Owner and Administrative Director : Karen and Jerry Glenn

Karen and her husband, Jerry, are residents of Johnston. They have three children: Joey, Alison, and Cole. Joey, a graduate of the University of Iowa, is currently pursuing a doctorate of chiropractics at Palmer College in San Jose, California with his bride, Hannah. Alison, also a graduate of the University of Iowa, is the acting director at the Generation Next Prairie Trail location in Ankeny. Cole is entering his senior year at the University of Iowa and is majoring in Environmental Science. GO HAWKS!

Karen is a Licensed Practical Nurse and has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has over 20 years of experience managing and operating child development centers. Karen is dedicated to her profession and has made a commitment to the community to provide an educational and fun environment for all children at Generation Next.


Regional Director of Operations and Programming : Mary Beth Corrigan

Mary Beth and her husband, Brandon, are residents of Johnston. They have two children, Michael and Alicia. Mary Beth has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has over 14 years experience as a manager operating child development centers. While Mary Beth is the head director at our Johnston location, she will be responsible for maintaining an appropriate environment for all children at all of our Generation Next facilities.

Assistant Director – Johnston Location : Carrie Dotson

Carrie is a resident of Des Moines, with her husband Ryan, and her daughter, Kaia. She attended Iowa State Univeristy and majored in Early Childhood education. Carrie has been working at Generation Next since 2008 as an educator and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2012 in preparation of our Ankeny facility. You will be able to see Carrie assisting MaryBeth in the day to day operations at our Johnston location where she has built an excellent rapport with children, staff, and parents.

Director of Operations and Programming – Aurora Business Park Location : Renae Morales

Renae, her husband, Juan, and her children, Isaac and Raina, are residents of Johnston. Originally an educator of Generation Next, Renae was promoted to Assistant Director in 2011 and is an essential member to the Generation Next staff. Her consistency in professionalism and progress with her teachers and peers made her a clear choice to be the lead director at our Aurora Business Park location.

Assistant Director – Aurora Business Park Location : Paula Vogel

Paula is a resident of Des Moines. Originally from South Texas, Paula attended Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa and graduated with a degree Elementary Education with endorsements in early childhood, reading, special education, and coaching. She most recently worked at Head Start in Osceola where she was the director and head pre-school teacher. She maintains the Aurora Business Park curriculum and relationships with our students, parents, and staff alongside Renae.

Director of Operations and Programming – Prairie Trail Location : Alison Glenn

Alison is a resident of Johnston. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education, specializing in Science and Social Sciences. With her parents, Alison has worked at several child development centers since the age of 14 and has completed multiple classroom practicums at elementary schools in the Iowa City and Johnston school districts respectively. She has been responsible for developing and maintaining the Aurora Business Park’s curriculum over two years and is now responsible for the educational direction and day to day operations at our newest location in Ankeny.

Our Educators

  • Provide a variety of instructional techniques.
  • Implement our goals and objectives.
  • Provides attention to individual differences.
  • Are knowledgeable of the early childhood practices.
  • Provide a safe and orderly classroom.