Meet the Team

Our School selects staff members on the basis of interest in and knowledge of how children grow and learn, as well as comprehensive state mandates for preschool teacher qualifications. They are continuously engaged in a staff development program that enhances their skills and abilities. Staff is required to receive 15 hours of inservice and ongoing training in the area of child development each year, and all teachers are required to be Infant/Child CPR and First Aid certified to ensure safety if emergency care is needed. Staff members are also required to have on file a health exam and proof of a negative TB test, as well as fingerprints and CBI background check. Each teacher on staff has a short biography posted in the entryway of the school, so that you can learn more about their experiences and interests.

We are currently hiring. If you are interested in joining our team, please send your cover letter and resume to: ourschoolgws@gmail.com.

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Kelsey Clapper

Director

Kelsey Clapper is a Roaring Fork Valley native, born and raised. She has been in Early Childhood since 2012 and is a mother of two beautiful children, Jj and Brianna who are beginning Middle School and 3rd grade this year in Carbondale.

She fell in love with following the child, getting down to their level, and playing alongside them and based her Early Childhood Education following the Montessori Method. In 2015, she received her credential in Montessori Infant and Toddler in Boulder and her Director’s Certificate through CMC.

Kelsey has a passion for mental health, psychology, and has recently gone back to school to receive her Bachelor’s in Psychology. She hopes to hop right on in and learn from you all! With her EC Education and Psychology knowledge, Kelsey aspires to aid and lead the teachers, staff, parents, and community of “Our School.”

Outside school, you will often find her getting outside, riding her mountain bike, skiing downhill, and paddle boarding throughout the year! She also loves sitting down with a cup of coffee and a good book, finding a project at home, or letting her wild side go with a bit of salsa dancing.

The biggest reason that she has enjoyed working in EC Education all this years is as she quotes, “We all have challenging lives at times, and yet when I step through these doors, life is a bit more mellow, seeing the children’s smiles as they manipulate and work through the environment provides me with a feeling larger than myself or the issues that are troubling me; we are there for them and providing consistency and love to all the students brings me true joy. While being in the office and all over may be different, I am coming in ready to learn from those before and bring new insights and a fresh light. I hope to bring what I have and more to my classroom and Mt. Sopris Montessori community to the entire community of Our School. My door will be open as is my mindset. I look forward to meeting you and our new journey together”

Maria Hensley

Maria Hensley

Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Maria Hensley, also known as Mrs. Ria. I was born in the small town of Embudo, New Mexico and was raised in Ojito, New Mexico. I am one of nine children. I am the second to the youngest. My family consists of seven boys and two girls, who were raised in a single parent home. I moved to Colorado soon after graduating high school. I have worked an array of different jobs from babysitting for family, dish washing, housecleaning, office management, dry-cleaning, and childcare.  (Church nursery, Gypsum Christian Academy, Home daycare, and Our School). I met my husband of 27 years while working at one of my jobs. We met at The Westwind at Vail. We are proud parents of two. A girl (Caitlin) and a boy (Matthew). My favorite past-times are camping, fishing, and enjoying friends and family.

I have worked various jobs but discovered my true calling is in childcare. Out of  all the jobs I have had I was led  back to caring for children. I have been involved with Early Childhood Education since 2004 starting with Gypsum Christian Academy. Then moving on to my churches nursery. I decided to open up my own home daycare so that I could spend more time with my children. Owning my own business was not my calling. I then took a position with Our School in 2008. I departed Our School in June 2012 to care for my daughter after having back surgery. I was given the chance to return to Our School in September 2014. I have been teaching and caring for children at Our School since. I have accomplished getting my directorship and aiming for my associates degree. I am happily doing what I love most, caring for your young ones.

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Anali Garcia

Preschool Teacher

Hello, My name is Anali Garcia and I was born in Aspen, Colorado and raised in Carbondale. My parents are from Mexico. For as long as I can remember, I have always been surrounded by kids, my little brother, cousins, etc. However, as a sophomore in high school I thought my calling was to be a chef, like my father. So, I took after school classes that expanded my cooking techniques. Somehow, I always struggled in school and at one point considered that my best option was to drop out. When I told my English teacher about my plans to leave school, he told me that even though I had already given up on myself, he hadn’t. He believed I was here to do great things.

So, all my high school teachers worked together to help me. Even though I had fallen way behind, I worked twice as hard to graduate. It was in my last month of my senior year where I realized that I wanted to work with kids so I could be their support and help them achieve their dreams. My original goal was kindergarten but somehow I got a job at a preschool in Carbondale where I got certified and became a lead toddler teacher. However, in the beginning of this year I thought it was time for a change and work with kids a little closer in age to kindergarten, so here I am working at Our School as a preschool teacher.

Isis Torres

Isis Torres

Preschool Teacher

My name is Isis, I was born in Jalisco Mexico. I moved to Colorado in 2004 and I have been here since. I am happily married, and I have four wonderful kids. I love the river, waterfalls, and the beach. I really enjoy wintertime here in Colorado and the peace in the Roaring Fork Valley.

I started my journey with Our school in the summer of 2019 as an infant teacher. In the year 2021 I went back to Our School as a floater. After a few months, I was given the opportunity to teach in the preschool room.

I am excited to be working with the preschoolers. They are a blast to be around and always have great stories! My goal here at our school is to be the best of me, every day. I have a lot of love for children, and I want to make sure that they feel welcomed and happy.

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Bri Kirkpatrick

Toddler Teacher

Hi, I’m Bri Kirkpatrick! I have been working with children since 2015! I started out with a Before and After School Care program called BASE in Castle Rock where I’m from before moving to Glenwood Springs with my fiancé in 2018! I worked at Blue Lake Preschool from 2020 to 2022 and I look forward to helping children learn, develop and grow in my time here at OUR School! I’m excited to fill in for all of the wonderful teachers here as the permanent substitute teacher! Outside of taking care of all your awesome kiddos, I love to read poetry and manga, run, cook and spend lots of time with my fiancé, Justin!

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Fatima Rosa

Teacher's Aide

My name is Fatima Rosa and I was born in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I am a 2021 high school graduate from Glenwood Springs High School. Now I am a full time student at Colorado Mountain College in hopes of becoming a social worker. I volunteered for the Early Learning Center at Valley View Hospital and loved spending time with the kids and helping out the teachers. I am hoping to do the same here at Our School and be able to grow as an individual. Some of my favorite activities include reading, spending time with family, and traveling whenever possible. I also enjoy singing, dancing, and acting! I am looking forward to spending time with the kids and the teachers in my time at Our School.