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children in the blue room

Blue Room

Ages: 2 years old

Enrollment: 14 children

Fowler Memorial House, Room 191


Tammy Hedrick


Tammy Hedrick
Head Teacher
(765) 494-0240

BS, Early Childhood Education, Kennesaw State University

I am the head teacher in the blue room. I live in West Lafayette with my husband Nate and our blended family of 5 boys. As you might guess we are very busy! Our boys are very active in sports, music, and church youth groups. We also have a dog named Han Solo who likes to spend most of his day laying in a sunny spot. In my free time I love to read and run.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University in 2011. The university is located in a city named Kennesaw which is about an hour north of Atlanta Georgia. I have taught in many educational settings including pre-k, reading and math intervention (kindergarten through 5th), and kindergarten. I am really excited to be a part of the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Lab School. It is my goal to be a facilitator in your child’s learning with a wide variety of materials and experiences available for your child to explore. I look forward to helping your child grow!


Emma Giron


Emma Giron
Associate Teacher
(765) 494-0240

I graduated from Purdue University in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Developmental and Family Sciences.

I am the associate teacher in the Blue Room. Throughout all four years of college, I worked at the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School as a student worker. I did my student teaching spring 2017 in the Purple Room. I love working with young children, because every day they are experiencing something in the world for the very first time. As their teacher, I get the honor to be there during all these discoveries and facilitate a love of continuous learning. Building responsive, loving relationships with each individual child is extremely important to me. I feel that children learn best when they feel comfortable and cherished in their environment. I strive to create an engaging and secure environment in which the children and I can grow as people and learners.

I live on campus with my husband, Tony, who is a pharmacy student here at Purdue University. When not working or studying, we love to play and take walks with our puppy, Posey. My favorite things to do are shopping, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.


Dena Brunton


Birdena (Dena) Brunton
Child Care Aide
(765) 494-0240

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

I have enjoyed working with children since high school, when I began babysitting. Later I had my own family child care home for several years. In 2003, I was blessed to get this job at Purdue working with all these wonderful children. I love working with the children, because I know I am looking out for their welfare and have their best interests in mind. It is extremely rewarding to work with children. Today's children may be tomorrow's great inventors, great doctors, or ...the sky's the limit!

I develop a close bond with each child, but make sure that I do not compete with the parents or other family caregivers. I feel it is important to support them in their role.


Mckenzee Burnett


Mckenzee Burnett
Child Care Aide
(765) 494-0240

Early childhood education has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I have been working with young children in a formal setting for five years now and have known from the beginning that I wanted to make a career of it. I hold an associate’s degree in ECE that I earned from Ivy Tech and I am currently working towards earning my bachelor’s degree in ECE by taking online classes from Ball State University. What I love most about ECE is helping children lay their foundation for learning and I am beyond excited to experience this with the children, families, and team members of MCDLS.




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