Meet The Staff

  • Program Director/Owner

    Laura Coyle is responsible for daily operations and management of the facility. Laura earned her degree in Family Services from the University of Nebraska. She served as an in-home counselor at Boys Town for two years. Laura also worked at Prairie Life Center for five years as the Youth Program Director. Prior to Garden Patch CLC Laura owned and ran a successful in-home child care business for five years.

     

    Assistant Director

    I am Katie Apley and I am the Assistant Director at Garden Patch CLC 193rd St location.

    I have been with Garden Patch since we opened our doors Sept 21st, 2009.

    I am a mother of 6 children, two of which are my step children and I am married to Chris who work for the Nebraska State Patrol.

    I have been working with children ever since I have been old enough to work, I was a Toddler teacher for 12 yrs at two different centers and after that I had a licensed in home child care for 3 yrs until I was offered this position with Garden Patch.

    I have always been very passionate about children and love being with them every day, I love watching their curious minds grow every day and seeing the excitement of learning new things when they come to the center.

    Some of my duties include, supporting Laura in the daily operations of the center as well as helping the teachers grow the children’s social and emotional development. I understand the importance of the children’s development socially and physically. I also work with the teachers to make sure the curriculum is being implemented every day.

    I come to work everyday with great enthusiasm and excitement to help the families and staff get off on the right foot as soon as you enter our doors, I will always do my best to provide a safe and nurturing environment for your children!

     
    Office Manager

    Alyssa Altmaier has worked for Garden Patch Creative Learning Center since Septemeber 21st, 2009. She now splits her time between both locations and is responsible for daily accounting operations as well as daily office operations. Alyssa enjoys interacting with the children and their families in both locations. She is happily married and has one child of her own.

     

  • Owner

    Laura Coyle is responsible for daily operations and management of the facility. Laura earned her degree in Family Services from the University of Nebraska. She served as an in-home counselor at Boys Town for two years. Laura also worked at Prairie Life Center for five years as the Youth Program Director. Prior to Garden Patch CLC Laura owned and ran a successful in-home child care business for five years.

     

    Program Director

    I am originally from California and went to college in San Diego. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Elementary Education. I began my teaching career where I taught 6th grade in Arizona for 5 years. I then moved to Nebraska, where I took some time off of work to stay home with my 2 and 4 year old. I began working as a preschool teacher at my daughter’s preschool. I taught 3- 5 year olds for 4 years. I continued working at the same center where I eventually became the assistant director for the past 5 years. I implemented all of the curriculum for the center, interacted with the children on a daily basis, managed staff, and worked with parents.

    Working with children every day is one of the most rewarding jobs anyone could ever have. I am so fortunate to have this opportunity to continue what I love doing, and with a great team of teachers. I am looking forward to start this new journey with Garden Patch as the Director at our newest location.

     
    Assistant Director

    I started working at the original Garden Patch 5 years ago. I started as an infant teacher, and ended as a 3-year-old teacher. I absolutely loved it. My heart has always been in this industry. Working with children is very rewarding and this is what has brought me back to Garden Patch!! I graduated from Millard South High school. After High school I attended Xenon Academy and was a cosmetologist for 4 years. I have always had a strong passion for kids! I am very excited to be the assistant director at our new location!

     

    Office Manager

    Alyssa Altmaier has worked for Garden Patch Creative Learning Center since Septemeber 21st, 2009. She now splits her time between both locations and is responsible for daily accounting operations as well as daily office operations. Alyssa enjoys interacting with the children and their families in both locations. She is happily married and has one child of her own.

     

 

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