Faculty

The 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, and are Infant-Child CPR and First Aid certified.

margaret_elkins_bwDirector, Margaret Elkins

Margaret joined Wesleyan Preschool and Kindergarten in 2015. She has over 24 years of teaching and leadership experience in Early Childhood Education. She is a Member-at -Large for the Idaho AEYC Board of Directors and a Member-at -Large for the Children’s Museum of Idaho 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.

dawn_668Teacher Dawn Wood

Dawn is in her fifth year with Wesleyan and is the lead co-teacher in the Beetle classroom. She has over 21 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.

patti_valenzuela_0173Teacher Patti Valenzuela

Patti is in her eleventh year at Wesleyan and is the lead co-teacher in the Grasshoper Classroom.  She has been with Wesleyan since 2009 and has 17 years of teaching experience in private preschool and kindergarten education programs.  She 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 also works for Kids Are Special People (KASP) and teaches school-age children in the afternoon and summer.

Teacher Gina Munkers

Gina is in her twelfth year with the Wesleyan program and is the lead co-teacher in the Dragonfly classroom. She has 20 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.

 

Teacher Tara Arellano

Tara joins Wesleyan this school year as the lead co-teacher in Ladybug classroom.  She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Child Development/ Early Childhood Education. Tara has more than a decade of teaching experience in high quality early childhood education programs, teaching both preschool and kindergarten. Throughout her studies, a great amount of emphasis was placed on understanding and working with diverse families.

Teacher Grace-Salinas Casper

Grace returns to Wesleyan for her second year as the lead teacher in the Transitional Kindergarten/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.

Teacher Heather Bauerheather_bauer_5100

Heather is returning for the third year as the co-teacher in the Beetle classroom.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and has a K-8 Idaho State Teaching Credential.  She has 22 years of teaching experience in public, public-charter, and private elementary and early childhood education schools.  Heather is also an accomplished Idaho artist and is a visual arts instructor.  Her education and experience includes studying national best practice teaching models and applying innovative teaching practices for children age 3-school age.

beth_719Teacher Beth Sanders

Beth has been a part of the Wesleyan community for over 17 years and this fall she will begin her fifth year as a co-teacher in the Ladybug classroom. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a teaching certificate from the state of Virginia. She is a parent of two Wesleyan graduates.  She is currently working on continuing college education credits in Early Childhood Education.

 

 

Teacher Kate Matsuda

Kate returns to Wesleyan for her second year as the co-teacher in the Grasshopper classroom. She has five years teaching experiencing as an assistant teacher in high quality early childhood programs.  Past experiences include teaching in private high quality infant, toddler and preschool programs in California.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development with a minor in Psychology.  Kate moved to Boise last year from her hometown of San Francisco, California.

Teacher Catie Wardwell

Catie joins Wesleyan this school 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 most recently 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.

lucy_777Teacher Lucy Groves

Lucy is in her fifth year at Wesleyan and is the co- teacher in the Honeybee classroom.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development/Family Relations. Lucy has 23 years teaching experience in public and private preschool education programs.  Lucy also works for Kids Are Special People (KASP) and teaches school-age children in the afternoons and summer.

 

 

Teacher Meghan Sterling

Meghan returns to Wesleyan this fall as the Sensational Start Music and Movement Teacher. She will be providing a ½ hour sensorimotor class each week to all the children enrolled at Wesleyan.  Meghan has 15 years of teaching experience working with children and families in nationally accredited Idaho preschool programs.  She has led and co-taught past Wesleyan Parent & Tot classes, was the lead in the Beetle Classroom, and taught a full-day preschool class at a local international school following the International (IB PYP) curriculum.  Meghan holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and History and is a licensed instructor for the Nurturing Pathways® creative movement program.

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