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.


Elizabeth Butler | Pre-K Teacher Education: Master of Arts in Teaching, BA Humanities
Additional Experience: Teacher, Appletree Christian Preschool and Kindergarten, Broomfield CO, 9 years,  Rainbow Tree Preschool, Broomfield CO, 3 years, Children’s World Learning Centers Assistant Director, Austin TX, 4 years.
Advanced Training: Zoo Phonics, Importance of Play in Child Development, Numbers & Measurement in the Preschool Classroom, The “Air Traffic Control” System:  Importance of Building Thinking Skills, Social and Emotional Health and Development, Language and Literacy: Phonological Awareness, Alphabet and Print Awareness & Writing, I Am Moving. I Am Learning, Science Learning through Project Investigations, Positive Psychology, Red+Blue=Zebra: Open-ended Art for Children, Social Emotional Development and Early Literacy, Welcoming Children with Special Needs, Discipline vs. Redirection, Developmental Monitoring and Screening.


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


Jessica Purdy – Teacher, Age 3 Program, The Children’s Center
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree with a minor in Elementary Education and Elementary Licensure through Metropolitan State University
Additional Experience: Kindergarten Teacher, Warder Elementary, Arvada, CO, 4 years | Preschool Teacher, Parr Preschool, Arvada, CO, 1 year | Summer Tutoring, Pre-K through 3rd Grade | Substitute Teacher, Pre-K through 12th Grade, Jefferson County
Advanced Training: Tools of the Mind endorsed, Child Assault Prevention, Gender and the Brain, Memory and the Brain, The Daily Five, Lucy Calkins and Katie Wood Ray Writer’s Workshop, Teaching with Intention, “I Can Do It” classroom management, Early Childhood Gender Strategies, Positive Behavior System (PBS).


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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