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.
Bethany Busy Bee Preschool & Kindergarten Statement of Faith
- We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
- We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors.
As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
- We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
- We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
- We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
- We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
- We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
- We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
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
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.
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)
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 through Friday.
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 Literacy Consultant
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, Substitute Teacher
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.
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 Monday and Wednesday 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.
Heather Churchman, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. McGowan on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
I have been at Busy Bee since September 2020. I attended Busy Bee as a child and to actually work here is like full circle. I love working with children because they are so open to everything and it is so amazing to see what they see. I am actually starting to take classes to become a a lead teacher myself. It’s so fun and loving to work here. Everyone is so kind.
Rachel Hubbard, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Cain on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Pyne on Tuesday 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
I started working at Bethany Busy Bee Preschool as a teacher assistant in the fall of 2018. I have three children in their teens. I really enjoyed my children’s birth to preschool ages and miss that special time in their lives! They grow and change so much between those ages and it is so much fun to see the world through their eyes. It is important to instill the fun and love of learning at a young age so that they can carry that through their entire educational journey through life. The partnership between teachers and families is also very important. It helps children see how valuable and important their education is when teachers and families work together to support them. I look forward to a wonderful school year ahead working, partnering, growing and learning with all you and your special children you share with me!
Terri Kasen, Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Pyne on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Lunch Bunch Teacher on Wednesdays.
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.
Jessica Phelps, Office Assistant
I have worked at Busy Bee since February 2019. I have 2 children that attended Busy Bee when they were younger and adore the caring teachers and their love of God. Each day at Busy Bee is an adventure. I handle the payments received, the billing, the student paperwork and files, and help anywhere else where I am needed. I loved Busy Bee while my children where here and it’s a great place to be and work now.