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: [email protected].
Hello my name is Megan Pluger, most of your kids know me as Ms. Megan, Meg, or Captain Awesome-o. I started my journey at Our School as a mom to a preschooler then I became a volunteer, substitute and finally a teacher. I have been teaching at Our School since 2007. Before that I worked at 20/20 Eyecare for nearly eight years as a certified optician/lab technician. My parents were overjoyed with my career change, as I am following in both of their footsteps. My father taught elementary school for 33 years and my mother, who is also a teacher, has worked at many preschools as well as elementary schools. I have one child, Anthony, who is the love of my life, we enjoy spending lots of time together biking, hiking, swimming, and playing catch, as well as cozying down on the couch enjoying a good movie. I have taken Early Childhood Education courses through the University of Colorado at Denver, Front Range Community College, and Colorado Mountain College (CMC). I look forward to spending my days getting to know your wonderful children, as many of them become my best friends.
Hi, everyone! My name is Leigh and I have been a part of the Our School family since my son enrolled in 2009. I fell in love with the preschool room and began teaching here in 2011. I am delighted to be spending my days with such terrific children! I am a Roaring Fork Valley local and attended school in Glenwood Springs from kindergarten to my first years of college. Though my primary focus of study has been in English, presently I am focusing on becoming director qualified in the field of Early Childhood Education.
I love Our School. Initially, I came here to tour the school as I was seeking a preschool for my son. As soon as I saw the facility and met the teachers, I knew it was the perfect place for him to be. Little did I know at the time that it would be the perfect place for me, as well! Not everyone is so lucky to get to work with staff members and children who really do become a part of their family. To have found that here makes me feel so blessed.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to spend my days with your children. I am so excited to be here in this environment where I watched my son and so many others grow and thrive over the years!
Hello, my name is Bailey Epperson and the children call me Miss Bailey. I was born in Minnesota, where I lived until the age of 12. I then moved to Pueblo, Colorado and lived there for a few years before moving to Gypsum, where I meet my fiancé. We then moved to Silt where we currently live with our little dog Nutters. We love to be outdoors camping, rock crawling and hiking. I also love spending time with my family any chance I can get! I started my career and journey in child care about two years ago starting in the toddler program, and I’ve been working with preschool age children for the last year and a half. I am very excited to get back to working with the toddlers. I have earned my lead teachers licenses and am working towards my director certification. I am so excited to be joining the team at Our School!
My name is Yamilex Castillo. I was born in Long Beach, California and moved to Gypsum, Colorado with my parents and two older brothers when I was only a year old. I graduated from Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum, CO back in 2015. I graduated high school with honor role as well as sport participation year-round throughout my whole high school career.
My favorite sport has always been soccer. My mom played college soccer in California as well as my older brothers, one of which played professional for LA Galaxy and Chivas USA. I did not get their talent for soccer, but I can most definitely play the sport. I have participated in the Roaring Fork Women’s Soccer League for the past 4 years and my team has won championships every year both indoor and outdoor. I hope to one day be able to implement the soccer skills I know and teach young children about the sport as well as the discipline and techniques it comes with.
I have also been lead teacher qualified for Early Childhood Education for about four years now and very close to getting my director’s certificate through Colorado Mountain College. I plan to continue my career for young children and keep making a difference in their lives. I have a little one of my own, he is 4 years old and is definitely a momma’s boy with his uncle’s mad soccer skills. I am excited to be a part of this wonderful team and cannot wait for this new journey!
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, 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 23 Years while working at one of my jobs. We met at The Westwind at Vail, and today we are proud parents of two beautiful children, A girl named Caitlin (21), and a boy named Matthew (15). Throughout our years we have added to our family with three dogs, Alex, Cooper, and Harley, and two cats, Oreo and Midnight. Oreo passed away 2 years ago in April. We have had many hamsters, gerbils, fish and lizards also. 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. They all have 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. I have been teaching and caring for children at Our School for 9 years. I am happily doing what I love most.
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.