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.


Ashley Fowler is the assistant teacher at Adventures Preschool. Ashely started at Adventures Fall of 2016. She began working with children professionally 8 years ago, working with kids ages 2 through 12. Most recently, she worked as a 2 year old teacher at a childcare center in Ankeny and as an elementary behavioral disorder associate in Boone. She also is currently attending Upper Iowa University as an online student studying Human Services with a specialization in Child and Special Education Advocacy. When not working or studying, she enjoys spending time outside and cooking, especially trying out new recipes.