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 — Executive Director

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.

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.


Shalena

Shalena Heller — Head Teacher (4-5 year olds)/Assistant Director

Ms. Shae moved to Pinedale in the Summer of 2018. Coming from Lander, she has gotten to experience Wyoming and all it has to offer. Ms. Shae is first and foremost a devoted wife and mother of 6 wonderful children. She has a background in Elementary Education and Special Education as well as Nursing. She has a huge passion about working with children! She often calls it her “gifting from the Lord.” She also loves gymnastics and cheerleading and has taught children for 16 combined years and owned her own gym in Lander for 6 years. She loves to spend time with her family and go fishing and traveling. She is excited to have your kiddos be a part of her new adventures that await at the Children’s Discovery Center.


Charlsey Knezovich

Charlsey Knezovich — Part Time Teacher (4-5 year olds)

Ms. Charlsey is new to the Children’s Discovery Center and excited to meet new faces. She has had the opportunity to work with kids of all ages and has seven years’ experience of working in educational programs. Having been a camp counselor, she believes in the importance of hands on learning and bringing the classroom outdoors. Ms. Charlsey loves to spend time outdoors with her family and pups, giving her baby girl experiences to cherish forever.


Reese Smith (aka Mr Awesome)

Reese Smith — Teacher (3-4 year olds)

Mr. Reese just finished working in Shenzhen China as an English teacher, and is excited to be working at the Children’s Discovery Center with passionate, outgoing children. Reese has worked at BOCES, Big Brother Big Sisters and Cathedral Home for Children. Mr. Reese understands how important it is for children to have a good foundation that will help them succeed later in life. Mr. Reese is an avid hiker, skier, rafter and a constant pain to his two older sisters. (also probably Allison)


Meranda Paulson

Meranda Paulson — Teacher (2-3 year olds)

Ms. Meranda Paulson has lived in Pinedale for sixteen years. Meranda is married to John, her high school sweetheart. Together, they have two daughters, Shelbi is in her fourth year at UW and Darbie is a senior in high school. Children have always been a huge part of Meranda’s life. Meranda grew up helping her grandma with her daycare, and after having children of her own, she started teaching preschool. Meranda loves teaching and helping children learn and is excited to teach for the Children’s Discovery Center!


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.


Kalie Miles

Kalie Miles — Cooking Teacher

Ms. Kalie is thrilled when she gets to witness enthusiastic, imaginative, creative lay unfold alongside the wonder of discovery. Ms. Kalie 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 the classroom. Ms. Kalie joined us in Fall of 2014. She and her husband moved from South Dakota, and have lived in Pinedale since 2011. Kalie and her husband two kids, a daughter and a son.