Julie Burtnette (Co-Founder)
I’m a happy transplant from the Southwest suburbs of Chicago. I have four
monsters children and whenever I come across occupation on a form I enjoy writing Rock Star Mom. I have yet to have someone question me on it.
I’ve had all sorts of jobs- lifeguard, retail, food service (back of the house and front of the house) and of course my adult job of being a Language Arts teacher for middle school and junior high. Insert Gasp. I actually really love to teach those wacky years and have for 8 plus years.
Children’s museums are a bit of a passion for me. My dad traveled when I was young, and I went to all sorts of children’s museums. I’ve continued the traveling and visiting children’s museums with my own kids. It would be creepy if I tried to get in without youngsters, but a good children’s museum can keep adults engaged too.
Laura Johnson (Co-Founder)
I grew up in a small town just outside the Quad Cities called Geneseo, Illinois. I moved to Ames to get my BFA from Iowa State, and have been a proud Iowan ever since.