The Child Development Center provides care for children in their infancy through 5 years (or Kindergarten age). 

 

The School Age Center provides a variety of programs for students Kindergarten through 6th Grade.

 

Registered students in 7th-12th grade can come and go at the Teen Center. 

Find out more about youth sports for children from 3 years to 6th grade.

 

Meet Our Staff

CYS Coordinator

Lauren is very happy to be on Kwajalein as a part of the Child and Youth Services family. She and her husband moved from Grapevine, TX, where Lauren just retired after 34 years in the Dallas Independent School District. Over the years Lauren served that community as a teacher, counselor, and an educational diagnostician. Some of Lauren's favorite things to do are running, biking, yoga, hanging out at the beach, and working with children. Lauren feels that she could not have landed in a better place and looks forward to getting to know you and your children.
Lauren received her undergraduate degrees in New York City and these include an Associate's degree in Community Mental Health and a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. Lauren also received two Master's Degrees in Texas, one in Elementary Education and the other in Counseling. She received her Doctorate of Education in he Field of Child and Youth Services from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. As a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S), Lauren had a private practice specializing in Play Therapy and supervised LPC interns. Lauren recently retired from Dallas Independent School District after 34 years, where she served that community first as an elementary school teacher, then a school counselor, and finally as an educational Diagnostician.
As CYS Coordinator, Lauren is responsible for the direction, operation, coordination, integration and oversight of Kwajalein's Child Development Center Programs, Youth and Sports Programs, Parent and Outreach services for children 6 weeks to 18 years old.

School Liaison Officer/Curriculum Specialist and Training Director 

Stephanie and her husband, Josh, arrived in January 2018 from the mainland where they were living and traveling in a 1985 VW Vanagon.  They are excited to be back on Kwajalein Atoll as they met in 2010 on Roi and feel that coming back to the RMI is like coming home.  Originally from California, Stephanie loves the beach and enjoys all outdoor activities.  She seeks new activities and adventures and is learning to kite board and dive.
Stephanie has a B.S. in Physics from Univeristy of La Verne, La Verne, CA, M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State Univeristy.  Stephanie's background is very diverse spanning teaching, curriculum development, policy and research.  She has over 10 years experience in various tutoring, mentoring, teaching and supervising positions with students from primary to graduate level.
Facilitating the delivery of quality educational opportunities and experiences for all children on the garrison, Dr. Stephanie McCutcheon operates as an advisor to the garrison command on matters relating to schools and youth education issues. She is the point of contact for parents and families in need of information regarding access to CYS programming and K-12 schools, as well as support for transitioning students. Her role also includes facilitating relationships among education professionals, garrison families, and the extended community.

Central Registration/Parent Central Director

Jamie moved with her family to Kwajalein in December 2016. She is a boy mom to three ages 14, 12, and 2. She loves adventures and sees Kwaj as the biggest and best adventure yet! Jamie enjoys long walks, beach combing, and attempting yoga once a week. She has found an extreme love for diving and swimming with turtles. Jamie has a Master's Degree in social work and worked in a private setting as well as an elementary school in New Mexio. Jamie loves being around children, watching them grow and stretch their wings. Jamie has been at CYS since May 2017 starting as an Administrative Assistant and moving up to Registration Director.
Jamie loves seeing families come in for drop off and pick up each day and helping families get their lives situated and getting kids involved in our Kwaj offerings; childcare to sports, we cover it all! 

Director of Child Development Center

Chelsea is originally from Minnesota, but spent two years teaching first grade in an American School in Mexico before moving to Kwajalein in July 2017. Chelsea has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nortwestern St. Paul and a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Capella University. Chelsea also has a Manager ServSafe Certification as well as a National Director Credential. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys yoga, pilates, books, and beach days. As the Director of the Child Development Center, Chelsea's job is to make sure everything is running smoothly with staff, children, and families. You will meet Chelsea when you come in for your orientation, and she will be available once your child is enrolled to answer any questions. Chelsea enjoys being in the classroom and getting to know our children and their families.

Director of School Age Childcare

Christy arrived in April 2018 from Seattle, Washington. Christy grew up in Florida and has a Bachelor's of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services Administration with an emphasis in Outdoor Education from Florida State University.
Christy has worked in camp and before and after school care for 25 years for Camp Timpoochee 4-H Center in Florida, Village Camps in Switzerland, Navy CYS in Sasebo, Japan, and for the past 13 years has done a variety of jobs at the YMCAs in San Diego, CA, Destin, FL, and Tacoma, WA.
As the Director of School Age Childcare, Christy will be responsible for delivering before and after school programs, open rec, 4-H Clubs, Summer Camp, and camp for early release days and spring and winter breaks.

Youth Activities Director

Michael arrived on Kwajalein on February 27, 1990 after being born in the Kwajalein Hospital. Over 4 different tours totaling  14 years and being a Kwajalein High graduate, Michael is now the Youth Activities Director at the Namo Weto Youth Center, interestingly enough the same facility where he interned his senior year of High School. Michael most recently arrived back on Kwaj in 2016 after an 8 year adventure in both New York City and Greater Boston where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education (Manhattan College) and a Master’s of Science in School Counseling (Fitchburg State University). Michael currently acts as the Youth Activities Director and manages day to day after school operations for 7th – 12th graders. Michael’s hobbies include wakeboarding, hiking, camping, guitar, his dog (Zooey) and relaxing with friends.

Youth Sports Director

Nathan has been coaching youth sports for the past seven years for ages 5-19, his main focus being gymnastic tumbling and cheerleading stunting. Nathan has a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. As the youth sports director, Nathan will be responsible for creating and executing recreational youth sports for grades K-12.
Dr. Lauren Wallach
Child and Youth Services
Children and Youth Services Coordinator
LOGCAP IV, DynCorp International
U.S. Army Garrison - Kwajalein Atoll
Office: (805) 355-3610
Hours: 0730-0430
Lauren.Wallach@dyn-intl.com 
Dr. Stephanie McCutcheon
Child and Youth Services
Curriculum Specialist & Training Director
School Liaison Officer
LOGCAP IV, DynCorp International
U.S. Army Garrison - Kwajalein Atoll
Office: (805) 355-3606
Hours: 0800-1730
Stephanie.McCutcheon@dyn-intl.com
Jamie Reed
Child and Youth Services
Central Registration/Parent Center Director
LOGCAP IV, DynCorp International
U.S. Army Garrison - Kwajalein Atoll
Office: (805) 355-2158
Hours: 0700-1500
Jamie.Reed@dyn-intl.com 
Chelsea Weber
Child and Youth Services
Director of Child Development Center
LOGCAP IV, DynCorp International
U.S. Army Garrison - Kwajalein Atoll
Office: (805) 355-3606
Hours: 0700-1600
Chelsea.Weber@dyn-intl.com 
Christy Wagnon
Child and Youth Services
Director of School Age Childcare
LOGCAP IV, DynCorp International
U.S. Army Garrison - Kwajalein Atoll
Office: (805) 355-3163
Hours: 0700-1700
Christy.Wagnon@dyn-intl.com 
Michael Hillman
Child and Youth Services
Youth Center Director
LOGCAP IV, DynCorp International
U.S. Army Garrison - Kwajalein Atoll
Office: (805) 355-2158
Hours: 0700-1500
Michael.Hillman@dyn-intl.com 
Nathan Jones
Child and Youth Services
Youth Sports Director
LOGCAP IV, DynCorp International
U.S. Army Garrison - Kwajalein Atoll
Office: (805) 355-2158
Hours: 0800-1700
Nathan.Jones3@dyn-intl.com 

 

 

Child & Youth Services Philosophy

USAG-KA Child & Youth Services department is an essential family program that aims to reduce the conflict between parental responsibilities and mission requirements here on our garrison.
CYS promotes a seamless delivery system to provide programming for youth from 6 weeks through 18 years.
CYS programs are designed to allow children to move smoothly between programs that are developmentally appropriate and based on the needs of the individual child.
CYS seeks to support children, parents, and our community here on Kwajalein.

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