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.
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
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)
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, Teacher for 31/2 to 4 Years Old (MWF, and TTH)
My educational history includes a Colorado State K – 6 Teaching License and a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences with an Elementary Education emphasis from Metropolitan State University of Denver. With joyful delight I taught at the elementary level in the Douglas County School District for twenty years. In addition, I am certified as a Colorado State Pre-School Director and Early Childhood Teacher. During the early years of Busy Bee Preschool, I had the opportunity to be an aide and substitute teacher. My educational journey in 2012 led me to be Busy Bee’s 3-4 year old teacher. I am pleased to share my love and expertise with the children and families of Busy Bee Preschool. My heart’s desire is to serve and honor God. I delight in using the talents and skills He has gifted me with as I build learning confidence in the lives of young learners.
Meredith Haun, Teacher for 4-5 Years Old (MWF and TTH)
I first joined the Busy Bee family back in 2004 when my son attended preschool here. Then, beginning in 2006, I spent 2 years working as an assistant teacher while attending A.C.C. to earn my Group Leader and Directors Certificates. Once my certificates were earned in the summer of 2008, Joyce placed me as the Lead teacher for one of the 4-5 year old classes. Working with little children is a true labor of love and one that I feel the Lord has called me towards ever since I began working with children over 20 years ago. 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. My future goals include furthering my own education as a model of persistence and faith for my children and family, while sharing the love of Jesus with those little children from the community that He has brought into my classroom. It is a privilege and an honor to teach and guide the next generation and I thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your family and child’s life.
Kerith Cain, Teacher for 4-5 Years Old (MWF and TTH)
I am very excited to begin teaching at Busy Bee. Teaching has been a passion of mine ever since I was a little girl. I love to invest in the lives of children and hope to make a difference for years to come. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Grace College. I taught third grade for three years in Denver Public Schools and was a substitute teacher for a year as well. I’ve been married to my husband for three years and we have two young daughters. Bethany has been my home church for over twenty years, so I feel blessed and honored to be apart of the Busy Bee family.
Kay Mack, Teacher for Mothers Day Out 2 1/2 to 5 Years Old (Friday)
Assistant Teacher in Mrs. Haun’s class Tuesday & Thursday, and in Mrs. Cain’s class Monday & Wednesday
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.
Paula Petty, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Fallt
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 Mondays and Mrs. Mack on Fridays
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.
Lea Ann Hayes, Preschool Aide and Assistant Teacher to Mrs. McGowan on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Kathleen Lintelmann, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Haun on MWF
I’ve been at Busy Bee off and on since 2003. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado and over 20 years of experience teaching in schools. I work with Mrs. Haun in the Monday, Wednesday, Friday class. I love arts and crafts, painting, quilting and traveling to new places. I have two adult children. My goals are to share Christ by example to others,like your precious children.I look forward to this year at Busy Bee as it’s a pleasure to work with these fantastic women and your children.
Rachel Haun, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Cain on T/TH and Mrs. Mack on Fri
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!
Luanne Hildebrandt, Substitute Teacher
I am Luanne Hildebrandt. I will be assisting Mrs. Haun on Fridays as the Assistant Teacher. I taught the 4-5 class 2 years at Busy Bee before retiring to care for my grandsons. I have been teaching for 40 years. I completed my undergraduate work at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. I taught elementary vocal music for 3 years before directing a center at my church in Union, Kentucky. After 12 years there, we moved to Colorado where I was the Assistant Director of 2 centers in Littleton as well as a Pre-K teacher. Teaching is my love and I am so excited to be here at Busy Bee for my 5th year. My husband Jeff and I have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. I love taking care of my grandsons, Lincoln and Logan, gardening, singing and getting together with family.
Joanne Kelly Newblom, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Fallt on Tuesday
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.
Dawn Day, Office Assistant coordinating L.I.F.T. and Parent Education Events
I have worked at Busy Bee since 2012, when my youngest son started preschool, but I was a Busy Bee parent starting in 2008. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle School Education from Colorado Christian University, but ended up working for World Venture, an International Missions Organization in 1999. I worked in the finance office at World Venture for 6 years until I left a month before my first son was born. I am also involved as a volunteer with the youth at Bethany, and have been doing that for almost 7 years. I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to contribute to Busy Bee in whatever is needed and the chance to get to know the precious little people that come through the doors. I look forward to a great year interacting with all of the families and helping them in any way I can.
Caleb Schwepker, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Cain TTh
I just 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 in the Tuesday and Thursday classes.