Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Amber is a Colorado native and attended D-11 for her K-12 educational career. She has a passion for Early Intervention and has been teaching in a variety of settings (i.e. home support, clinical and public school) since 2003. This is her seventh year as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher (ECSE), but first year teaching in D11. She is excited for this new adventure and is looking forward to creating a fun, engaging and supportive environment for all students. Mrs. Amber sets high expectations so her students can grow and succeed socially, emotionally, physically and academically. She sees an importance in working with parents regularly to create a collaborative team. She is looking forward to a great year with amazing students and a supportive team!
Mrs. Amber enjoys spending time with her husband John, son Ryan (7) and daughter Clara (2) as well as her Beagle Hunter. She enjoys exploring on the weekends and finding festivals or craft fairs to attend. Mrs. Amber has her Master’s Degree and is certified as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher as well as a K-6 Elementary teacher and also has her BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) certification. She enjoys seeing students and families succeed and grow.
Color: shades of blue, orange and pink
Season: Spring and Fall
Snack: trail mix, chocolate with caramel
Hobby: baking, decorating cakes and making flower arrangements
Children’s Book: Good Night Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Napping House, There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a …Series…I can’t pick just one! 😊
We are lucky to have Ms. Kaori and Ms. Charmaine to help in our classroom each day!
Ms. Kaori is originally from Japan, but has lived in Colorado Springs for last 24 years. She is excited to join the Taylor preschool team as her son (who is now 13 years old) had two great years in the D11 preschool program. The program gave him a solid foundation for life skills and a love of learning. She is honored to serve our students during such precious years of life alongside Mrs. Amber and Ms. Charmaine. She likes to have fun with each student and help them gain self-confidence and independence.
Ms. Kaori is married and has one son. She loves to spending time with her family, hiking and cooking. She previously assisted students in the K-5 special education program at Taylor and taught art at the elementary school level.
Color: yellow-green, green, blue
Store: Kohls, Ross
Snack: chocolate, nuts, chips
Hobby: reading books
Children’s Book: Swimmy by: Leo Lionni and Chinese Five Brothers by: Claire Huchet Bishop and books by Ronald Dahl
Ms. Charmaine is originally from Jamaica and has lived in Colorado Springs for the past 3 years. She is excited to join the preschool team as she enjoys supporting children at this stage of learning. She feels this learning and supporting them at different developmental levels is important to a child’s future. She is excited to see the growth in our students this year.
Ms. Charmaine is the mother of two children, a boy and a girl. She is also the grandmother of one beautiful almost one year old baby girl. She was an elementary teacher back in Jamaica for 10 years and is also a registered Medical Assistant.
Children’s Book: Are you my Mother? By: P.D. Eastman