Bethany Lutheran Daycare Staff

Tami Julius

As director of  Bethany Lutheran Daycare, Tami comes with 20 years experience in childcare and 15 of those as a proprietor/director.  She lives in Fort Dodge and has 5 grown children and 8 grandchildren. 

Tami just completed a nationally recognized childcare administration course and is NAC  certified.  She is responsible for the smooth operation of the daycare.  She is most proud of the excellent cooperation among the staff and the good relationships they have with the families.

In her spare time, she enjoys attending the sporting events of her grandchildren.


Jade Witt

Jade has been with the daycare for 4 years and likes the teamwork atmosphere.  The teachers have the freedom to develop the themes and décor for their classrooms.  Take one look at Jade’s classroom and you will appreciate her abilities for creating a beautiful environment for learning.

Jade lives in State Center with her husband and two children.  She studied dog training and veterinary assistance at    Ellsworth College.  A children’s book she has always loved is “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn.


Yvette Jesse

An aspect of the Bethany Lutheran Daycare that Yvette especially appreciates is the  space in the classrooms to set up a variety of learning centers.  Sharing meals with the children comes in second.

One of Yvette’s long-term plans is to get an associates degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is married and lives in Roland.

Yvette has many crafting hobbies but the two at the top of the list are cake decorating and scrapbooking.  Her favorite children’s book is “The Foot Book” by Theodor Geisel.


Samantha Javrin

Samatha was raised in Story City but now calls McCallsburg home.  She has five years experience in childcare and loves the fact that at Bethany    Lutheran Daycare, “You never get bored.  There are so many options for activities including playing in a large gym.”

Samatha likes to stay physically active and her hobby is hiking.  She recommends “The Berenstein Bears” series for great reading to children.


Donna Thornton

Donna brings over 20 years of experience to  the kitchen of the Bethany Lutheran Daycare.  Fourteen of those years were at the Colo-NESCO Zearing school. 

She is pleased with the variety of unprocessed, healthy food the daycare receives from the Food Bank of Iowa and the freedom she has to create nutritious meals that the children will enjoy.  Holiday meals are Donna’s favorite. Her  chocolate     covered mice (that is, cherries) have to be seen to be  believed. 

Donna lives in Zearing where she raised her three daughters.  She now has three grandchildren.  Playing with her grandchildren and reading mysteries are her foremost hobbies. 


Kaitlyn Julius

Most days you can find Katie rocking a   baby in the infant room.  Coming from a larger city, Fort Dodge, she likes that the  daycare is in a smaller community in which it is easier for the parents to get to know the staff and feel comfortable with them.

Katie is an athlete who wrestled and played     volleyball in high school. Her dream for the future is to study to become a dentist. When asked about her favorite children’s book she said “anything Dr. Suess.”


Sierra Schmidt

Sierra lives in State Center with her husband and 2 1/2-year-old son, Maverick.  Bike riding is their favorite pastime.

She gains a lot of satisfaction watching the toddlers meet their developmental milestones and being a part of making that happen.  She likes working in a DHS certified center with its variety of activities for the children including going on field trips in the large van. 

Sierra recommends “Love You Forever” by Ro Update bert Munsch as a great book for children.


Abi Govig

Abbie comes to  Bethany Lutheran Daycare with 6-years of experience in childcare.  Her hometown is Madrid but she now lives in Jewel with her two children, A.J., three, and Beau, 6 months. 

The big variety of activities for children throughout the year - playing in the snow, going for walks around town and running in the gymnasium—are what Abbie likes most about the daycare. 

She has ambitions for studying for an associates degree in early childhood education.  Her favorite children’s book is  “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney.