Our Staff

The Children’s Center has assembled the most professional and qualified staff of any preschool in Colorado.  Our teachers are members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and are certified in CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions and Medication Administration.  All staff have been cleared through the Central Registry database and Federal/Colorado Bureaus of Investigation.  All of our teachers have degrees in Early Childhood Education, and three are Director Certified through the State of Colorado. We are proud of the advanced training that our staff continues to study in order to deliver the best possible preschool experience for your child!

Staff Biographies

Lisa Heilman | Director, Pre-K Teacher, The Children’s Center, 14 years

Director Certification in Early Childhood Education through the State of Colorado
, Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences

Advanced Training
through the National Association for the Education of Young Children: Using Positive Discipline, Awesome Science, How to Write an Effective Lesson Plan, From Trash to Treasure, Almost DaVinci, Understanding Phonological Awareness, Your Place on the Planet, What is Active Learning? 
Art and the Preschool Child, High Scope Curriculum, What Does this Say?, Helping your Child Diffuse Anger, Growing Respect, Incorporating Parents into the Classroom, Zoo Phonics, Wiggle, Squiggle, Giggle and Learn, Ask the Speech Therapist, Beyond ABC’s and 123’s, Room to Move, Circle Time Connections, Intervention Techniques.


Allison Ogden | Assistant Director, Pre-K Teacher, Zoo Phonics Specialist, The Children’s Center, 7 years
 Bachelor Degree in Family Relations and Child Development/Early Childhood Education
Additional Experience: Teacher, Appletree Center, Broomfield, CO, 2 years | 
Substitute Teacher for Adams 12 School District, 3 years
Advanced Training: Zoo Phonics, Promoting Literacy in Young Children, Art Specialist in Early Childhood Education, Creative Learning, Active Learning Through Play, Phonics Based Projects in the Pre-K Classroom, Problem Solving in the Preschool Classroom, Building Connections with Children and Animals, Imagination Fascination, Building your Bounce, Promoting Resilience, Getting Preschoolers ready to Write, Understanding Negative Behaviors.


Emily Myers | Pre-K Teacher, The Children’s Center Preschool,
5 years
 Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education through University of Missouri-Columbia
Additional Experience:

 Elementary School Teacher, 9 years

Advanced Training:
 Thoughtful Education Training, Brain Research in Early Childhood, Literacy Development in the Classroom, Technology Integration in the Classroom, Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom, Teaching Letter Sounds, Understanding Negative Behaviors, Getting Preschoolers Ready to Write.


Deb Wilson | Teacher, Age 3 Program, The Children’s Center, 13 years


 Bachelor Degree, Major in Special Education

Additional Experience:

 Teacher, Rainbow Tree Preschool Teacher & Substitute Teacher, 1 year
 | Chums-N-Fun Child Care, Director/Owner, 7 years | Broomfield United Methodist Church, Childcare/Group Leader, 1 year

Advanced Training
through the National Association for the Education of Young Children: Infancy and Childhood, Education for Exceptional Children, Preschool Literacy, Funsical Fitness, Music for 4’s and 5’s, Liability and Safety Issues, Make and Take Learning Games, Creating Healthy Eating Attitudes, Children with Handicaps, Chicka, Chicka Kaboom! Science and Literature Connections, Language and Early Literacy; Playing with Words and Sounds, Finding the Rhythm Within, Intervention Techniques, Building Boy Friendly Classrooms, Play: A Serious Business, Looking at Classroom Behavior, Tipping the Scales:  Obesity Prevention.


meghanMeghan Mariner | Teacher, Age 3 Program, The Children’s Center, 4 years
Education: Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, Director Certification in Early Childhood Education through the State of Colorado
Additional Experience: Early Childhood Teacher, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Preschool, 3 years
Advanced Training: Early Childhood Experience in Language Arts, Creating Something From Almost Nothing, Homemade Toys, Sing, Dance and Play Problems Away, A Guidance Approach for the Encouraging Classroom, and The Exceptional Child, Art and It’s Importance, Funsical:  motor, music, speech, Rigorous and Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Hacking Into the Brains Hard-wire, Story Time Slime.




photo-3Ginger Tonelli |  Pre-K Teacher, Zoo Phonics Specialist, The Children’s Center, 1 Year
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree- Dual Major Early Education and Psychology
Additional Experience: Teacher, Appletree Center, Broomfield, CO, 5 years, Visions Early Learning Center, Shrewsbury, MA 5 years,  Curriculum Consultant, Room For Children, Boston, MA, 5 years
Advanced Training:  Zoo Phonics, Guidelines Applications in a Lesson Plan, Confident Parenting: Misbehavior, Challenging Behaviors, Defiance and Disobedience, Academic Standards in ECE, Red+Blue=Zebra (open ended art for children), Social Emotional Development and Early Literacy Training, Anxiety in Children and Adolescents, Family Communication, Building Social Emotional Competence in Young Children, Communication Counts, Speech and Language Development, Calm Aggression in Children, Health and Safety in Preschools, Science Learning Through Project Investigations


Ronna Solmos | Pre-K Teacher, The Children’s Center Preschool,
Education: Bachelor Degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis on Psychology and a minor in Early Childhood Education with certification through Metropolitan State College of Denver
Additional Experience: Long Term ECE Substitute Jeffco Schools, Special Education Paraprofessional Adams 12, Substitute Teacher Adams 12, Before and After School Program Leader and Summer Camp Leader Adams 12 & Highland Hills, Girl Scout Leader Daisy-Junior 5 years
Advanced Training: ECE certification, Reading Readiness, ECE Art, Project Wild, Immersive Lesson Plans, Creative Learning, Science Structuring ECE Physical Environments, Brain Development, Parents as Partners, Exceptional Learner, Diversity in the Classroom


Marilyn JonesMarilyn Jones | Founder and CFO of The Children’s Center 2003
 Director Certification in Early Childhood Education through the State of Colorado, Undergraduate studies specializing in Music Education
Additional Experience:
 Preschool Director – Boulder Country Day School, Boulder, CO, 3 years
 | Teacher, Assistant Director and Music Specialist, Rainbow Tree Preschool, Broomfield, 4 years
 | Assistant Director and Music Specialist, Circle of Friends Preschool, St. Louis, MO, 7 years
Advanced Training through the National Association for the Education of Young Children includes: High Scope Curriculum, Reggio Emilia Curriculum, NAEYC Accreditation, Qualistar Rating Process, Managing Food Allergies, The Top 10 Traits of a Successful Director, Building Positive Relationships with Parents, Music for Preschoolers, Movement is Fun, Science in the Classroom, Literature and Music, How to Design and Implement a Creative Exercise Program for Preschoolers, Creative Drama, Prop Boxes, Stress Management in Children, The Exceptional Child, Involving Children in Curriculum Decisions, Enhancing Children’s Play, Helping Staff Meet Emotional Needs of Children and Parents, Conflict Resolution for Adults, Childcare Licensing.

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