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 almost 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.
Trona joined Seeds of Learning in January 2015. After spending the past 25+ years in the Delta county area and being involved in education with both a Vocational Technical College and an alternative school that worked with the homeschooling community, she relocated to Pagosa Springs in 2010. She comes to the office with 25+ years of Bookkeeping experience including 5 years working as a Financial Administrator for an alternative education school as well as serving a term on the Board of Stewards within Delta VISION HCP. Working with the K-12 program in Delta she was given the opportunity to develop and teach a Yearbook/journalism class for the high school age students.
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 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 Brianna – Teacher Aide
Brianna graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in May of 2017. Born and raised in Pagosa Springs she attended Seeds of Learning preschool when she was younger. Her passion is children and she hopes to someday attend the school of Ministry in Florida.
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 Associates 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 Lyndsey- Lead Teacher
Lyndsey has lived in Pagosa most of her life. She obtained her Associates 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 BA 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 Associates 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 Kristine – Teacher Aide
Kristine joins the team of Seeds of Learning with a degree in Psychology. She is a single mom with two daughters and a former military child. She looks forward to working with children and taking classes in early childhood.
Miss Kelly – Lead Teacher
Kelly has been teaching children 18 month through 12 years since 1998; for five of those years teaching in a toddler room in her native country. She arrived in Pagosa Springs from Panama with her husband and daughter. Kelly is a licensed teacher with an Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration. She has been a part of the Seeds of Learning team since 2009 and loves living in beautiful Pagosa Springs.
Miss Hannah – Assistant 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 Brandi – Teacher Aide
Brandi recently moved to Pagosa in June of 2016 and joined the Seeds of Learning team in July of 2017. She attended San Juan College with a major in Early Childhood Education. After having two children, she temporarily stepped away from college to provide for them. She continued to work and remained hopeful to find a job that would allow her to attend school, pursue her passion of working with children, and provide a way for her to continue her education. After finding Seeds of Learning, Brandi feels very fortunate to be part of a job that pushes her forward in her career and be part of a team that is just as enthusiastic as she is about a career in early childhood education!
*Pictures by Jeff Laydon (Pagosa Photography)
All staff members are certified in Pediatric First Aid, Pediatric CPR, Medications Administration and Universal Precautions.