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 23 years of teaching and leadership experience in Early Childhood Education. She is also President- Elect for the Idaho AEYC Board of Directors and 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 fourth year with Wesleyan and is the lead co-teacher in the Beetle classroom. She has over 20 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 tenth year at Wesleyan and is the lead co-teacher in the Transitional Kindergarten/ Honeybee Classroom.  She has been with Wesleyan since 2009 and has 16 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 eleventh year with the Wesleyan program and is the lead co-teacher in the Ladybug classroom. She has 19 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 Heather Bauerheather_bauer_5100

Heather is returning for the second year as the lead co-teacher in the Dragonfly classroom.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and has a K-8 Idaho State Teaching Credential.  She has 21 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 16 years and this fall she will begin her fourth year as a classroom co-teacher. 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.

 

 

Grace Casper BWTeacher Grace-Salinas Casper

Grace joins Wesleyan this year as the new co-teacher in the Dragonfly 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 Kate Matsuda

Kate joins Wesleyan this year as the new co-teacher in the Beetle 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.

lucy_777Teacher Lucy Groves

Lucy is in her fourth 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 22 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 teacher in the Parent & Tot Program. She will also be piloting a sensorimotor class for the 2/3 year classes within the Wesleyan and KASP programs. Meghan has 14 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.  This fall she will also be offering Nurturing Pathways classes weekly to the greater Boise community here at the Cathedral of the Rockies.