Kim Ochoa (“Ms. Kim”)—CEC Early Learning Academy Director

My name is Kim Ochoa, and I am so excited to be the director of CEC ELA. I have taught preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten, and I have been a preschool director. I graduated from Metro State in May 2004 with my Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and Early Childhood Education. I am currently enrolled at the University of Phoenix pursuing my Master of Arts in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction. We have a great group of children, parents, and a wonderful staff, so please stop by and check out our program. What I love most about working at CEC is the opportunity to inspire the future teachers of Denver Public Schools. I get to share my passion with other students and give them valuable lessons and tricks of the trade to carry with them throughout their life. There are so many wonderful advantages to having our program housed within CEC Middle College. Our young students get the opportunity to see all different types of trades from culinary to automotive, and our high school students get to experience a one-on-one learning environment with our youngest learners. It is wonderful to be able to give them “real world” experiences that they can take with them for a lifetime. Do-Something-Real-Ms-Lindsay

Lindsay Flannigan (“Ms. Lindsay”)—Group Leader

Hi, my name is Lindsay Flannigan. I have worked at CEC for the past seven years. I have a level IV credential in Early Childhood and my BS in Human Development and Families Studies. I enjoy hiking in the mountains and going for walks by my house. The CEC Early Learning Academy is a wonderful center. What I like best about working at the preschool is the caring interactions between all people (children, parents, preschool staff, high school students, and other staff members). Being located within the high school is also a great situation for many reasons— we have the opportunity to support high school students in learning about child development, and have a safe environment in which children can learn about others and what they do for a living. In addition, what is neat about having a preschool within a high school is the wide variety of materials and resources available to us, within our classroom and the school community. I look forward to meeting you and your child and getting to know you. Do-Something-Real-Ms-Gina

Gina Faliano (“Ms. Gina”)—Group Leader

Hello! My name is Gina Faliano. I graduated from the Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching preschool since 2002 and am so thrilled to be a part of the amazing program here at CEC! Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, outdoor activities, and I LOVE to read! What I like most about working at CEC Early Learning Academy is knowing that not only am I doing what I love every day, but I am seeing future teachers develop their love and skills for educating as well. It is sometimes hard to find your “occu-passion”, and I love knowing that the students who come to work with our little ones are doing just that. It feels good to know that we are helping prepare the future in an occupation field that I find so important. 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; From the culinary students coming in to do cooking projects with the children, to the medical students coming to listen to young heartbeats and teach our children about instruments such as a stethoscope . . . there are so many different things going on in the school that our children have the special privilege of being a part of.

Calendar of Events

August – Me and My Family September – Friends & Feelings, My Community (field trip to Denver Fire Station #12) October – Sights & Sounds of Fall, In the Orchard (field trip to Tiny Tots Concert and Anderson Farms) November – Harvest, Native Americans, The Wild, Wild, West (field trip to the Native American exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science) December – Sights & Sounds of Winter, World Celebrations (field trip to Hammond’s Candy Factory and a “Bear Necessities” class at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science) January – The Farm & Stock Show, Transportation (field trip to the National Western Stock Show and the Colorado Railroad Museum) February – Food & Fitness, Dinosaurs (field trip to the Children’s Museum and the Prehistoric Journey exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science) March – Sights & Sounds of Spring, In the Sky (field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to see Big Bird’s One World, One Sky) April – Outer Space, Bubbles & Water (field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Planetarium and the Downtown Aquarium) May – In the Garden, Bees & Butterflies, A to Zoo Animals (field trip to the Colorado Symphony’s rendition of “The Ugly Duckling” and the Urban Farm)