Jill Behnke earned her Bachelor’s and her Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She majored in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching for over 25 years. Jill has been a Preschool Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, and a Center Director. She began working at DCTC in 1985 and began teaching the Child Development courses in 1996. Jill was named DCTC Teacher of the Year, 2011.
Jill is especially interested in storytelling with props and musical activities for young children. The Child Development lab is full of materials and equipment to help students make extraordinary early childhood learning games.
Jill is married and she and her husband love traveling in Europe and camping with their 5th wheel trailer.
Dawn earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She majored in Family Consumer Science: Family Life Child Development, with a double minor in Parent Education and Early Childhood Education. She received a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Phoenix, Online. Dawn has worked in Infant, Toddler, and Intermediate rooms in various childcare centers, along with being a Lead Preschool Teacher.
Dawn also enjoys teaching Early Childhood Sign Language to adults & parents. She taught at SCC in Faribault and Mankato before coming to DCTC. Dawn began teaching at DCTC in August, 2004.
Dawn and her husband enjoy spending time with their son. In their spare time, they like biking, swimming, rollerblading, and walking.