Karen and Jerry Glenn
President and Administrative director

Karen and her husband, Jerry, are residents of Johnston. They have three children: Joey, Alison, and Cole. Joey, a graduate of the University of Iowa and Palmer College in San Jose, California, is a doctor of chiropractics and, together with his bride Hannah, own Engineered Per4mance. Alison, also a graduate of the University of Iowa, is one of our Regional Directors. After graduating from the University of Iowa majoring in Environmental Science, Cole moved to Dubuque, Iowa to follow his passion in Aquarium Science at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Go Hawks!

Karen is a Licensed Practical Nurse and has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has over 20 years of experience managing and operating child development centers. Karen is dedicated to her profession and has made a commitment to the community to provide an educational and fun environment for all children at Generation Next.


Alex Glenn
Director of Human Resources and Social Media

Alex graduated summa cum laude from Iowa State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a certification to teach secondary education (as well as a second-place finish in intramural table tennis). After his student teaching at Lincoln High School was completed in Des Moines, he began working at Generation Next as an educator and was promoted in April 2013. Currently, he is in charge of Human Resources, social media, and tuition billing. He travels throughout all four of the centers making sure all of our staff and families are taken care of, but you will most likely see him at his office at our Ankeny location. Outside of working hours, he can be found cheering on the Big 12 Champion Iowa State Cyclone basketball team. He has recently become one of Ankeny's newest residents. 


Mary Beth Corrigan
Regional Director of Operations and Programming

Mary Beth and her husband, Brandon, are residents of Johnston. They have two children, Michael and Alicia. Mary Beth has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has over 14 years experience as a manager operating child development centers. While Mary Beth is the head director at our Johnston location, she will be responsible for maintaining an appropriate environment for all children at all of our Generation Next facilities.


Ali tannatt
Regional Director of Curriculum, Programming, and Training

Ali and her husband, Ty, are residents of Ankeny. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education, specializing in Science and Social Sciences. With her parents, Ali has worked at several child development centers since the age of 14 and has completed multiple classroom practicums at elementary schools in the Iowa City and Johnston school districts respectively. She has been responsible for developing and maintaining the Aurora Business Park’s curriculum for over two years, was responsible for the educational direction and day to day operations at our Ankeny location, and is now responsible for enhancing the curriculum and providing exceptional training for new teachers.

samantha cornelius
training and development supervisor


Samantha is a resident of Ankeny. She started working at Generation Next in 2013 as an educator in the graduate classroom. In the summer of 2017, Sam was promoted to Training Development Supervisor. She is currently working on her Directors Certificate from the Child Care Education Institute. Sam has spent clinical hours in both elementary and secondary education for Ankeny Community School District. Sam’s main location is Ankeny but you will see her at all four locations working on new staff training.


Carrie Dotson
Assistant Director, Johnston

Carrie is a resident of Ankeny, with her husband Ryan, her daughter, Kaia, and her son, Jax. She attended Iowa State University and majored in Early Childhood Education. Carrie has been working at Generation Next since 2008 as an educator and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2012 in preparation of our Ankeny facility. You will be able to see Carrie assisting MaryBeth in the day to day operations at our Johnston location where she has built an excellent rapport with children, staff, and parents.


kristy grimes
Child development specialist & administrative assistanT


Kristy is a resident of Johnston with her 13 year old niece, Zoe, whom she has recently taken guardianship of. Kristy attended the University of Northern Iowa double majoring in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and graduated with a Bachelor Degree is Education. Kristy has been a Senior teacher at Generation Next since 2009. She is an educator in the Senior 3 classroom and also assists Mary Beth and Carrie at our Johnston location. You may also see occasionally see her helping out at our other locations.


Renae Morales
Director, Urbandale

Renae and her children, Isaac and Raina, are residents of Johnston. Originally an educator of Generation Next, Renae was promoted to Assistant Director in 2011 and is an essential member to the Generation Next staff. Her consistency in professionalism and progress with her teachers and peers made her a clear choice to be the lead director at our Aurora Business Park location.

Paula garza
Assistant Director, Urbandale

Paula is a resident of Des Moines. Originally from South Texas, Paula attended Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa and graduated with a degree Elementary Education with endorsements in early childhood, reading, special education, and coaching. She most recently worked at Head Start in Osceola where she was the director and head pre-school teacher. She maintains the Aurora Business Park curriculum and relationships with our students, parents, and staff alongside Renae.


Beckie Haller
Director, Ankeny

Beckie has worked at Generation Next since 2009 where she began as an educator before being promoted to Assistant Director at Ankeny in 2013 and Director in 2017. She received her Certified Nursing Assistant certification from DMACC and her Director’s Certificate from the Child Care Education Institute. You will be able to see Beckie moving from classroom to classroom, helping out with daily curriculum. She lives in Ankeny with her husband Jamison and her son Axel.

Bryan baker
Director, Ankeny


Bryan, his wife, Lauren, and their three children, Beckett, Lincoln and Ellington, are residents of Johnston.  Bryan has a master's degree in K-12 Educational Leadership, an educational specialist degree in School Superintendency, and has years of experience as an Assistant Director and Social Sciences teacher.  Bryan has always had an interest in school management for the benefit of children, parents, and teachers.  Maintaining communication and relationships with our students, parents, and staff alongside Beckie has been a primary goal for Bryan since joining our Ankeny location as a co-director in 2018.


Hali Oberender
Director, West Des Moines

Hali and her husband, Chad, are residents of Martensdale, just South of Des Moines.  Hali and Chad are always on the go with their two children, Ava and Nolan.  Hali graduated from Grand View College with a BA in Elementary Education, but discovered working with younger children was where her heart was.  She has been in the early childhood field since 2001, and in early childhood management since 2011. She joined the Generation Next team with the opening of our West Des Moines location in fall of 2015.

  Nik Christensen
Assistant Director, West Des Moines

Nik is a resident of Urbandale, where he has lived all of his life.  He started working at Generation Next in May of 2009 as an educator in the two year old classroom.  After filling in for Carrie and Mary Beth when needed, Nik was promoted to Assistant Director of the West Des Moines location when it opened. He enjoys keeping good relationships and positive communication with parents, staff, and children.  Go Hawks!

Our Educators

  • Provide a variety of instructional techniques.

  • Implement our goals and objectives.

  • Provides attention to individual differences.

  • Are knowledgeable of the early childhood practices.

  • Provide a safe and orderly classroom.

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