Kidslink parent and volunteer. Ron is her husband and they have two grown daughters: Kendra and Nicole, three grandsons: Caleb, Sam, and Isaac; two granddaughters: Adaline, Cora. Mrs. Wright enjoys being outside as much as possible; walking the dog, doing yard work, and fussing over the flowers daily!
PATTI CHISHAM has been a Lead teacher in the Kids Day Inn program for the last 6 years and a substitute teacher for Kidslink for one year. Patti and her husband Steve have attended Pathway for 30 years. She has been involved in Children's ministries, MAPS, womens bible studies, lead many mission trips and weekly you can find her working in the infant nursery at the Goddard campus. Patti and her husband have two grown daughters, Sarah and Jessica, and twelve grandchildren 🙂. In her free time Patti enjoys loving on children, reading, and spending time with friends.
MEGAN POLLEY graduated from Bethel College with a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She has taught preschool, been a substitute teacher, instructional paraprofessional, lunchroom paraprofessional, special education paraprofessional and a stay at home mom. This is her first year being a substitute teacher for Kidslink and her second year as an assistant teacher in the Kids Day Inn program. Mrs. Polley has been married for 21 years to her husband, Bruce. They have two children. Her son, Brue, is 17 and will be a senior at Maize High School and her daughter, Blakelyn, is 12 and will be a seventh grader at Maize Middle School. Blakelyn also attended Kids Day Inn and Kidslink. Mrs. Polley's family also includes Iris, a one year old, white, miniature schnauzer. In her spare time, Mrs. Polley likes to scrapbook, crafting, playing cards and board games, shopping, hanging out on her patio and watching her kids play tennis, bowling and dance.