For our schedule, descriptions of our classes and information on our staff, click on the tabs below

Day School Schedule

August - June

Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Extended Care 7:45 AM - 5:30 PM

 

Summer Program

June - August

(Closed the week of July 4, and 1 week before the start of the fall school term)

Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Extended Care 7:45 AM - 5:30 PM

Summer camp works on the same schedule as school, but provides more theme-based arts & crafts and outdoor play.

Day School Classes

Bears

12 – 24 Months
1:5 or 2:6 ratio with a maximum of 6 children

Raccoons

18-24 months

1:5 or 2:6 ratio with a maximum of 6 children

Owls

24-36 months

1:7 ratio with a maximum of 7 children

Eagles

24-36 months
1:7 ratio with a maximum of 7 children

Explorers

3 – 4 Year Olds
1:10 ratio with a maximum of 10 children

Pre – K

4 – 5 Year Olds
1:12 or 2:13 ratio, with a maximum of 13 children

 

Assessments are administered to Pre-K in September to determine a baseline with which to tailor our curriculum, and again in the spring to highlight each child's progress. Parent-teacher conferences follow the spring assessments.

 

 

Our Staff

 

Our teachers meet all requirements set forth by the Colorado Department of Human Services and collectively bring decades of experience in Early Childhood Education. Our Directors are licensed by the State of Colorado and our on site Registered Nurse specialized in Pediatrics. Our School Board consists of community leaders and actively supports our staff. We are proud of the quality, enthusiasm, warmth and creativity of our team.


 

Our Teachers

 

Janet Reznik, Executive Director

Janet moved to Evergreen from Dallas, Texas over a decade ago with her family.  Janet has a B.A. degree from Texas Tech University and an M.A. degree from the University of Houston.  She began her career as a Physiologist and worked for NASA doing research involving the cardiovascular effects of exercise in zero gravity.  Janet then spent 8 years working for the Texas Heart Group. Her duties included: Cardiac Cath Lab, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Patient Educator. Janet became interested in Early Childhood Education after working as a substitute teacher in her daughters' preschool. She earned her EC Lead Teacher and Director’s Certificates and helped start EDSE. Over her nearly 20 years in the Early Childhood field, she has taught every age group in the preschool setting. Janet enjoys mountain biking, hiking, water skiing and snow skiing.

 

 

 

Kris Ciancia, Billing Administrator

Kris was born in Buffalo, New York and moved to Evergreen at age 11.  She attended Metro State College of Denver and has a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Professional Studies.  She began with EDSE as a teacher and is now our wonderful Billing Administrator.  Kris has three children and is married to Larry, whom she has known since childhood.  She lives a very exciting life, mixing and mingling with rock stars; this is due to the fact that her husband works in the music business.  When asked what Kris enjoys doing the most…. she will tell you it is not camping.  She enjoys the life of luxury, preferring to vacation at a five star resort; preferably on a beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Ford, Assistant Director/ Lead Teacher

Liz started at EDSE in 2013 as Assistant Director and has also taught Specials and Pre-K. She grew up in Cincinnati, but finally settled in Colorado. She earned her BA from Duke, an MBA from the University of San Diego, and completed her Music Education certification work at the University of Miami School of Music. Liz taught music in schools in Miami for five years. After having three children, Liz moved out west to Taos, NM and started an indoor play center for children. She moved to Evergreen in 2012 and her kids attend Wilmot Elementary and Evergreen Middle School. She earned her EC Lead Teacher and Director Certificates from the State of Colorado while teaching in Littleton, and then came to EDSE. Liz has fallen for the mountains and enjoys skiing, hiking, singing and playing guitar at local venues, watching soccer, and concerts at Red Rocks.

 

 

 

 

 

Justine Swiatek, Lead Teacher

Justine is from Laramie, Wyoming. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in women's studies from the University of Wyoming and has been an Early Childhood Education teacher for the past five years. What she enjoys most about early education is the rapid development that occurs over a school year. It makes every day an adventure!

Justine loves the Rocky Mountains. She and her husband Moe love to travel and experience local cuisine, and they enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities with their two dogs. They spend time hiking, bicycling and working in the yard. They also cross country ski and snowshoe, and in 2015 welcomed their first child, Suzanne Quinn!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anissa Szentivanyi, Lead Teacher

Anissa is from Massachusetts originally, but moved to Evergreen from West Lafayette, Indiana. She received her Bachelor degree in Secondary Education from Purdue University, and worked in the education field for two years before taking a hiatus to start her family. She earned her Early Childhood Lead Teacher Certificate from the State of Colorado and has been teaching preschool since 2013. Anissa enjoys lots of outdoor activities; in particular she enjoys hiking and going to concerts at Evergreen Lake with her husband Steve and their two children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelley Black, Lead Teacher

Shelley was born and raised in Colorado, and received a BA degree in Russian Language, Literature and Area Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She worked for five years in Washington DC as Press Secretary for the US Representative for Boulder and Jefferson Counties, and then for 16 years at IBM Corporation in various capacities including Marketing and Systems Engineering. While at IBM she met and married a co-worker, David Black, with whom she has two children, Devin and Colleen. In 1993, Shelley left IBM to pursue her dream of becoming an Interior Designer, achieving an Associates Degree in Applied Science from ACC, and has owned a successful interior design firm for 20 years. Already in residence in Evergreen and a member of the Church of the Transfiguration, she helped Janet Reznik start EDSE in 2004 and has been a behind-the-scenes contributor to the program ever since. Having spent many years in the tech industry educating others, Shelley decided to build on her joy of teaching by obtaining her certificate for Early Childhood Lead Teacher through RRCC, and now works intimately with the school both in the classrooms and in the office.

 

 

 

Kelsey Cox, Lead Teacher

Kelsey Cox returned to Evergreen, CO in 2013 after living in Austin, TX for 5 years. Kelsey completed Early Childhood Lead Teacher certificate from Red Rocks Community College. She began her work in Early Childhood when her mother, Cathey suggested she get a job as a classroom aide. After that she loved the excitement of teaching and found it extremely rewarding. She is attending Metro State University to further her degree in education. Kelsey likes to spend her free time painting, playing the piano, snowboarding, and hiking with her friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cathey Cox, Lead Teacher

Cathey was destined to a life of moving a lot as a child, but spent much of her time in Colorado, since her grandparents lived here.  She fell in love with Colorado when she was very young, and vowed that one day she would return, and stay forever.  So after she graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1990, that’s what she did.  She has settled in the Evergreen area within the last three years, and loves it here.  She loves the wildlife, the outdoor activities, and now she is loving her job teaching at the Episcopal Day School of Evergreen.  Her degree is in Elementary Education, and she also has a Math minor and an English minor.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Chado, Lead Teacher and Summer Camp Director

Rachel began working at EDSE in 2014 as our Summer Camp Director. We are happy to now have her teaching full time in the classroom. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She has had a passion for working with children for as long as she can remember, and is so excited to pursue a career in this field. When she is not in a classroom, you can find her outside enjoying the amazing Colorado weather. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carly Badger, Lead Teacher

Carly grew up in Evergreen, Colorado and she enjoys hiking, camping and most of all working with children! She has a passion for working with children to help them grow across all areas of development and flourish as happy, capable people. She took her passion for children and love of teaching to Colorado State University where she earned her degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Carly is so excited to be working as a Preschool Teacher for EDSE! She is looking forward to helping her students take an active role in their learning process as they work together to learn, grow and explore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stefanie Hoffman, Lead Teacher

Stefanie is excited to be part of the teaching staff at EDSE. She has been a Colorado resident for more than 20 years and recently moved to Evergreen. She has worked as a Lead Teacher in Early Childhood Education since 2006. She has always enjoyed teaching children of all ages. As a mother, she feels it is important to watch and assist children as they grow and transition to more challenging learning environments. Along with her passion for early childhood development, she also enjoys crafting, hiking, decorating, and spending time with her daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerri Avery, BSN, RN, Nurse

Jerri is a Registered Nurse who has worked in Pediatrics in hospitals, Home Health Care and now as EDSE's Nurse Consultant. A Texas native, she earned her BSN at the University of Texas, and then worked at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas where she provided nursing care for children and educated families on post-hospital care and safety and nutritional needs. When the Rocky Mountains called, Jerri moved to Colorado and met and married another Texas transplant, Mike Avery; they now have two beautiful children. Jerri worked for 14 years providing home health care for the first ventilator-dependent child released from Children’s Hospital. Jerri is the full time Nurse Consultant for EDSE. In her free time, Jerri loves to go birding and hiking with her daughter, playing games and videos with her son.