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Wesleyan Preschool & Kindergarten is very fortunate to have a dynamic and highly educated faculty that is committed to meeting your child’s individual needs. All faculty members participate in continuing education, attend state and national conferences and specialized training in innovative teaching practices. All faculty are Infant-Child CPR and First Aid certified, as well as trained in emergency response.

Margaret Elkins

Margaret Elkins

Director

Margaret joined Wesleyan Preschool and Kindergarten in 2015. She has over 27 years of teaching and leadership experience in Early Childhood Education. She is a Member-at -Large and the Chair of the Professional Development Council for the Idaho AEYC Board of Directors.  She advocates for Idaho’s youngest children, families and early childhood educators. Margaret holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Child Development/Early Childhood Education.

Patti Velenzuela

Patti Valenzuela

Assistant Director

Patti joined the administrative team in 2019 after 12 years as a classroom lead teacher at Wesleyan.  She has 18 years of teaching experience in private preschool and kindergarten education programs and has been an informal leader at Wesleyan and KASP for many years.  Patti has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master’s in both Counseling and Elementary Education, and holds a K-8 Idaho State Teaching Credential.  Patti is also the assistant director for Kids Are Special People (KASP).

Dawn Wood

Dawn Wood

Teacher

Dawn is in her 7th year with Wesleyan and is the lead co-teacher in the Beetle classroom. She has over 22 years of teaching experience in education and early childhood development.  Past experiences include teaching in both public and private high-quality infant, toddler and preschool programs in Hawaii, California and Washington.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, Specializing in Early Childhood Education/Infants and Toddlers.

Gina Munkers

Gina Munkers

Teacher

Gina is in her 14th year with the Wesleyan program and is the lead co-teacher in the Dragonfly classroom. She has 21 years of teaching experience in education and early childhood development. Past experiences include teaching at an art based charter school, private elementary school and developing an in-home child care program. Her son is also a past Wesleyan graduate. Gina has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in reading, and has a K-8 Idaho State Teaching Credential.

Grace Salinas

Grace-Salinas Casper

Teacher

Grace is returning for her 4th year as the lead co-teacher in the Honeybee classroom.  She has over a decade of teaching experience in public and early childhood schools.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Child Development/Family Relation and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  Grace also has a Master of Science in Special Education and received a U.S. Department of Education Fellowship to be trained to work with students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is currently in the final stages of completing her Doctorate from Boise State University in Education, Curriculum and Instruction.

Beth Sanders

Beth Sanders

Teacher

Beth is returning for her 7th year as the new lead teacher in the Grasshopper Classroom.  She has been a part of the Wesleyan community for over 18 years.  Beth began her relationship with Wesleyan as a parent of two Wesleyan graduates.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a teaching certificate from the state of Virginia. Beth continues to seek additional college education credits in Early Childhood Education.

Catie Wardwll

Catie Wardwell

Teacher

Catie returns to Wesleyan for her 2nd year as the co-teacher in the Dragonfly classroom.  Catie has taught in a variety of high-quality early childhood settings. Past experiences include teaching at a non-profit speech and language based preschool, and teaching kindergarten at a local progressive school. Catie holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies/Early Childhood Special Education, a Bachelor of Science in Public Communication, and has an Early Childhood Special Education Blended Idaho State Teaching Certificate.

Tracie Lovell

Tracie Lovell

Teacher

Tracie returns to Wesleyan for her 2nd year as the co-teacher in the Honeybee classroom. She has 7 years of teaching experience in education and early childhood development. Past experiences include teaching 3rd grade public elementary school. Her daughter is also a recent past Wesleyan graduate. Tracie has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Marketing, a Masters of Business Administration, and holds a K-8 Idaho State Teaching Credential.

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