Voluntary Preschool - Whitney Rairden


Hi everyone, my name is Whitney Rairden and I am the preschool teacher here at Little Clippers. I was raised in Williamsburg, IA and graduated from Williamsburg Jr./Sr. High school in 2007. After high school I attended Kirkwood Community College where I received my Associates in Liberal Arts Degree. I continued on to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa. I taught preschool for five years at College Community School District before accepting my job at Little Clippers. I currently live in Williamsburg, IA with my husband Adam and our adorable two year old daughter. We enjoy taking walks, going to the park and camping. I am very excited to get to watch/help your children grow and learn.  

Hello! My is Diane Schnoes and I am the lead teacher in the one year old room at Little Clippers. I was raised in a small, but wonderful town of Dyersville, Iowa with 3 brothers and one sister. I have always loved children and knew I would be working with them for most of my life. I earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Northeast Iowa Community College. I was a lead teacher at Kids Kampus in Guttenberg for a year before I moved to Manchester to teach pre-school at Head start. I remained there for the nest 14 years. I married my husband Mark 3 years ago and moved to Coralville. In our spare time we like to visit family and shop for hidden treasures at garage sales and consignment stores. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach each and every child. It is such a joy to come to Little Clippers each day and be greeted by so many happy and loving children. I love watching them grow and discover new tings. Each child is unique and holds a special place in my heart.  


Meet Our Staff

Creators - Birgitta Bettis

My name is Alicia Sanchez and I am the new Lead Teacher in the one-year-old class, also  known as the Rugrats classroom.  I will also be training soon to be an on-site supervisor for the center. I have been with Little Clippers since March of  2015. I was an assistant of the infant classroom my first year then moved to the one-year-old class. I attended Clear Creek Amana Community School District from 5th grade until graduation. I was born in San Diego, California and was raised in Iowa. Another little fact about me is that I’m bilingual and I am fluent in English and Spanish! I enjoy being able to teach and love each and every child that comes into the classroom. I have always known my one “thing” in life I was good at and could see myself doing is working with children. I am so very happy to be given the opportunity to teach your child and to be able to greet them all the time with hugs or smiles!


Super Tots - Diane Schnoes

My Name is Moriah Williams and I am the Lead Teacher in our Lil' Sprouts Infant Room and also an On-Site Supervisor. As a child I was raised in Oxford, IA. I attended Clear Creek Amana K-12 and graduated in the Spring of 2009. Later that summer, I led my softball team to the first 45-0 softball season the state has ever seen! It was one of the best times of my life to say the least. I was given honors like Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, and All-State Elite Team Captain. I went on to play softball with a full ride scholarship to Kirkwood Community College. While I attended Kirkwood I majored in American Sign Language. After a year I decided to take a break so I could get a kick start in the real world! After a few years of truly figuring out who I was and what I loved, I met my Husband Brandon Williams. We were married in August of 2012, and have since built a happy healthy life together here in Tiffin, Iowa with our two fantastic little guys. I have been employed by Little Clippers since October of 2013, and have been in my current position as Lead Teacher since May of 2015. As of right now I am enrolled in a program to continue my education with infants and will soon have my CDA in Early Childhood Education. I really love and enjoy what I do and I couldn't be happier working with Infants everyday!

Hello! My name is Bailey Ackman and I am the Director for the Before and After school programs. I grew up in Northeastern Iowa and graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock High School in 2010. After high school I moved to Cedar Rapids to attend Kirkwood Community College. While taking classes at Kirkwood I worked with all different age groups at the Waypoint child care program. In 2012 I graduated with my Associates of Arts in Human Services. I decided to further my education at the University of Iowa while majoring in Psychology and Studio Arts. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and my dog. I also love traveling to different locations such as Australia, Las Vegas, and Boston. I started working at Little Clippers in February 2015 as a floater in all the classrooms. In May of 2015, I took the position of Assistant Teacher in the Infant room, which is my favorite room! Additionally that same year I accepted the position of an On-Site Supervisor as well! Recently, I accepted the position of BASP Director as well as assisting with the daily functions at the center. I enjoy working with children very much and want to advance in a career that allows me to continue doing so.

Hi there! My name is Jennie Kleinmeyer and I am the Assistant Director here at Little Clippers! I was born and raised in Iowa and attended Clear Creek Amana Comm. School District from preschool all way through high school, where I graduated in May of 2009. After high school I attend Kirkwood Comm. College where I earned my Associates degree in Liberal Arts and Iowa State.  I have been with Little Clippers since April 19, 2010. I started as an assistant teacher for the 3 year olds, 1 year olds and infants. In August of 2014 I accepted the position as the Lead Teacher in our 3 year old room and absolutely loved it! I really enjoyed planning activities and lessons for the children in my classroom. It allowed me to be creative and learn more about what each child enjoyed doing. In June of 2015, I became the assistant director for Little Clippers! I positively LOVE my position here at Little Clippers! Currently, I am in the process of obtaining an associates degree in Applied Science for Business Administration: Management. It's such a great experience to teach young children and to watch them grow and develop into their own unique self. Knowing you have a part in that is truly amazing!     

​​​Owner & Director - Amanda

Hi everyone, my name is Amanda and I am the Director and Owner of Little Clippers. I am originally from Keokuk, Iowa and attended college at Iowa Wesleyan University. At IWU I earned my Bachelors in Elementary Education along with an endorsement in Special Education.  However, my area of interest lies in early childhood. I love working with younger children. Children can really surprise you and they love to learn new things. Nothing compares to the moment when you see a child master a skill they have been attempting repeatedly , or achieve a developmental concept that you helped them complete. Teachers have a huge influence in their students development  and that is something I have always taken to heart. I  started my career at HACAP Head Start, where I gained experience in different ages and stages of child development.  Furthering my career in child development I opened my in-home daycare that I operated out of my home in Tiffin, Iowa. After 4 year of running my in-home I developed a lengthy waiting list. I wanted to extend my services to more families ultimately leading to the opening of Little Clippers. Outside of the center I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children (two girls and one boy). Weather it's watching a movie or spending time in the Ozarks I always value the time spend with my family. 

 Assistant Director - Jennie

Hello my name is Shantel Falwell and I am the lead teacher in the Lil' Sprouts 2 room (6w-12m), as well as an on-site supervisor for Little Clippers. I was born in Iowa City, IA and raised in West Branch, IA. I graduated in 2005 from West Branch High School. I started here at Little Clippers Child Development center June 2013. I am happily married since July 2006 and  have 2 children. I started off as a float teacher, which means that I worked with all the ages in the center and later I became a full-time assistant teacher in the 2 year old room. In May 2015 I accepted the Lead teacher position for the Lil' Sprouts 2 room (Infants) and became an on-site supervisor in 2017. I am currently in the process of getting my Child Development Associate (CDA) to further my education. As a parent, I completely understand how hard it can be to trust another person with your child's development and safety, that is part of the reasons why I love taking care of children and why I take my job so seriously. I am looking forward to engaging your child into a nice, quiet, and pleasant environment where I will be working on stimulation, caring, and affection. My job is to help infants develop/grow emotionally, socially while giving allowing them the opportunity to enhance their development. I care about every child I work with so much and look forward to coming into Little Clippers every day!

Rugrats - Alicia Sanchez

Site Supervisor / Lil' Sprouts 2 Lead Teacher - Shantel

BASP Director - Bailey Ackman


Lead Teachers

Site Supervisor / Lil' Sprouts 1 Lead Teacher - Moriah

Hello! My name is Birgitta Bettis and I am delighted to take on the position of lead teacher in the 3 year old room here at Little Clippers. I grew up outside of Chicago in a big family and was the youngest of 7 children. I’ve always loved working with kids and helping people, which is why I chose to study social work in college. I graduated with my BSW from Purdue University in 2015. My experiences range from providing childcare in our church nursery to serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, where I was able to represent a foster child in court. Most recently, I worked as a social worker at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. I currently live in Oxford with my husband Spencer and our 5 year old daughter Emerald. I am honored to have the privilege of getting to know your children and spending time together as we learn and explore!