Tara always knew that she would work with children as her mother was a teacher and she grew up in her classrooms. She graduated from Mizzou with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies before perusing her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught for a number of years in the public schools before staying home to raise her two children, Brandt and Maely. As they got older her longtime dream of owning her own Child Care Center became more and more of a reality thanks to her friendship and common goals shared with the Reynolds and the End of the Rainbow Center. Tara worked on and off at the main location for a few years before opening the 2nd location in Sept. of 2018. Outside of work Tara enjoys spending time with her family, watching her kids play sports, being outside and taking on her new role as director and owner of the new center.
Dakota is passionate about helping children grow and be their best which lead her to join the EOR Southwest team in August of 2019. She is from Moberly, Missouri and studied Psychology and Criminal Justice at Central Methodist University. Dakota's favorite part about being part of the Rainbow family are the new friends she has made, families she has met, and children she gets to watch grow. Outside of work she enjoys hiking and reading. Marriage is her greatest accomplishment so far and she looks forward to buying a new house in the next year.
Alicia is a Missouri Native. She earned her BA in Human Development/Child Study with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education, as well as her Master’s in Education degree locally from Stephens College. She has also earned a BS in Psychology from Peru State in Nebraska. In her free time, Alicia loves spending time caring for her mother, playing with her dog, Ladybug, and being the underling to her cat, Dumbledore. She also enjoys playing video games or her flute.
Ginger has been with End of the Rainbow for over 20 years (since 1997) and has enjoyed watching both the children and EOR grow! She primarily works with 3 and 4-year-olds, but has worked with all age groups over the years. Ginger says, "Being a part of each child's development is a rewarding experience which I am thankful for. It's never boring and each day brings its own unique adventure."
Nikki started working part-time at End of the Rainbow in 2000. She became a full-time teacher, and then assistant director before purchasing the center in 2005. She has always loved children and owning her own childcare center has been a lifelong dream. Nikki attended the University of Missouri - Columbia where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with emphases in Early Childhood and Criminal Justice. She also met her husband Jared at Mizzou. They have three sons - Brody, Gavin, and Landon. Outside of work Nikki enjoys spending time with her family, going to Mizzou football games, playing soccer, swimming, biking, and running.
Sofie has been working part-time at EOR since March of 2019. She is a student at the University of Missouri studying to become a medical sales representative and work in the healthcare industry. While this is her first job working in a daycare setting, Sofie has six years of previous experience being a nanny. When asked what her favorite thing is about being a part of the Rainbow Family she says, “I enjoy the fact that everyone is so close. Even after working one shift, I got to personally know each of the infant’s personality traits.” When she’s not at work or school, she loves to be outside hiking, running, biking, or doing anything exercise related. She also loves to indulge in Netflix every now and then. One skill most people don’t know about Sofie is that she is bilingual. She can speak English, Portuguese, and some Spanish.
Lexie says her favorite part about working at End of the Rainbow is watching the kiddos’ personalities grow and watching them accomplish so much! She has been around childcare since she was 8 years old and used to help her mother with her home daycare at the time. In her free time, Lexie likes to take her two dogs, Arloe and Auggie, to the dog park and enjoy the outdoors. She is currently studying for her state insurance exams.
Shannon joined the Southwest team in June 2019 but has been working in the childcare education field for 3 years. She is from Jax, Florida and enjoys watching beach sunsets in her spare time. She is very passionate about her family and strives to be a better woman and grow each day.