Who we are

Debbie Deere, Owner

I am the Owner/Executive Director of A Deere Place.  I started this  program in my garage in 1993, for the purpose of allowing myself to have a job that allowed me to stay home with my own 3 children.  I was a frazzled, working Mom, who had an unpleasant experience with finding quality childcare for my family.   I was determined from the beginning, to offer services that provided peace of mind in a safe, fun, and affordable environment for their child.  

 

ADP had an original enrollment of 10 children. In 1997 the program expanded and moved into the Lansing Elementary School as a Before & After School Program for 10 years.  It has been at its current location in the Lansing Business Center since November of 2007.  The facility now serves children, ages 2 ½ - 11, and has an enrollment capacity of 98 children.  

 

Tonia Mein - Program Director

      My name is Tonia Mein and I have been the Program Director at A Deere Place since 2012.  I have worked with children in many different capacities since 1985, to include:  Summer camps and sports camps during high school and college, a nanny for 3 years, and a Home Childcare Provider for 2 years.  I moved into the Child Care Center scene in 2000.  I have been working at ADP since 2002. 

      I love working with children and being able to make a difference in the lives of them and their families.  I cannot imagine doing anything else.  ADP is my second family.  I wanted to find a way to express my love for children, and working at ADP has given me opportunities I never expected. 

      I attended Kansas University, majoring in Physical Education.  I am involved in the Women's Chamber through the LV/Lansing Chamber of Commerce.  I am a 2013 graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class.  Through that experience, I was able to learn many new things about our community.

     When I am not at ADP, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two boys, who are both in college.  I am an avid Kansas Jayhawks fan, and am now also a Midland University Warrior and Wichita State Shocker fan.

Ashley Thompson

Pre K / After School Program

Bridget McKenzie

Preschool

JoJo Berres

Preschool/Toddler

Julia Budreau

Pre K

Carlin Blakley

After School Program

Maggie Wagner

Toddler

Patti Gunnels

Pre K/Before & After School/Bus Driver

Sue Scott

Cook/Housekeeper 

Amber Higley

Toddler