Preschool Teachers and Administration
Jolene Meeks - Director
My name is Jolene Meeks. I am a mother of 6, 4 of my own, and 2 stepchildren. My family and I relocated from Des Moines to Ripon in June of 2017. I ran In-home childcare for 8 years where I was a State Registered, ChildNet Certified, and QRS rated provider. I also participated in the states food program (CACFP) to ensure children received healthy meals while in my care. Since joining the Discovery team in January of 2018 I have had the pleasure of working alongside Jan Kerch in the preschool room as well as working in our childcare room. Knowing that this is a passion of mine I have also earned my Child Development Associate (CDA) in preschool since joining the Discovery team. I have always enjoyed working with children and this all started when I was 12. I am excited to take on this new role as Director and continue working with all of our wonderful families.
Jan Kerch - Lead Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Kerch is Discovery Preschool. Her energy and her ability to connect with children, combined with a sound educational background and a creative curriculum, instill in Discovery students an eagerness to learn and a willingness to listen. Her reputation as a teacher and a leader is unparalleled. She has been a teacher at Discovery Preschool for 30 years, or as she likes to put it since she was 12 years old.
Lea Salas - Registrar
Lea has been with Discovery for a number of years. She is a one-stop-shop! She is the currently the preschool registrar, office manager, and billing/payroll department! Lea has extensive knowledge of Quick Books and is an active member of the School Board. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness, travel and being with family.