Our Staff

We are proud to have a staff that is dedicated to Early Childhood Education and safety.
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Kelly Beal 
Director/Owner

Kelly moved to the valley in 2009 from New Jersey. She has a degree in elementary education and sociology, married to a Colorado native with whom she has a daughter, and has been a director of early education in the valley for 8+ years. Kelly enjoys the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
 
Dustin Springstead
Director/Owner
Dustin is originally from New Jersey and has known Kelly Beal since both were in high school. She has lived in the valley for 10 years and has a two year old daughter who also attends Honey Tree. Dustin enjoys being outdoors and being active with her family and two dogs.
 
Helen Hebert 
Director
Helen is originally from Louisiana and has been working with children for 10+ years. She graduated with an English Literature degree in 2009, has earned an elementary education certification, and also has experience as a behavioral therapist. Helen enjoys reading, swimming, traveling, and being outside in sunny weather. Her absolute favorite is being outside for live music and fun with friends.
Flor Moscoso
Assistant Teacher
Pre-K A

Flor has been a great addition to the Honey Tree team and works hard in our Pre-K B classroom, with the oldest kiddos. She is another teacher originally from the Roaring Fork Valley and started on our team this fall. Flor is our resident animal lover and enjoys long hikes with her puppies and eating pizza and Chinese food.
Angelica Hernandez 
Lead Teacher
Toddler 1

Angelica has been with Honey Tree for a few years now and is our Mother Goose of the Toddler 1 room. Out of all of our teachers, Ms. Angelica is the most colorful dresser and enjoys wearing big, fun accessories and considers it part of her fun personality. She loves working with the youngest children the most and being a part of the Honey Tree team!
Melissa Dominguez
Assistant Teacher
Toddler 1

Melissa is originally from El Salvador and has been in the valley for a few years. She has been at Honey Tree for 1 year and absolutely loves working with the smallest kids at school. Melissa has twin boys and she enjoys music and visiting the beach when she can!
Yazbeth Ortega
Lead Teacher
Toddler 2

Yazbeth was born in Orange County, CA and moved to Guanajuato, Mexico at a very early age where she was raised by her mother. She eventually moved to CO in 2013 and has been a teacher in early childhood for over 2 years. Yazbeth has a love for young children and actually has two of her very own. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing and spending time with them.

 
Katherine Sanchez
Lead Teacher
Preschool

Katherine was born and raised here in Colorado and graduated from Basalt High School. She comes from a big family surrounded by kids so working in a preschool environment is perfect and natural for her! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and watching her baby daughter grow.

 
Yulissa Ramirez
Lead Teacher
Pre-K B

Yulissa is another teacher born and raised in the valley and she has always admired the peace and beauty of it. Yulissa has a little girl and loves being a mom and she brings that love and care to the kids in her class. In her spare time, she enjoys anything outdoors, such as camping and fishing, and teaching kids brings her so much joy.

 
Julie Salcedo
Lead Teacher
Toddler 2

Julie was born and raised right here in Colorado and has worked at Honey Tree for over 4 years. She has worked primarily with infants and the younger toddler group and has enjoyed watching them grow and move up throughout the years. Julie has 2 daughters who are the light of her life. They all enjoy the be outdoors and exploring new places together.
Maria Salcedo
Assistant Teacher
Preschool

Maria has three children: 2 adults and one teenaged son. Maria started at Honey Tree earlier this year and is new to childcare but has realized her love and passion for working with young children and being a part of their development. She is very dedicated to her family and loves cooking, baking, and spoiling her grandson.
Sandy Watkins
Assistant Teacher
Pre-K B

Sandy is a mother of two and absolutely adores spending time with her two children. She has been a wonderful addition to our Honey Tree team and has been with us for one year in one of our Pre-k rooms. In her spare time, she loves reading with her children, traveling, bike riding, and being outdoors in the beautiful Colorado nature.

 
Rosalia Hurtado
Assistant Teacher
Toddler 1 & 2

Rosalia was born and raised right here in Colorado. She joined our Honey Tree family earlier this year and mainly works in our Toddler 2 room as an assistant. She has a 5 year old daughter and their favorite activities together are hiking and making crafts.
Iuliia Popova
Assistant Teacher
Preschool

Iuliia is originally from Russia and has been a wonderful addition to our team. She has lived in the valley for 3 years and has a small son who also attends Honey Tree. In her spare time, Iuliia enjoys watching her son play and grow, yoga, dancing, and reading.