About the Owners

Hello! We are the Thrailkill family and the local owners and operators of Alphabet Academy. Mom, Angela, is a Waukee graduate, holds a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems and has a professional background in education, technology, and business in both the private and public sectors. Dad, Berry, has a professional background in photography and computer technology and manages bookkeeping at Alphabet Academy. Daughter Claire is an avid reader and looking forward to Third grade. Daughter Darcy loves every day and is a budding Kindergartener. Daughter Emily is growing up with Alphabet Academy and will soon celebrate her third birthday.

About the Director

Hello! My name is Faith Spencer-Hamilton and I am the Director of Alphabet Academy. I have an elementary education degree from the University of Northern Iowa and my Early Childhood Special Education endorsement from Drake University. I have over 15 years experience in childcare and education. I look forward to providing quality care for the children at Alphabet Academy.

Contact the Director: director@alphabetacademywdm.com

About the Staff

Ms. Cina – Infant Co-Teacher

Ms. Amanda – Infant Co-Teacher

Ms. Dipti – Lead Toddler Teacher

Miss Ashley – Toddler Co-Teacher

Ms. Daniela – Toddler Co-Teacher

Ms. Rachael – Toddler Co-Teacher

Miss Angie – Twos Co-Teacher

Miss Ronita – Twos Co-Teacher

Miss Cloe – Twos Co-Teacher

Ms. Caroline – Lead Teacher, Preschool East; On-Site Supervisor

Hi! My name is Caroline and I live in Slater, Iowa with My husband Bill and our 3 children. Caitlin age 16, Owen age 9 and Savanna age 8. I spent 3 years as an assistant head start teacher and then as a stay at home mom and nurse.

Miss Michelle – Lead Teacher, Preschool West

My name is Michelle.  I have a degree in Early Childhood and have been working with children ages 2 and up for many years.  I also teach 4 classes at my church.  I live on the East side of Des Moines and enjoy gardening and reading.  I have a cat and guinea pig.

Miss Genesta – Preschool Co-Teacher

Ms. LeAnn – Preschool Co-Teacher

Miss Emily – Preschool Co-Teacher

Ms. Beth – Kitchen Leader; On-Site Supervisor

Miss Danielle – Kitchen Assistant

Mr. Caleb – Floating Co-Teacher

Mr. Jacob – Floating Co-Teacher

Mr. J.D. – Preschool Co-Teacher

Miss Chelsea – Teacher Assistant

Miss Madison – Teacher Assistant

Miss Angel – Administrative Assistant

Mr. Brent – Maintenance