About Us

Owners and Staff

Stephanie Neuman HI!! I'm Stephanie Neuman and I am the owner/director of Kountry Kids Learning Center, Inc. I was born and raised in Girard, IL. I come from a very close knit family, my parents are John and Jeanette Earley and I have one brother JR who all still reside in Girard. I graduated from Girard High School in May 2000. I received my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in May 2004. After finishing my degree I moved home and accepted a position with Sangamon Area Special Education District (SASED) as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher at New Berlin Elementary and Ball/Chatham Elementary for 4 years. In June 2006 I married my husband, Kris and April 1, 2008 we welcomed our first child into the world, Charles Stephen. When Charlie was 4 weeks old we purchased a former church to open our own quality childcare center. It was a whole new career path for me going from the public school to the private sector. After a very busy and stressful summer, we opened our doors August 18, 2008. May 9, 2010 we added our daughter, Elliana Marie, to our family. I am currently pursuing my masters' degree, online, in Early Childhood Administration through National- Louis University. We are so blessed to have the best staff, students, and families EVER!! I LOVE MY JOB!!! 🙂 In my "spare" time I enjoy coaching high school competitive cheerleading at New Berlin High School, running, shopping, and spending time with my family and friends.
Kris Neuman I am a life long native of New Berlin. I graduated from New Berlin High School in 1998 and pursued an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. I am able to fulfill my lifelong dream by owning and operating KKLC. I love spending time with my wife and 2 children. In addition to being a business owner of KKLC and a father, I am a grain merchandiser for H&B Specialties in Pleasant Plains, and I help on my family's farm in the spring and fall.
My name is Lori Rice. I am the director here at CCLC. I am married and have 3 children and live in Rochester IL. Before coming to CCLC I was a teacher at Lincoln Land Child Development Center for 12 years. I have worked with children from 15 months to 5 years of age. I also work at the Motherhood Maternity in Macys at the mall. During my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors. I am excited to be a part of the CCLC team and look forward to getting to know you and your children.
Katie Flemming Hello my name is Katie Flemming. I graduated from Morrisonville High School. After High School I received my CNA and worked at an assisted living home. From there I began working at the Hope Institute for Children and Families. I worked in the education department as a teacher assistant working with children with autism. Since 2013 I have begun working in the field of early childhood. I am working on finishing my degree to become teacher qualified. I have two children of my own Hayven and Isaac, who keep me very busy. In 2015 we bought our first home. I love every aspect of teaching young minds to grow and become independent thinkers. Children learning activities of daily living is such a rewarding accomplishment not only for us as teachers, but for the children as well. I am dedicated to the social and emotional development of each child and make it my personal goal that they received the best care and love they all deserve.
Sharon Maguire Hi my name is Sharon Maguire. I have worked in the field of early childhood since 1988. I experience working with infants all the way up to elementary age children. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. I can teach infants all the way through third grade. I look forward to learning your child's personality and being a part of their lives.
Hello, my name is Robin Eddington. I live in Springfield with my granny mom and two cats Spooky and OC. I stared in the Early Childhood field in 1995. Since then I have received my Associate Degree in Child Development. I really enjoy working with the pre-schoolers. When I am not teaching I love to travel. Disney World is one of my favorite places to visit. I also enjoy reading, photography and watching sports. I am a Cubs and a Colts fan. I look forward to working with you and your family and teaching your children.
Hello my name is Sue Durdan. I grew up in Grand Ridge Illinois. I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Illinois Valley Community College in Ogelsby Illinois. I have been working with children for over 20 years. In my free time I enjoy dancing and spending time with my friends and family.
My name is Gina Hicks. I currently work in all age groups here at Capital City Learning Center. I fill in on the teachers days off or where ever I am needed. I was born and raised in Springfield Illinois. I graduated from New Berlin High School in 1995. I am currently working on my bachelors degree in education. I have worked with children for over 20 years. I have two daughters they are 16 and 23 years of age. In my free time I like to go shopping, watch Netflix and play around on my tablet. I am very excited to be a part of the CCLC team.
My name is Samantha Bott. I have woked in the field of ECE since 2010. I love all working with all ages. Here at Captial City Learning Center you will see me in all the age groups. I was born in Indiana and raised in Kentucky. I have two amazing children who I love spending time with. When I am not working my children and I are usually doing something fun outdoors, we love the outdoors. My goal is to continue my education in ECE. I enjoy working with children and am very excited to be apart of the CCLC family and to be working with you and your child.
megan_crowellHi! My name is Megan Crowell. I am the administrative assistant at KKLC. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago until my family and I moved to Chatham in 1998. I am a proud 2005 graduate of Chatham Glenwood. My high school sweet heart and I bought a house in New Berlin in summer of 2006. Before starting at Kountry Kids I was blessed enough to stay home with my daughter for 2 and a half years. I can easily say I have the best "office" job ever, I get to spend my days with kids!
bill_crone I am Bill Crone (Mr. Bill) and I work with the After School Program and serve as Janitor at KKLC. I was born on June 30, 1977 and was born and raised in Jerseyville, Illinois. I currently live in Ashland, Illinois with my wife Ms. Heather (Two's) and my two step-daughters Krissy and Ally Simmons. I hold a B.S. in Agriculture Business with a Minor in Business Management. I joined KKLC in January of 2010 and have 5 years experience in childcare. My occupations outside Kountry Kids consist of being the Assistant Manager at Walmart in Jacksonville as well as a substitute teacher. I spend my free time enjoying sports, woodworking, and home improvement projects. My favorite season is fall and my favorite color is blue. I am a fan of the Chicago Cubs but enjoy watching all collegiate sports.