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Our Staff

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

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.
Justice Wofford
Director/Floater Teacher

Justice is a native of the valley, a mother of two, and a great addition to the admin team. She also serves as a floater teacher in rooms and also steps in as the Wild Wanderer teacher on Fridays. Justice loves traveling with her family, being outdoors, and being involved in her community.
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

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
Preschool 2

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.

Dustin Springstead
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.
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!
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
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.
Helen Hebert 
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.
Melissa Dominguez
Lead Infant Teacher

Infant Room
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!
Flor Moscoso
Lead Teacher

Flor has been a great addition to the Honey Tree team and works hard in our Pre-K  classroom, with the oldest kiddos. She is another teacher originally from the Roaring Fork Valley and started on our team over a year ago. Flor is our resident animal lover and enjoys long hikes with her puppies and eating pizza and Chinese food.
Iuliia Popova
Preschool 1 & Infant Room
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. 
Paula Galleano
Wild Wanderers
Paula is originally from Argentina but has been living in the Roaring Fork Valley for 21 years and even married an Aspen local. She has a young son, also at Honey Tree, and loves being a mom. She enjoys being outside with her dog and sun and is very active in the community.  She has been a wonderful addition to our new Wild Wanderer outside program!

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