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BVWS EARLY CHILDHOOD TEAMS

BLUEBELL

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MARIGOLD

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BLUEBELL

Jamie Little

LEAD BLUEBELL TEACHER

Jamie brings with her a full circle of Waldorf experience, having attended Waldorf schools growing up. Not only has this experience shaped her philosophy, but also a childhood filled with laughter, art, and adventures outdoors with a family of artists, educators and cooks.

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Amy Heneghan

ASSISTANT BLUEBELL TEACHER

Ivonne Montaño

ASSISTANT BLUEBELL TEACHER
Amy Bio

Ivonne Bio

Ivonne Montaño is a Mexican-American who was raised in Minnesota. Her family immigrated from Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México when she was between the ages of 4-6. Her family hardships and personal experiences with racism as an immigrant and as a Spanish speaker propelled Ivonne to become a teacher and an advocate for children who are multilingual and for the Latino Community. 

Ivonne is a veteran who served in the United States Army for 8 years. She joined the Army when she was 17 years old, and deployed to Afghanistan when she was 19 years old. During her Afghanistan deployment of 2 years, she met her husband in a small COP (combat out post).  A year would pass before they would meet each other again in the United States and begin their journey towards being married and welcoming their eldest child Esperanza.  

Mrs. Montaño and her family lived in Italy for 3 years due to her husband receiving military orders to serve there. During this time, Ivonne began her journey in the education field as a Special Education Paraprofessional in the Moderate to Severe classroom. This specific experience would propel Ivonne to work in the Special Education field for the next 8-9 years. Additionally, upon her family returning to the United States and getting assigned to Colorado, Ivonne would work with an organization specifically tailored to work with military families and their child(ren) who have special needs. The organization specialized in ABA (applied behavior analysis), which involved in-depth mentoring and training in order to work and support the children.  

During this time period, Ivonne began her journey to seek her teaching license in Special Education. While attending university, one of her classes required to observe different educational philosophies and write multiple papers on that school. One of the schools she observed was a Waldorf School located in Manitou Springs, which would divert Ivonne’s Bachelor’s Degree into seeking and training towards Waldorf certifications.

Ivonne is a mother to two children; her daughter Esperanza ( 9 years old) and her son Noel (4 years old). Both Ivonne and her husband have PTSD due to their military deployments, thus, she is a strong advocate for mental health, supporting veterans and organizations that revolve around aiding PTSD.  

Mrs. Montaño enjoys working with her hands as this is a coping mechanism for her PTSD. She enjoys crocheting, knitting, weaving, needle punching, macramé, wood working, and much more. She enjoys long distance running, but does this sparingly due to a spine fracture two years ago. Her mantra she lives by is, “treat others how you want to be treated”.

Ivonne Montaño
EXTENDED CARE TEACHER

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Natalie Martin
EC LICENSING & CAMP DIRECTOR

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LAVENDER

Jennifer Powell-Palmer

LEAD LAVENDER TEACHER

Jennifer considers herself a life-long learner, deeply interested in expanding the potential of our kindergarten programs to continue to meet the unique and ever-changing needs of our young friends.

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Ann Chow-Kindorf

ASSISTANT LAVENDER TEACHER

Keleigh Bramwell

ASSISTANT LAVENDER TEACHER
Ann Bio

Ann lived in Singapore until the age of 12, when her family immigrated to the United States and she began her new life in Orinda, California. A few years after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, Ann started a family. She raised and home-schooled four children, taught private flute lessons to elementary through high school students, and volunteered in preschool co-ops and early childhood programs in churches. When her eldest child started college, Ann returned to work managing staff in a veterinary hospital and then records management for a large corporation.

In 2016, Ann & her husband moved to Colorado, and she began working for Bright Horizons in Longmont as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher. In October 2018, Ann joined the Waldorf Early Childhood Program as an assistant teacher in Lavender Garden. She has enjoyed learning about the Waldorf method & philosophy of teaching, and will continue to provide guidance and love to these amazingly independent and imaginative young children. Ann also has a Pyramid Plus Approach Certificate from The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence & Inclusion. When not in school, Ann enjoys hiking, traveling, playing the flute, spending time with her husband and dog Koda, and finding a nice quiet place to read.

Keleigh Bio

Keleigh Bramwell graduated from Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Psychology.

Her career in Early Childhood Education began at a preschool called Tenderfoot Child and Family Development Center. While at Tenderfoot, she worked for 10 years as the Toddler Program Coordinator and Lead Teacher. Keleigh believes children learn best through play and is grateful to have a wonderful space both indoors and out for that expression.

Keleigh moved to Longmont, Colorado several years ago and began to work for Boulder Valley Waldorf School. She currently works as an assistant in Lavender Garden and also provides care during extended care and camps.

She enjoys photography of all types and graduated from Rocky Mountain School of Photography in 2015. She hopes to own her own portrait business in the future; until then, you may see her out and around with camera in hand.

Ivonne Montaño
EXTENDED CARE TEACHER

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Natalie Martin
EC LICENSING & CAMP DIRECTOR

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MARIGOLD

Lisa Lombardi

LEAD MARIGOLD TEACHER

As an early childhood educator, Lisa’s goal is to provide an atmosphere of loving warmth and guidance that promotes joy, wonder and reverence in our children.

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Cynthia Ignacio

ASSISTANT MARIGOLD TEACHER

Kimeri Lowell

ASSISTANT MARIGOLD TEACHER
Cynthia Bio

Cynthia Pagaduan Ignacio has worked as both an artist and teacher throughout her career, from Artist in Residence at Soul’s Palette Arts at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian Saint Luke’s Medical Center to leading toddler classrooms and after school programs.

Cynthia feels such an overwhelming amount of excitement and inspiration to be teaching and learning with the children and families at Boulder Valley Waldorf School. She aspires to be an Art Therapist to further advocate for healthy pediatric development and to assist children coping with early childhood trauma. Her past experiences in her professional and personal life allow her to connect with children on a deeper level by understanding where they are in their path and working with them to discover what keeps them stuck and motivates them to keep going.

Cynthia’s background is as diverse and versatile as her teaching styles. She has a BA in Visual Arts with a minor in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University and an MA in Educational Psychology emphasizing Human Learning & Development from UC Denver. She is a licensed Early Childhood Teacher, Pyramid Plus and Non-Violent Communication trained.

Cynthia believes that every child has many lessons to learn and teach because they are more capable than we can ever truly grasp. They are all each special and wondrous individuals with much to offer.

Kimeri Bio

Kimeri Lowell was born in Boston and grew up in Dover, Massachusetts. She spent her summers on Cape Cod and worked in her grandparents candy store. Yum! Kimeri attended Dana Hall High School, followed by Skidmore College, followed by University of Vermont, followed by Naropa Institue. She has a BA in Zoology and a Masters Degree in Dance/ Movement Therapy. Kimeri has worked as a Scientist  at Harvard Medical School, an Outward Bound Instructor in Maine and Colorado, an Experiential Education Teacher in Texas, a Dance Therapist, and a Waldorf Assistant Teacher in Colorado. Kimeri has worked at Blue Sky Kindergarten and BVWS for a combination of 14 lucky years. She has been married to her husband, David, for 23 years. They have 2 children. Ava went to BVWS K-8 and is now at Ithaca College in New York. Serina is in Ms. Pironti’s class. They all live together in a sweet little yellow house at the Nyland Co-Housing community in Lafayette

Ivonne Montaño
EXTENDED CARE TEACHER

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Natalie Martin
EC LICENSING & CAMP DIRECTOR

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SUNFLOWER

Rachel Nielsen

LEAD SUNFLOWER TEACHER

As an early childhood educator, Rachel feels it is equally important to work with parents and provide them with the same nurturing, guidance, and warmth!

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Iga Chudzicka-Rauenzahn

ASSISTANT SUNFLOWER TEACHER

Nancy Schmidt

ASSISTANT SUNFLOWER TEACHER
Nancy Bio

Nancy was raised on beautiful Whidbey Island in Washington State. Growing up she enjoyed riding her horse, camping, sailing, and traveling with her family. She recently moved to Colorado from Arizona where she home-schooled her two children using the Waldorf curriculum. Nancy loves to incorporate art, hikes, volunteer work, and science into her teaching and believes that fostering a love for nature is vital for everyone.

Every summer Nancy and her family pack up their RV and take long road trips to explore different states across the nation. They especially like adventuring in National Parks and finding places that are a off the beaten path. Some of her children’s favorite National Parks include Olympic, Arches, Zion, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain National Park of course!

Nancy has a B.S. in Business, M.A. in Organizational Communication, and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Pscychology, Communication, and Education. Among other jobs she has worked as a business consultant for Accenture, a director for student service programs at Washington State University, and as a Professor of Communications at Gonzaga University.

One of Nancy’s passions focuses on organizing community service projects for children and their families. She also wrote a children’s book, The Little Spark That Grew, to teach children how one act of kindness can create a spark that grows and inspires people to get involved in their community. Nancy and her family currently live in Longmont, CO and look forward to more adventures in their new home.

Iga Bio

Ivonne Montaño
EXTENDED CARE TEACHER

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Natalie Martin
EC LICENSING & CAMP DIRECTOR

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