Meet the Team

Our teachers are dedicated to making your child’s time in our care a fun, engaging learning experience. They work hard to provide for your child’s physical, emotional, and intellectual needs. Here is a little information about each of our staff members so that you can get to know them a bit more personally.

  • Shana Ashby

    Director/Owner

    Shana Ashby

    Director/Owner

    Teaching since: 2015 I love teaching because: I had a teacher when I was little who made an enormous impact on my life. I love teaching children because each day is an opportunity to positively impact their life. Favorite children’s book: The Monster at the End of the Book Favorite hobby: Backpacking

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  • Erika Evenson

    Director

    Erika Evenson

    Director

    Teaching since: 2012 I love teaching because: I get the opportunity to provide every child a safe and loving environment to grow, learn, and build relationships together. To see them flourish right in front of me every day is absolutely amazing! I also love seeing that “light bulb” go off in their head, when they...

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  • Mikaela Mundell

    Lead Teacher of The Cave/Director

    Mikaela Mundell

    Lead Teacher of The Cave/Director

    Teaching since: 2015 I love teaching because: Of the bond you make with the children and the feeling of pride as your class learns, grows, and accomplishes new tasks. Favorite children’s book: Funny ones. Favorite hobby: Being out on adventures with my kids.

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  • Marina Gavrakov

    Lead in the Burrow

    Marina Gavrakov

    Lead in the Burrow

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  • Deztyni Lawson

    Co-Teacher in the Den

    Deztyni Lawson

    Co-Teacher in the Den

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  • Madison Hallen

    On-Deck Substitute Teacher

    Madison Hallen

    On-Deck Substitute Teacher

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  • Elizabeth Vazquez

    Co-Teacher in the Den

    Elizabeth Vazquez

    Co-Teacher in the Den

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  • Melissa Carver

    Co-Teacher in the Burrow

    Melissa Carver

    Co-Teacher in the Burrow

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  • Danyale Delobel

    Co-Teacher in the Hollow

    Danyale Delobel

    Co-Teacher in the Hollow

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  • Asma Naz

    Lead in the Hive

    Asma Naz

    Lead in the Hive

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  • Melonyi Downning-Ricker

    Lead teacher of The Den

    Melonyi Downning-Ricker

    Lead teacher of The Den

    Teaching since: 1997 I love teaching because: I get to see “lights” go on when new things are learned. Favorite children’s book: I Love You The Purplest Favorite hobby: Gardening and photography

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  • McKenzie Capener

    Floater

    McKenzie Capener

    Floater

    Teaching since: 2019 I love teaching because: It makes me feel happy that all the kids are always happy to see me everyday. I also love playing with them, singing with them, and I love all the hugs and cuddles I get all day! Favorite children’s book: Any Dr. Seuss Book Favorite hobby: Singing, baking,...

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  • Aubre Orivs

    Co-Teacher in The Hive

    Aubre Orivs

    Co-Teacher in The Hive

    Teaching since: 2021 I love teaching because: I get to learn the kids’ personalities and interests as they grow and learn new things. Favorite children’s book: Mudgy and Millie Favorite hobby: Painting

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  • Rylee Bingham

    Substitute Teacher

    Rylee Bingham

    Substitute Teacher

    Teaching since: 2021 I love teaching because: I love the little kids and getting to know them better. They all brighten my day. Favorite children’s book: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Favorite hobby: Painting

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  • Cindy Larson

    Cook

    Cindy Larson

    Cook

    Teaching since: Since I became a mom 32 years ago. I love teaching because: It’s wonderful to inspire brilliance! Favorite children’s book: Oh! The Places You’ll Go! Favorite hobby: Photography

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  • Florinda Bell

    Cook

    Florinda Bell

    Cook

    Teaching since: 2014 I love teaching because: Seeing the kids smile and getting to impact their lives Favorite children’s book: Green Eggs and Ham Favorite hobby: Cooking

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  • Veronica Jones

    Program Specialist

    Veronica Jones

    Program Specialist

    Teaching since: 2010 I love teaching because: It gives me joy to know that I have a part in nurturing young minds. Favorite children’s book: When God Made You Favorite hobby: Crafting

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  • Ari Harper

    Lead Teacher of The Warren

    Ari Harper

    Lead Teacher of The Warren

    Teaching since: 2020 I love teaching because: I love watching the kids grow and being able to grow with them.  Favorite children’s book: Green Eggs and Ham Favorite hobby: Volleyball

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  • Aj Moffat

    Co-Teacher in The Cave

    Aj Moffat

    Co-Teacher in The Cave

    Teaching since: 2020 I love teaching because: Watching a child master a new skill or learn a new letter and be so proud of themselves, is so fulfilling. Every day I get to come to work and show these kids how much they can do and be. I get to see firsthand how much they...

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  • Darby Kaldor

    Lead in the Brook

    Darby Kaldor

    Lead in the Brook

    Teaching since: 2021 I love teaching because: I love seeing the kids learn new things and be so excited and proud of them. I also love all of the hugs I get all day! Favorite children’s book: Corduroy  Favorite hobby: Cooking and makeup

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  • Cree Ward

    Lead Teacher in the Hollow

    Cree Ward

    Lead Teacher in the Hollow

    Teaching since: 2018 I love teaching because: The bonding and building relationships with the kids. Being able to see them grow and get bigger and better every day brings me so much joy! They bring so much light and laughter to my days! Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Favorite hobby: Painting

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  • Marisela Gallardo

    Co-Teacher in The Den

    Marisela Gallardo

    Co-Teacher in The Den

    Teaching since: 2019 I love teaching because: I enjoy watching them learn something new and see that spark in their mind! Favorite children’s book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and The Giving Tree Favorite hobby: Crocheting

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  • Macy Vande Veegaete

    Substitute Teacher

    Macy Vande Veegaete

    Substitute Teacher

    Teaching since: 2021 I love teaching because: It’s fun! I like playing with the kids and helping them! Favorite children’s book: The Little Prince Favorite hobby: Skateboarding

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We hope you enjoyed learning about our staff. We love each and every one of them and know they truly care about your child. Feel free to get to know your child’s provider and ask them questions of your own!