Meet The Staff

Debbie Caruso, Preschool Director

Debbie Caruso was formerly the Director of RMAE Preschool since its opening in September 2003, and is now Director and Jr. Kindergarten teacher of TLC Preschool. Debbie and her family moved to Evergreen in 1987 at which time she became highly involved in civic, school, church, and charitable organizations. For this reason, she considers herself a “native” and loves the Evergreen community. Debbie has over 27 years experience working with young children in various capacities and has set the bar for the highest standards of teamwork.

Debbie earned her Early Childhood Director’s Certificate and Early Childhood Teacher certification from Red Rocks Community College in 2003. In an effort to stay current in early childhood development philosophies, curriculum, and standards, she continues to take early childhood education courses. Debbie also has training with recognizing special education needs and giftedness in the early childhood setting. To further enrich her academic track, Debbie has attended NAEYC and literacy conferences, outdoor biology labs in AK and has taken part in various music workshops.

She has attended over nine Core Knowledge Training Modules and has participated in many on-site trainings and round-table meetings long before the Preschool Core Knowledge Sequence became such a desired curriculum. She specializes in the Core Knowledge Curriculum and has been teaching it since it first was published in 1996. She is also responsible for developing the Jr. Kindergarten program, which is a combined Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence and Core Knowledge Kindergarten curriculum.

“It is absolutely amazing to see how our daughter has grown, both intellectually and socially, since beginning the preschool program at TLC (formerly RMAE Preschool).  Mrs. Caruso and Mrs. Lozano have done a wonderful job teaching her, and she cannot wait to begin her final year this fall! We also love that the preschool administration is very organized and is receptive and welcoming if parents have concerns.”

Quote by:  Jarrett Ellis

 

“We have had three of our children here, in their preschool ages, for the last 5 years. Debbie does a wonderful job providing, not only a sound education base and love for learning, but a ton of other opportunities for our children such as the Tiny Tots orchestra and the Spark City Museum bus on wheels! They accomplish so much in a school day, both educational and fun! Our favorite event is the holiday program that each and every student participates in.”

Quote by:  Bre Boyle

 

Shelly Lozano, Jr. Kindergarten Teacher

Shelly Lozano joined our Preschool team in 2006. After teaching the Preschool 1  class for seven years, she moved to the Jr. Kindergarten class.  She began her formal training in early childhood education in California where she lived before moving back to Colorado. She has many years experience working in the early childhood field. She was a private care-giver to several families’ children for over six years. She also has four years experience working in the Montessori classroom. Shelly keeps her early childhood education current by attending specialized conferences throughout the year. She has attended two CHADD conferences specializing in learning disabilities in young children, trainings in Autism, and has attended numerous Core Knowledge Conferences since she became employed at The Preschool. Shelly earned her Colorado State required Lead Teacher certification from Red Rocks Community College in 2011.

“It is absolutely amazing to see how our daughter has grown, both intellectually and socially, since beginning the preschool program at TLC (formerly RMAE Preschool). Mrs. Lozano and Mrs. Caruso have done a wonderful job teaching her, and she cannot wait to begin her final year this fall! We also love that the preschool administration is very organized and is receptive and welcoming if parents have concerns.”

Quote by:  Jarrett Ellis

 

Brenda Park, Preschool Teacher

Brenda Park is married with four children. She earned her bachelors degree in Marketing and Science from Minnesota State University and then went on to work in banking for over 20 years. A banking merger moved her from Minnesota to Denver in 1993. Shortly after her move to Denver, she volunteered to teach elementary students about banking through Junior Achievement. It was through this introduction of working with children that her desire to become a teacher began. It was not until after the birth of her third child that she decided to leave banking and pursue a career in teaching. She worked as a Para Professional at Bergen Elementary for four years, then joined our staff in 2016. She earned her preschool teaching credentials in May of 2016 through Red Rocks Community College.   All four of Brenda’s children attended the Preschool at RMAE, so it was an easy decision for Brenda to join our staff.  Brenda is excited about being a part of TLC Preschool!

“All of our kids have been very ready to start kindergarten and have excelled academically and socially after being in class with Brenda Park and Shelly Lozano. We are thrilled to be back for the start of our 6th year with our youngest child.

Quote by: Bre Boyle

 

 

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 ten 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.