Meet Our Staff

 

Chris

Owner

I have owned and operated a Step Ahead Preschool & Childcare since it began in 1998.  I hold a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Ed., from Central Washington University.  As a mother and former Kindergarten Teacher, my goal is to provide children with a quality environment where learning is fun.  I am so proud to have a great staff that has helped me build this program.  We have touched the lives of many Treasure Valley children.  My husband and I are very fortunate to have two wonderful daughters an amazing son-in-law, and a granddaughter.  We are a busy family that enjoys traveling, skiing, boating and endless hours of family time.

Open Enrollment for the 2022/2023 school year has officially started. We have very limited availability, and classes are almost completely full.

Please call us today for more information and to schedule a tour of our facility. 

Kaitlin

Director

I am very fortunate to have been with A Step Ahead for many years. This program has been a part of my life from a very young age and I am lucky to have the privilege of working with you and your children . I graduated from Boise State University in 2017 with a degree in business management and a minor in marketing. I live in Meridian with my husband Austin, and our daughter Brinley.  I am excited to be back in the office this year, please don’t hesitate to stop by and say hello!

Kathy

Teacher/Office Assistant

After graduating with a  degree in Elementary Education from Boise State University, I worked int he Meridian school district for 6 years. I joined the team at A Step Ahead Preschool in 2007 and have enjoyed becoming a part of this wonderful team.

My husband and I live in Meridian and have two wonderful children. In our spare time we enjoy being outdoors.  We love kayaking, golfing, biking and walking along the Boise greenbelt or hiking in the foothills. We also enjoy supporting our BSU football team and love going to all the home games. GO BRONCOS!

I look forward to working with your children. I am always amazed at just how much they learn. I know this is going to be another great year!

Tawna

Preschool Program Manager

After graduating from NNU in 1997 with an Elementary Ed. Degree and an endorsement in Early Childhood, I started teaching at a middle school in Marsing, Idaho.  Two short years later, I left the middle school life to begin teaching at A Step Ahead. I’ve never looked back.

Being a preschool teacher is my dream job. I enjoy seeing young students grow in a multitude of ways including academically, socially and artistically.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family.  With three out of four daughters married and grandkids starting to grow our family even bigger, I have a full schedule.  I spend my days camping, fishing, movie going, picnicking, reading, exploring and volunteering at my church.

Gillian

Teacher

I graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Elementary Education. After I graduated from BSU, I worked at a Montessori School for 2 years. I have been at A Step Ahead Preschool since January 2005 and I love it! I live in Boise with my husband, Ben, and our two beautiful children. I am a native of Idaho and I enjoy all outdoor activities including: hiking, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, jet skiing, and snow skiing. I also enjoy reading books, scrapbooking, and playing with my kids.

Ariel

Teacher

What a privilege it is to teach at A Step Ahead Preschool.  After teaching second grade for two years, I joined our ASAP team in 2014.  I am married to an amazing soldier and we have two equally remarkable daughters…who keep us on our toes!  We love to spend time together camping, watching movies, reading books, and making projects.  Cheers to another great year at A Step Ahead!

Qwyn

Teacher

I graduated from Liberty University majoring in behavior science and have my masters in Christian Counseling with an emphasis in children and families. I love working with children and being able to see them grow! I’m excited to be a teacher here at A Step Ahead. My husband and I have a daughter (Liberty) and a son (Conway), they are the cutest! We are counting down the days until they can both attend preschool here! We stay busy exploring Idaho, working on home projects, spending time with family and serving in our church! 

Jena

Teacher

I graduated in 2005 from the University of Idaho with a degree in Elementary Education. I’ve had the pleasure of working at A Step Ahead for over ten years! It’s been an absolute joy to teach preschool. I just adore this precious age where everything is exciting and new. The kiddos are so eager to learn.

When I am not at school, I spend my time with my wonderful husband and three amazing children. I also love to travel, cook, paint, bike, hike and spend time with my friends and family.

Mckenzie

Teacher

I have been a teacher’s assistant since 2015 here at A Step Ahead. I have loved working with other teachers and getting to know my students and their families.

I have a wonderful husband and 2 kids who love attending  A Step Ahead with me! We love to travel, be outdoors and spend time with our friends and family. My family brings me so much joy!

I look forward to many more great years ahead!

Ayesa

Teacher

I have been with ASAP since 2019. I have enjoyed every minute of watching our students, (your kiddos) grow in so many ways! I love working with an amazing team. What a GREAT work family to be apart of when I’m not with my own family. I have an amazing husband and we have three AWESOME kids! We love family movie nights, going on camping trips and many other family fun adventures!

Jessica

Teacher

I began at A Step Ahead Preschool and Childcare in August of 2010. I am so lucky to be able to work with the 3’s on the Childcare side of A Step Ahead. The children are so much fun and I can’t help but love them. It is such a joy to watch them blossom before me. My husband and I are also busy with four children of our own and two son-in-laws. Bringing up three brilliant young women and one amazing little boy keeps us hopping! We spend as much time as a family as is possible. Together we all enjoy many outdoor activities and sporting events. We also love to cheer on the Boise State Football team together! Go Broncos!

Christina

Teacher

My passion for teaching children started at a very young age. My family began fostering kids when I was five years old and even then I loved helping to turn our home into a safe learning environment for the kids. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed being with A Step Ahead since I started in 2020. I have loved the opportunity of getting to know the staff, kids, and families. I am so happy to be able to turn my passion into a start of a career!

 

Alyssa

Teacher

I knew I wanted to work at A Step Ahead Preschool while taking a class at my high school called Early Childhood Development. In this class we got to intern at different preschool facilities in Meridian and help put together fun/interactive lesson plans. After my internship at A Step Ahead I realized my passion for teaching.

I hope to teach and encourage your children that anything is possible if you put your mind to it!

 

Jessica M.

Teacher

I started working at A Step Ahead in April 2021. I have  loved getting to know all of the students and staff. I graduated from BYU Idaho  in 2017 with a  bachelors degree in elementary education. My dream job has always been to be a teacher. I love children and I love watching them grow and learn. I love that I can be apart of there lives.

I have an amazing husband and 2 cute kids.  A boy and a girl. I love being a mom and it’s nice that I can bring my little ones with me and see them thrive here at A Step Ahead. You can find my little family always outside. We love the green belt, the water, camping, hiking, and finding new places to explore.

 

Angelia

Teacher

Hi! I’m Ms. Angelia and I started working at A Step Ahead in October of 2021. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to work at an amazing facility that my son also attends. I love children, so working here is truly a dream come true.

When I’m not working I love doing anything and everything outside. You can catch me camping and soaking up the sun with my son, husband and our adorable Rottweiler Sage.

 

Taylor

Teacher

Bio Coming Soon!

 

Kristin

Teacher

Bio Coming Soon!

 

Amy

Teacher

I have such a passion for children and love to watch as they learn and grow. It makes me so happy getting to see all the little ones faces light up when they perfect a skill or discover something new. 

I currently live in Meridian with my husband and daughter. My family is my greatest joy. We love family game nights, traveling and going to the lake with our dogs. 

I look forward to meeting the families raising these awesome kids! 

 

Kristin P.

Teacher

I started working with A Step Ahead in 2021 as a teacher’s aide. My oldest son went to preschool here and absolutely loved it and flourished. Once he started public school I knew I wanted to get my youngest enrolled and be more involved in this amazing school. I love getting to know the students and creating those connections. It’s been amazing to watch these wonderful teachers help mold these little minds. I’m so grateful to be a part of this team.