Stephanie Hansen graduated from UNI with a BA in Elem/Early Childhood Education and a Reading Endorsement. After graduating, Stephanie substitute taught in Cedar Falls and surrounding area schools in grades PK-12. She is married, has three children, and lives in Cedar Falls. Stephanie joined the Farmstead staff in 1998 and has taught in both the Farm Friends and Preschool programs. This year she will be teaching in the Preschool program, as well as the 5-day Pre-K program. Stephanie is also the Preschool Director.
Deborah Ackerson joined Farmstead in 2013 as a teacher on Tuesdays and Thursdays in our 5 Day Pre-K program. This year she will be teaching in our Preschool and Pre-K programs. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Iowa State in 2003. She is married and has three children, one of whom attended Farmstead. Deborah served as a substitute teacher during the 2012-2013 school year. She has worked extensively with children 18 months to 12 years of age overseeing her church Sunday school program in all of central Iowa. Her primary focus is children with special needs. Deborah also has several years’ experience working with children in a psychiatric treatment facility..
Susan Flack joined Farmstead in 2012 as a teacher in the Farm Friends program. She also serves as our Administrative Assistant. She served as a substitute teacher in our programs for three years. Susan has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. In addition to teaching at Farmstead she has volunteered with several local organizations. All three of Susan’s children attended the Farm Friends and Preschool programs at Farmstead.
Shannon Demkiw joined the Farmstead family in 2016. She began by volunteering when her son enrolled which led to the opportunity to substitute teach. She has worked with children since a young age from working as a nanny to raising four children of her own. Shannon stayed home to raise her children which gave her the opportunity to start her own in-home daycare. Her son has graduated from Farmstead and her daughter will be joining the Farmstead 5 Day program this year. Shannon graduated from Wayne State College with a BS degree. She will be teaching in the Farm Friends and Preschool programs this year.
Tara Wilson joined the Farmstead family in 2017. She is a Cedar Falls native and enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading, and taking photos. She began by volunteering at Farmstead when her older daughter enrolled which led to the opportunity to substitute teach. She currently works as a childcare provider in her church. Her older daughter is a Pre-K Graduate from Farmstead and her younger daughter will be joining the Farm Friends program this year. Tara graduated from Hawkeye Community College with a degree in Liberal Arts. She will be teaching in the Farm Friends program this year.
Harold Runkle is our farmer who provides for our animals and the grounds at Farmstead. He keeps the barn and barnyard neat and orderly, mows, shovels snow, hauls trash, and does general yard repairs. Harold is married and has two children. We have been fortunate to have Harold with us since 1989.