Staff

Our Teachers

Our teachers model positive behavior and set good examples for the children to follow. All of the teachers have training in Early Childhood Education and are first aid and CPR certified. The programs at Active Boulder Kids encourage social and emotional growth through the philosophy that each child is unique and has individual developmental needs, styles, and differences. Teachers focus on each child as an individual and encourage every child to learn at their own pace with customized activities and projects.

Kristen Argow Heaton
Director and Lead Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Director’s Certificate Early Childhood Education

Completion Certificate from State of Colorado: 30 semester hours in Early Childhood Development, Curriculum, Guidance, Heath/Nutrition/Safety, and Humans Relations

Certificates of Completion from CDE, Naropa University, and BVSD in: Integrating and Using Assessment Information in Curriculum Planning; Anti-Bias Curriculum;

Kristen Argow Heaton lives in Boulder County with her husband and 2 sons (Both Active Kids!). She is passionate about Early Childhood Education and is active in the ECE community. Kristen was born and raised in Virginia. After college, she worked in office management in the Washington DC area. In 2004 Kristen followed her dream of moving to the beautiful state of Colorado and working with young children. While earning her Early Childhood Education Director’s Certificate, she was a lead preschool teacher and then a nanny. For the year prior to starting Active Boulder Kids (2007-08) Kristen served as the Primary SAC (School Age Children) Supervisor for Boulder Valley School District at Community Montessori Elementary School. She was also the lead CPKP (Colorado Preschool Kindergarten Program) teacher for the spring semester at YWCA’s Children Alley. Kristen has been Director of Active Boulder Kids since 2008.

2012-2013 Past President of the Board for the Boulder County District Group of the AEYC
(Association for the Education of Young Children)

2011-2012 President of the Board for the Boulder County District Group of the AEYC

2010-2011 Treasurer and President Elect of the Board for the Boulder County District Group of the AEYC

2008-2009 BCAEYC Board Member: Treasurer

(Boulder County District Group of the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children)

Comprehensive Member of CAEYC (Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children)

NAEYC Member (National Association for Education of Young Children)

Association for Early Childhood Education Member

CPR/First Aid, Universal Precautions and Medicine Administration Certified

Jillian Rosenfeld
Tolder Room Lead

Bachelor of Art, CU Boulder – Psychology

Child Development Associate, Infant Toddler, National Credentialing Program

Jillian Rosenfeld has been involved in private and organized childcare for almost 15 years. She graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in Psychology and has since come to call Colorado home! She loves children of all ages, but feels a special connection with infants and toddlers and has experience as a swim instructor, lifeguard, and EMT. She is thrilled to be part of the team at Active Louisville Kids and loves getting to know the special kids in the Toddler Room.

Katie Oaks
Music

Katie is a music teacher with over a decade of experience. She has a Bachelor’s of Music Education and a Bachelor’s of Music Performance, specializing on the pipe organ, from Middle Tennessee State University. She holds licenses for instrumental, vocal, and general music, grades kindergarten through twelve. She has also done post-baccalaureate professional work in early childhood and geriatric music. She began teaching professionally in 2002 in studios and schools in Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In addition to teaching privately, Katie also taught elementary and preschool music and middle school band in the public school system.

After moving to Asheville, North Carolina, Katie continued to expand her music education experience within private, public, and charter schools. She has taught private lessons to students of all ages, general music in elementary and middle schools, led and accompanied choirs, founded and conducted instrumental band programs, directed and arranged musicals, and wrote nationally published arts-based integrated curriculum. She retired from public schools in 2013 and worked for the Asheville Music School teaching private lessons and classes, serving as secretary on the Board of Directors, directing summer camps, performing in outreach programs, and leading the non-profit organization as the Scholarship Manager. Katie also was a Resident Teaching Artist for the internationally recognized LEAF Schools and Streets program. She was a co-director for a student jazz band that performed all over the southeast, including several shows with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Katie relocated to Colorado in 2016, and currently teaches at Parlando School of Musical Arts in Boulder and Swallow Hill Music School in Denver. She teaches private lessons, groups classes, and early childhood music classes. Additionally, she has taught assemblies and short-term residencies in Denver-area preschools, written early childhood curriculum, and served as a professional development presenter for Qualistar CO, an early childhood resource for educators.

Our Friends

Our teachers model positive behavior and set good examples for the children to follow. All of the teachers have training in Early Childhood Education and are first aid and CPR certified. The programs at Active Boulder Kids encourage social and emotional growth through the philosophy that each child is unique and has individual developmental needs, styles, and differences. Teachers focus on each child as an individual and encourage every child to learn at their own pace with customized activities and projects.

Mr. Scott the Music Man

Scott Medina

Every Thursdsay morning, all year, Mr. Scott (Medina) comes in with his childlike sense of humor instruments and puppets. The kids love to sing, dance and anxiously wait to see what puppet will emerge from the Magic Music Bag to gobble up the instruments.

Mr. Scott the Music Man has been bringing is lively music classes to thousands of preschoolers for the past dozen years. Mr. Scott’s focus is on making music fun and accessible to new generations, while incorporating teaching concepts of colors, numbers, the alphabet and much more.

With his Magic Music Bag filled with instruments and puppet friends, you never know what will come next, but a healthy dose of active interaction and silliness is a sure bet! Mr. Scott offers a professionally filmed hour-long DVD concert which receives heavy rotation in many youngster’s homes; let him know if you’re interested in a copy or in a musical birthday experience the kids will long remember!

Camri McVoy

Yoga

Camri began practicing yoga over 18 years ago. She enjoys sharing her love of yoga with kids of all ages. She believes that everyone can benefit from yoga’s wonderful tools of mindfulness, relaxation, and emotional regulation.

Camri has the following certifications:
– 95 hour Children’s Specialty Yoga
– Baby & Toddler Yoga
– Chair Yoga
– 200 hour Yoga Teacher

Camri’s Website

Alison Iwaskow

Spanish 360

My love for the Spanish language and culture began in college, studying abroad in Spain.  During my two years in Spain, I realized how passionate I was about language and experiencing new cultures.

After graduating, I entered the profession of teaching, starting as an assistant and a substitute teacher.  Then, I began teaching high school Spanish in Asheville, NC, and did so for 8 years.

I moved to the Boulder area five years ago and decided to start a business focused on teaching younger kids Spanish,  while continuing to work with older students as a tutor. The mix of ages and subject matter is so enjoyable and rewarding.

My teaching style is eclectic as I use many different strategies and methods, honoring the various needs and learning styles of my students.  Both my classes and private sessions quickly transition between traditional note taking, songs, and games.  I love to have fun with my students and I am also a grammarian who believes learning the proper way of writing and speaking Spanish is important.

An eternal student of the language myself, I am always learning.  My travels to Spanish speaking countries teach me a lot and keep my Spanish evolving.  I have spent time in Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and in Spain.

Seventeen years of teaching experience coupled with many years of Spanish language study mean that not only do I know the Spanish language well, but that I also know how to effectively teach it.  The student who loves Spanish, as well as the student who struggles with the language, are equally inspiring to me.  I have taught thousands of kids, with various strengths, interests, and abilities – I love my students and I know how their minds work!

Spanish 360 Degrees