The Warsaw Area Career Center is excited to introduce the new Warsaw Early Learning Academy to you, along with the staff members that will be caring for these children. This program was implemented to help support Warsaw Community School staff members & their families. The WELA currently has 23 students with ages ranging from infant through 5 years old. Please see below for bios from our new staff members, more pictures of the facility, & how much fun these sweet children have already been having.
Warsaw Early Learning Academy Director
Lynette will be in charge of overseeing our new childcare program here at Warsaw Community Schools and will be working directly with the students, as well as supervising the staff. She is responsible for the daily organization of the program and whatever else each day may bring.
Lynette attended Purdue University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development & Family Studies.
She’s been married for 27 years to Joe Hawn (Officer Hawn). They have 3 children; Meghan (20), Nicholas (20) and Jacob (16). They also have 2 dogs; Maggie, a 9-year-old Golden Retriever, and Max a 1-year-old chocolate lab. Lynette has lived in Warsaw/Winona lake for 27 years but grew up in Fort Wayne. She is the oldest of 4 children and her family attends Walnut Creek United Methodist Church.
In her spare time, Lynette loves to bake, go for walks, read, and watch movies with her family.
When asked about her favorite things, Lynette says:
I LOVE Mexican food!! I could eat it every day if my family would agree to it.
My favorite color is yellow.
My favorite flower is a sunflower.
My husband and I have been chaperoning youth mission trips for 24 years at our church Walnut Creek UMC.
I am a Harry Potter fan!! Love the books and movies.
My favorite band is Third Day and lead singer Mac Powell. I have seen them in concert 20 times.
Assistant Director: Infant/Toddler
Erin will be in charge of taking care of all the daily needs of our youngest Tigers in the infant/toddler room. She is very excited about the opportunity to serve our staff & their families in this role.
Erin grew up here in Warsaw, attended Grace College in Winona Lake, and has 3 brothers. She has been married to her husband Drew for just over a year.
Some of her favorites include the color blue, meal: meatloaf, mac & cheese, and green bean casserole, and dessert: brownies or chocolate chip cookies. An interesting fact about Erin is that she has a twin brother, Ethan.
During her free time, she loves to play tennis, ultimate frisbee, bike riding, going for walks, and spending time with family & friends.
Assistant Director: Preschool
Shelby will be in charge of teaching the preschool class (ages 3-5), but also is serving in a part-time advisory role with our FFA Chapter. This school year she is most excited to get to know all of her students and to be able to help them succeed in every way possible.
Shelby is a Wawasee High School graduate and is currently attending North Carolina State University.
During her spare time, Shelby loves to take naps, do anything outdoors (camping, gardening, kayaking, etc.) & spend time with her family, boyfriend, & dogs. Her favorite color is turquoise and her favorite food is anything grilled.