Meet the Staff

Mary Requena

Director / Lead Teacher of SC Learning Center

Mary Requena

Mary has been the Director/Lead Teacher of SC Learning Center for 2 years.  She graduated from Southwestern College in 2012 with her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  Currently she is working on her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Mary has 10+ years experience working in Early Childhood Education. 

When she is not working, Mary enjoys spending time with her family, which includes 2 dogs and a cat, reading, going to the zoo and shopping.  Mary is also very active at her church in Wichita, KS. 


Alexis Miers

Lead Teacher (Morning) - Little Builders

Alexis Miers

Alexis is a 2006 graduate of Southwestern College with a B.A. in Theater Performance.  She worked for 2 years with the Wichita Children's Theater and Dance Company on their Professional Tour which included traveling to 6 states in a 6 month period, performing plays and workshops for elementary schools. 

Alexis currently attends Fort Hays University Online for a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Unified.  When she is not working at SC Learning Center, she can be found teaching dance, acting, and art to children in Ark City with the Burford Center for the Arts. 

Alexis has two boxers named Prudence and Jude.  She loves to spend time with family and friends, loves to read, and collects children books.  She has always wanted to travel to Scotland! 


Ashley Tarwater

Lead Teacher (Afternoon) - Little Builders

Ashley Tarwater

Ashley graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science with concentration in Early Childhood Autism Intervention. 

Ashley lives in Wellington, KS with her husband Brandon.  When they are not working on home improvement projects, Ashley likes to scrapbook, attempt Pinterest crafts and spend time outdoors.


Lead Teacher (Morning) - Tee Builders

Justine Anthony


Lead Teacher (Afternoon) - Tee Builders

Brianna Helton

Brianna is a Sophomore at Southwestern College and pursuing an Elementary Education degree with a minor in Leadership.  She is involved with Leadership, STUFU, Ed Builders and Cheerleading at SC. 

When Brianna is not in classes or working, she loves to spend time with family and Yorkshire Huey as well as cheering. 

She is excited to spend the rest of her life teaching and helping children reach their goals!


Lead Teacher - Mind Builders

Rebecca Bustraan

Rebecca "Becca" is a junior at Southwestern College and is working toward her degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Leadership. 

Becca enjoys watching movies, reading books and doing service work during her free time. 


Assistant Teacher - Little Builders

Hannah Watkins