Staff

Kristen Santesson
Owner/Director

Kristen has her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has been an Early Childhood educator for 9 years. She is currently working on her National Boards for Early Childhood. She has always had a passion for teaching our youngest learners. Kristen has taught Pre-K, Kinder, and First Grade and is excited to begin this new chapter with Fundamentals. Kristen is a learner at heart and is anxious to learn with her new family.


Michelle Baer
Operations Manager

Michelle has her Master’s degree in Technology Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education Reading. She also holds a Kindergarten Endorsement. Michelle has taught Early Five’s, Kindergarten and First Grade over her 22-year teaching career. Michelle is excited to begin a “new learning adventure” with Fundamentals.


Ashley Dodson
Executive Lead/Lead Preschool Teacher

Ashley has her Bachelor’s Degree in Multicultural Early Childhood Education. Ashley has had experience with a variety of age groups and brings creative ideas to our new learners. Ashley is excited to help with the development of all the learners and families here at Fundamentals. Our little learners really enjoy her.


Jerrilene Kenneth
Executive Lead/Lead Toddler II Teacher

Jerrilene has her Associate’s in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and has started course work toward her Bachelors. Jerrilene brings a calm, and gentle presence to our learning family. Jerrilene is learning more about the Reggio Approach in the Toddler II program and has a great rapport with all our young learners.


Deirdre Dawes
Lead Waddler/Toddler I Teacher

Deirdre has her Associates degree in Psychology and comes to us with a wealth of experience. Deirdre has worked at another center here in Farmington, and enjoys the youngest of learners. Deirdre brings her fun, and energetic personality to our Fundamentals family, and is able to attend to our little learners, and learn their “language” very quickly.


Tina Goodrick-Lee
Lead Infant Teacher

Tina comes to us with her CDA. She brings many years of experience having owned her own "in home" daycare in California, working with the Head Start Program, and raising six children of her own. Tina is excellent at bringing a nurturing and calm environment to our smallest of learners. Tina provides our babies with lots of love and cuddles. Tina enjoys interacting with our little ones and helping them grow and learn through song, fingerplays, and stories. We feel very blessed to have Tina at Fundamentals.


Chantal Sanchez
Assistant Preschool Teacher

Chantal has begun her course work in Early Childhood Education. She brings experience as an assistant in an Elementary school, as well as tutoring experience from Sylvan Learning Center. Ms. Chantal has a very nurturing, and calm personality, which all our learners gravitate too.


Ashley Saiz
Assistant Pre-School Teacher

Ashley comes to Fundamentals with seven years of experience working with children in a learning center. Her most recent three years were spent teaching young learners in a Head Start Classroom. Ashley holds a Colorado Child Development Certificate. She is enrolled in college studying Early Childhood Education and working towards her Associate’s Degree. Ashley is excited to learn and grow with the families, children and staff of our Fundamentals’ family. We are excited that Ashley has decided to become a part of our learning family.


LeAndra Lee
Assistant Toddler II Teacher

LeAndra has her Bachelors in Psychology. She is currently working towards her masters in art therapy. LeAndra has worked in a Head Start facility in Durango, CO. She is looking forward to seeing the developmental progress with each child, and sharing lots of laughs and fun with the kids. We are so lucky she has joined our family.


Lindsey Segura
Assistant Waddler/Toddler I Teacher

Lindsey has her Associates Degree in Human Services. She worked as a student intern at the San Juan College Child Development Center. Lindsey has a bubbly, and friendly personality. Our learners have all bonded to her very quickly.


Kaitlin Hespe
Infant Floater

Kaitlin has volunteered at Elementary schools and has a 2-year old daughter. She is looking forward to becoming a member of our learning family and helping to teach the children in our school. We are happy to welcome Kaitlin into our center!


Tamra Briggs
Substitute Teacher

Tamra has her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and has been working with children since 2004. She has experience with all ages of learners. Tamra is excited to work with children again after being home with her own daughter for a year. She looks forward to working as a team and helping to enrich children's little minds. Tamra has a natural, nurturing nature with children, and brings a wonderful presence to our learning family.


Tishena Chevalier
Substitute Teacher

Tishena has her Associates in Science, and she is currently working on her Physical Therapy Assistant License. Tishena has worked in Arizona as a kindergarten assistant in a variety of schools. Tishena bring a sweet and fun personality to our mix. We are happy to have her join our family.


Jade Torres
Substitute Teacher

Jade is currently enrolled in college and working towards her degree. She has experience teaching children ages 2-4. Jade enjoys seeing the differences in each child, and all the various ways they learn and grow. Jade is a mommy of 4 boys and 1 daughter. Jade brings a very sweet, and nurturing personality to the mix.


Hannah Trier
Substitute Teacher

We are happy to welcome Hannah to our Fundamentals’ Family. Hannah is enrolled in college and pursuing a degree in dental hygiene/early childhood. Hannah has three younger siblings (10-year difference) and loves playing and working with children. Children are naturally drawn to Hannah, and she enjoys getting to know each child as an individual. Hannah is looking forward to working with the many families at Fundamentals.


Heidi Thorne
Pre-School Floater

Heidi comes to us from a Montessori Pre-Kindergarten program. She also spent summers working as a day camp counselor teaching kids from 5 - 7 years of age. Heidi has many nieces and nephews that she loves spending time with. Heidi currently holds a CPR and First Aid Certificate, as well as her certified Nursing Certificate. She is currently enrolled in classes for the Fundamentals of Childhood and Youth. Heidi is looking forward to learning a new, fun approach to teaching young minds; and working in a fun, high energy work environment. We are very fortunate and blessed to have Heidi joining our Fundamentals’ Family.

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