We are proud to say that we have a very caring and nurturing staff of qualified Early Childhood professionals. Each staff member has current First Aid, Infant and Child CPR certification and completes 23 hours of training in early childhood education each year. We all are also active members of the Montana Early Care and Education Practitioner Registry. Each staff member is dedicated to their work with young children, and because of this, we have a low staff turnover rate. We work together to provide you and your child with a meaningful early learning experience.
Renee August, Executive Director
Ms. Renee is the Executive Director of The Children’s Center. She started here in November of 2012. Ms. Renee graduated from Clarion University of PA in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She also hold a Montana teaching license. She has been working with children for over 15 yrs. Ms. Renee was born and raised just north of Pittsburgh, Pa. She is married and has 4 children. She and her family moved to Montana 2 years ago and is loving it here. In her spare time she loves to read, scrapbook, watch movies, and watch sporting events.
Ms. Julie – Lead Teacher (Owl’s)
Ms. Julie has been working in early childcare for the last 10 years and earned her CDA in 2011. She was born and raised right here in Missoula and plans on raising her own children here as well. She has a beautiful baby girl who was born in 2012 and 2 wonderful stepchildren. Ms. Julie enjoys spending time in nature whether it is camping, riding four wheelers, or swimming in the lakes and rivers. She loves trees and feels most relaxed when surrounded by them. All of her favorite animals live in the ocean: her #1 favorite being the giant squid. In her free time she enjoys painting with acrylics, reading, and taking naps. Ms. Julie loves teaching and says there is not better reward than watching a child learn and discover the world around them.
Ms. Kelcey- Assistant Teacher (Owl’s)
Ms. Colleen, Co-Lead Early Preschool Teacher (Raccoon’s)
Ms. Colleen has been at The Children’s Center since 2002, not to mention the two years she was here from 1994-1996. Her and her husband were military for 21 years. They have traveled to interesting places over those years. While in Louisiana, when her children were young she began working in a church nursery during services. This began her long career of teaching children. Ms. Colleen is a grandmother of 4 grandsons. The time she spends with her 2 children and 4 grandsons means the world to her.
Ms. Megan – Co-Lead Early Preschool Teacher (Raccoon’s)
Most of Ms. Megan’s experience in early childhood development came from working at St. Paul’s infant center, where she cared for infants to three year olds. It gives her great joy to be around small children’s curiosity and developing minds. She is an energetic and passionate person, and is very excited to share that passion and energy with the parents and children at The Children’s Center.
Ms. Jessica – Teacher’s Aide
Ms. Jessica was born in Cascade County and raised in Choteau, MT. She has 6 brothers and 1 sister. Ms. Jessica graduated from Choteau High School with honors and part of the National Honor Society. When she was younger she raised her 4 younger siblings and also babysat for many families. Ms. Jessica started working in 2 child care centers in Choteau when she was 18 yrs old. She is married and has a son who is a year old. When she is not working she likes to spend time with her family and watch her little man grow. She loves working with kids and being part of their lives.
Ms. Anna , Teacher’s Aide
Ms. Anna grew up in Deer Lodge, Montana, focusing on schoolwork. By working hard she was accepted into the University of Montana. She is not quiet sure of her major but is considering early childhood development or possibly social work. In Ms. Anna’s spare time she love to go floating and experience the amazing culture of this town, never forgetting my homework. She hopes to graduate in four years or less.
Ms. Kashya, Teacher’s Aide
Ms. Kashya is currently attending the University of Montana, majoring in French with a triple minor in Linguistics, Anthropology, and Spanish. She plans to graduate in the fall of 2014. She is a member of Alpha Phi, a sorority on campus. When she is not at work she can be found golfing, kayaking, riding horses, skiing, snowmobiling, playing the piano, playing video games, reading, or eating. Ms. Kashya loves working with children because it is vital for future generations to have a passion for learning and she believes it is an honor for her to be able to help instill that at such a young age.
Ms. Emily, Teacher’s Aide
Ms. Stephanie, Kitchen Manager
Ms. Stephanie has been working at The Children’s Center for over 8 years as the Kitchen Manager. She graduated from George Fox University with a degree in Secondary Education/Social Studies. Ms. Stephanie and her husband have been married for 35 years and have 11 children and 8 grandchildren with a new one coming in January. When Ms. Stephanie is not at the center she is working at the Clark Fork Farmers Market on Saturdays with her coffee roasting company called Charlie Coffee.
Mr. Jammall- Aide/Janitor
Mr. Jamaal has been working at The Children’s Center for 4 years. He graduated from the University of Montana in December 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organization Communications Studies. In his spare time he likes to fish, camp, hike, and ski.