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.
Director Teresa Sandner has lived in Pinedale for going on 11 years.
She is a Sublette County native, growing up in Big Piney before leaving
to go to college at the University of Wyoming after graduation. Teresa
met her husband, Justin, right after high school and they have many
adventures together ever since. They moved from Star Valley in 2010
after taking over Pinedale Lumber and Black Mountain Rental. Their
family made the official move and settled into the Pinedale Community.
They have 3 children -Keely is 23 and lives in Pinedale. Logan is 21
and lives in Kona, Hawaii as he travels the world as a missionary with
Youth With A Mission. Their last daughter is Haylen who is 16 and a
sophomore at Pinedale High School. She plays volleyball, basketball,
as well as shows her horses and lambs in 4H. Teresa finished college
with her Bachelors in Elementary Education and earned her Wyoming teaching
certificate where she put it to work teaching
Pre-K at Pinedale Preschool for three years. She later moved into the position
as Director at Pinedale Preschool. In her spare time, Teresa volunteers with
MESA Therapeutic Horsemanship and for our 4-H community club, rides horses,
enjoys the outdoors, and spending time with her family. Teresa is so excited
to be part of this amazing preschool and to further the legacy that was started
when it first opened its doors over 40 years
ago. She loves this little school and all of the students and staff. Your
children’s happiness, health, and success in school are our top priorities
all while offering a warm, nurturing environment for them to grow and thrive.
Aly Dietz moved to Sublette County her freshman year of High School.
She met her husband in Pinedale, they have been married for almost
8 years. They have three kids Justin (12) Bentley (7) and Penelope
(4). Aly enjoys spending time with her kids and loves being at all
of their games. She moved to Pinedale after moving back from attending
college in Colorado. Aly has always felt the need to care for people
around her since she was a young girl. She first pursued a nursing
career before taking time to grow her family. Aly realized she wanted
to pursue a career in childhood education when her oldest son started
kindergarten. She loved helping in the classroom and being around
all the children. She then decided to make a switch in her career
and pursue a degree in elementary education. Aly is currently pursuing
her degree at Western Governors University. Aly loves helping kids
learn and grow, she loves coaching T-Ball in the summer and absolutely
loves teaching at the preschool. She can’t wait to be back
and see all the kiddos this fall.
Last year, Alisha and her family moved to Pinedale from Gillette,
Wyoming. Alisha and her husband, David, have two boys together, Mason
(7) and Parker (4). While in Gillette, Alisha worked for a year as
a Technology teacher in an elementary school there. She then decided
to stay home with her boys, and has done that for the last 7 years.
As a family, they love doing anything outdoors. Ice fishing in the
winter time, and camping, fishing and playing in the mountains in the
summer. Alisha enjoys reading, baking, and being outside with her boys.
Alisha earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at
the University of Wyoming in 2012. She went on to get her Master’s
Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Specialist
from Chadron State College. Alisha is excited to join the wonderful
team at Pinedale Preschool this upcoming year, and get to know all
your wonderful children and become an important part of their learning!
Preschool Classroom Teacher’s Aide
Roberts grew up in the rural town of Nezperce in Northern Idaho as
the youngest in a family of 10. While in high school, Kelli met her
now husband CJ and moved to Pinedale in 2012 following high school
graduation to be closer to him. Kelli and CJ married in 2013 and have
two children Graycee (5) and Hunter (3). They are a very active family
spending much of our summers at the baseball fields volunteering with
the Pinedale Little league. When they aren’t at the fields, Kelli
and her family enjoy camping, fishing, hiking and most all other outdoor
activities. Being from a large family, Kelli loves being around children
and watching them learn and grow. Kelli is pursuing her certificate
in Early Childhood Education. Working at the preschool will be rewarding
to watch all the kids blossom and learn throughout the year.
Pre-K Room Aide
I am 46 years old and my husband’s name is Glen and we have
been married for 24 years. We have 3 daughters...Hannah (21), Emily
(18) and Olivia (15). I have a Bachelor’s degree in youth guidance
and psychology. After I graduated from college in Colorado, I worked
with inner-city kids and taught character education classes. When we
had our first child I became a stay-at-home mom. When our youngest
was in 3rd grade, I started substitute teaching in Michigan (where
we had lived for 19 years). We moved to Pinedale 2 years ago and we
love it here.
216 S. Maybell