Staff

Miss Amy, Lead Learner

Miss Amy

Amy is a longtime native and resident of Boulder.  She grew up in the Gunbarrel area and she and her husband have raised their three children in Gunbarrel for the past 22 years. Amy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences then pursued a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has been licensed in Colorado since 1996. In 2005, Amy’s passion for children and education became focused in Early Childhood.  She went back to school, and in late 2010 received her Director Qualification with the State of Colorado. Amy has been working as a preschool teacher since 2006 at three Boulder area schools. Amy has owned Wildflower Preschool since 2013.  Recently, Amy was accepted into the Buell Foundation Fellowship for Early Childhood Leadership!  She will work toward completing a doctorate degree in Early Childhood.

Miss Alexandra-Gunbarrel Site Director

Hi everyone!  I’m Alexandra, and I am so excited to be starting a new adventure at the Wildflower Preschool!  I recently moved from central New York to Boulder in pursuit of the mountains and healthy life style Boulder has to offer.  Outside of school, I’m reading, running, hiking, doing yoga, or exploring the area on my bike.  I received a Bachelor’s Degree in 2013 in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University, where I realized my love for teaching through a couple of education courses.  I went on to work in a preschool in New York for two years while earning a Master’s Degree in Inclusive Childhood Education, including two Early Childhood Education courses.  I have experience working with all ages and abilities birth through 5th grade, but my true passion is working with preschoolers in structured and guided play with developmentally appropriate learning practices.  I’m thrilled to bring my knowledge into the classroom and help guide the Wildflower children to grow as the intuitive and curious learners they are!

Miss Sam-Gunbarrel Assistant Site Director

Sam began cultivating a love of teaching young learners in 2011 when she started working as a nanny. That love turned into a passion, and that passion turned into a profession.  She is excited to begin her teaching career at Wildflower as a Pre-K teacher!  Sam is a Colorado native and lives in Boulder with her husband, Justin, and cat, Winnie Cooper.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CU Boulder and completed her Post-Baccalaureate teaching licensure at MSU Denver.  She is currently working on a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction at CU Denver.  She spent the past year as a student teacher resident in a Kindergarten classroom in Denver.  When she’s not in the classroom, Sam enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on, dancing to anything with a beat, and snuggling anything with fur.

Miss Mera-Lafayette Preschool & PreK

I am very excited to join Wildflower Preschool  and I have had the privilege  working with different age group of students  for almost four years now. I  have my Bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences. I am lead teacher qualified and Pyramid Plus trained. I moved with my son from the East Coast two years ago and I am originally from Egypt. I love walking, hiking, and swimming .

Miss Denise- Gunbarrel Preschool

My name is Denise Coleman. I was born and raised on a farm in eastern Iowa. I lived in Rochester, Minnesota for 20 years and moved to Longmont in June 2015 with my husband and teenage son.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and history from the University of Dubuque. I was a graphic designer for many years until my son was born.   I started working with children after my son started first grade. I was a preschool teacher in Rochester for eight years and worked with 2-5 year olds. Since moving to Longmont, I worked at the Aspen Center for Child Development as an infant teacher. I am lead teacher qualified in the state of Colorado. I have taken Pyramid Plus Approach and Expanding Quality Infant and Toddler Care classes. I am looking forward to working with preschoolers again. I love reading books, playing and being outside with kids.

Miss Dawn- Gunbarrel Preschool Lead 

I have had the privledge of working with young people since 1986.  I began my  experience as an art specialist in public education, teaching in Texas, Alaska, and Virginia.  I left public education in 2005 after research for my thesis validated my concerns regarding the lack of support for social, emotional challenges in most public-school settings.  Shortly thereafter, I began working in non-traditional education teaching in Boulder at both The Living School  and Boulder Valley Community Open School.  In the non-traditional environment my students showed me the importance of providing a space for social emotional support.  I then began to nanny for a variety of families in and around Boulder.  It was during these years that I realized how much I enjoyed the preschool age.  I am interested in supporting the social and emotional development of preschool aged young people through play, role modeling, and conversation.  I have varied interests; in my spare time I enjoy making ceramic wall pieces.  I love physical activity along with self-care, hiking, soccer, pilates, and MELT Method.  I am also deeply interested in health through nutrition.

Miss Kira- Gunbarrel Preschool Lead

Hi, I’m Kira Fling.  I moved to Boulder in 2006 after retiring from my career in short track speedskating.  I attended CU for my undergrad and received my Master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Colorado Denver.  In 2007, I began teaching skiing and fell in love with teaching.  This helped me decide to pursue a career in education. I began teaching in 2010 and have taught kindergarten, preschool, and toddlers.  I also hold a teaching license in physical education and have created and implemented a preschool PE and health curriculum.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy skiing, biking, hiking with my dog, and of course, ice skating. I love the outdoors and traveling, so you will rarely find me at home. I am excited to bring my skills to Wildflower!

Miss Eva- Lafayette PM Enrichment

Hello Wild-Flower! I am ecstatic to hold a position as Assistant/Co- teacher here. My zeal for child care began early on, coming from a home with three younger siblings, the caretaker role was somewhat imparted on me, but largely taken up by choice. I began nannying around age 17, and have since found child-care to be my calling, I have held positions such as coach of swim lessons for the city of boulder, specializing in teaching infants to five-year olds the beginnings of swimming. Additionally, I was a co-director for the YMCA’s after school program for some time. My career at Wildflower commenced with subbing/volunteering over summers. I fell in love with the families, kiddos, and the atmosphere cultivated here, and recently have taken on a more full-time role! So you should see me around daily.

My education is on-going, I will have my associates in psychology this year from Front Range Community College, and then continue-on for my Bachelors in Developmental Psychology through Metro University. Outside of childcare I am a fitness, health-food, and fine art enthusiast. I have an ardor for psychology particularly pertaining to the growth and development of little-ones, they have so much to tell us! I hope to eventually become a counselor for children, and then therapist, but I am learning so much here and adore every chance I get to work with your kiddos and learn from them and this incredible experience, and look forward to watching them continue to grow in all the multifaceted ways they do!

Miss Sarah- Lafayette Preschool

Hello!  My name is Sarah Kemmerling.  I was born and raised in Boulder.  I have been working with children professionally for 16 years- since I was 18, and I cannot imagine doing anything else!  My family and I moved to Lafayette a few years ago, and we have loved it!  I have two boys- Ryder is 8 years old and just started third grade and Paxton is 5 years old and just started kindergarten this year!  We have two big, very old dogs and two cats (one of which is a kitten that we just adopted).  I am so excited to be here at Wildflower!

Miss Rachel-Gunbarrel Preschool Assistant

Miss Alison (Ali)-Gunbarrel PM Enrichment Assistant

Miss Melanie- Story Time (both locations)

Wildflower is very fortunate to have Miss Melanie come and visit us twice per month to sing and lead Story Time!  She is a very enthusiastic, lovely person who enjoys leading the children on playful adventures through children’s books and songs.  You might recognize her from the Boulder Public Library Story Time!

Miss Katie-Kid Connects (both locations)

 

Katie is our Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant through the Kid- Connects Program of Mental Health Partners. Katie has been working with our school since June and is typically here Monday’s and Wednesday’s, supporting the classrooms. Katie has recently graduated with her MA in Mindfulness Based Clinical Mental Health. She has worked in the Human Service Field for over eight years prior to her graduate program. Katie is also the mother to her two boys, ages three and six. She feels passionate about working with children and families while promoting emotional wellness in the classroom. Please feel free to reach out to Katie with any concerns or support you may need, as she welcomes the opportunity to meet with parents. She can be reached at:  (720) 450-1492 or kdonahue@mhpcolorado.org

Miss Ari-Musicare (both locations)

Miss Arianna (Ari) is our music teacher through Musicare.  She visits each of our sites every other week, bringing the joy of music through song, rhythm, and exploration of instruments.

Nurse Molly-School Nurse Consultant (both locations)

Molly Orlando is our Registered Nurse Consultant.

Building Blocks Nurse Consulting