Seth McDaniel enjoys how every day is different at Rainbows. As a Lead in Classroom 104, most of Seth’s days consist of creating lesson plans and dealing with special situations. He is always excited to come to work and finds his job at Rainbows very rewarding.
Incredibly dedicated and ready to serve
In more than 27 years of serving families through Rainbows, Occupational Therapist Laura Barnes finds joy in working with children as well as their families and caregivers. “I chose to work with children because I love them,” Laura said.
Melissa Baumgartel is the newest addition to Rainbows’ Bright Beginnings in Butler County. Before coming to Rainbows, she worked with children ages 3-5 through the school district as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher for 12 years.
For Family Resource Specialist Lutfe Begum, Rainbows is like home. She enjoys coming to work every day with her coworkers that are more like family. Lutfe has served with Rainbows for more than 23 years, ten of which were spent as an Occupational/Physical Therapy Assistant.
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Kenda Belknap, says there was no decision making in how she became a teacher. “I came from a long line of teachers so I think it was just always in the back of my mind,” she said. Kenda has served at Rainbows for 10 years, doing what she loves.
Since she was little, Annabel Bentley knew she wanted to be a teacher. Now, serving as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Annabel is the lead teacher for Classroom 6 at Rainbows’ Kids’ Point.
Keller Broadfoot has been working at Rainbows for 5 years. Keller grew up familiar with Rainbows’ services, because his mother used to be on staff. Over the years, Keller became passionate about the agency’s mission and has enjoyed being a part of Rainbows himself.
For Allison Bruntz, July 2015 marks two years of her career as an Occupational Therapist for Rainbows’ Sedgwick County Infant/Toddler Services. Allison received her degree in Occupational Therapy from KU Medical Center in 2001.
“I have always loved working with children, so I decided that Rainbows would be the right place for me. Working at Rainbows has given me a better understanding of individuals with special needs.”
Linda Cathey’s mother was a pediatric nurse and, growing up, Linda loved going to work with her to play with the children. In high school, Linda began volunteering with the Special Olympics. These experiences led Linda to pursue a career as a physical therapist assistant at Rainbows.
Denise Chichester began her career with Rainbows in 1993 as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and worked her way through many other positions until 2001. In 2010, Denise returned to Rainbows as an Autism Specialist and Respite provider.