Staff

Kristen Santesson
Owner/Director

Kristen has her B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education and has been an Early Childhood educator for nine years. She has always had a passion for teaching our youngest learners. Kristen has taught Pre-K, Kindergarten 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
Assistant to the Director

Michelle has a M.S. Degree in Educational Technology and holds a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education with 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 experience with Fundamentals.


Jordanne Thomas
Executive Lead/ Atelier

Jordanne is attending college to obtain her degree in Early Childhood. She is also the mother of a 3-year old spirited son and enjoys learning! Jordanne is looking forward to the knowledge and experience she will gain while working with the different age groups in our learning family.


Ashley Harris
Preschool Teacher

Ashley comes to us with a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently enrolled in college and working on her Master's in Elementary Education. Ashley has been a cheer and dance coach and has experience working at a local daycare. Ashley is looking forward to working with our little ones at Fundamentals because "It brings a warmness to my heart"; Seeing how much children learn and develop is an inspiration for Ashley and one of the reasons why she wants to be a teacher!


Chantal Sanchez
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 little learners gravitate to.


Michelle Cayadito
Preschool Teacher

Michelle is currently obtaining her CDC and has worked several years in another child center. She was privileged to work with children of all ages from 12 months to early fives. Michelle is looking forward to gaining experience with children and working in a positive work environment. We are excited and blessed to have Michelle join our Fundamentals' Team!


Deanna Lee
Lead Transitional PreK Teacher

Deanna joins Fundamentals with her A.S. degree in Early Childhood and Human Services Criminal Justice. Deanna previously worked at a center here in Farmington. She is an active volunteer with the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA). Deanna has also worked with children ages 5-17 in the Boys and Girls Club. Deanna is excited to implement the Reggio philosophy and to experience the positive changes Conscious Discipline will make in children. She feels truly blessed to be part of our team, and we feel the same way about her.


Deirdre Dawes
Lead Toddler II Teacher

Deirdre has her A.S. Degree in Psychology and joins us with a wealth of experience. Deirdre has worked at another center here in Farmington and enjoys the youngest of learners. She brings her fun and energetic personality to our family of learners and learns the "language" of our little learners very quickly. We are very happy to have Ms. Deirdre join our family of learners.


Tempe John
Assistant Toddler II Teacher

Tempe was born and raised in Farmington. She spent the past five years in Colorado, where she got into the childcare field. Tempe studied criminal justice and is thinking of changing her major since her interests have now changed. Tempe enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, cooking and crafts. She also spent the past three years volunteering at animal shelters and is a dog lover. We are happy to have Tempe's kind and nurturing disposition helping our little ones.


Lindsey Segura
Lead Toddler I Teacher

Lindsey has her A.S. Degree in Human Services. She has worked as a student intern at San Juan College Child Development Center. Lindsey has a fun, bubbly personality which our learners gravitate to and she has bonded very quickly with our little learners. We are excited to have Lindsey join our learning family.


Kaitlin Hespe
Lead Waddler Teacher

Please welcome Kaitlin to our learning family! She has experience with children as a volunteer in our public schools. Kaitlin has a 3-year old daughter and is looking forward to the opportunity to work. and learn with the learners in our school.


Tina Goodrick-Lee
Lead Infant Teacher

Tina comes to Fundamentals with her CDA. She brings many years of" experience having owned her own "in home" daycare I 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. She enjoys interacting with our little ones and helping them to grow and learn through songs fingerplays and stories. We are very blessed to have Tina at Fundamentals.


Adrianna Tsosie
Infant Floater/Sub

Adrianna has worked with many children during her senior year at Crown Point. She enjoyed helping children with their homework and helping keep them safe. Adrianna is looking forward to learning more about the Reggio philosophy and how to help children grow mentally and physically. We are excited to have Adrianna join our learning family.


Vanessa Villalobos
Toddler Floater /Sub

Vanessa is currently enrolled in classes for Human Services. She is looking forward to the opportunity to be a good role model for our young learners and to help build a strong teaching team at Fundamentals.

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