Each of our classrooms are led by teachers who are highly-educated and
come with years of experience. Every teacher will benefit from the assistance of a trained aid when ratios or activities require it.
Every staff at Mountain Shadows Exceptional Kids is CPR and First Aid certified.
Ms. Heide has been working in the field since 1996 when she graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Child Development. She enjoys working with families and providing quality care for children in a warm and nurturing environment. When not at work she has two boys that keep her busy at home.
Ms. Dede has been teaching since 1985. For Ms. Dede the best part of teaching children at such a tender, young age is the rewards of watching them grow up so quickly and the desire to learn and share what they have learned with you. Some personal interest includes organizing and hosting parties and of course spending time with family and friends.
Ms. Elke began working as a Kindergarten teacher in Germany in 1972. For Ms. Elke the best part of teaching pre-k is watching how children discover and develop their skills in different ways. Ms. Elke is learning something new with her kids every day! In her free time, she enjoys reading and painting, as well as, camping and going to the beach with her family.
Ms. Elizabeth has been teaching Preschool since 2010, she has her site supervisor permit and is working towards her bachelor’s degree. She enjoys being able to see children conquer new tasks and the joy that fills their faces when they do so. Some personal interests include going swimming in the shallow at the beach, going on nature hikes, and scrapbooking.
Ms. Cristy has been working with children since a young age. During her senior year, she was a childcare aide for students with children at her high school. This provided her peers with an opportunity to continue their education. Ms. Cristy continued working in childcare until her sons were born. They are now 15 years and 10 years old. After her second son was born, she became a proud stay-at-home mom. She also home-schooled her eldest son. There are many fulfilling accomplishments in life; Ms. Cristy’s is to care for and shape young minds.
Ms. Ashley comes from a long line of teachers and has always had a passion for working with children. She began teaching in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. Ms. Ashley is currently pursuing a dual degree in early childhood education and pediatric nursing – all while raising three children of her own. For Ms. Ashley, the best part of teaching is watching children grow and learn at such a pivotal time in their lives. She believes making a difference in children’s lives is the most rewarding and beautiful career imaginable! In her spare time, Ms. Ashley enjoys spending time with her children and traveling.
Ms. Beth has been working with children since 2013; she is currently going to Palomar working towards her degree to become a Spanish teacher. Her favorite part of working with young children is the daily conversations and interactions she has with the kids. When Ms. Beth is not working or in class she enjoys hitting the gym for a good workout.
Ms. Sarah has been working with children since 2012. She graduated from Fresno Pacific University with her Bachelors in Early Childhood Development in 2015. She enjoys working with Toddlers because she’s setting the foundation for them to thrive when they are older. Ms. Sarah will be returning to school to pursue her Masters in Special Education. During her free time she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family.