Molly Kerns (Ms. Molly)
CEC Early Learning Academy Director
My name is Molly, and I am proud to be the CEC Early Learning Academy Director. After 15 years in event planning in downtown Denver, I am pleased to have fulfilled my lifelong dream and made the switch into education. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Conflict Studies from University of Colorado Boulder and have recently completed my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University in 2017. Outside of work I love to ski, hike, and explore nature with my three children. I am honored to be the Director of CEC Early Learning Academy and be part of the CEC Early College Teaching Careers program. Together with the fantastic staff here, I work hard to foster a preschool program full of learning opportunities and experiences in a safe and positive environment. We are proud to serve as a model learning environment for the teaching careers students and value the opportunity to give them advice in their journey in becoming future teachers. Our focus on learning through exploration, experience, discovery, nature, and play allow us to genuinely benefit the student’s preschool experience, growth, and development. If you are interested in your child joining our learning community please contact me directly to talk more about what we have to offer.
Sonja Carling (Ms. Sonja)
Group Leader

Hi! My name is Sonja Carling. I actually attended CEC Early College and started working in the preschool my senior year of high school. I received my Early Childhood Teacher Level One Certificate from the Community College of Denver during that time. I recently graduated in May 2018, from the Community College of Denver with my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I am now pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors. I am very passionate about the importance of reading to children in early childhood. I enjoy reading to children and believe it plays a key role in building those fundamental emergent literacy skills. I am so fortunate to be a part of the CEC Early Learning Academy. Being that we are located in the high school, we are presented with many opportunities to connect with other career classes and partake in new and special experiences.

Gina Faliano (Ms. Gina)
Lead Teacher

My name is Gina Faliano, and I am the preschool lead teacher here at CEC. I hold a Bachelors degree in Human Development with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver. I have been working with preschool aged children since 2002 and have been teaching here at CEC Early Learning Academy since 2012. Outside of work I love to spend time with my family, get outdoors, read, and create art. I love watching young minds rapidly grow and helping children become the best versions of themselves! My job could not be more FUN or rewarding. I hope to help CEC high school students in the Teaching Careers program develop a love of working with young children and find their “occu-passion”. I have found that the greatest benefit of this program is that we have such great access to unique resources and experiences. Being housed inside this one-of-a-kind high school has given us the opportunity to have real world connections right at our door. I am so thankful to be a part of CEC!