Our vision is that all families have access to high-quality infant, toddler and preschool care in Boulder County.

 

 

BDN Teachers

BDN Teachers are passionate, fun, and knowledgable in Early Childhood Education (ECE). We pride ourselves in hiring and retaining the best teachers to care for BDN children and families.

 
 
 
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Infant Program

Lead Teacher: Lisa Cavazos
Joined BDN: 1999

A pillar of ECE in the Boulder County community, Lisa served as a special ed paraprofessional for 12 years in the St. Vrain Valley School District before joining BDN. With an ECE Director Certification, she has dedicated her life to helping children learn, grow and discover the world around them. When Lisa is not at work, you will hear her cheering loudly for her beloved Broncos and Alabama Crimson Tide, with her sons and granddaughter by her side.

 
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Alita Smith
Joined BDN: 2013

Previously an east-coaster, Alita moved to Colorado in 2011 to raise her son, a BDN alumni, in sunny Colorado.  After two successful decades in the hospitality business, she returned to school to fulfill a life-long dream to teach, and recently graduated with honors from CU Boulder's School of Education.  Alita values a social justice approach to education, believing that all children and families deserve access to quality early childhood education.  When she's not in the classroom, Alita can be found taking the world by storm with her own personal superhero, her son Jude.

 

Margarita Anselmi-Neuman
Joined BDN: 2016

Originally from Venezuela, Margarita obtained her BA in Special Education and Art from the Metropolitain University of Caracas. As a bilingual educator and behavioral therapist since 2000, she is devoted to caring for children. Margarita takes pride in cultivating independence and practical living skills so each child can reach their fullest potential, as well as building an open and effective school community with parents, teachers and administrators. Outside of class, she enjoys exploring Colorado with her husband, daughter and son.

Pre-Toddler Program

Lead Teacher: Sarah Benesh
Joined BDN: 2013

Growing up in Southern California, Sarah started her career in ECE as a camp counselor in 2008. While completing a BA in Psychology from CU Boulder, she served as a BDN work-study and discovered her love of the school’s education style.  Sarah joined the BDN staff after completing her ECE Teaching Certificate in 2014.  She is passionate about facilitating a nurturing, enriching and responsive environment in which children thrive. Enjoying her new Colorado home, Sarah loves spending time outside, riding her bike around town, hiking and camping.

 
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Audrey Jones
Joined BDN: 2017

Drawn to the energy and joy that comes with caring for infants and toddlers, Audrey started her career in childcare as a nanny in 2008. While completing an ECE practicum at BDN, Audrey - a Colorado native - jumped at the chance to work at BDN when a position opened. She loves taking her students on adventures, playing in the water, and creating art projects. Audrey believes that children deserve to be treated as capable individuals, and has dedicated her career to fostering her students' curiosity. In her free time, Audrey loves to travel, spend time on Pearl street, or explore the mountains (especially when it snows!).

 

Toddler Program

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Lead Teacher: Kayla Claassen
Joined BDN: 2015

Hailing from El Paso, TX, Kayla has dedicated herself to educating children since 1995. As a preschool teacher and nanny, she has worked with children ranging in age from two weeks to twelve years. Having completed her ECE Teaching Certificate, she is pursuing ECE Director Certification. Kayla sets an example of patience and kindness in her classroom, and believes that a child’s world should be filled with playtime, laughter, nature and magic. When she’s not at BDN, Kayla and her husband enjoy travel, scuba diving, camping, hiking, and live music.

 
 

Laura Greenfield
Joined BDN: 2016

Growing up in Virginia with a mom who cared for children in her home, Laura was destined for a career in ECE. After serving as a preschool teacher for nearly 3 years, from 2013-15 she worked at Colorado Department of Education in the office of Early Learning and School Readiness. She went on to attain her MA in Human Development and Education and teaching license before joining BDN.  Laura believes a teacher’s job is to nurture a love for learning through high-quality, evidence-based education that is individualized to meet the needs of each child. She moved to Colorado to pursue her favorite activities: hiking and climbing.

 

Lauren Muraoka
Joined BDN: 2008

Lauren started in child care in 2002. After studying at Montana State University, she moved back to her hometown of Boulder to continue her career in ECE. As a mom, Lauren knows the importance of building a strong social and emotional foundation in infancy. She uses laughter, joy and play to build trust and meaningfully bond with every child at BDN. When she’s not teaching, Lauren enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband, son and dogs, and playing sports (especially soccer).

 

Preschool Program

Amy Northrop
Joined BDN: 2011

With a BA in Psychology and Art History from CU Boulder, Amy started working with young children in 2007. Since joining BDN, she has worked with infants, preschoolers and everyone in between. What she appreciates most is the deep bonds she has formed with BDN families. Amy is fascinated by child development and believes playing is learning. She encourages playful exploration in class, with an emphasis on expression through crafts and the performing arts. As a Colorado native, Amy loves the outdoors. In her free time, she enjoys hiking (especially 14ers!), running, camping, good Mexican food, and catching live music.

 

Bree Carroll
Joined BDN: 2015

Bree has been caring for children since 2008 and, having completed her AA Degree and ECE Certification, she is now pursuing an ECE Director Certificate. After working in various preschools, she recognized the quality of BDN’s teaching philosophy and decided to build a career here. In the classroom, she believes kids need the space to practice communication and teamwork skills in a safe, supportive environment. On the weekends, Bree spends time with family, snowboarding, and enjoying good food with friends.  

 

 
 
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Bob Hausladen
Joined BDN: 2005

A life-long advocate for children, Bob holds a BA from Stanford University in Human Biology with an emphasis in Adolescent Psychology, an elementary teaching certificate for the State of Colorado, and a MA in Educational Psychology from CU Boulder. After a stint in minor league baseball, Bob has worked professionally with children in a variety of contexts, including child care, elementary and middle schools, parenting programs, juvenile detention, day and residential treatment, and preschool. Having lived in Boulder since 1986, Bob is regularly adventuring: biking, hiking, cross-country and telemark skiing, reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with his daughters and granddaughters.

administrative staff

Bethany Burns, Executive Director
Joined BDN: 1997

bethany@bdnschool.org
303-442-7605 ext 4

With a BA in Human Development and Family Studies and an AA in Early Childhood Development, Bethany joined BDN as a teacher in 1997 and stepped into the Program Director (PD) role in 2006. As PD, she cultivates a dynamic environment in which teachers use creativity and teamwork to develop a solid foundation - physical, cognitive, and social-emotional - for every BDN student. Bethany knows the child-to-teacher ratio is key to creating a high-quality, home-like setting for families, and diligently supports a framework in which students and teachers thrive. When she’s not at BDN, Bethany enjoys running, hiking, and biking with her family.

Amie Maziarz, Program Director
Joined BDN: 2003
amie@bdnschool.org
303-442-7605 ext 2

Growing up in western Massachusetts near the homes of Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss, Amie moved to Boulder in 2003 to pursue a BA in Linguistics and an MA in Educational Psychology with a focus on ECE from CU. While traveling in Reggio-Emilia, Italy, she fell in love with their teaching philosophy where children - even infants - are viewed as capable and competent beings. Amie also appreciates how Italian teachers use their creativity to be resourceful with materials and the environment. Outside of BDN, Amie watches Boston sports and enjoys all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer with her husband, son and hound dog.

Mary Newell, Health Coordinator
Joined BDN: 2007

mary@bdnschool.org
303-442-7605 ext 5

A lifelong learner with degrees in Early Childhood Development, Anthropology, and Public Health, Mary discovered BDN when she moved to Boulder from Richmond, VA. Over the years she worked as a teacher with every age group before becoming Health Coordinator in 2015. Mary believes that every child has the right to learn and grow in the healthiest of environments. She enjoys sipping coffee, reading, hiking, and traveling with her husband, a former teacher whom she met while working with the toddlers at BDN.

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