Preschool Teachers

Meet Our Preschool Teachers


Toddler Teachers:

Melissa Montgomery   |   Sweet Peas

Melissa has been co-leading the toddler class for over 5 years. She received her BA in Child Psychology from CA State University, Long Beach, in 1991. When not in the classroom encouraging the social, emotional and cognitive development of the toddlers, Melissa enjoys spending time in the mountains with her husband of 23 years and three children. She also enjoys hiking with friends and her Golden Retriever, Milo.


Naomi Becker   |   Sweet Peas
Naomi has worked for the HRCA Preschool since 2013. She has spent the majority of that time teaching in the toddler Sweet Peas room. She enjoys enriching young minds, and developing strong lasting relationships with families. Naomi’s strongest attributes are fostering a warm, nurturing and fun atmosphere conducive to learning. She is proud of being recognized for her teaching excellence, and laying a strong foundation for preschool readiness. In her spare time she enjoys travel with her family, hiking, jeeping, fishing and concerts.
Tami Ramirez*   |   Buttercups
Tami has been working with children for over 20 years. She has worked for HRCA Preschool for 3 years, after moving to Highlands Ranch 4 years ago from California. Tami's focus is to enrich the kids through art, music, cooking, science and play. Tami also taught swim lessons for the facility. She stays very active outside of teaching with her family. They enjoy sports, movies, hiking and exploring beautiful Colorado.

Preschool Teachers:

Alison Pammant**   |   Ladybugs & Pollywogs

Alison came to the United States from the U.K. 25 years ago and became a U.S. citizen in 2001. She has 3 grown children 2 girls and a boy and has just become a grandmother for the 3rd time. Alison has taught Pre-k and preschool for the past 18 years and will be starting her 13th year working at Westridge Preschool. She lives with her husband John and her youngest daughter Danielle. Alison has always had a passion for teaching and looks forward to another great year!


Rachel Boylan   |    Tiny Turtles & Guppies
Rachel has 15+ years’ experience working in various childcare settings and is happy to have the opportunity to be teaching in the Highlands Ranch Community Association preschools now. Since moving to Colorado six years ago from Kansas City she has taught at various preschools and childcare centers in the area and loves all that the HRCA preschool has to offer the children. She loves working with little children and helping them learn. She stays busy with her own family when not working... along with her husband and their four children they are very involved in sports and enjoy exploring beautiful Colorado!
Joelene   |    Shooting Stars
Joelene loves working with children and has been an HRCA employee for almost 4 years but is a new addition to our Eastridge Preschool Program. She also runs the Youth Discipleship Program at her church. Joelene believes each child is unique and special in their own way which allows her classroom to be such a dynamic learning environment! In her spare time she loves to enjoy the outdoors, cook and hang out with her 3 daughters.
Amanda**   |   Chameleons
Information coming soon.
Sammie**   |   Chameleons
Sammie has worked with children for over 10 years but this is her first year with The HRCA Preschool program. She loves working with children and watching them grow and change throughout the year. Outside of the classroom, she loves traveling and enjoying new experiences with her family.
Pya Ram   |   Honeysuckles
Pya has been with the HRCA preschool program since 2015. With her educational background in child psychology, she is a valuable member of our program. She provides a very fun and nourishing learning environment for the children with all the crafts and fun activities she plans for them all year long.

Pre-K Teachers:

Alison Pammant**   |   Ladybugs & Pollywogs

Alison came to the United States from the U.K. 25 years ago and became a U.S. citizen in 2001. She has 3 grown children 2 girls and a boy and has just become a grandmother for the 3rd time. Alison has taught Pre-k and preschool for the past 18 years and will be starting her 13th year working at Westridge Preschool. She lives with her husband John and her youngest daughter Danielle. Alison has always had a passion for teaching and looks forward to another great year!


Natalie Hanson   |   Daisies
Natalie has worked with children for over 30 years. She has taught music and more recently pre-K. She has worked for HRCA for seven years and loves watching her students grow throughout each school year as they prepare to go to kindergarten. She believes each child’s strengths provide a dynamic in the classroom that benefit everyone. Natalie enjoys spending time with her family and the outdoors.
Nicky O’Meara   |   Sunflowers

Nicky strives to nurture the natural enthusiasm and curiosity of the children in her class and send them off to kindergarten with a love of school and a passion for learning. Nicky has been with HRCA for 9 years. As well as teaching preschool, she works with children and young adults with disabilities through the Therapeutic Recreation Program, and teaches a weekly fitness class for active seniors. In her spare time Nicky enjoys skiing and hiking in the mountains with her family.


Amanda B.**   |   Chameleons
Information coming soon.
Sammie**   |   Chameleons
Sammie has worked with children for over 10 years but this is her first year with The HRCA Preschool program. She loves working with children and watching them grow and change throughout the year. Outside of the classroom, she loves traveling and enjoying new experiences with her family.
Amanda R.   |   Daisies
Amanda has been an Early Childhood Educator for 14 years. Her passion of studies include child growth and development, as well as child psychology. "Watching a child build their confidence by achieving their goals gives me purpose". In addition to her love of teaching young minds, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

**Teaches Preschool & Pre-K


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