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.


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.


Kuenley Paeden
Joined BDN: 2018

Joining our team from the Kingdom of Bhutan, Kuenley served as a kindergarten teacher for 15 years in Thimphu and Paro after attending the National Institute of Education. More recently, Kuenley spent 3 years working in early childhood education in Chicago with University Children’s Center as an infant room teacher. After relocating to Boulder with her husband, Kuenley began to volunteer at BDN and eventually joined our staff. Fluent in 4 languages, and as a mother and grandmother, Kuenley loves children and values her service as a teacher as her way of contributing to the BDN families and community.


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.



Toddler Program

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.

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Jenna Hrycyk
Joined BDN: 2018

Jenna has worked with children since her teen years, dating back to 2008. She has experience as a camp counselor and sports counselor. She attended college in West Virginia and graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2014. She chose to commit to a career in ECE in 2017 and looks forward to continuing her education in the field. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, and going to the gym. She is also a barista at Starbucks.


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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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.

administrative staff

Bethany Burns, Executive Director
Joined BDN: 1997

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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
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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

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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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