Mrs. Karina Dachtler
My name is Karina and I have lived in Sioux Falls since 2012 with my husband and our 3 children. I graduated from Southeast Tech in 2016 with my A.S. Early Childhood Education and from Post University in 2019 with my A.S. Child Studies. I have always had a passion for children and spent most of my time since high school working in youth groups or in daycares. I have specifically been teaching preschool as a lead teacher for 5 years and I can say that preschool is my favorite age. I love all the questions and wonder that they have. Children are just like sponges and soak up everything they can and they love to learn. Preschool is so fun and I am very happy and excited to be able to be part of the Little Acorns Preschool team!
Mrs. Samantha Short
Little Acorns Director
My name is Samantha Short. I am originally from Barstow, Illinois near the quad cities. My Family and I moved to Sioux Falls June of 2018. I have been working in the child care setting since 2008. For 5 years I had an in-home daycare with a preschool. I have homeschooled my own children for 4 years now. My husband and I have been married for 13 years and we have 2 children ages 8 and 11. I have my MA in elementary education and my BA with a Major in Psychology. I love watching children grow and discover new things. Supporting families in the growth and development of their children has always been a passion of mine. I am excited to bring children in these rooms and help to lay a spiritual foundation that will stick with them the rest of their lives.
Mrs. Amy Metzger
My name is Amy Metzger. I grew up in Mitchell, SD and moved to Sioux falls to attend college. I graduated from Southeast Tech in 2007 with Associate degrees in Business and Marketing. I have been married to my husband, Nathan, for almost 12 years. We have 5 amazing children with another one expected in November. We love to do adventurous things as a family like camping, biking, and taking family vacations. In my free time I enjoy listening to music and reading books. We have a yorkie puppy named Winnie who is loved by everyone. I have a passion for teaching children and I love to see their ah-ha moments when they figure something out. There is no greater joy then spending time with children who see the world from the best view. I look forward to learning along side your child, and I hope they're ready for a fun filled year!
Ms. Katie Schoon
Hi my name is Katie! I am an assistant preschool teacher at Little Acorns Preschool. I love helping kids learn and grow, they are a blessing to teach and work with. I have volunteered at Lifescape Children’s facility for 8 years. In my free time I like to go running with my dad, read books, and play with my dogs. A hobby of mine is learning American Sign Language through Christian songs.