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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 is a resident 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 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.

 

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.

 

Renae Morales
Director, Urbandale

Renae, her husband, Juan, 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 Vogel
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 Scott-Haller
Director, Ankeny

Beckie Scott 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 Grimes with her fiancé Jamison and her son Axel.

Nik Christensen
Assistant Director, Ankeny

 

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. In March of 2017, he made a lateral move to Ankeny, where he is currently Assistant Director. He enjoys keeping good relationships and positive communication with parents, staff, and children.  Go Hawks!

 

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.

julie andreas
assistant director, West Des Moines

 

Julie, along with her husband, Joel, have three sons: Joey, Jordan, and John. She has worked in child care for over 30 years, 20 of which were spent as a member of management in child care centers around the metro area. After beginning with Generation Next as an infant teacher at our West Des Moines location upon our opening, she  worked her way up to her current position. She loves movies and her "fur" girls, Ellie Mae and Edna Ann. She currently resides in West Des Moines.

 

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.