Our teaching staff have years of experience in early childhood
education and children's ministry.
Sonya has been the director of KidSteps Preschool since it began in 2013, and she has 15 years of experience as a preschool director. Sonya retired after 18 years of leading the afterschool program for Warrensburg School District in 2011 before KidSteps began. She enjoys planning ways to help young children learn by engaging their spirit of fun and adventure. Sonya has taught preschool, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, served as director of Weekday Early Education programs, and coordinated the Warrensburg R-VI Before and After School program for many years. In addition to her work, she enjoys cooking, sewing, gardening, travel, and volunteering in her church and community.
Bonnie Thessen is a lifelong Missourian. She grew up in rural Missouri and attended Mizzou where she received a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and began her career as an assistant instructor of the infant/toddler program at Mizzou's Child Development Lab. Bonnie left that position in 1995 to move to Warrensburg and marry her husband, Daniel. In Warrensburg, Bonnie mentored UCM Child Development students, subbed at local and home child care facilities, served on the board for Missouri Association for the Education for Young Children, she also worked at the Child Development Center on Base, and mentored young mothers through the local La Leche League group.