Lead Teachers

Infant Nursery

Debbie Van Thuyne, Infant Lead Teacher, 2014

  • ECT
  • Infant Nursery Supervisor
  • TLC Grandparent
  • DVanThuyne@LearningWithTLC.org

Angela Jensen, Infant Teacher, 2017

  • BS Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Early Childhood Education
  • AJensen@LearningWithTLC.org

About Angela Jensen:  

Angela recently moved to Colorado from Omaha, Nebraska. After high school, she took a position as a teacher's assistant in a Head Start preschool classroom. Not knowing exactly what career field she wanted to pursue, Angela thought working with children would be a fun job to have while deciding on a major. The more time she spent in the classroom, the more she fell in love with Early Childhood Education. From then on, Angela continued her career with Head Start, accepting a position as a Special Needs Assistant, and eventually becoming an Early Head Start teacher, working with children birth to three years old. She is excited to continue her career in a new state and to be a part of the TLC family!  

Wobbler/Toddler Classrooms

Cindy Tempero, Toddler Teacher, 2014

  • BA Early Childhood Education and Special Education
  • Director and INS Qualified
  • CTempero@LearningWithTLC.org

About Cindy Tempero:

Cindy was born and raised in Oklahoma, and moved to Colorado with her family when she was 12. Cindy is married with a grown son and one grandson. When her son was 2 1/2, she placed him in childcare and found it difficult to leave him. She applied for a position at his childcare center working with toddlers and realized she loved working with children in that age group. Over the years she has worked with toddlers, preschoolers, grade school children, and infants, before becoming a center director. While she enjoyed working as a director for 16 years, she missed being in the classroom. When she learned TLC was opening a new toddler program, Cindy knew it would be a perfect fit for her.

Karianne Herdina, Toddler Teacher & Child Health Liaison, 2016

  • Denver School of Nursing: RN-ADN
  • Director Certified
  • Infant Nursery Supervisor Certified
  • KHerdina@LearningWithTLC.org

About Karianne Herdina:

Karianne has worked in a childcare center environment for two years, and has worked with children since she began babysitting at 12 years old. She is originally from Minnesota and moved to Colorado in 2005 to be close to her sister and nieces and nephews, ranging in age from two to 20. Karianne enjoys spending time with friends and family, lake and winter sports, and cheering the Minnesota Vikings, the Wild, and the Twins. Early Childhood Education has always been her passion and she loves being able to help children and their families learn and grow. Her nursing degree enables her to work with children who have medical needs, as well as children with typically developing abilities.

Preschool Classrooms

Mary Beth Boyer, Preschool Teacher, 1983

  • MA: Special Education with additional endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education
  • MBoyer@LearningWithTLC.org

About Mary Beth Boyer:

Mary Beth Boyer came to TLC in September of 1983, and it has been her home ever since. Mary Beth loves working with TLC preschoolers and families. TLC has seen many changes through the years, but the focus has always been and continues to be on what each child can do. The staff works together to provide a positive, engaging and nurturing learning environment, in which to build on each child's strengths and meet their needs. Mary Beth loves the ongoing relationships and connections with our current and alumni children, families and also with the community. Mary Beth says, "How much I have learned and continue to learn everyday from each child is a gift!"

Mary Beth received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Development and Special Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She completed my masters in Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado.

Mary Beth and her husband Robbie have a blended family of five children and six grandchildren. Two of Mary Beth's children are Tiny Tim alumni, as are two of her granddaughters. Outside of TLC, Mary Beth loves spending time with her family and friends. She keeps busy with her grandchildren, and also enjoys baking, taking walks, and watching movies and sports, especially baseball!

Amanda Brunning, Preschool Teacher, 2014

  • ABrunning@LearningWithTLC.org

About Amanda Brunning:

Amanda Brunning has a BA in Early Childhood Development with a focus in Teaching. She has worked with children with Special needs for the past six years in California. She and her husband moved to Colorado this past year. Amanda loves to be outdoors playing with her dogs. She also loves her job working with children to help build social kills, communication skills and to help build a solid educational foundation.

Tavita Grimaldo, Preschool Teacher, 1992

  • TGrimaldo@LearningWithTLC.org

About Tavita Grimaldo:

Tavita has worked with TLC since 1992. She began at TLC working with children 2 1/2 to 5, and now works with infants in TLC's nursery. Tavita has enjoyed getting to know all the children and their families during the two decades she has worked at TLC. Tavita has five children of her own, a wonderful husband, and fifteen beautiful grandchildren.

Jen Willette, Preschool Teacher, 2016

  • JWillette@LearningWithTLC.org

Brenda Lord, Preschool Teacher, 2017 

  • BS in Biology with a minor in Education, Butler University
  • MS in Education, Regis University 
  • Licensed Early Education Teacher
  • BLord@LearningWithTLC.org

After growing up in the Midwest, Brenda moved to Colorado in 1996. Throughout her 25-year career she has taught in a variety of settings including preschools, middle schools, high schools, and an alternative high school.  Brenda is passionate about cross country skiing, photography, baking, glassblowing, and going on family river trips.  

Teaching Assistants

Laurel Martinez, Floater, 2017 

  • Child Development Associates
  • Preschool teacher since 2015

Laurel is from Houston, Texas, and moved to Colorado in 2016 with her husband, cat, and dog. Laurel loves helping early learners engage with a love of learning, and in addition to being a teacher, is an artist, reader, and avid coffee drinker.

Julie Matern, Substitute

  • BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, University of Northern Colorado
  • Colorado licensed teacher since 1983
  • TLC Grandparent
  • JMatern@LearningWithTLC.org

About Julie Matern:

Julie knew she wanted to be a teacher ever since she was young, when she knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. She has taught different early grade levels (pre-kindergarten through second) in Thompson, Loveland, and Berthoud before coming to Longmont. Julie is originally from New Jersey and moved to Colorado in 1971. She has five grown children and seven grandchildren. When not in TLC classrooms, Julie enjoys reading, cooking, and eating.

Lupe Morales, Teaching Assistant, 2005

  • LMorales@LearningWithTLC.org

About Lupe Morales:

Lupe has been a teaching assistant at TLC since the fall of 2005. She has an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. Lupe loves working with children and families at TLC, and loves helping to create a positive and nurturing environment to meet children's individual needs. When not working, Lupe loves spending her time with her family and friends. She also enjoys gardening and cooking.

Kathy Porter-Peden, Teaching Assistant, 2003

  • KPorter-Peden@LearningWithTLC.org

About Kathy Porter-Peden:

Kathy has been a teaching assistant at TLC since the fall of 2003. She has an Early Childhood Education certification from Front Range Community College. Kathy delights in helping preschoolers discover the joy of learning. and loves being a part of the supportive, nurturing TLC community. Kathy spends her free time gardening, camping, cooking, hiking, and enjoying her friends and family.

Staci Quillen, Floater and Substitute, 2016

  • B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Human Development and Family Studies, CSU
  • A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistance, Pima Medical Institute
  • SQuillen@LearningWithTLC.org

About Statci Quillen:

Staci comes to TLC with a variety of experiences working with children who have identified special needs.  Staci earned her Bachelor of Science from CSU in Psychology with an emphasis in Human Development and Family Studies.  She also attended Pima Medical Institute, where she earned an Associate of Science Degree and certification as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.  Staci has volunteered at Colorado the Therapeutic Riding Center for seven years, where she has been named “volunteer of the month” multiple times.  Staci has provided one-on-one classroom support (Bauder Elementary) for children with autism, ADD, and behavioral/ emotional challenges.  References report that Staci can successfully work with any child, and always with a smile!