Meet Our Teachers
Jill Strawhacker is the director and lead teacher at Adventures Preschool. Jill joined the Adventures Preschool staff in June 2008. She is responsible for enrolling children, curriculum planning, supporting parents and children in the classroom, and maintaining Iowa DHS child care licensing standards. Jill graduated from Iowa State University in 1994 with a degree in Teaching PreKindergarten and Kindergarten Children and in 1995 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Family Services. Jill has experience teaching preschool children in child care centers and Head Start classrooms, serving as the assistant director of a large non-profit child care center and as the director of a large for-profit child care center.Both of Jill’s sons attended Adventures Preschool and she was a parent volunteer, board member, and substitute teacher during that time. Jill lives in Ames with her husband Chris and two sons; Jonah and Cameron. When not attending Jonah’s and Cameron’s football, basketball, or soccer games, she enjoys reading and scrapbooking.
Jamie O’Donnell is the assistant teacher at Adventures Preschool. She joined the Adventures Preschool staff in 2019. Jamie graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduating Jamie spent 7 years teaching preschool in an early childhood center. When her oldest was born she took time off from teaching to stay home with her children. Both of Jamie’s children have attended Adventures so she has spent time as a parent volunteer as well as serving on the advisory board. Jamie lives in Ames with her husband Mike and her children Maddie and Drew. Jamie enjoys spending time with her family, attending Cyclone football and basketball games, and traveling.