Ms. Amber Gardner – Founder and President


Amber Gardner is a life long learner who founded both Maslow Academy of Applied Learning and Bright Beginnings Preschool. Get to know our founder and board president by reading her biography below.

Amber was born and raised in Montrose and attended Mesa State College where she graduated with a BS in Math and an Elementary Teaching License in 2002. She taught fifth and sixth grade math and science in Montrose County Schools for 5 years. While teaching, she pursued a Master’s in School Counseling, graduating in 2007 from Adams State College. She is lifelong learner and went back to school in 2009 to enrich her understanding of the early childhood learner.  She completed the requirements for a Large Center Early Childhood Director’s License in August 2010.  Next, she completed a graduate certification through the University of Colorado Denver, and became a member of the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Fellow.  In the summer of 2015, she began her doctoral program, pursuing a PhD in math education.

Bright Beginnings and Maslow Academy began after the birth of her youngest child in 2008. She decided to work from home with younger children in order to spend more time with her family.  She opened a home childcare and preschool and loved incorporating her training and experience as a K-6 teacher and counselor into the preschool classroom.  She soon realized many families shared her passion and appreciation for an academically stimulating program. To accommodate the growing waiting list, she moved from her garage and expanded to a state-of-the-art new facility now known as Maslow Academy of Applied Learning.

She believes being an educator is one of the most important and rewarding jobs in the world. She feels privileged to get to know and make a difference in each little life she meets.  She also strongly believe that education begins at birth. As such, she views herself and staff as Professional Educators, not babysitters. She is committed to encouraging all children to learn and grow by providing a foundation of developmentally appropriate, educational experiences where they can succeed in a safe and nurturing environment.