RHIANNON SHOOK | DIRECTOR
Born and raised in Montana, Rhiannon Shook planted roots in Bozeman 21 years ago. The birth of her first two children inspired Rhiannon to pursue a career in childcare. After a few years working on her undergraduate degree in early childhood education, Rhiannon opened up an in-home childcare. During this time, she balanced work, family, and working through her degree. Rhiannon ran her in-home childcare program, serving up to 16 children, for 14 years.
Rhiannon volunteers her time as president of the Bozeman Association for the Education of Young Children, a chapter of Montana Association for the Education of Young Children. Rhiannon is the mother of four children, and loves spending her free time with family and close friends. You can find her outside doing anything from hiking, biking, skiing, rafting, fishing, camping and gardening. Rhiannon enjoys live music, making jam, and being creative in all kinds of art mediums.
Rhiannon’s credentials include: B.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Montana Western; M.ED in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Montana; Early Childhood Trainer—Professional Development Specialist Level III; Level 9 on the Montana Early Childhood Practitioner Registry; and Level 3 on the Montana Early Childhood Director Credentialing.
Rebecca Dunning | lead CHILDCARE SPECIALIST
Rebecca spent the majority of her childhood in Alaska, but landed in Montana just before starting high school. She fell in love with the Bozeman area as a teenager and always planned and hoped to stay and raise her family here. After high school, she attended Montana State University- Bozeman and earned her degree in Health and Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.
Rebecca has spent her years since college raising her own four children (3 sweet boys and 1 joyful girl!) and working in various local early childhood centers. She has experience in Montessori preschool, traditional preschool, pre-k classrooms, and in infant and toddler classrooms.
Outside of the classroom, Rebecca enjoys local youth sports, reading books, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family and friends.
Rebecca's credentials include a B.S. in Health and Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.
LAURA RODAS | lead CHILDCARE SPECIALIST
Laura was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. She spent part of her childhood living in Guatemala—where her parents are from—to experience growing up in the country and be near her grandparents.
After moving to Bozeman from Illinois in 2014, Laura discovered her passion for working with young children. She decided to pursue a degree in the field. Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Child Services in May of 2018.
Prior to joining the XYLC team, Laura worked at a local childcare center in Bozeman for seven years—four of which were spent as the Lead Teacher of the toddler group. She enjoys working with all ages of young children with her self-described specialty being ages 2-3.
In her free time, Laura enjoys going to concerts, paddle boarding, hiking, walking her dogs, and spending time with friends and family.
Laura's credentials include a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Child Services.
KATE REEDY | CHILDCARE SPECIALIST
Kate spent her childhood in beautiful Colorado where she grew up with both the city and mountains to explore. In high school, Kate was lucky enough to be a part of an organization that would go into some of the inner-city schools in Denver and teach 5, 6, and 7 year olds about their emotions and anger management skills. It was those experiences that made it clear to Kate that her passion is children and education.
After high school, Kate moved to Bozeman to attend MSU for Elementary Education. Her plan to stay in Bozeman through her college years and then moving on changed as Kate fell is love with all that Montana and Bozeman have to offer.
In her 22 years here, she has raised two amazing kiddos who she couldn't be prouder of. While raising her kids she was lucky to have an amazing career where she could bring her kids to work with her as she worked with many education programs here in town. With over 20 years working with kids of all ages in early childcare programs, non-profit education centers, Bozeman Public Schools, summer learning camps, as well as many years directing an after school program in one of Bozeman's best elementary schools, Kate is so excited to be a part of XYLC and looks forward to getting to know all of the kids that are a part of the XY community.
When Kate isn't at the Learning Center she is exploring something somewhere outside in Montana! Hiking, kayaking, and all around spontaneous adventures are what keeps her smiling! (aside from teaching and being with her own kids of course)
SARAH PERSSON | CHILDCARE SPECIALIST
Sarah spent her childhood growing up in the suburbs surrounding Boston, Massachusetts. In high school she had the opportunity to work in a daycare and fell in love with that line of work. Growing up with educators throughout the family, Sarah decided she was going to follow in their footsteps.
After high school in 2015, Sarah moved to Bozeman, MT to attend MSU where she majored in Elementary Education. After graduation, Sarah began working as a Special Education Paraprofessional and an Intervention teacher at a local elementary school. Sarah loved putting all her education and knowledge to use, but missed her true passion that started her career, and made the career change to XY Learning Center!
Outside of the classroom, you will find Sarah hiking the many trails around Bozeman with her loving dog Brady, reading a great book, or spending time with her 3 nieces.
Kaila Seay | CHILDCARE SPECIALIST
Born and raised in Indiana, Kaila worked as a volunteer at the childcare center at a local YMCA which sparked her interest in working with children in order to see them grow as well as putting on activities and events for people to enjoy.
After being involved in leadership positions for the Vietnamese Student Association at Indiana University and her customer service jobs, she found that she missed working with children which is why she joined the team at XY Learning Center.
In her free time, you can find Kaila reading books, listening to music while going on walks, and drawing.
Kaila's credentials include a B.A. in Psychology, a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Human Development and Families from Indiana University - Bloomington.
KELLY LIMBERG | CHILDCARE SPECIALIST
Kelly moved to Bozeman from Colorado in pursuit of chasing the snow skiing (and spending countless hours exploring the mountains) while completing her Masters in Developmental Child Psychology. She has a deep rooted passion for working with children and their families, which makes her job feel like she is living the dream everyday. Kelly has been working in child care for about 15 years now and she can not wait to continue her journey in childcare along the XY Learning Center team members.
Alexandria Judge | CHILDCARE SPECIALIST
Alexandria Judge was born and raised in Washington, but was a frequent visitor to Montana throughout her childhood. Alexandria moved to Bozeman in 2017 to attend Montana State University, graduating in May 2020. Outside of work, Alexandria can be found enjoying the mountain air of Montana, often hiking and fishing.
Alexandria discovered a passion for working with children after graduation and took a job working as a Registered Behavior Technician for a local ABA clinic in Bozeman. She moved on from the position in July 2021 when gaining the opportunity to work as a Childcare Specialist with the XYLC.
Alexandria's credentials include a Bachelors of Science in Applied Psychology with a Minor in History, received from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.
Megan Sawyer | CHILDCARE SPECIALIST
Megan was born and raised in Washington State and moved to Montana in 2017 to attend MSU. She graduated May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. After graduation, Megan pursued working with children and worked as a lead preschool teacher for a daycare in Bozeman. She is moving onto XYLC to strengthen her career with children in the Bozeman area. When Megan is not working, she loves to be outdoors exploring Yellowstone National Park, floating and fishing on the river, skiing in the mountains, and spending time with friends and family.