Debbie Caruso, Preschool Director
Debbie’s career in Early Childhood Education spans a period of over 30 years. In addition to raising two children with her husband, Debbie was actively involved in a number of civic, school, church and charitable organizations since moving to Evergreen in 1988. In 2003 Debbie was successful in opening a Core Knowledge Preschool, which is the current TLC Preschool. She was also instrumental in promoting the successful Core Knowledge Preschool Curriculum in the Evergreen community. Providing a nurturing, home-like environment, along with an individualized education with the highest standards of learning, and building a collaborative work environment are very important to Debbie. Debbie is highly appreciative of the support she has received from the Evergreen community throughout her career.
She enjoys hiking, walking her dog, gardening, and just being outdoors in this beautiful mountain community.
Rabbi Jamie Arnold,
Rabbi Jamie is our in-house song-leader and story teller. He has been playing his guitar and singing with our preschoolers for over thirteen years! With his guitar and joyous spirit, he brings more than 25 years of experience working with young children and their families. A former preschool teacher himself, we are thrilled to have Rabbi Jamie’s regular visits infusing our Learning Center with his spirit, songs, and his playful tales.
Karen Bennett, Preschool Teacher
Karen joined the TLC team in 2017 as our permanent substitute teacher. Karen is an experienced K-8 teacher and recently earned her Early Childhood credentials from Red Rocks Community College. Karen also worked as one of our Preschool teachers. She is thrilled to be one of our substitute teachers and is always happy to be here! Karen is excited to see the joy in her students when they discover something new. Karen grew up in Evergreen and has two children, and two grandchildren. Currently she resides in Lakewood and remains active in the Evergreen community by volunteering for several organizations, as well as teaching at CBE’s after-school Hebrew school. Karen’s background also includes 35 years’ experience as a portrait and event photographer.
Becky Forsythe, Preschool Teacher
Becky has a B.A. in Child & Family Development from Truman State in MO. She has been teaching children ages 2-6 for over 25 years and is currently teaching the junior kindergarten class. Her goal as a teacher is to create a caring classroom community and help children develop a love of learning that continues throughout their future. She, her husband, dog, and cat moved to Black Hawk, CO last January from Indianapolis, IN
For her best part about working with young children is the wonder and amazement as they discover new things in their world.
Peyton Mysliwiec, Preschool Teacher
Peyton has a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early
Childhood Professions from Colorado State University. She is currently working on her Masters
in Teaching and Learning. She has been teaching children ages 2-6 for two years and has
experience with elementary aged students through internships and student teaching. Teaching
young children is so rewarding and seeing the exploration and development is something that
she has enjoyed thoroughly. Her goal is to one day teach high school science but is greatly
enjoying teaching at TLC Preschool. She currently lives with her boyfriend in Deckers along with
two golden doodles and a new kitten. She spends most of her time hiking and fly fishing.
Brenda Park, Substitute Teacher
Brenda is married and has four children. She earned her degree in Finance and Marketing from Minnesota State University. For 25 years she worked in the banking industry and moved to Denver in 1993. After relocating to Denver, Brenda volunteered to teach elementary students about banking through the Junior Achievement program. It was through this introduction of working with children that her desire to become a teacher began. She earned her preschool teaching credentials in May 2016 through Red Rocks Community College. Brenda is currently working on her elementary teaching credentials. Earlier in Brenda’s career, she was one of TLC’s teachers and taught the JrKindergarteners for four years. She loves nurturing, educating, and challenging children. She strives to spark and grow that desire to learn in children.
Shelly Lozano, Pre-Kindergarten 2 Teacher
Shelly earned her Early Childhood Teaching Certificate at Red Rocks Community College. She has been teaching at TLC Preschool for 15 years and has a very diversified teaching background of over 25 years. In addition to teaching her Pre-Kindergarten students, she is also the Curriculum Coordinator and Lead Teacher at TLC Preschool. Shelly began teaching preschoolers after the birth of her youngest daughter. She fell in love with the energy, enthusiasm and joy that little ones brought to her life and decided to pursue a career in Early Childhood education. Shelly has taught each grade level at TLC and has enjoyed every age group. She has three horses, two cats and two dogs. Shelly feels truly blessed to be working with our wonderful children and families in our mountain community.
Megan Vail, After-Care Teacher
Megan started working at TLC Preschool in 2017 in the capacity of teacher assistant. Through this experience Megan has decided to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. Currently she is attending ECE classes at Red Rocks Community College and plans to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in the early childhood field. For over eleven years she has worked with young children in various capacities, including being a camp counselor, and continues to hold a five-year Nanny position. Megan also volunteers at her church working with young children. Megan brings lots of energy and helpful hands to everyone on our team! Currently Megan is one of our AfterCare teachers, so she could attend her college classes full time. She is a very important member of our staff! We are so happy to have her on our team. We look forward to her being a full time preschool teacher in the future!