Our Early Childhood Experts
Our team brings a wealth of early childhood experience and strives to provide exceptional programs in a culture where everyone is encouraged to give it their all. Each child in our programs is nurtured, engaged and encouraged to learn, while having fun and building strong relationships with both staff and their peers.
Sarah Mitchell is the Early Childhood Program Manager for Florence Crittenton Preschool and Child Enrichment Center. Originally from Georgia, Sarah brings over 12 years’ experience in the educational setting. While attending Valdosta State University, she received a BA in Psychology and M.Ed. in School Counseling. Sarah has developed a strong sense of devotion to supporting children’s development as a program manager of early prevention and intervention services. This experience has provided her with a deep appreciation for collaborating with educators, parents, and community partners to meet each child’s developmental needs. She believes early exposure to learning opportunities that are fun and engaging enhance children’s social-emotional, cognitive, communicative, and physical development. She is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment where children develop a love of learning and feel a sense of belonging.
Allison Pettit brings over 30 years of experience in early childhood education to Florence Crittenton’s Child Enrichment Center (CEC). As one of the Early Childhood Lead Teachers for the CEC, she ensures the infants and toddlers at the center receive the cognitive, physical, communicative, and social-emotional supports they need to further their growth and development. Recognizing families are essential to early childhood success, Allison strives to build connections and maintain open discourse with each family. She utilizes her bachelor’s degree and early childhood trainings to implement daily developmentally appropriate best practices in the CEC. Allison enjoys creating a fun, engaging, stimulating environment for the children and shares the best part of early childhood education and her day centers around play.
Brittany Nelson is the Early Childhood Teacher’s Aide for Florence Crittenton Preschool. While new to early childhood education as a profession, she has provided care for younger siblings, as well as her five nephews!!! An advocate for early childhood education, she believes exposure to high quality learning and environments in the formative years is essential in helping prepare children for school. Brittany seeks to ensure children in the program establish skills that promote social-emotional, cognitive, communicative, and physical development. Since joining Florence Crittetton, she has discovered the preschool setting provides opportunities for children to grow in their abilities to successfully interact with peers and adults, establish and maintain friendships, develop effective listening skills, follow routines, learn to share, and express their ideas and feelings. Brittany finds working with the children is fun and inspiring, because each day is a little different. She “loves kiddos creative minds and their way of thinking and curiosity”. She enjoys helping children learn and grow through play everyday!
Denice Wells is an Early Childhood Lead Teacher at the Florence Crittenton Child Enrichment Center (CEC). With over 23 years of experience in the early childhood profession, she is an expert in ensuring the CEC operates efficiently. From meeting the needs of children 0-2 to mentoring new staff members, Denice is known for her caring, responsible, and trustworthy personality. She continually seeks opportunities for growth in her field and has attended several trainings that address various areas of child development. Denice believes children are happiest when they feel safe and loved. She is passionate about providing an atmosphere where infants and toddlers can safely explore their environment. Denice is proud of the accomplishments the CEC has achieved, and she strives to ensure the center continues to experience success.
Micaela Wilfong is an Early Childhood Lead Teacher at Florence Crittenton Preschool. Micaela graduated from Montana State University-Bozeman in 2014 with a BS in Early Childhood Education. Since graduating, Micaela has taught preschool in various programs in Tennessee and Montana. She is a strong advocate for family services being a leading part of the preschool program. Micaela believes “when you start a child in preschool you don’t just enroll the child, you enroll the family”. Micaela is a firm believer that parents are their child’s first educators and that preschool is an extension of family driven learning. She believes having parents as an active participant and advocate in their child’s education is essential. Micaela is excited to be a part of the Florence Crittenton team and to bring her education and experience to the classroom.
Molly Curry is an Early Childhood Lead Teacher at Florence Crittenton Preschool. Molly began her career in early childcare in 1984 upon completion of several years of elementary education classes at Eastern Montana College, now known as Montana State University Billings. The belief that “it is easier to build up a child than it is to repair an adult” is an inspirational message that has followed her throughout her career in early childhood education. With over 30 years of working with toddlers, her experience has helped her evolve into a teacher who can educate kiddos with compassion and knowledge. She strives to continue to learn, so that she can provide the best educational experience for children. She believes children learn best through guided play and is often seen playing alongside the kids in her class. Molly is passionate about providing an environment that teaches and nurtures future generations.
Trisha Troyer is the Early Childhood Assistant Teacher at Florence Crittenton Preschool. She is a native Montanan who grew up on a farm in the Northeast corner of our great state! Go Porcupines! When she’s not on the go with her husband and two young children, she is reading a book or working on a puzzle on her iPad. Her passion for kids began when she was younger. Growing up on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, she realized there was a strong need for families and children to have access to high quality programs. For Trisha, access to these resources and services allows individuals to reach their full potential. She started her education at the University of Northern Colorado in nursing. Missing the Big Sky, she transferred to Montana State University and continued working towards her degree. Being a mother and seeing children grow to their potential led her to begin working with children. She is passionate about making sure that every child is afforded the right to equal and inclusive education. She seeks to ensure children at the preschool reach their full potential in a safe, supportive, and loving environment.
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