Debbie Van Thuyne, Infant Lead Teacher, 2014
Infant Nursery Supervisor
Debbie loves working with children and was excited to join TLC when they launched their infant nursery in 2014.
Megan Hermsen, 2018
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.
Paula Koenig, Toddler Teacher, 2017
Associate in Early Childhood Education
Paula was born in Brazil and moved to the States in 2008. She started working with children as an nanny. Paula had so much fun working as a nanny and taking care of children that she decided to become a teacher. At TLC, Paula started her job as a teacher for the first time. Paula is married and the mother of a very active four year-old boy (a TLC student) and two playful dogs. In her spare time, Paula and her family likes to go out on walks, go to the movies, play LEGOS, and travel.
Ashlee Jordan McDonald, 2019
BA in early childhood education
Ashlee is originally from Washington, where her family is still located. She enjoys being with her family, spending time with her dog, Sophie, and photography. Ashlee realized her passion for education when she was young. She originally wanted to teach kindergarten until she began working with the program Bright by Three and saw how significant an impact high quality early childhood education can have on a child’s life. Ashlee worked as a nanny before becoming an early childhood teacher.
Cindy Tempero, Toddler Teacher, 2014
BA Early Childhood Education and Special Education
Director and INS Qualified
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 in 2014, Cindy knew it would be a perfect fit for her.
Erin Burson, Preschool Teacher, 2018
AAS in Early Childhood, Front Range Community College
Erin has been working with children for over 20 years as a babysitter, nanny, and for the last five years as an early childhood teacher. She graduated from Front Range Community College with her Associates Degree in early childhood while also receiving a director certificate, infant nursery supervisor certification, and para-educator certificate. She moved to Colorado in 2010 from her home state of Oregon. Working with children is Erin’s passion. Outside of teaching she loves the outdoors, hiking, and camping. Erin says she is so excited to be apart of the TLC staff and truly admire what TLC offers this community.
Mary Beth Boyer, Preschool Teacher, 1983
MA: Special Education with additional endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education
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About Mary Beth:
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
BA Early Childhood Development
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 in 2013.
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.
Daniele Gold, 2019
BS in Child Development and Family Relations, 2018
Daniele came to Colorado by way of Massachusetts and Maine, where she received her bachelors in child development and family relations from the University of Maine. She loves the outdoors, painting, yoga, and playing with her dog. Before joining TLC, Daniele worked as a behavioral health professional and an assistant teacher in first grade classrooms. Daniele says “there is a spark in young children that inspires me. I often find that I am learning just as much from them as they are me!”
Tavita Grimaldo, Preschool Teacher, 1992
Tavita has worked with TLC since 1992. She began at TLC working with children 2 1/2 to 5, and has worked with infants and toddlers at TLC as well as leading a preschool classroom. 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.
Lupe Morales, Preschool Teacher, 2005
Lupe has been teaching 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.
Aubrey Poole, 2019
BA in Speech Language and Hearing Science, 2018
Aubrey grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and came to Colorado for school in 2014. She fell in love with the state and now lives in Longmont with her partner and two dogs, Skylar Grace and Hurley Win. Outside of education, Aubrey enjoys all things dog, crafting, movie nights, cooking, and sushi. She has a love of learning and hopes to bring her passions to the classroom to best support the child and community as a whole. She hopes to help all her students develop healthy communication skills, social emotional wellness, and a lifelong love of learning.
Melinda Derrera, 2019
ECE student at Front Range Community College
Melinda is originally from Colorado Springs. She loves to hike and camp, especially in Rocky Mountain National Park. She has two children of her own and loves helping children develop joy in learning.
Cheyenne Shumway, 2019
BA in early childhood education, December 2019
Cheyenne grew up in Moab, Utah, and has lived in Colorado for the past three years. Her first job was babysitting and she continued to watch children through high school. After realizing how much she enjoyed working with young children, she decided to pursue a degree and career in early childhood education.