Time: Teacher and child directed, lively discussions about weather, calendar,
social skill development and other topics.
Routines: Helping children foster self-help skills to gain confidence in
their ability to try new things and build self-esteem and pride in their
Play: Using small and large gross motor skills to learn, grow and build healthy
Centers: Engaging active minds in intentional, hands-on, child-centered learning,
through math, literacy, dramatic play, the arts, social emotional, language,
physical, cognitive, science and technology and social studies.
children to various arts, languages and physical activities.
Engagement: Working together to support and improve the learning, development
and health of children.
are dedicated and energetic. They set the stage for lifelong learning and
encourage tthe development of positive social skills which children will
master as they grow. Our teachers participate in on-going professional
development, to stay current with educational trends and to adapt to the
changing needs of modern children and families.
Jennifer and her family moved to Pinedale two years ago. Growing up
on the “other side” of the mountain, in Dubois, she longed
to return to a small town and she and her husband fell in love with
forward 15 years and here they are!
Jennifer graduated from UW with a degree in Elementary Education/Early
Childhood Education. After graduating she has worked in the field of
early childhood including teaching reading and preschool in the public
schools, as well as teaching in a non-profit preschool and religious
preschool. Jennifer also spent five years as the Director of a preschool
similar to Pinedale Preschool in Laramie, WY. Most recently, Jennifer
held the position of Early Childhood Program Manager for the Department
of Family Services. Jennifer is excited to be back working on the community
and local level, making a difference in the lives of children and families.
Jennifer continues to do contract work for the Department of Family
Services as well as she and her husband own Wyoming Athlete Development.
and Andrew are the proud parents of Gaige, Madison and Daxton. As a
family we enjoy camping, fishing, cross country skiing, and any other
that includes the five of us together.
Kendall is a Pinedale native. It wasn’t long ago that she attended
Pinedale Preschool herself. Growing up in Pinedale, Kendall learned to
love and appreciate this special community at an early age. Now, she
looks forward to helping the next generation of Pinedale Preschoolers
develop cognitively, socially, physically and emotionally.
After graduating from Pinedale High School, Kendall attended Cornell
University where she earned a B.S. in Natural Resources and a Minor
in Education on a full-ride academic scholarship. She spent the next
years working in the conservation and communications fields. Somehow,
Kendall always found herself working with kids. Whether directing the
Wyoming Nature Camp, teaching youth snowboard lessons in South Lake
Tahoe, substitute teaching or directing the Little Wrangler Day Camp
Pinedale Aquatic Center, it was obvious that Kendall had an affinity
and passion for working with children. Kendall went on to earn a M.A.
in Environmental Journalism from CU Boulder.
Kendall has found a home in teaching and her expertise in outdoor,
hands-on experiential educational is sure to lend countless adventures
upcoming school year! “Choose a job you love, and you will never
have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius
I was born and raised in Pinedale. After moving around the country
for several years, my husband and I decided to return to Pinedale and
our family. Pinedale is, and always has been my home. I enjoy camping,
horseback riding, and all outdoor activities. I have two amazing and
energetic sons, Jaxson and Gabe. We spend most of our free time outside
enjoying the beautiful scenery and countless activities that Pinedale
has to offer.
My name is Kelly Upp and I am excited to work with the children of
Pinedale Preschool as a teachers aide. I received my Associates Degree
from Western Wyoming Community College while living and working in
Green River. I spent 8 years working for the Green River Recreation
running the middle school after school program and the middle school
and elementary summer programs. After I received my degree I spent
time in the schools as a substitute and a para-professional. My family
finally able to realize our dream of moving to Pinedale in 2014. We
have two little girls aged 4 and 3, which is what moved me from working
school aged children to preschoolers. I worked last year at the Children's
Discovery Center learning all about the Montessori approach to learning
and am excited to embrace the Creative Curriculum that Pinedale Preschool
My name is Tillie Bennett and I am a Pinedale native! My love for education
developed as I grew up babysitting and nannying in the Pinedale community
as well as having a large extended family! I have had the privilege
of working for the Pinedale Preschool both last spring and now for
school year! I love working with kids because they keep me honest,
loving and free. They teach me just as much as I teach them! I'm looking
to this school year!
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