Leadership Team

Scott & Jodi Thomason
Owners 

Scott and his wife, Jodi, began their journey with early childhood in 2001 as a small in-home daycare in Peoria. Their vision has always been to provide the Peoria area with unique, top-notch childcare experiences that challenge the status quo. After moving and expanding their in-home daycare in 2004, they have been very fortunate to continue fulfilling this vision through the openings of The Wonder Playschool and the acquisition of A+ Children's Academy. They take pride in each of their centers and are grateful for the opportunities to ensure unparalleled care for the children entrusted to their care.

Karen Coyle
Culture Director

Karen has served in early childhood for over twenty-five years. She received her bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in early childhood education. She served as Lead Teacher at a private preschool where she implemented the Project Approach and presented student-led Projects at the NAEYC Conference and the Heart of Illinois Association of the Education of Young Children’s Conference. Karen has worked as a Family Educator, Preschool Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, and Teacher Mentor in DCFS-Licensed settings for the Peoria County Regional Office of Education Preschool for All Program. Karen joined Barefoot Learning in May of 2017 and continues to partner with families in giving all children a jump-start to school success. 

Jennifer Bowman
Logistics Director

Jennifer has always had a passion for working with children. After studying social work at Olivet Nazarene University, she spent three years working with children and teens in foster care. After choosing to further her education, she began exploring early childhood classes at ICC and started her early childhood journey. Jennifer has been trained in Creative Curriculum and has implemented it in childcare centers with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. After having opportunities to learn the business side of childcare, she found another passion for the behind the scenes work that takes place. Before joining Barefoot Learning, Inc. she served as the director of a childcare in Hopedale, IL for eight years. 

We consider it both a great privilege and responsibility to partner with you in the nurturing and educating of your child. We understand the immense impact these early years have on a child's future. Because of this, our early childhood teachers are held to the highest standard. We employ passionate, educated, and experienced individuals who are committed to providing your child the highest quality of care and education.