Our teachers love working at Rainbow as much as our kids love coming here. Rainbow's small size, low student-teacher ratio, and loving environment allow staff members to integrate their own strengths and interests while supporting our established curriculum. Children enjoy the benefit of being assigned to a small group according to age and development, while bonding and interacting with all teachers during daily activities. We are proud that many of our teachers have been with us for years.
Karen brings enthusiasm, creativity, and over two decades of professional child care experience to her role as Rainbow's director. She has been at the Center since 1988, and has served as director since 1997! She loves helping children to develop and discover their world. In addition to serving as director, she is a teacher for the oldest group, and thrives on capturing the kids' interests while working on skills including science, art, and kindergarten readiness.
There are many special things about Rainbow that keep her here, including the space, the abundance of equipment, the freedom to teach based on the group's interest, and the mixed ages format that allows for younger and older kids to learn from each other. Whether leading her group or working with the all the kids on a holiday program or a rainy-day activity, Karen keeps things running smoothly and helps continually evolve a curriculum that has been refined over the past two decades.
When not at Rainbow, Karen enjoys skiing (fast), hiking (everywhere), fishing (endlessly), and canoeing (lazily), all with her family. She also does mosaic glass work, beading, sewing, and volunteer work through her church. Karen has 2 sons, Ezra and Oliver, who are 15 years apart!!
Working with kids has always been Sarah's passion. She started working at Rainbow in 2004. In addition to serving as assistant director, Sarah is currently the teacher for our youngest group of 2 ½ -3 year-olds. Sarah has been working with kids for almost 2 decades, including time spent as a nanny and working at a toddler center. She has also received her director certification. She finds kids inspiring and energizing, and especially enjoys helping them discover their world and themselves. Her favorite activities involve getting creative and messy - whether baking with the kids, leading trips to the park, or working on art projects - and she frequently incorporates crafts and sensory skills into her lesson plans. At Rainbow, Sarah loves the good communication, sense of community among teachers and families, and most of all, the positive, happy energy throughout the Center.
When she's not working with kids or taking classes towards her certification, Sarah enjoys hiking, biking, creative projects, cooking, and reading.
Cheney has been with Rainbow since 1987, taking a six year leave of absence to ranch llamas on the Western front. Lucky for us, he returned in 1999, and has been a fixture at Rainbow ever since. Cheney brings a special mix of organization and pure silliness to our days. Always creative and artistic, Cheney spent time studying art in college, and now enjoys coming up with inventive and surprising activities such as filling the swimming pool in the middle of winter and going for a dip (of course, the pool is in the art room!). Among his favorite things about Rainbow are the many opportunities to learn from the kids, and the freedom that both teachers and students have to explore their world.
In his spare time, Cheney enjoys working on his small farm and caring for his six horses, two dogs, two goats, three kittens, six ducks, two cockatiels, and a bunny named Trixie. Rainbow's official cowboy, Cheney also loves riding in rodeos!
Katie joined the Rainbow staff first as a substitute Teacher in 2012 she joined Rainbow as a full-time teacher in June 2014. Katie is originally from the Lexington, Kentucky. She comes to us with her Masters in Art Education, and much child care experience both here in Boulder and at Fayette Country Schools.
Katie loves activities that include painting, puppets and anything outdoors. Her energy and care for the children are right at home in the Rainbow Community.
Not only does Katie enjoy all of the benefits of living in Colorado; Skiing, climbing, hiking, camping,... but also being the artist she is, she spends a great deal of time in her art studio.
Austin is our newest full time teacher at Rainbow. He is pursuing his education to become an elementary school teacher. Austin chose Rainbow for the lead teacher position because he can really use his talents and training to its full potential here. He loves our open space and the freedom to create his lesson plans in creative and inventive ways. He’s got big dreams in fulfilling his passion for educating our next generation!
Austin has a love of board games and enjoys running in his free time.
Ali came on board with Rainbow as a substitute in her teens in2009, and we’re so happy to have her here now as our afternoon teacher! Rainbow is the place that got Ali started in childcare, back when her sister was a teacher for a few years. She most enjoys the funny stories that the kids tell her, and she’s great at creating amazing art projects. Rainbow is a stepping stone for Ali as she moves into a full time position with us and grows in her development as a teacher!
In Ali’s spare time, she takes full advantage of Rocky Mountain life hiking & camping. Very artistic, she enjoys drawing and painting as well. Ali also has FOUR amazing dogs, keeping her busy at both work and home!