Preschool Staff and Board

The current staff is comprised of two certified teachers, one of whom has been with the preschool from its beginning in 1997, and one associate. Their combination of experience and creativity make for a balanced approach to preschool curriculum.

  • Cindy Broadway, a teacher within the classroom has an elementary education degree with an early childhood endorsement.  She had teaching experience in fourth grade and kindergarten before becoming a preschool director in 1995. She serves as SONshine's current director.


  • Karen Fitzsimmons, a teacher within the classroom has an elementary education degree with endorsements in early childhood and art.  She had classroom teaching experience in preschool and as an art teacher as well as several years of substitute teaching in various classrooms. She joined the SONshine staff in 2017.


  • Katie Mulder, our assistant director and classroom associate, is a certified early childhood para-educator who joined our staff in 2009. 
         Communication is one of the key elements in education. Phone calls or emails are always welcomed. Weekly updates on classroom happenings are sent through email and/or home with the children.  A monthly calendar with daily information listed is also provided.  Evaluations are sent home twice a year with opportunity for conferences as well.

SONshine Preschool is under the direction of a parent member board.  Each year new parent members are chosen from a list of volunteers from incoming families to serve a three-year term.  This rotating three-year term helps to provide knowledge and consistency as a governing board.
        SONshine Preschool Board Members        
Kristen De Bruin, President, 641-660-8489
Julie Boender
 Shannon Jensen
Jenni Rinehart-Lynch
Susie Chilcote
Jen Groenenboom
Melissa Bowen
Tiffany Beal
Katie Johnston