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Meet Our Amazing Teachers!

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Selena Frentress

Director & Preschool Teacher

Hello! My name is Selena Frentress and I am the Program Director for Totally Tots

Early Childhood Center. 

 

I am originally from Oklahoma, but have called Hayden home for the last 18 years.

This is where my husband and I raised our three sons. 

 

I have always enjoyed working with children and discovered after having my own, it was my passion.

So, I decided to become a preschool teacher. I taught at Hayden Valley Preschool for 7 years and Co-Directed for 3 years. I also have worked with Totally Kids After School Program and Summer Day Camp since 2006. I am excited to meet the new families who are joining the Totally Tots family, as well as greeting those familiar faces. 

 

Thank you for choosing us!

Miss Jill

Preschool Lead Teacher

I am married with two adult children, and I have seven amazing grandchildren. We moved to Craig, CO. this summer from Castle Rock. 

I have 40 years of childcare experience; spending the last 15 years at Primrose School Of Castle Rock. There I was the director of parent communication and infant supervisor. I am thankful for the years I have been able to work with children and look forward to getting to know everyone in the Yampa Valley. 

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Miss Olivia

Toddler Lead Teacher

Hello, 

My name is Olivia Mckendrick and I am one of the Lead teachers in the Toddler room. I have always loved working with children, and I am so glad to now be working in our Hayden community where I grew up and where my children will grow up. I have a daughter, Hallie, and she goes to school here at Totally Tots. I was born in New Zealand and raised in the Routt County area. I have a career background in child care, the medical field (EMT) and I am also currently a Doula. In my spare time, you can find me hanging out with my family outdoors: hiking, RZR riding, camping, boating, skiing, and traveling. I love summertime and sunshine! I feel so lucky that I get to be in your child’s life during this huge developmental phase, and I really enjoy getting to know each family that is a part of our classroom! 

Miss Naysa

Toddler Lead Teacher

Hello!

My name is Naysa Gillett, and I am one of the toddler room's lead teachers. I have always enjoyed working with children and have always been passionate in working in early childhood education. I am very excited to be able to work with all of the wonderful children in this community. My goal is to provide the children with a loving and secure environment. I recently completed my EQIT certification and am now infant supervisor qualified. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and traveling to the west coast to see my family. I enjoy being creative, and painting is one of my favorite pastimes. I am so excited to be working here at Totally Tots!

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Miss Paige

Infant Lead Teacher 

I moved to Craig from Meeker in 2015 for college. I was born in Michigan and still have family there. I have one older sister who lives in Oregon with my three nieces. My husband and his family are from Hayden. We have two kiddos together, Brynlee 3 1/2 and Deegan 5 months. We love camping, dirt biking, RZR riding, and pretty much any outdoor activities. I look forward to getting to know your kiddos. 

Miss Maggie

Infant Lead Teacher

My name is Maggie Tucci. I have always loved working with children of all ages. I am very excited to be working at Totally Tots and providing the Hayden community with high quality childcare. I am a long-time native of Northwest Colorado. I grew up in Craig and graduated from Moffat County High School in 2008. I have family in both Craig and Steamboat. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my son, William, my daughter, Charlie, my fiancé, Devin, and our dogs, Abby and Nellie.  I also enjoy running, fly fishing, snowboarding, backpacking, camping, and hiking. I have a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Colorado, Denver and hold a professional teaching license in Early Childhood Special Education. I have worked in the field of education and early childhood for over 10 years. I believe that every child is unique and deserves a caring and engaging atmosphere where they can grow emotionally, intellectually, and socially.

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Miss Jen

Toddler Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Jennifer Elder Bertram, and I have been working at Totally Tots for about seven months now and absolutely love it. I love working with children and seeing them grow. My favorite hobbies include fishing, camping, riding my dirt bike and being with my family. I have two stepsons and two beautiful grandchildren that I absolutely adore and spend as much time with as possible.

I look forward to teaching your child and getting to adore them just as much.

Miss Julianna

Preschool & Toddler Assistant Teacher

HI! My name is Juliana Lewis, or as the kids know me, Ms. Jules or Ms. Juliana. I graduated from high school in May of 2022 and am currently taking classes to be an early childhood educator. I love working for Totally Tots and watching the kids grow and become the little people that they are. Kids have always been a big part of my life. I grew up being the older cousin to many little cousins. Then in middle school, I started babysitting, and the summer before my senior year I started working for Totally Kids. I absolutely loved it! I didn’t think anything of it being the career I wanted though. I worked for Totally Kids for two years then moved away for college. Away at college, I realized the major I was going to pursue wasn’t what I wanted to do. I realized that working with kids and watching and helping them grow is what makes me happy and is the job I truly love. In my free time, I usually hang out at home with family or with my friends. I’m so thankful and happy I get to work for Totally Tots and am pursuing my career in Early Childhood Education. 

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Miss Maria 

Preschool & Toddler Assistant Teacher

Hi! I am Maria Reyes. I graduated from Hayden High School in 2020. After graduating, I decided to get into ECE. I had a three month old at the time so it interested me even more in becoming an ECE teacher since it also benefited me as a mom. I have a little family: my husband and I and our two daughters Zarahi and Gabriella. Early Education is a passion of mine and I look forward to growing here at Totally Tots.

Miss Brandi

Infant Assistant Teacher

Hi! My name is Brandi Salazar. I grew up in Steamboat Springs and moved to Hayden five years ago and immediately fell in love with the town and community. I am very excited to work here at Totally Tots! My goal is to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education so I can eventually become a teacher here in town. I have always loved working with children and have worked as a nanny in my younger years and have done at home childcare for the last several years. I also have two wonderful daughters of my own (ages three and four) and love helping them learn and grow everyday and can’t wait to help your children in the same ways! 

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Miss Jaqueline 

Infant Toddler & Preschool Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Jaqueline Lopez! I moved to Craig Co. from Mexico in 2008 and graduated high school in 2018. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother. I began working in head start  in 2021, and completed my Child Development Associate in early 2022. I started working in Totally Tots April 2023 and I love it! I enjoy working with children and have always been very passionate working in early childhood education. I am very excited to be a part of helping your children reach their milestones and in creating a safe, fun, and loving environment. Some of my hobbies are spending time with family and listening to music!

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