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4538f627d49d7Dannielle and her family!
Dannielle and her family!


Meet the Staff!

Welcome to the Rock Creek Parents as Teachers Program!

The Parents as Teachers program is one of over 200 in the state and one of thousands nation-wide. It is funded in part by a state grant and in part by our local school district.  We have served hundreds of families with child development information, in-home developmental screenings, playgroups and family activities, group connections, resource library and connection to resources county-wide since our beginning 16 years ago and continue to serve families today. Anyone who is pregnant or has a child ages birth to three and lives in the Rock Creek district is welcome to participate in the program.  

Our program is staffed by Dannielle Heideman, parent educator and Dena Schmitz, program coordinator and parent educator.  Dr. Darrel Stufflebeam, district superintendent, oversees the program.

Dannielle is in her fourth year with the Rock Creek PAT program.  She is married to James who is a systems network engineer at Mercy Hospital and they have four delightful children, Wyatt, Payton, Christopher and Braxton who keep her pretty busy when she isn't working! Dannielle has her degree in Family Studies from KSU with an emphasis in Family Life and Community service. She has been a preschool teacher and has run her own daycare facility. Dannielle also enjoys volunteering and has worked with Community Health Ministries and Relay for Life. 

You can reach Dannielle at heidemad@rockcreekschools.org  

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4538f627d49d7Dena and her family last fall.
Dena and her family last fall.
Dena is in her sixteenth year with the Rock Creek Parents as Teachers program.  She is married to Terry who teaches and coaches in the Rock Creek school system and they have three children. Lilly is a junior at Rock Creek JR/SR high, Adam is a college junior at Kansas State University and Caleb recently graduated from Tabor College and works for Manhattan Public Library.  

Dena is a K-State Alumni (go Cats!).  Her degree field was in the College of Human Ecology (formerly Home Economics).She has been employed many places, but during her time as an assistant teacher at a speech and language preschool in Lawrence, she became aware of the Parents as Teachers program that served her school district and enrolled her second child into the program.  Upon moving to the Rock Creek district in the fall of 97, she was dismayed to find that there was no Parents as Teachers program here and when the opportunity arose to help start one, she applied for the job and she is still here 17 years later!  

Dena enjoys attending her children's many activities ranging from concerts to ball games. She also enjoys attending Rock Creek volleyball matches (her husband is the coach) and cheering on the  Mustangs.  She and her family also like to spend time with their extended families and friends, too.  You can reach Dena at schmitzd@rockcreekschools.org

We are so happy you have chosen to visit our site and we hope that if you check out our enrollment information if you are not part of the program and also our other articles and newsletter links.

Come and visit us often!


An Equal Employment/Educational Opportunity Agency

The USD 323 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Darrel Stufflebeam | Superintendent of Schools

Rock Creek USD 323201 S 3rd Street Box 70 Westmoreland, KS  66549785-457-3732Fax: 785-457-3701



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