At A Developing Mind Montessori Elementary and The Circle of Care Developmental Preschool we strive to provide teachers and administration that are at the top of their class.
Pascale Lucie Cafferty was born and raised in France. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the French University of Caen. She has strived to create environments for children to achieve their full potential. Having had difficulty liking school as a child, Pascale created Circle of Care with her own past experiences in mind. She wanted to create an environment where children could excel academically and look forward to coming to school. When asked about her role as owner/director of Circle of Care and A Developing Mind, Pascale stated, “It is not always easy to fulfill the commitment and responsibilities that come with my job, but is worth it when I walk through the classrooms and I see all of the children happy and learning in a peaceful environment. It makes all of the sleepless nights worth it.” When she is not working, Pascale enjoys skiing, horseback riding, and being with her family. Art is also one her great passions in which she aspires to do more of in the future.
Clinical Supervisor for the IBI/Habilitative Intervention Program
Barbara Bradbury was born in California but raised in Nevada were she married her childhood sweetheart and raised a family. She has lived here for about 7 years and loves this beautiful area. Barbara received a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Nevada, Reno and has worked with children in one capacity or another for the past 30 years. She has worked as a therapist for the past 5 years providing Intensive Behavior Intervention (IBI) services to children ages 2-18 and has worked with Family Support Services for the last 3 1/2 of those years. During her time in Idaho she has obtained certification has a Developmental Specialist for children birth to 17 years of age. Barbara recently took the position of Clinical Supervisor for the IBI/Habilitative Intervention Program and is excited to be a part of this amazing program which provides services to children in an exclusive setting.
Michele was born in Maryland, and became very competent at packing her suitcase since being raised in a military family… She enjoys the outdoors, hiking with her dogs and working in the garden, and loves to build new things for her classroom. She has had several years of experience working with very young children, and specialize training regarding the care of Infants. Since starting as the lead teacher in our infant program, Michele has displayed great leadership abilities and eagerness to provide the best care to the children enrolled at Circle of Care. Michele is described by her colleagues as being dedicated and fun to be around.
Hello, My name is Chelsea Keogh and I am the toddler teacher at Circle of Care. I have lived in the great northwest for the pasted 20 yrs and call it my home. I love the ever changing seasons we have here as well as the still small town vibe. I have two children of my own, and take great pride in them and being there “momma.” I have tried a few different industry to build a career out of and I somehow always come back to working with children. Coming up in April will be one year since my journey at Circle of Care began. I enjoy my job working with these children tremendously and I realize how lucky I am to be able to say ” I love what I do.” I also am in school and pursuing a bachelors degree in education.
Preschool Cubs Teacher
I’m a fourth generation Post Falls native and attended North Idaho College and received an A.S. in Business and studied Geology at the University of Idaho with an emphasize in mineral exploration.
I’ve been working at Circle of Care since January of 2009. I started out as a teacher in the Toddler room and in 2010 was given my own classroom teaching the Preschool Cubs 3-4 year olds.
Prior to Circle of Care, I had a diverse career background in Geology and Business. I worked as a Geo-Tech for Hecla Mining Company and Sunshine Mining, and worked as an AP Supervisor for Thomson Financial and Edison Schools in New York City for 8 years.
I have recently achieved my Montessori Certification and I get the wonderful privilege of teaching the Montessori Preschool classroom. Working with the 3-4 year olds, while challenging at times, has also been the most rewarding experience of my career. I love the joy and spontaneity of the youngsters. I look forward to coming to school every day.
Many of my personal teaching philosophies fall right in line with those of the Montessori philosophy. I feel it is extremely important for a child to progress at his/her own pace, which is true in the Montessori classroom. I provide an enriched, inviting environment in which children feel safe and supported. This then allows them to pursue their areas of interest, be stimulated to try new activities and explore new ideas with confidence and curiosity.
Circle of Care is an inclusion based program, so I believe repetition is the best way for all of my students to enhance their concentration and coordination skills, learn the order in which things are done, and to become more independent.
Hi my name is Alyssa Rouse. I was born and raised in Post Falls. I am married to my “middle school sweetheart” and we LOVE the outdoors. We enjoy boating, hiking and riding horses in our free time.
During high school, I attended North Idaho College and Riverbend Tech. I graduated high school with my CNA (certified nurses assistant), but decided teaching was a better fit for me. I have been apart of Idaho Stars for 2 years and have taken many courses on Infant/toddlers. I’ve subbed for Post Falls School District and spent 2 years teaching the toddler and preschool age groups.
Working with children is my passion and I love what I do. Although challenging at times, its so rewarding watching them grow and seeing all the amazing things the children conquer throughout the year. It makes it even better knowing I work at an amazing school. Your child is in the right place.
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Brooke Rachelle Throneberry was born and raised in East Wenatchee, Washington. In 2002, she began attending Central Washington University in Ellensburg. While attending Central, Brooke worked for Kittitas County Head Start as an aid for students with developmental disabilities. She also volunteered in the Ellensburg School District as a 5th grade camp counselor from 2002-2007. In May of 2007 she returned to East Wenatchee to student teach at the Kindergarten level. After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Education with a focus in Early Childhood Education and Psychology, she began substitute teaching for the Eastmont School District in grades ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
In 2010, Brooke relocated to Post Falls where she began teaching as a certified Montessori teacher at the lower elementary level for A Developing Mind Montessori Elementary. Ms. Throneberry’s passion for teaching inspires a philosophy that all children deserve and desire to be challenged, while being encouraged along the way, leading children to learn and develop to their full potential.
Alysha Carol Faulkner grew up in East Wenatchee, Washington. In 2002 she moved to Ellensburg, Washington to attend Central Washington University. During college, Alysha worked in various educational settings. She was a tutor at a local elementary school and after school program. She also interned at the Kittitas County Head Start. Alysha earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Services with a focus on Psychology. In 2006, she moved to Coeur d’Alene where she began working for Family Support Services in their mental health and developmental disabilities program, where she provided behavior therapy for students throughout the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls school districts. After 3 years, Alysha transitioned into teaching for A Developing Mind Elementary where she is a certified Montessori teacher in lower elementary. This was an easy transition for Alysha, as she is very inspired by the Montessori Method. The nurturing and flexible environment that it creates makes a comfortable and inviting environment for all children to learn in. When asked, she stated that she truly enjoys watching the children learn and grow within her class.
Darlene Rautio is a native of Montana, graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Education and the first 3-6 level of American Montessori Society training. Teaching in Montessori schools in Seattle lead her to continue her Montessori training with the AMS 6-9 level and then the AMS 9-12 level trainings. She holds teaching credentials in both Idaho and Washington.
She has taught every grade level and finds that children at every age can be encouraged to succeed and inspired to a lifelong love of learning as we prepare the children of today for the world of tomorrow.
As a lifelong learner herself, in her personal time she loves to read, explore new places, and compete in dog sports with her beautiful Samoyed dogs.