Lynne Bridges – Executive Director
Lynne Bridges became the Executive Director at Seeds of Learning in May of 2003. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Adams State University. Before coming to Seeds Lynne owned and operated a successful family home daycare / preschool for twenty-two years. She is Large Center Director qualified under Colorado State Licensing, holds a Level 4 Early Childhood Credential, a Colorado Dept. of Education/Coaching Consortium Level 1 Coaching Credential, is a member of the SW Colorado Childcare Resource and Referral Board, Colorado Preschool Program Board, and is trained to teach Incredible Years parenting classes. Lynne and her husband have lived in Pagosa Springs for over 40 years.
Quality child care not only includes excellent care, education and parent education, health and safety but a relationship between each child and their family. I acknowledge the fact that every child is unique and individual, comes from their own culture, and deserves respect in regard to that culture. We can truly prove our love for a child and their family by respecting their culture. As Prime Times says, “Child care can’t be good for children without being good for parents and caregivers.” Warm, supportive and respectful relationships between adults and children lie at the heart of good care for children. I believe early care and education centers can and must be a place where children, parents and caregivers alike can feel a sense of belonging, like they’re family. Healthy children and healthy families make healthy communities.
Melissa Bailey – Program Director
Melissa was previously employed at Our Savior Lutheran Preschool for four years, where she worked with children ages 3 to 5 years. She joined the Seeds of Learning team in January of 2010. She is originally from Buffalo, NY, but has lived all over the country. Melissa is married and has two children. She obtained her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education in May 2016. She is currently enrolled at Adams State University in pursuit of her BA in Early Childhood.
Ruby has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Chapman University. She worked for the California Alisal School District and Monterey County in Elementary School. She loves children and play-based learning. She has been with Seeds of Learning since 2009 and is looking forward to many more years with Seeds. Ruby was born in Farmington, NM and has resided in Pagosa Springs for the past twelve years. She is looking forward to her daughter growing up in the area as she loves the feeling of community in our little town. Ruby knows it takes a village to raise a child and her heart is with the education of our youth.
Miss Laura – Assistant Teacher
Laura is currently taking online classes to complete her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. After ten years of being a CVT in veterinary medicine, she is excited to be in the classroom with children again. She has resided in Pagosa Springs, Colorado since 2000 with her husband, two daughters, two dogs and two cats. Laura spends her free time riding dirt bikes, reading, snowboarding and drinking hot tea. Laura joined the Seeds of Learning team in September of 2013.
Miss Barbara – Teacher Aide
Miss Barbara was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana. After high school she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Pathology and Psychology and worked as a Speech and Hearing Pathologist in the Louisiana Public School system. She then returned to school to earn a Master’s Degree in Education. After 30 years of working in the public schools she retired and moved to Pagosa Springs where she has lived for that past 14 years. Miss Barbara has always had a love of school and decided to once again pursue her passion for helping our wonderful children at Seeds of Learning.
Miss Frances—Lead Teacher
Frances has lived in Pagosa Springs most of her life. She started her career in Early Childhood Education in 1993 at the Pagosa Springs Headstart. During this time she earned her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Pueblo Community College. In the summer of 2014 the opportunity arose to join Seeds of Learning. She is looking forward to many more wonderful years at Seeds. A quote Miss Frances lives by: “Children have become the bounce in my walk to live one day at a time with joy and laughter.”
Miss Robyn – Assistant Teacher
Robyn moved to Pagosa Springs in 2009 after graduating from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She completed her student teaching working as a substitute in the Pagosa Springs school district and also worked in the Special Education Department. She worked with Pre-K students in the state of Texas. She is very happy to be back in Pagosa Springs and working in the preschool classroom. Robyn joined the Seeds of Learning team in August of 2015.
Miss Ruby – Teacher Aide
Ruby is working towards her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and she is passionate about working with children. She was born in Pagosa Springs but moved to Bossier City, Louisiana when she was in the 7th grade. Miss Ruby moved back to Pagosa Springs a year ago with her husband Jason. They have been married since May 15, 2016 and together they have many pets that they love very much.
Miss Lyndsey- Lead Teacher
Lyndsey has lived in Pagosa most of her life. She obtained her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from San Juan College in the fall of 2014. She has been working with children since she was a high school student, working as a nanny, in her Aunt’s home daycare, and as the child care provider for the Education Center. She did her practicum for her degree at Seeds of Learning. “Children amaze me and I feel extremely lucky to be involved in these kiddos’ lives, helping them learn and grow.” She is currently enrolled at Adams State University in pursuit of her B.A. in Early Childhood. Lyndsey has been part of the Seeds team since September 2010.
Miss Emily- Assistant Teacher
Emily was born and raised in Pagosa Springs. She is currently taking classes to obtain her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from San Juan College. She has always enjoyed working with children and loves to help them learn. In her free time she is an avid book reader and loves to spend time with her family and friends. She started working at Seeds of Learning in August of 2016 is very excited to be a part of the Seeds Of Learning family!
Miss Kayla – Teacher Aide
Kayla was born and raised in Pagosa Springs. She studied as an EMT after high school but has always had such a strong passion for children so she decided to join the early childhood team. In just a short time she has grown to love the children as well as the environment involved in teaching young children. She loves spending time with her family and friends and will always have a strong love for the outdoors.
Miss Hannah – Interim Lead Teacher
Hannah is a native of Pagosa Springs. She studied pre-nursing in Durango after she graduated from high school. After working in the medical field as a CNA, she decided to further her education in child development. She looks forward to coming to work at Seeds of Learning every day and spending time in the classroom. She feels truly blessed to be working in a place filled with “Love and Laughter”. Hannah joined the Seeds of Learning team in April of 2015.
Miss McKenna – Teacher Aide
McKenna was born in Temple, Texas and moved to Pagosa Springs in 2009. She has lived in New York, Wisconsin, Arizona and Pennsylvania. McKenna loves being in the outdoors and also loves anything to do with art. She comes from a very large family that consists of 6 brothers and 3 sisters. She has worked with children for about 8 years, and was involved in Seeds of Learning as a high school student through the school to work program. McKenna hopes to further her education in early childhood education and has always had a passion for working with children.
*Pictures by Jeff Laydon (Pagosa Photography)
All staff members are certified in Pediatric First Aid, Pediatric CPR, Medications Administration and Universal Precautions.