Gretchen Brogan
KindiePrep Director, Lincoln Meadows
Gretchen is the Director of the AA KindiePrep program, which is offered at our Parker Campus. Gretchen grew up in the Buffalo, NY, area where she obtained a Bachelor degree in Sociology and Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Brockport. Before moving to Colorado, Gretchen worked with children in grades K-6 in the North Syracuse New York school system. Since moving to Colorado, Gretchen has found that preschoolers are her passion. For the past 20 years, she has worked in the early childhood field as a preschool teacher and a supervisor of a large preschool facility. Gretchen enjoys helping children become excited about learning at the preschool level and building a strong social and academic foundation.
Sarah Byrne
KindiePrep Instructor, Parker
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colorado State University and my Master of Arts in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Later I received my Elementary Education certificate from Arizona State University. I have been fortunate to live in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico with Colorado being my home state. I have two grown boys who are the light of my life along with my wonderful husband, Bernie. I love to garden and have a passion for designing floral and vegetable beds. I have enjoyed many years of teaching and I am thrilled to be a part of the KindiePrep team at American Academy.
Tannille Campbell
KindiePrep Teacher Assistant, Parker
I was born and raised in Oklahoma. I am currently attending Colorado Christian University for my bachelors in Early Childhood Theory. I have been married for sixteen years and have three children, two boys and one girl. In my free time I like spending time with my family.
Nancy Emerson
KindiePrep Assistant Director, Lincoln Meadows
Originally from Nebraska, I attended the University of Nebraska (Kearney) until 1990 when I moved to Denver. I have worked as both a preschool director and teacher for many years and feel passionate about working with our youngest learners. Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with my three very active daughters, kickboxing and traveling. I am excited to be a part of the American Academy team!
Liz Glick
KindiePrep Assistant Director, Motsenbocker
Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Colorado 10 years ago and decided to call it home. I attended the University of Wisconsin (Marshfield), and was majoring in English when I decided to get into the medical field. I pursued the path of medicine for a while, but then three years ago decided to make my final moved to education. I have taught for the last three years and enjoy it very much. I have an amazing husband and two beautiful girls.
Morgan Hengsteler
KindiePrep Teacher Assistant, Parker
I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and minor in Criminal Justice. My passion for teaching children about the world around us and helping them expand their minds has led me down this path to a field in education. I have a twin sister who lives in Los Angeles and a younger brother who is getting ready to start college. I am excited to be working at American Academy where my brother was one of the initial enrollees attending elementary school through middle school. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family and friends, watch the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Broncos, and dog sit for friends and family.
Katie Herman
KindiePrep Instructor, Parker
I graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, with a BA degree in Elementary Education, with an English as a Second Language endorsement. After I graduated, I taught at a private school in Korea for a year in an English immersion program for preschoolers. Although my degree is in Elementary Education, I have largely worked with preschool students in my career and have found a happy home for my skills in KindiePrep. A Colorado native from Highlands Ranch, I can’t get enough of our beautiful state. I have a 4 year old son and an almost 1 year old daughter, whom I absolutely adore. I love spending time with my family and the Broncos!
Kristin Hicks
KindiePrep Teacher Assistant, Parker
I graduated from Metro State in Denver with a B.A. in Human Performance and Sport. I have been working with children both on the soccer field and in the classroom for over 22 years. In my spare time I love cooking, photography and reading. I love spending time with my friends and family and I love spoiling all my nieces and nephews. I’m thrilled to be a part of KindiePrep here at American Academy!
Stephanie McCoy
KindiePrep Instructor, Parker
I am a Colorado native and grew up in Aurora. My family and I moved to parker in 1994 when it was still a relatively small town. After working in the dental field for a few years, I decided to follow my passion and begun working with children. I have over 16 years’ experience working primarily with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. Children are impressionable, so being a part of their guidance, accomplishments, growth and success offers me great joy. I am happily married to my husband Jeff of 23 years and have two great children, Mike and Briana. I enjoy outdoor activities, camping, hiking, and spending time with my family.
Karen Paez
KindiePrep Instructor, Parker
I have had the privilege of living all over the United States and have been able to call Colorado home for many years now with my family. I graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education. I have been teaching for almost 20 years. Teaching is my passion and an absolute joy. When I am not in the classroom I am busy being a mom of two teenagers. Together my husband, kids, and I enjoy going to concerts, travel, watching movies, taking hikes, playing board games, and rooting for the Red Sox and Broncos! Life is good.
Jenifer Warda
KindiePrep Instructor, Parker
I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in English as a Second Language. I grew up in Parker, CO, and am so proud of our state. I love to play tennis during my spare time. Most of my family lives in Colorado and we enjoy camping and hiking up the beautiful Rocky Mountains all season long! I'm a huge Denver Broncos fan and cheer them on at every game. I love to travel all over and have been blessed to see so much.
Christine Wiese
KindiePrep Instructor, Parker
Mikki Woods
KindiePrep Instructor, Parker
I am a Colorado native and grew up in Castle Rock. I moved away for a brief time to go to Colorado State University where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication. After working various jobs, I decided to pursue what I had always known I wanted to do. I received my Master of Arts in Elementary Education and have been teaching since then. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband of eight years, my family, and my friends. Cooking, reading, doing crafts, travelling and watching football are just a few of my favorite things to do. Summer is my favorite season and you can find me swimming, camping, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors!