My name is Ronalda and I am a Pre-K teacher. I have an elementary degree from BHSU and live in Spearfish with my husband. I am really excited to teach your kids about the world and culture since I love traveling and have been to 13 countries in my life so far. I enjoy hiking and anything outdoors and hope to raise young explorers in my classroom!

My name is Mariah Madsen and I am originally from Pierre, South Dakota. I am beginning my third, and final year at Black Hills State University. I am double majoring in Sociology and Human Services with an emphasis in Justice Studies. With graduation coming up this next May, I am excited to begin my career. I am hoping to work in probation services or for a victim witness program. I have always had a passion for helping children and giving them the courage to follow their dreams. I feel as though with this job, I am able to do some of that.

My name is Taylor Ihmels. My major is Special Education/Early Education. I am on the BHSU women’s triathlon team. I am from Burnsville, Minnesota. My favorite things to do include going on runs with my dog, hiking, and camping.

My name is Julie Knight. I am a junior here at BHSU. I am double majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education. I am also planning to get a minor in Spanish. I have been wanting to be a teacher ever since I could remember. Also, I absolutely love this job because of all the children! They make me so so so happy!

I am Erin from Broomfield, Colorado. I am a junior at BHSU completing my associates degree for pre-nursing. I love hiking and animals and am super excited to get to work with kids and help them the best that I can!

Hi, I’m Dayna! I’ve been working at PHCC on and off for about a year and a half. I am a junior at BHSU. I am double majoring in Human Services and Sociology, after college I would love to work up to be a Social worker. I moved around a lot through middle school and high school but I’m so happy I ended up here in spearfish! I just enjoy hanging out with my friends, going on hikes, being outside etc. I love working with all of your kiddos and I am excited to see them grow!

Hello! I am Miss Josie, and I am from Martin, SD. I am a human services and sociology major at BHSU with a year and a half left! When I am done, I hope to go back home and find a job with kids. For fun, I like to hang out with my family and friends, go on hikes, eat pizza, and take naps! I love being around all the kiddos at PHCCC and doing fun crafts with them. They all have such bright personalities!

My name is Haley Schneider, I was born and raised in Worland, Wyoming. I am currently a sophomore at BHSU and pursing a major in Elementary Education. I also play basketball here at BH. My favorite Netflix series is "One Tree Hill", I can quote "The Notebook" word for word because I've seen it so many times. I enjoy children, and love how contagious their happiness is. I'm happy to be working here at PHCCC, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to work with each of your kiddos!

Ms. Barb is the Executive Director of Prairie Hills Transit/Child Care Center. She loves children, horses, kittens, gardening, canning, baking, sewing, and her grandchildren. She wants to read, listen to music, make a difference, and save the world.

I am Brittany Ackerman from Milbank, Sd. I am attending BHSU with majors in Elementary Education and Special Education. I enjoy hiking and doing new things!

Hi! My name is Breana Jennings and I am currently a senior at Black Hills State. I'm double majoring in psychology and sociology. I grew up in a small town called Lemmon SD, but have lived in Spearfish most of my life & I absolutely love it here! I've worked for PHCCC for quite a while now and there's nothing I love more than spending time with such amazing kiddos and watching all of them learn & grow!

Hello, I’m Colin Weinzirl. I’m and education major at BHSU and I’ve been working at this daycare for about a year now. I enjoy hiking, traveling, and sports of all kinds. I like this job because I feel I’m very suited for something like this, and also the staff here is great and everyone puts their best foot forward for the kids which is great to be a part of.

Hello! My name is Karley LaFountain and I am starting my fifth year here at PHCCC! I am from Casper, Wyoming and attend BHSU. I will graduate this December with a degree in Elementary Education with minors in Early Childhood Education and Reading. I am excited to be the Director and work with all of your children and families each day.


My name is Sierra Price. I'm from a tiny little town in western South Dakota by the name of Faith. If you blink, you'll miss it! I'm currently a sophomore at BHSU where I'm majoring in Elementary and Special Education with a minor in Early Childhood. A few of my hobbies are reading books, playing with my dog, drinking massive amounts of coffee, helping out on our cattle ranch, rodeoing, and hanging out with my friends! I love this job because I love ALL these little kiddos! I've always had a heart and passion for children so this is the perfect job for me.

My name is Tawny Schopp. I grew up in Lemmon, SD and now attend BHSU. I'll graduate with my chemistry degree this year and continue on to PA school for my masters. On the weekends I work as a phlebotomist at Rapid City Regional Hospital. I enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and exploring the outdoors. I look forward to getting to know the kids and staff at Prairie Hills Child Care Center.