Staff

A program is only as exceptional as it’s staff. All of our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood education and continue to take classes to further develop their knowledge about young children. In addition, all staff members are fully certified in both First Aid and CPR. Because our center offers paid time off and continuing education classes, we have a dedicated group of professionals, committed to high quality early childhood education.

 

Chelsie Shurtleff Director

Chelsie has worked at the CDC for the past 8 years. She has worked in every classroom and became director of the facility in December of 2016. Chelsie has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from UNLV.

 

 

Margaret Bourgon Lead Teacher Elephant Room

Margaret Bourgon has worked at the CDC for 18 years!  Margaret specializes in working with children who exhibit special needs and exceptionalities. She says she loves being here and working with like-minded people and the level of love and respect she feels with her co-workers. Her favorite thing about working with the Pre-K students is being able to see them use the strategies she has taught them, becoming a part of their families, and getting smiles and hugs from her students!

 

Sinthea Daly Assistant Teacher Elephant Room

Sinthea Daly is a Las Vegas native. She is a favorite among our Pre-K students or her easy going and light hearted nature. She says the best part about working here is bonding with other staff and the families. She loves to witness children’s development and share in their humor!

 

 

KT Ghodsi Floater

Katayoon Ghodsi has worked here at the center for nine years. She says the center is very homey and comfortable for families and very different from the more corporate programs in town. She loves the RIE philosophy and its principals. She says her favorite thing is to sing, and dance, and read stories to and with the infants and toddlers!

 

Jessica Poulter Assistant Teacher Giraffe Room

Jessica Poulter was born here in Las Vegas and moved around some before settling back here permanently. She says her favorite things about our program are, the hands on activities, field trips and overall philosophy. She loves helping the children learn, realize their potential and seeing them absorb all we teach them!

 

 

Margarita Carrera Lead Teacher Monkey Room

Margarita Carrera has worked here at the center for the last nine years. She is well versed in the RIE philosophy that permeates the center, especially our infant and toddler rooms. Her favorite part about working at the CDC is the family atmosphere that is fostered here. Margarita says seeing children learn and grow, making a difference in the lives of children, and cultivating lasting bonds are her favorite things about working with children.

 

Vanette Arnold Teacher Lion Room

Vanette Arnold has been working in early childhood education for the last 10 years. She is the mother of three beautiful boys and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Nevada State College. She loves engaging and talking to parents and families here at the center, and says helping children progress towards their developmental goals is the best part of her j

 

Shawn Carlgren Teacher Lion Room

Shawn Carlgren has worked in early childhood education for the last 10 years. She loves the staff and families and all the support she gets working here. Her favorite part about working with young children is watching them succeed and helping them to overcome challenges.

 

 

Robyn (Annika) Weis Substitute Extraordinaire

Annika Weis has been working at the cdc in some capacity for the last 10 years. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. She says the best part about working at the center is that everyone operates as a family and there is an unfounded level of trust between co-workers. She loves seeing the kids smile as they develop and learn new things!