Teachers and Staff

Busy Bee Preschool boasts highly qualified and experienced staff. Each staff member meets or exceeds State Preschool Standards. Teachers are required to have extensive experience and education in Early Childhood, and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

All of the staff of Busy Bee Preschool have been fingerprinted. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has completed a background investigation clearing each of them for employment in a childcare environment. The employees are registered with the Central Registry of the Department of Human Services, and have the education and training required for teaching or assisting in a preschool.  We have 2 staff members assigned to each classroom; and, in order to comply with  childcare regulations designed to protect the children, the integrity of our school, and our staff members only group leaders are allowed be left alone with any child or individually assist with bathroom breaks or needs.  For everyone’s protection, we do not allow male staff or volunteers to be left alone with any children.

Bethany Busy Bee Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, mental status or citizenship. Busy Bee Preschool complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Joyce Bertram, Preschool Director 


Joyce B 2015

I have been the Director at Busy Bee since 2001, after serving several years as a substitute and teacher. I have a Masters Degree in Education and was at the University of Illinois for 13 years as the coordinator for training for people in the field of disabilities. We moved to Colorado in 1996 to be near family. I have been married to Dan since 1984 and we have 3 children, Liz in Seattle with a graduate degree from Mars Hill; Daniel here in the Denver area with a degree from the University of Colorado; and, Sam now a graduate of Arapahoe High School and at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. In addition, my family includes Dan’s two older children who live in the Midwest with their families; and, Bev & Shannon who have lived with us since 1990. I am involved with Moms in Prayer and at Bethany with Women’s Ministry, the Disability Ministry, and Early Childhood programs. It is a privilege and delight to be serving you and your children.

Marlene Fallt, Teacher for 2 1/2 – 3 Year Olds (MW and TTH)
Marlene

I have been a teacher at Busy Bee since 1983, and am group leader certified by CDHS. I love being able to teach children about Jesus and see them learn and grow. I want every child to have the opportunity to discover their skills and talents. I’ve had the privileged to be able to teach in many instances two generations of families.

 

 

 

 

Ethel McGowan, Assistant Director and Teacher for 31/2 to 4 Years Old (MWF, and TTH) 

I’ve been working at Bethany Busy Bee Preschool since the second year of its opening as a paraprofessional.  I then received my elementary education degree and worked in the Douglas County School District.  I begin my second term with Busy Bee in 2011.

The reason I started working at Bethany Busy Bee Preschool is because I believe that the preschool age is one of the most valuable foundational enter level to teaching and building a strong base for the beginning of a child learning career. I delight in the wide variety of engaging activities and themes that the Busy Bee Staff invest in to provide a balance spiritual and educational learning environment for the whole child and for the whole family. What I most like about working at Bethany Busy Bee Preschool is that I feel the joy and love of God is expressed in all aspects of everything opportunity involved with the preschool.  In addition, devoted and caring staff and families contribute to the essence of what I like about working at Busy Bee.  Being a part of a unit with other staff and parents in building a strong academic and awareness of God into the lives of young learners was a key element in my deciding to teach in early childhood.

In the classroom, my style inspired a freedom and energizing inquiry learning that set the tone for all children and staff assistants to exhibit empowerment for developmental maximum potential growth and ownership of engaging and learning. In ages to come when a child reflects back on time with Mrs. McGowan, may their thoughts be that Mrs. McGowan believes in me, that I can achieve my highest potentials in Christ and loves me beyond measure.  As families reflect and remember their time with Mrs. McGowan, may thoughts of me investing 100% and more in all aspects of the academic and spiritual care and nurture of their individual child.  I participate in the growth and development of children in the Kids Ministry with Bethany Church, the Awana Program, summer programs, and various community service projects. I have over thirty years of being involved with kids programs in community building efforts and church learning environment has led to a developed awareness of childhood education.  A Bachelor’s Degree in Behavior Sciences and Elementary Education has enriched my working experience with children and families.


Meredith Haun, Assistant Director and Teacher for 4-5 Years Old (MWF and TTH)

I’ve been working at Busy Bee Preschool since 2006. My connection with Busy Bee began as a parent, as my son attended here in 004/2005. Since then, I have observed Busy Bee function as a place of love, fellowship, education, and support for so many families with young children. It is a real privilege to be a part of this community. Along with the joy of watching kids learn and grow, the opportunity to participate in prayer for one another and for our families is one of the best parts about working at Busy Bee. I believe that children learn best through play within an environment that provides consistent routines, reliable boundaries, and a variety of materials. It is my desire that every child leave my class with a feeling of confidence and an understanding that they are a uniquely created child of God. It is also important to me that families feel heard and supported and that they too feel the love of Jesus when they engage with us here at Busy Bee. In some form or function, I’ve been working with young children for 25 years. My previous experience includes time at the Jewish Community Center E.C.E. program in the 1990’s; M.O.P.S. child care; volunteerism with church children’s ministry and leading a Girl Scout troop for 6 years, as well as raising my own 2 children and helping at their elementary school. I was blessed with a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship in 2017 and was able to return to school to complete my pursuit of higher education. In May 2018, I received a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education including Teacher Licensure from UNC, and currently hold a Level VI Credential
from the State of Colorado. I am a member of Bethany Evangelical Free Church and operate as the Coordinator for Kids Ministry for Sunday morning programming and serve regularly with
our Wednesday Night AWANA program. It is an honor to serve within this church and school body and I look forward to partnering with you and our family.

 

Kerith Cain, Teacher for 4-5 Years Old (MWF and TTH)

I have been a teacher at Busy Bee since 2016 and Bethany has been my home church for over 25 years. Teaching has been a passion of mine ever since I was a little girl. I truly believe in the importance of education, especially during these early years. As a teacher, it is an honor to have an impact on the next generation. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Grace College. I taught third grade for several years in Denver Public Schools before making the change to teach preschool. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have three children who attend Busy Bee.  I am blessed to be a part of the Busy Bee family as a teacher and a mom!

 

Kay Mack, Teacher for Mothers Day Out 2 1/2 to 5 Years Old (Friday) and Assistant Teacher in Mrs. Haun’s class Tuesday & Thursday

I have taught for more than 15 years and have been a teacher at Busy Bee since 2009. I have an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Hesston College, KS and a bachelor science in elementary education from Messiah College, PA. My husband, Rich, & I have been married since 1993. He is a mechanical engineer and we have 3 children in middle school and high school. I enjoy reading, watching a good movie and spending time with my family and friends. Not only do I want children to learn social skills, self-help skills, and color identification, my primary desire is for preschoolers to know how much God loves them! We have a lot of giggles in our class as we enjoy acting out Bible stories through drama. I look forward to getting to know you and your child this year.

Amy Pyne, Kindergarten Teacher, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

My family and I have been with Busy Bee Preschool since 2016. We always joke that we would all live at Busy Bee forever if we could! They say “ It takes a village to raise a child” and we found the greatest village with Busy Bee! I remember dropping my son off for the first day of preschool and thinking, “ I really believe they might actually love my child as much as I do!” We love the beautiful hearts of the staff and the way they are all lovingly shepherding the hearts of the students to Jesus! I am so excited to get to officially join the staff this year as a Kindergarten Teacher! I received my Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Ouachita Baptist University and then received another degree in Russian Theatre and Culture from the Smolny Institute at Saint Petersburg State University in Russia. I have taught preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and adults in the areas of Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, Literature, History, and Foreign Language. I am so excited to get to work with your precious Kindergarteners this year!

Meg Benedik, Kindergarten Teacher, Tuesday and Thursday.

I’ve been working at Bethany Busy Bee Preschool since spring of 2019 as a Substitute Teacher/Assistant Teacher.  I began working at Busy Bee Preschool when I realized I never wanted to leave after dropping my daughter off for school.  It is a place where God’s complete love, as our Father, freely flows through the hallway and classrooms to create an atmosphere that is loving to all.  Busy Bee continually strives to meet each child where they are and encourages them to grow into who God created them to be, both as a young learner and child of God.   I also deeply appreciate the partnerships with parents that Busy Bee pursues.  Being a parent of a young child, or child of any age, can be a rollercoaster at times, and Busy Bee comes alongside each family to support wherever needed.    I truly love seeing the joy in a kid’s heart as they learn something new, succeed in something that was once difficult, and share their young imagination with others.  Seeing how a child grows in the little moments throughout a day, let alone a year is a wonderful thing!  Early Childhood is the stepping stones for a child to learn who they are as a learner and how to practice resilience in so many ways.  After teaching reading to 100 fifth graders for a number of years I was saddened by how many kids, at the young age of 10, didn’t see themselves as readers.  So, I am excited about the opportunity to help kids build a strong foundation in believing that they can practice, learn, and master hard things before they even seem hard! I have my Masters in Educational Psychology so while in my classroom I try to employ best practices as based on cognitive, social emotional, and evidence-based research.   I think it is important to encourage kids to have autonomy in the classroom to create an atmosphere of respect for one another to create a space for them to pursue things they love while also taking a risk to try something new.  If there was only one thing, I’d like the kids to remember me by, it would be:  That I deeply care for they are now and the person God created them to grow into.   That I deeply care for and respect them as parents of their young ones.  Since formally stepping out of my own classroom in 2015, I have nannied a friend’s daughter for 3 years and volunteered and served on the Kid’s Ministry Team at my church in Denver.  I taught fifth grade for five years and half day kindergarten for one year.  I oversee the elementary classroom at my church in Denver to assist volunteers, equip parents, and share the love of Jesus with little ones.   I first moved to Denver to be an AmeriCorps Member with Catholic Charities to assist and support families in the kinship system.  From there I worked with teachers and children at an education non-profit for my second year of AmeriCorps.  This rekindled my childhood dream to be a teacher so applied to be an intern with the Stanley British Primary School in Denver to receive my teaching license in 2010.  I then graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with my Masters in Educational Psychology in 2012.  I have a desire to return to school in the near future to pursue a second Masters in Literacy and Instruction.  I believe reading can open one of the biggest doors in a child’s life!

Erin Wright, Kindergarten Teacher, Friday.  
I’ve been working at Bethany Busy Bee Preschool since 2016. The reason I started working at Bethany Busy Bee Preschool was a growing interest in Early Childhood Education and the impact it can have on a person for their whole life!   Having been a Busy Bee parent prior to teaching here, the thing I most appreciate about this program as a whole is it’s warm atmosphere where children and their families can find encouragement and support for the journey.   What I most like about working at Bethany Busy Bee Preschool is the play based learning and developmentally appropriate practice under the umbrella of Christ-centered leadership.   I started in Elementary Education and transitioned to Early Childhood Education due to observing my own 4 children while they were young and studying brain development in those critical periods, creating the building blocks necessary for life.
My philosophy in working with the kids in the classroom is about connection.  I desire to learn the unique ways to connect to each child’s heart so that they can learn and grow as a whole person (socially, emotionally, spiritually, cognitively and physically).  Learning should be a whole body experience, engaging the 5 senses and the heart whenever possible.   If there was only one thing, I’d like the kids to remember me by, it would be that I carried them to Jesus in little ways all throughout the year.   If there was only one thing, I’d like the families to remember me by, it would be that I loved their child well.   Other programs or activities I participate in where I interact with children in my free time are private guitar/piano lessons, Sunday School and Joyful Light Youth Theater.   My education and qualifications are: Elementary Teaching License and continuing education units in Early Childhood.  I taught for 9 years before teaching at Bethany Busy Bee Preschool in few different capacities:  Music, K, 1st & 4th grade.

Meredith Anderson, Kindergarten Teacher Wednesday and Friday.

This is my first year teaching at Busy Bee! I feel Busy Bee is a wonderful family and Christ-centered environment where my own children have thrived during their preschool years. It is a lovely place to be and I cannot think of a more supportive or loving environment in which to step back into the classroom as an educator.  We can integrate Christ into our children’s education and help them to see how He fits into our every day.  The staff are so supportive and the environment is collaborative. The outcome of that is an environment really built for the children’s benefit. I love seeing the “light bulbs” go on in a child’s eyes when they grasp something they had formerly not understood. It is also a privilege and honor to be a child’s first introduction to education. I hope to spark a love of learning that lasts a lifetime. Each child is different and unique. All children learn different things at different paces and this is a divine design and to be celebrated. Because of this, differentiation in teaching and assessments that are age appropriate  are important to me so we can continually meet students exactly where they are and take them to their full potential. If there was only one thing, I’d like the kids to remember me by, it would be that in me they have someone who loves them completely for who they are. I believe in them and see all they are capable of, even when they cannot see it themselves. If there was only one thing, I’d like the families to remember me by, it would be as a collaborator who worked with them to help their child go as far as he or she could in the year they were in my classroom.

I participate in triathlons, so I enjoy swimming, biking and running. I also enjoy hanging out with my children (three boys, aged 5, 3, and 2), and meeting with and mentoring young women in our church.  I completed my Elementary Education Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. I taught one year of Kindergarten in Lindsay, Oklahoma and three more years of Kindergarten in a competitive international magnet school in Wake Forest, NC. I have been in “retirement” for the past 5 years at home with young children and am looking forward to teaching again!

Paula Petty, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Fallt Monday through Thursday and Lunch Bunch

I have been here at Busy Bee since my children went to preschool here back in 2003-2004. I have 4 children, 15-22 years old. My youngest two attend Arapahoe High School. I will be working with Mrs. Fallt as her Teacher’s Aide in the M/W and T/Th classes. I will also be the Teacher’s Aide in MDO with Mrs. Mack on Fridays. In addition I will be the Teacher’s Aide for the Lunch Bunch group every day. I am so excited about another year and getting to know new little friends and reconnecting with returning children.

 

Carolyn Bateman, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Fallt on Tuesday, Thursday and Mrs. Mack on Fridays

Carolyn B 2015

I have been at Busy Bee since 2013 and am looking forward to the new school year. My husband and I have been married for 40 years with four grown children and 13 grandchildren. We have gone to Bethany Church for over 40 years. I have worked in the Douglas County Schools as part of office help and also shadowing special needs children in elementary and middle school, which was a rich blessing. In fact, I am still friends with them today. I am looking forward to another special year with these precious young children.

 

Juliana Enriquez, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. McGowan Monday through Friday

 

I’ve been working at Bethany Busy Bee since 2018. The reason I started working at Bethany Busy Bee was because I trusted God in in his perfect timing and plans for me. What I most appreciate about Bethany Busy Bee Preschool’s program as a whole is the strengthening of a child academically while admonishing to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”(Ephesians 6:4) What I most like about working at Bethany Busy Bee Preschool is watching the children laugh as they enjoy their childhood and school experience. I decided to go into working with kids in Early Childhood Education because the impact I make in a child’s life makes for an even bigger and completely gratifying impact in my own life. My philosophy is that each child is unique and when working with the kids in the classroom there is nothing better than to see a child’s face light up when they learn something new. If there was only one thing, I’d like the kids and families to remember me by, it would be as welcoming, dedicated and loving. Other programs or activities I participate in where I interact with children in my free time is with my two young daughters and I enjoy working as a volunteer with my church or Sweet Dream in a Bag reading to children or caring for them.

 

Rachel Haun, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Cain on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

I have had the privilege of being able to observe the unique and loving environment that Bethany Busy Bee Preschool provides for children and families since my mother, Meredith Haun, began working at Busy Bee in 2006. All through high school, I had the opportunity to work at the Busy Bee Summer Camps, and help with childcare during different programs and bible studies for parents. I also have been a babysitter for many Busy Bee families for the past 6 years. After spending my first year of college at Colorado State University, I decided to transfer to Metropolitan State University of Denver, where I will continue to pursue my degree in the Fall. This will be my first year as a consistent part of the Busy Bee staff and I look forward to being a part of the remarkable group of believers who teach and guide these young children! I will be working with Kerith Cain on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays as her Teaching Assistant. In addition to taking classes and working at Bethany, I will also be working towards becoming a certified yoga instructor. I am excited to start my next chapter at Busy Bee!

Jennifer Perry, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Haun on Monday, Wednesday, Friday

 

 

 

 

 

Joanne Kelly Newblom, Preschool Aide  on Monday, Wednesday, Friday

I started working at Busy Bee in spring of 2015 substituting for Teacher Assistants and anything else that I could assist. I enjoyed working with the kids in Busy Bee and am glad to be working with Mrs. Trask as her Teacher’s Aide. I worked as a PERA with Englewood Schools for over 8 years. I worked with the ADAPT program with students with special needs. I also worked with the BEAM Team. This was students that had behavior issues at Englewood Middle School. I’ve also worked with students that needed to be tube fed, one on one training, where in wheel chairs and changing diapers. I am really happy to be at Busy Bee.

 

 

Caleb Schwepker, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Cain Monday and Wednesday

I started working at Busy Bee Preschool in 2016. I spent 6 years in the US Navy and now I am transitioning into education. This year I am finishing an associates in math and helping Mrs. McCain on Mondays and Fridays.

Terri Kasen, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. McGowan on Tuesday and Thursday and Mrs. Mack on Friday. Lunch Bunch Teacher on Tuesdays.

I’ve been working at Busy Bee since 2017.  I retired from teaching 28 years general music, choir, and band in the public schools.  In 2017, I moved to Colorado after living my whole life in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.  God led me to Busy Bee Preschool.  I appreciate Busy Bee’s mission to partner with parents and to help give a quality preschool education in a loving, Christian environment.  The families, students and staff are a joy to work with.  It is so important to give children a firm and solid foundation during their early years.  I love to see the excitement in their face as they discover new things.  Children will learn and flourish in a loving and safe environment when they are encouraged to explore their gifts, talents and uniqueness God has given them.  I’d like for children to remember they can see Jesus through me and for the families to remember I love their child and I am on their team to help guide their child through their wonderful years of preschool.

I teach piano lessons to children through adults and have for 40 years.  I am a small group leader for 7th grade girls at my church in Parker.  I have a Bachelor of Music Education Degree through Wheaton College; general elementary education certificate; Masters in Education Degree through Lesley University.

My husband, Lane, and I are loving Colorado.  We moved here bringing our youngest daughter with us to be near our oldest daughter and her husband who live in Franktown. Our son and his wife, granddaughter and one more on the way who live in Lakewood.  God has blessed us with new adventures.  I am so happy to be a part of the Busy Bee Preschool family.

 

Trish Perkins, Consultant

I’ve been working at Bethany Busy Bee Preschool as a Consultant since 2013.  My son has attended Busy Bee since he was 2.5 years old. I have a friend that enrolled her son at Busy Bee and invited me to a LIFT session which I strongly encourage to attend, they are remarkable.  She said they offered free childcare and I didn’t think my son would stay because he really didn’t stay anywhere. I was pleasantly amazed on how he actually stayed; and didn’t even noticed me leaving. I immediately knew that this was a special school.  I live in Arvada and was willing to drive the distance if it made a difference in my son’s life.  I started volunteering while I was here instead of driving back home.  I then realized they were preparing for a Qualistar audit (now Colorado Shines).  I asked if I could help with that since my background was in Human Resources and I love audits.  Joyce gracefully allowed me to help with that and one thing led to another as I kept helping in more areas and I have been consulting with her and Busy Bee since then.  As I helped in more areas, I realized how wonderful the staff was not only with my son but with the rest of the children and families.  This is truly a ministry.  I had been searching in how I could use my “gifts” in a ministry with the little time I had available and God lead me to Busy Bee.  I love the atmosphere, the loving, tender environment and agree with the values. Busy Bee made it special and a safe place for my son to learn and not even notice he was learning; and for all the other kids.  I just want to be a part of providing the same for many other families. I strongly believe if you teach a child early on about God and how to pray in all situations, they can endure life and become successful in their given path.

I have an MBA and prior to my son being born, I was a Regional Human Resources Director overseeing two hotel properties.  My undergrad was in Management and Marketing and I have a wide span of experience in many other industries such as: at AT&T as a Bilingual Customer Service Rep, retail in an office furniture store as Assistant Manager, taught DECA (Marketing) in a high school, in a staffing agency as a Recruiter, worked at corporate offices as Lead Human Resources Rep with multi state locations, worked at CU Bolder as Bilingual Benefits Counselor, worked at The Brown Palace and Comfort Inn Suites (sister properties) as Benefits Manager and then as Regional Human Resources Director at Sheraton Denver West and Burnsley All Suite Hotel.  After my son was born, I became a stay at home mom to enjoy my son. Consulting at Busy Bee has been one of the greatest blessings, where I get to make a difference, make great friendships with all the families, staff, and Joyce; get to enjoy all the little ones from the families, and enjoy my family. God is great!

 

Jessica Phelps, Office Assistant

Families often ask us what does a certain staff member like, therefore, we composed a list of ideas of what they like to assist with this request.  Please don’t feel obligated to ever have to bring us anything, we feel your appreciation that really fills our hearts.  Thank you for being great partners!