Staff

Jamie Carta

Preschool Director

After growing up in Southern California, Jamie lived in Seattle and Georgia before moving to Colorado in 2016 with husband, Aaron, and their four children. She began her career working with Head Start programs. From there she directed and taught at an early childhood cooperative, worked as a preschool teacher in a public-school setting, and then spent eleven years as a child-care center licensing specialist. Most recently, Jamie taught CSU’s Early Childhood Center’s model classroom, mentoring numerous new teachers into full-time teaching roles.

Jamie has a BA degree in Child Development and a MA degree in Human Development, focusing on Leadership in Education and Parent Education. An advocate for lifelong learning, Jamie is beginning a part-time second MA degree in Clinical Mental Health at UNC-Greeley, with the goal of becoming a licensed child/family therapist in the future.

Tamara Burnside

Assistant Director

Tamara Burnside earned her BS in Human Development and Family Sciences from Brigham Young University. Tamara has held a variety of roles at HSPreK as a much-loved substitute teacher, teacher assistant, administrative assistant, and now assistant director. Tamara enjoys singing, skiing, hiking, and reading.

Breanna Renken - Lead Teacher

Breanna Renken

Lead Teacher - Bet Room

Breanna has 15 years experience working with youth and children in a variety of settings. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education. It is her goal to nurture a love of learning in the hearts of her students as well as foster lifelong tools to develop healthy social and emotional relationships.

Elizabeth Pepper

Lead Teacher - Aleph Room

Zihui-Cherry-Xu - Teacher Assistant

Zihui (Cherry) Xu

Teacher Aid - Bet Room

Cherry has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. She loves to be around kids. She started her early childhood education career with the then afterschool club, base camp, and then fell in love with it. She plans to chase further education within this field in the future.

Tonya Puttlitz

Teacher Aid

Tonya Puttlitz - Teacher Assistant

Tonya was a stay-at-home mom for many years before she began working part-time in the Poudre School District as a Job Coach, assisting and mentoring special-needs teens at various internships. She enjoys working with your children and helping them enjoy each of their days to the fullest!

Tessa Quinter - Teacher Aid

Tessa Quinter

Teacher Aid

Tessa is a CSU student studying Natural Resources. She has worked with children for years, including being a nanny, vollyball coach, and camp counselor. Tessa finds so much joy in witnessing children’s curiosity and excitement to learn.

Kate Freiheiter

Aleph Bet Club - Teacher Aid

Kate Freiheiter - Teacher Aid, Aleph Bet Club