Teachers & Staff Directory

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We strive to provide an atmosphere that will attract and retain well-trained personnel, by maintaining appropriate working conditions. Listed below is the staff of the Children’s Discovery Center.

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Avery And Allison

Allison Long — Director

Allison is a nurturer as well as an educator, someone who encourages learning through exploration, and who understands the balance between what a student needs to feel safe and what they require to reach their potential.

Allison joined the Children’s Discovery Center in the Fall of 2015 from Houston, Texas.  She worked as the Teacher of the Preschool class for almost 2 years before becoming the Director in the Summer of 2017. She has a BS in Communication Disorders in Speech Language Pathology from Lamar University.

Joanne Blair — Teacher- Pre-K Class

Ms. Joanne immerses her students each day in lessons of science, respect, nature, literature and core academic foundations, utilizing our natural surroundings to inspire learning, exploration and opportunities for experimentation and discovery.

Ms. Joanne joined us in Fall 2015 bringing 5 years teaching experience.  She has a Bachelors in Early Childhood & Elementary  Education with an ESL endorsement.

Kalie Miles — Teacher- Toddler Class

Ms. Kalie is thrilled when she gets to witness enthusiastic, imaginative, creative play unfold alongside the wonder of discovery.  Her class is full of excitement as her students learn about the natural world around them. Ms. Kalie brings a bright smile and compassionate, child-centered instruction to her classroom.

Ms. Kalie joined us in Fall 2014.  She brings seven years of experience working in early childhood education.  She, her husband, and her daughter moved to Pinedale in 2011 from South Dakota.

Brianna Profile

Brianna Booth — Assistant Teacher

Ms. Brianna believes in the magic and importance of child-centered, project-based education, allowing children to explore their interests to foster natural curiosity and a love of learning. She grew up with the Montessori theory and has eight years experience working in educational programs.  In the classroom, Brianna especially enjoys integrating science and art activities, as well as exploring nature.  Ms. Brianna has a positive, friendly, energetic approach to all our daily adventures.

Brianna joined us in Fall 2014.  She enjoys spending time outdoors with friends, family, and her dogs, Kiah and Cooper.


Lizzy Cooney — Cooking Teacher

Ms. Lizzy believes a child who is given healthy foods will receive a lifetime bonus of a stronger mind and body. Ms. Lizzy has been a substitute teacher at the Discovery Center in the past, and we were happy to welcome her to our full time staff in January 2016.   Lizzy is dedicated to creating an environment where  each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Supporting the whole child approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement through her work in the kitchen and classroom.