Debbie Van Thuyne, Infant Lead Teacher, 2014
Infant Nursery Supervisor
Angela Jensen, Infant Teacher, 2017
BS Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Early Childhood Education
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!
Cindy Tempero, Toddler Teacher, 2014
BA Early Childhood Education and Special Education
Director and INS Qualified
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.
Megan Hermsen, 2018
About Megan Hermsen:
Megan has worked with young children as either a preschool teacher or a nanny since 2013. She moved to Boulder at seven years old from New Jersey and began babysitting at 11. She continued to work with children while attending Washington State, pursuing her passion for taking care of young children. She loves spending time with her husband, her daughter, and their 90 lb dog, Chance.
Katie Olmsted, 2019
BA: Psychology & Elementary Education
About Katie Olmsted:
Katie hails from Buena Vista, Colorado and attended the University of Northern Colorado. Katie has a 13 year-old-son with her husband who is also in education, teaching fourth grade. Katie has always had a passion for teaching children and helping them grow into unique individuals through all of their developmental milestones. When not teaching, you can find Katie making jewelry, scarves, and spending time with her family.
Mary Beth Boyer, Preschool Teacher, 1983
MA: Special Education with additional endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education
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
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
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.
Brenda Lord, Preschool Teacher, 2017
BS in Biology with a minor in Education, Butler University
MS in Education, Regis University
Licensed Early Education Teacher
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.
Emily Okmin, Preschool Teacher, 2017
BS in Special Education & Early Childhood Education, University of Alabama
About Emily Okmin:
Emily grew up in Chicago and loves playing sports and cheering on her favorite teams! She also enjoys hiking and camping in the summertime, but is also always looking forward to skiing and snowboarding season.
Julie Matern, Preschool Teacher, 2015
BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, University of Northern Colorado
Colorado licensed teacher since 1983
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.
Kathy Porter-Peden, Preschool Teacher, 2003
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.
Lupe Morales, Preschool Teacher, 2005
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.
Jessica de Paula Campagnola, Floater, 2018
Movement & Learning for Young Children
ECE 101, ECE 205, ECE 238
About Jessica de Paula Campagnola:
Jessica is from Brazil and has been in the US for the past five years. She and her husband live up in the mountains and enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, and being in the woods. Jessica started her career in early childhood as a nanny through an exchange program, and then worked at the Treehouse Learning Center before joining TLC.
Deanna Edwards, Floater, 2018
ECE Qualified since May 2018
Registered Behavioral Technician, certified since October 2015
About Statci Quillen:
Deanna came to Colorado from Arkansas two years ago. She enjoys hiking, walking and playing fetch with her dog, Howard, and yoga. Deanna was drawn to work in early childhood education and special education because of her family. Her mother works as a paraprofessional in the school district and her dad has Aspberge syndrome; Deanna began working with children with autism and knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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
About Staci 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!
Ally Tousley, Floater, 2018
Associate of Applied Science in Administration of Child Care, 2015
Colorado Director Certified, 2016
About Ally Tousley
Ally grew up in Minnesota and moved to Colorado three years ago. She enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and trying new things. While growing up, Ally’s mother had a daycare in the home and taught at a preschool. Ally spent time in her mother’s classroom before school, babysat, and spent time with nieces and cousins, all of which led her into the field of early childhood education.