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 Trisha, Director/Lead Teacher

Trisha Clement has 20 years of experience working with children in a variety of educational venues. Her specializations 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. Most recently as lead teacher and site supervisor for The Children’s Workshop in Oakland, CA, she helped establish a new school and led 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.

Colby Adams, Assistant Teacher

Colby Adams holds a Bachelor of Innovation(TM) in Inclusive Early Childhood Education. She is  a graduate of the University of Colorado, a licensed teacher, and a competitive ski coach. Ms. Colby, as our assistant teacher will also focus on integrating Spanish in the classroom! Her diverse background of travel and adventure, of education and athletics has provided many diverse opportunities to work with children and she strongly believes in the importance of play, natural education, self-expression, and collaboration. She considers herself a learner alongside the children and loves to meet them in the deep wonder at life’s grandest and smallest things. When she's not in the classroom, she is likely playing, or homesteading on Hastings Mesa, listening to the symphony of wild places, and trying to make a little beauty in the world.