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Co - Ow​ner and Director :

Ashley Henshaw 

"I am passionate about childcare, and early childhood education. I believe strongly in the need for quality care, especially in the most crucial stages of a child’s development. I strive to support and advocate for, families, children, and educators. I strongly believe in incorporating a homey, fun, and safe feel in a centered atmosphere, and I love getting to know the families of our enrolled children, because family partnerships are so valuable to children’s growth and development!

I am a proud mom to 2 boys (Noah and Elliot) and 1 girl (Scarlett), and have been married to my husband, Grant, since 2007. I have 3 dogs, and I just love spending time with my family. We love going hiking, camping, and having family movie or game nights. I'm also a die-hard Minnesota Vikings fan, SKOL!

There are TWO Ashley H's around here, so I go by Ash ;)”

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Co - Director :


"I have always loved working with children, and I have been working in the ECE field since 1999. I started working at this center in 2005. I worked as the lead teacher in the Clever Coyotes classroom from 2006 until 2020, when I became director qualified and joined Ashley as the co-director. I have taken professional courses on various child development topics, managing teams, supporting families, and family engagement- and I plan to take many more!

As I immerse myself more and more in the administrative side of child care, I am finding that I become more conscious of the needs of children, and their families, and want to continue to ensure that our program runs with these needs in mind!

I believe that children need love and challenges, and consistency as well. I love to interact with children and their families. Stepping Stones is my home, as I essentially grew up here, and I am committed to supporting the staff, program, and families!"

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Co Owner/Enrichment Activities Coordinator:


My name is Meredith (or Ms. Mer) and I am Co-Owner of SSLC as well as the Enrichment Activities Coordinator. I grew up in Texas and graduated from Rice University in Houston. I came to Colorado in 1993 to get my master's at CU Boulder and I have lived her ever since.

I taught French at CU and at Colorado Mountain College, but I always wanted the opportunity to introduce younger children to language learning. I'm so excited to be offering French classes to owls and Raccoons, as well as Music, and American Sign Language, and Nature Study to all of our classes. I live in Denver with my partner Meg. We have 3 dogs, a very good German Shorthair Pointer, and two extremely naughty pugs. When were not hanging out with the kids or walking the dogs, we like traveling, reading, cooking, and gardening. 

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Assistant Director (Bunnies Co Teacher):


"Hi my name is Brandi, and I am the assistant director and Bunnies co-teacher. I have been in child care for more than six years. I started working in child care because my aunt Dawn has been in ECE since before I was born, and she works here at Stepping Stones Learning Center. I love supporting and training teachers, interacting with the children, and watching the children grow and be independent.

I grew up here in Littleton, and graduated from Columbine High School. In my free time, I love to read, listen to music, and be around family and friends. In the summertime I enjoy going camping, fishing, and swimming. I have one dog, Dakota, five years old. She's beagle mixed with a dachshund."

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Staff Coach:


My name is Lyndsey, and I am the Staff Coach for the Stepping Stones Teaching Team. I spent my first year leading and revamping our preschool classroom, the Wise Owls. During that time, I discovered a passion for professional development, training, and more importantly enhancing my skill sets in the classroom. This passion is something that I wanted to share with our team and I am thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to support, empower, train, and work alongside our amazing teachers here at Stepping Stones.

I am also a wife, mother, and a Colorado native. I love spending time with and going on adventures with my family. I grew up swimming competitively and swam for Colorado State University during my time in college. The first part of my adult life I spent traveling the world and serving in the US Navy as a Master at Arms. I have two sons, Tommy who is 5 years old and Zachary who is 1 year old. When I am not busy loving on my babies, I enjoy listening to true crime podcasts. 

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Infant Nursery Supervisor :


  • Hi my name is Christine I go by Chris and I am the infant nursery supervisor. I have been married to my husband Owen for 21 years. I have 2 beautiful daughters Savanna and McKenzi. I have had the privilege of working with both of my daughters. I have been working with children for over 25 years. I am an avid dog lover. I have a blue heeler mix which keeps us very busy. I enjoy watching children grow and become independent. I love working with the infants and seeing all the changes they go through and helping them become independent children.

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Brave Bears Co Lead Teacher :


"Hello, my name is Jamie Cliburn, and I am native of Lakewood, Co. I graduated from Alameda Senior High School. I have been happily married to my husband Shawn for 11 years, and I have 2 beautiful children: Zack who is 9, and Cheyenne who is 4.

I have close to 20 years of experience in the child care industry, with all ages from infant to school age. My favorite age to work with is infants and toddlers since they go through so many stages in such a short period of time.

In my spare time I enjoy being with my family. We enjoy going camping, car shows etc. I look forward to meeting you."

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Afternoon Co Teacher for Bears:

Lindsey (Bunny)

Hi! My name is Bunny, I am 21 years old. I’ve been in childcare for 3 years now, and plan to go to college for child development as well. I’m also a proud stepmom to a wonderful 5 year old! I absolutely adore all age groups, and I must say that infants have my heart! It’s an honor to take care of your babies, thank you so much for trusting me!

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Foxes Lead Teacher:

​ Kristine 

Hello, my name is Miss Kristine, and I am the lead teacher in the friendly foxes room. A little about me, I was born and raised in Colorado with my older brother. I have an amazing daughter who is 6 years old and makes every day so much fun. I am obsessed with Disney, especially Lilo and Stitch, Hocus Pocus and my all-time favorite Beauty and the Beast.

I began my childcare career working with school age children doing summer camps for 4–5-year old's and continuing onto before and after school care working with K-6 grader for almost 2 years. I took some time away to explore a job as a veterinary technician, and I loved every second of it, but something kept pulling me back to childcare. I decided to return to childcare but with a new interest in the infant classroom. I love nurturing the little ones, helping them reach milestones, and watching them explore the world around them. 

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Hedgehog's Lead Teacher :


I wanted to introduce myself, my name is Miss Brittany! I am the lead teacher in your child's class! I am 33 years old, I recently got married, I have two young school agers, a husky German Shepard, and a Sheba. I love spending time with my family and being outdoors. Summer and fall are my favorite seasons and Halloween is my favorite holiday! I started my ECE career as a 2-year-old teacher but after taking my Pyramid Plus Approach training earlier this year, I realized that my passion is creating a warm, child-centered environment for young toddlers when they are in the middle of so many changes and transitions. I am currently in the middle of a course geared specifically towards infants and toddlers and am excited to apply even more strategies to ensure that my classroom gives these littles all they need to feel happy, confrontable, and ready to have fun and learn. I love being able to watch them grow and learn new things! I can't wait to get to know all of you and your child!

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Hedgehogs Co- Teacher :


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Hi my name is Miss Kennedy, I am the hedgehog’s co-teacher! I have been around little ones since I can remember, and I love being able to see all of the amazing things they can learn and accomplish.

I have lived in Littleton for about 10 years, and I graduated from Columbine High School. In my free time , I like watching movies with my family, reading , and hanging out with my friends. I absolutely love Harry Potter and Disney. My favorite holiday is Christmas, and in general winter time. It makes me so happy seeing all the lights and snow!

I’m so grateful and excited to meet all of you and get to know your children even better and watch them grow!

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Bunnies Lead Teacher :


"My name is Dawn, and I am the lead teacher in the Brilliant Bunnies classroom. I have worked in early childhood education for over 30 years, and have experience with all ages! Despite working with children younger and older than toddlers, I always end up back with this age group because I love to see how excited they get when they learn something new!

I have lived in Colorado all of my life, but love to visit other regions, and would like to eventually spend more time traveling. I am a proud aunt to 2 nephews, and 3 nieces, and enjoy being very close to them (one of my nieces is the assistant director here, and my co-teacher!)! For fun, I love spending time with my family, taking family vacations, watching movies, reading good mysteries, and playing ball with my dog!"

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Bunnie's Co Teacher/ Float:


My name is Margie. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I came to Colorado 8 years ago and I enjoy being here. I float around SSLC. I enjoy seeing every kiddo that attends here. I am a grandma of 9 children. I am an animated, silly, and a fun New Yorker. I have never lost my accent or my attitude. I love to cook and hang out with my family.

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Bunnie's Aide/Float:


Hi! My name is Alyson Kretzschmar and I have been working at Stepping Stones since the beginning of September 2021. I love that I am able to work with kids while also being in my senior year of highschool. I also enjoy that I am able to have an impact on the lives of the kids that I work with. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, spending time with friends, going to the mountains, and traveling. I also love going to concerts with my friends. I am a Colorado native but I love visiting different places!

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Squirrel's Lead Teacher:


Hi Squirrel Family! I’m Miss Kim and I’m the lead teacher for the Squirrels. I have been in childcare for almost 3 years. I enjoy teaching this age group because they absorb everything you teach and say to them. I love when the kids become mocking birds and repeat everything. Here’s a little bit about myself. I have been married for 23 years and have 3 children. I have 2 grandkids and another one on the way. I enjoy painting ceramics and hanging out with my family. My favorite sport is hockey and of course my favorite team is the Colorado Avalanche. I have 3 dogs and a grand dog. I’m looking forward to teaching your child and also learn from you child

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Squirrel's Co Teacher:


Hi everyone! My name is Katya, but I go by Miss Kat. I am the co-teacher for the Squirrels! Although I am new to childcare, it took me no time at all to fall in love with the work I am doing here. I look at this position as a way to do something worthwhile by making a positive impact on those I care for. I am currently in real estate school as well; and look forward to having skills in multiple fields. I grew up in Indiana but moved out to Colorado in July of 2021. I felt a draw to the people, environment, and lifestyle. I came here on my own with my dog, an 11-year-old rescue golden retriever mix, Skye. She has been with me since she was 3 months old. She is still very active and we love to experience all of the wonders of this beautiful state. We love exploring the mountains, hiking, camping, and paddle-boarding. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you!

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Cow's Lead Teacher/ Family Relations Manager:


Hi, my name is Allison, but my nickname is Al, I am the lead teacher in the cow's room. I have two kiddos of my own Charlie who is 5 and Lily is 3. We have a cat named Cowboy. I grew up in Colorado and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. I love music, cooking, and going out with family and friends! I have always loved taking care of children and have taken advanced classes to perfect my teaching abilities to be the best teacher I can for every child and master the skills of toddlerhood. I love to see how excited they get when they learn something new. They all give the best hugs and the most contagious laughs.

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Cow's Co Teacher:


My name is McKenna Brumley and I'm a 24-year-old Colorado native. I grew up in Telluride, where I enjoyed the outdoors, skiing, and volleyball, softball and so much more. I had my first preschool job there and learned how much I loved working kiddos; their energy is unmatched, and their adventurous spirit always keeps me on my toes. I got my bachelor's degree in arts in Phycology and Child Development at San Diego State, where I learned how a child grows and excels in life. I believe that all kid's deserve an insurmountable amount of love and affection, and in doing so, we, as caregivers can get that in return!

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Panda's Lead Teacher :

Ashely ( Miss Honey ) 

Hi there! My name is Ashley Romero (I also go by Mrs. Honey!) and I'm the Pandas lead preschool teacher and also support staff manager. I'm a Colorado native and was raised in Denver. I'm married to my astonishingly marvelous husband Nick, and together we have the most amazing 8 year old son, Greycen! When I'm not spending all of my time with my family, I enjoy reading/collecting books, hitting the gym, and playing video games! (The Legend of Zelda series are my absolute favorite!). I currently have my CDA (Child Development Associates) and am always taking small classes to ensure I can be the best teacher all young minds and hearts deserve! My passion for children drive my philosophy for a healthy, safe, and fun learning environment :)

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Panda's Co Teacher:


Hi, I'm Marissa Demos and I am 22 years old, and I love being a Co-teacher in the Pandas room! I have always had a love for childcare. I worked as a nanny to two families for almost 3 years before joining SSLC and I loved every single day of it. I am also currently taking classes to further my education in childcare and be the best teacher the kiddos deserve. Outside of work, I love to spend time with family. I have a passion for writing, and I love to read books. I am a huge Disney fan, and I also love to play video games, go to arcades, and see movies. I am so happy to be apart of the amzing team!

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Pre K Lead Teacher:


Hi, my name is Anyssa Gunderson. I am the lead teacher of the Owl’s classroom. I am delighted to have started working with children since the beginning of 2022. I have a passion for teaching this age group because it’s full of different types of children who basically just want to have fun (and give hugs). I DO TOO! Everyday with the children is exciting and they spark my creativeness.

During my free time, I am all about my family. We are super close. I grew up as a sibling of five, I am the older sister! I have been living with my two brothers and loving it…💙 and my very active two dogs. Playing games has been a big influence in my life. It seems only fitting that I can incorporate learning into a variety of games for these kiddos!

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Administrative Specialist:


Hello! My name’s Sydney! I have been at Stepping Stones Learning Center for the past two years. Working here has given me a stronger passion for childcare, and I became lead qualified in April 2022. I am the closing manager on Thursdays and Fridays, along with doing administrative work and helping out in classrooms. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies and anime, listening to music, creating art like drawing and painting (along with the occasional tattoo), and hanging out with my boyfriend, Eli! I’ve lived in Colorado my whole life, and love to ski when I have the ability and go on hikes. I also have a cat who I spoil, and a huge fish tank with goldfish.

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I’m Miss Zana and I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with our various age groups at the center. I absolutely LOVE working with the kids at such exciting stages of life where they are in such important stages in development. I worked as a hairstylist for a few years before finding my way to early childhood education, and I’ve never been happier in a job. Prior to hairstyling, I was working towards a degree in elementary education, but now I’ve just fallen in love with early childhood care. There is nothing more fulfilling than working with these little guys, and there’s never a day that goes by without them making me laugh. I am so glad that I get to be teaching them as their curiosity about the world around them grows. I adore working with these kids, and it means the world to me to have parents trust me to care for their children. I strive to constantly create a safe, engaging, and fun learning environment for the kids.

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Hi, my name is McKenzi but my nickname is Kenzi. I am 17 years old and a senior in high school and plan to attend college in the fall of 2023. I work after school and am fortunate enough to float from room to room getting to know all of the kids. My favorite season is fall because I love the changing of the colors. I have an older sister who you may know, Savanna, and my mom Chris who is the Infant Nursery Supervisor. My dad Owen is a facility engineer. I am a lover of dogs and have a blue heeler mix named Patches at home. I have come to realize that I love working with children and also want to go into the medical field. If you happen to see me in the hallway stop me and say hi!

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Hello my name is Bryn I’m a Colorado native and have lived the Littleton area my whole life. I have been

very interested in Early Childhood education my entire life. I have I’ve always been interested in getting

into the early childhood education profession to see how I could help and encourage children who might

be struggling or even the children in the classroom who may not struggle. To help them grow and

develop in a positive manner that will help them during their early childhood and thereafter. To help the

children realize that I am here to teach them and help them grow into successful people in society. I

started taking classes in early childhood education right after high school and that really helped me

understand the growth and development of young children and what it really takes to be successful in

this field. I did take a little hiatus from the early childhood education field to explore different things.

But I came back to early childhood education because it’s a really big passion of mine. I am really excited

to be a part of Stepping Stones team.

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