The role of the teacher is that of a guide, fostering good social skills, encouraging language and problem-solving skills, and presenting developmentally appropriate activities. In this way, Mountain Sprouts Preschool aims to provide a warm, safe and stimulating learning environment in which the whole child is nurtured… body, mind and spirit.

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Miss Amanda, Director

Amanda Colgate-McGuinness has a varied and extensive background in early childhood education.  She describes her core interests as engagement with the natural world, multi-cultural education and supporting creativity for students and teachers in the classroom.  Her career has taken her around the world; she has taught in schools in Qatar and Italy.  She has deep and sophisticated skill set that she utilizies with a high level, play-based curriculum at Mountain Sprouts. 

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Ms. Kristina, Summer Lead Teacher 

Kristina comes to us from an elementary school in Phoenix with her an education arsenal including a Masters in Psychology and PhD work on the correlation between connectedness to nature and academic achievement. She has worked with children of all ages through her professional and volunteer work and prides herself on creating learning environments focused on hands-on, student-driven, fun experiences. While program themes like “Space Odyssey,” “Dig It,” and “Art Extravaganza” change weekly, her summer curriculum will also focus on well-being, exploration and creativity, language and literacy, and social responsibility. 



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Miss Trisha, Director/Lead 2018-2019

Trisha Clement has 20 years of experience working with children in a variety of educational venues. With a specialization in emergent and project-based curriculum and experience in Reggio-Emilia inspired preschools as well as outdoor and art education experience allow her to foster the rich, play-based, nature-filled learning environment Mountain Sprouts is proud to offer. Trisha was most recently the lead teacher and site supervisor for The Children’s Workshop in Oakland, CA, where she helped establish a new school and led the curriculum for the Reggio-inspired preschool. Since leaving Mountain Sprouts in 2010, Trisha has pursued a bachelor’s degree and conducted research focused on social-emotional intelligence curriculum and created an early childhood education art curriculum for school’s of all budgets titled, “Teach Your Art Out.” She’s spent professional development hours specializing in sensory play and Waldorf educational philosophies. Telluride residents may know Trisha from the unique theater camps she’s run for Telluride Academy since 1998. Trisha will assume the role of school director and lead teacher at the start of the 2018-2019 school year.