Preschool Teachers

 

Meet our early education staff.

Administrative Staff

Director

Ms. Tammi
My name is Tammi Howard and I am the Director of Westridge Preschool. This is my fourth year at Westridge but, I have been in education all of my life. I feel that Early Childhood Education is so important and that it is the foundation that children need to get them ready for school. I have been a Teacher, an Assistant Director and now a Director. I just love children and enjoy being in the classroom when I can to help support the students, parents, and teachers. I am a real city girl who is from downtown Chicago. I am married and I have a son that is in High School. I love to go running, go for walks, bike ride, take Nia and love Yoga. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year.


Director

Ms. Jamie
I am the Director of the Eastridge Preschool. I have been with HRCA for 10 years. I began my journey in education as an Elementary Teacher. I have a firm belief that Preschool is the place to teach children how to learn. I am married with 4 children and 3 grandchildren. I am Colorado born and raised. In my spare time I love to travel and spend time with my family.


Sub Director

Heather
Hello my name is Heather Goetz-Zettl I am the Education Coordinator/Sub Director for HRCA. I love living in Colorado with my husband, two beautiful daughters, and Louie (our doggie). I love spending time outdoors. My favorite season is summer. You can find me during this time with my entire family in Grand Lake enjoying hiking and boating.


Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Angela
Welcome to Preschool! My name is Ms. Angela and I am the Administrative Coordinator for the Art and Education Department. I keep the wheels on the bus rolling. I have worked with children for 25+ years. When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my husband, two adult girls and handsome little grandson.

Preschool Classes

Buttercups

Ms. Tami
Hi I'm Tami... I've been teaching preschool for 15+ years! I have been teaching toddlers at HRCA for 5 years! I have been living in Colorado for 6 years, I'm originally from California! I have 3 children ranging from 21-14. I enjoy the beautiful outdoors, Kayaking, camping, etc. I'm looking forward to a fun year!!

Ms. Taylor
Hello I am Taylor and this will be my third year teaching in buttercups. I enjoy teaching and being with the babies and taking part in helping them learn and grow. I have a three-year-old daughter who is my best friend. We are typical Coloradians, who love and take advantage of all things outdoors. I am excited and look forward to what this year will bring.


Sweet Peas

Ms. Melissa
I have been teaching the Sweet Peas class for over 7 years. I received my BA in Child Psychology from California State University in 1991. When not in the classroom encouraging the social, emotional and cognitive development of the toddlers, I enjoy spending time playing piano and tennis, working out at Orange Theory Fitness and hiking with my 3 (almost) grown children and Golden Retriever, Milo.

Ms. Naomi
I have worked for the HRCA Preschool since 2013. I have spent the majority of that time teaching in the toddler Sweet Peas room. I enjoy enriching young minds, and developing strong lasting relationships with families. In my spare time I enjoy travel with my family, hiking, jeeping, fishing and concerts.

Ms. Ashley
Hi my name is Ashley and I work in the sweet Peas room part time. I’ve been working with kids for 20+ years. I live in Parker with my daughter and our two cats. I enjoy reading, Netflix, traveling, and coaching Softball.
 

 

Ms. Amalia
I have been working with children for over 18 years. This is my first year working for the HRCA preschool. I am excited to make this my best year yet


Shooting Stars

Ms. Barbara
I have been working at HRCA as a Preschool teacher for going on 14 years! I strive to create a classroom where the children learn in a fun, safe environment. I enjoy making new crafts and learning games for my students. When not teaching, I love reading, baking, and decorating cakes and sharing them with my husband, our five adult children and two young grandchildren!

Ms. Joelene
I love working with children and have been an HRCA employee for almost 5 years but I am entering my 2nd full year in the Eastridge Preschool Program. I believe each child is unique and special in their own way and love connecting on a personal level. I enjoy introducing new concepts while providing a safe and fun environment for them to learn and socialize within. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, cooking and hang out with my three daughters.


Chameleons

Ms. Sammie

I have been an Early Childhood Educator since 2009. I love my work and kids and cannot wait to spend the year learning and growing together. In my free time, I love to travel, garden, hike, and cook with my family.

Ms. Maddie
Welcome to school! I will be teaching with Ms. Sammie in the Chameleons class. I have been working with children for 4 years and truly love this age group. When I’m not at school, I love outdoor activities and spending time with my little nephew.


Daisies

Ms. Natalie
Hi my name is Ms. Natalie. I am a mother of four and love hanging with my family in the mountains and at home. I have worked with children most of my adult life. Twenty-one years teaching piano and the past nine years teaching preschool here at HRCA. What can I say? I LOVE TEACHING. I’m so excited for a new year of learning socially, emotionally, physically and mentally. This year is going to be FANTASTIC. Hold on, it will be the best ride ever.

Ms. Alyssa
I enjoy working with children, I previously taught at the elementary level and now I am a Pre-K teacher. I love spending time with my family, I have twins that keep me very busy! This year I’m excited to be a part of the HRCA school program.


Ladybugs

Ms. Alison
Hello my name is Ms. Alison, I have worked at Westridge HRCA for the past 15 years teaching preschool. I enjoy swimming, reading and walking. I love to cook and some of my favorite food is Italian, French, Indian and Mexican. Also there is nothing better than sitting around the table sharing a home cooked meal and good conversation with my family. I look excited and look forward to meeting you and your child and having a fun filled safe teaching experience with them this year.

Ms. Weibke
My name is Wiebke Haertwig, I have been working at HRCA for 13 years and I have been teaching with Alison for 8 years. I really enjoy teaching at HRCA. I usually work enrichment as well but, this year I will not be able to since I need to be there for my son to make sure he gets the support he needs for this strange school year. I was born and raised in Germany and moved to the US over 25 years ago. I have two children and one tortoise. I like to go running and hiking, I also love to bake and cook as well as reading and crafting.


Sunflowers

Ms. Nicky
My name is Ms. Nicky and I teach the Sunflowers Pre-K class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. I have been with the HRCA for 10 years. In addition to teaching at the Eastridge preschool, I work with children and adults with disabilities through the Therapeutic Recreation Program and teach 2 weekly exercise classes for seniors. My husband and I have a daughter and a son who are students at CU Boulder. We also have a 13-year-old miniature schnauzer named Bandit. I was born in England and moved to Ohio in my early 20s. Our family has lived in Colorado for 12 years and we love spending our spare time in the mountains, skiing, hiking, kayaking, and camping.


Honeysuckles

Ms. Rachel
Hi my name is Ms. Rachel! This is my third-year teaching at HRCA and I am so excited to get to welcome our little friends back to school! Things may look a little different this year, but one thing is certain...we will still love and help your kids learn and they will have FUN at preschool! I can’t wait to get to know you all!

Ms. Becca
Hi! My name is Becca and I've been teaching here at Eastridge for about two years. I'm currently majoring in psychology. I love a good book and the outdoors, and I can't wait to see what this school year brings!

Support Staff

Runner

Ms. Amanda
My name is Amanda and this is my 14th year in Early Childhood Education. I have 2 boys of my own and enjoy family movie nights and board games. My favorite books include The Giving Tree, anything Eric Carle and The Book with no Pictures. I love going on cruises and love collecting seashells as I grew up in South Florida.


Enrichment

Ms. Kristy
I have been working with children for over a decade in a few different capacities. In addition to teaching preschool, I have spent time working as a nanny, a tutor, and a substitute for DCSD. I received my B.A. in Child & Adolescent Development in 2014 and took coursework in Early Childhood Education while in college. I want you to know I "understand and value how your child’s developmental stage impacts their learning process, and I want to support their social, emotional, and cognitive development as a whole." I am looking forward to getting to know your children this school year!

Ms. Maria
My strong love for children brought me to the Preschool from the nursery at Westridge about a year ago. I look forward to a wonderful school year.
 

Ms. Mia
Hi, my name is Mia. I am a Colorado native. I love to ski whether snow or water. I am ready! Fishing is a favorite with my family, lake or ocean. Basically I enjoy playing which is what makes working with children so much fun!
 

Ms. Kim
I am new to the HRCA Preschool program. I came to the Preschool from the Nursery at Northridge. I am looking forward to a fun and exciting school year.


Substitute

Ms. Emma
Hi! I am Emma and I will be working as a substitute for the Preschool through December. I am a new Mom and love spending time with my son watching him grow. I look forward to meeting each of you throughout the year.

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