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Meet Our Teachers!
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." -Albert Einstein
Hi! My name is Consuelo Johnson, but everyone calls me Ms. Connie. I am entering my fourteenth year here at the Lafayette Explorers Preschool. During those fourteen years I have also worked as an Art instructor with students from ages nine to adult. This year I was commissioned to illustrate the woodland creatures that mark the height requirement for the water slides at the new Lafayette Great Outdoor Water Park. I currently hold a State of Colorado Early Childhood Teacher Certificate. As a teacher I believe in cultivating a mutual respect between each student, along with creating a healthy and safe environment that nurtures growth and improvement. I implement this philosophy in my daily activities with students while we engage in what I refer to as "adventures". I emphasize "adventures" as the term itself is used to describe something exciting and new. This is my ultimate goal: to expose young children to something different, where they can learn and grow.
In addition, one of my goals each year is to introduce art projects that focus on the masters such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Cezanne and Degas ( to name a few!). It has been my past experience that students of all ages have thoroughly enjoyed these projects and have found inspiration that they can translate into their own work. Art is not only a passion but is also my educational background as I have a bachelor's degree in Commerical Art and Design.
Hi everyone! My name is Heather Ludwig. My husband and I are both originally from the suburbs of Chicago. We moved to Colorado 6 years ago for our love of the mountains. We have grade school aged twins who also enjoy all that Colorado has to offer.
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science from National Louis University. I have worked with children for over 10 years. I love seeing kids learn and grown throughout the year. This is my second year working for the Lafayette Explorers Preschool Program. I'm excited to get to know my new students and their families this year!
Hi! I'm Izzi Romero, and this is my first year working at the Lafayette Explorers Preschool. I am currently in my junior year at Regis University studying music education. I love music and I play in many ensembles through my school. My main instrument is the saxophone, but I'm learning many others. I love working with kids, and I have previously worked as a tutor and a camp counselor for the BASE Program at the City of Lafayette Summer Camp. I am excited for this year!
My name is Jamie Hanes. I have been working in the Early Childhood Education field since 2008. This fall will be my 6th year teaching at Lafayette Explorers Preschool.
I am originally from North Platte, Nebraska. After college, my husband and I moved here and have been enjoying Colorado for the last 18 years. I received my B.A. at LIFE Pacific College in Southern California, where I studied Early Childhood Education.
I have a State of Colorado Early Childhood Teaching Certificate.
I feel passionate about making every child feel special and encouraged in a safe and nurturing environment. This school year we will be learning social skills, practicing physical abilities, creating through various art mediums, exploring through senses and experiencing new adventures through books and exposure to new ideas and concepts.
I enjoy spending time with my husband, our two sons and our dog, Otis. I am a Rockies and Broncos fan. I like hiking, fishing, snowshoeing, playing tennis, cooking and relaxing with a good book.
I'm looking forward to a new year with my amazing teaching partner, Ms. Connie, in the Creative Discovery Class and partnering with all our new families!
Hello, my name is Raychel Quarles and this is my first year with Lafayette Explorers Preschool.
I am ecstatic to be a part of such an amazing team of teachers. I previously worked for Jefferson County Public Schools in different positions in the span of 4 years. I have enjoyed working with kids and watching them grow, learn, and change throughout the years. I am looking forward to a fun-filled year in the Tiny Explorers classroom reading, singing, dancing, crafting, counting, and more. My goal with every child is to help them find their way to a lifelong love of learning. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my husband and three sons. We enjoy traveling to places near and far, watching movies, and attending sporting events. I am excited to learn new things and meet great families and students along the way.
Hello and welcome to Lafayette Explorers Preschool. My name is Sue Terwilliger, and this is my 14th year teaching. I am currently the Assistant Preschool Director and Preschool Teacher in the Kinder Adventures Class. I have a Director's Certificate in Early Childhood Education, an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, a State of Colorado Level III Early Childhood Education Credential and Colorado Shines Early Childhood Credential
2.0~Professional Level III. I love the magic of children, their unending curiosity, their spontaneity, their smiles, their tears, their imagination, their reasoning, and their simple view of the world. As a preschool teacher, I am learning and growing each day just by watching and discovering each and every child in my class. They are teaching me to be a positive teacher just as I am teaching them to be positive students. My teaching philosophy is simple: I want each child in my class to leave with a smile in their heart and a smile on their face. If I can accomplish just this one feat, then I have accomplished a major feat! My husband and I have been blessed with three wonderful children, AND 4 splendid grandchildren! We also have a new furry pup named RIO…xoxo I am eager to begin the school year and become part of your child's early learning adventure.