Classrooms at Maslow on Hillcrest

Preschool Ages 2.5-5


Green Classroom

Pre-K Ages 2.5 to 4 Years Old

Goals and Class Details

Get excited to watch your child take a major step in their educational journey!

The Green Class has a vast array of learning tools introduced to your child through hands-on activities and group activities that will enrich their social well-being and encourage their love of learning. It’s time to show your child the beauty of world languages, reading, writing, and communicating, as well as science, music, dance, visual arts, and theater arts and drama.

We also introduce your child to the alphabet,working with numbers and problem-solving through fun activities that will form a strong set of foundational skills to prepare them to read, write, and take first steps in the math world.

The Green Class mixes the challenge of learning new ideas with fun activities. This takes the stress out of learning and creates thinkers who want to explore.

We are very excited to have your child in our wonderful class!



Mariah Teacher

Ms. Mariah

Ms. Shayli

Learn About Ms. Shayli

Hi! My name is Miss Shayli, and I love teaching in the Green class here at Bright Beginnings/Maslow Academy! Each year I look forward to a year of learning, fun and adventure!

I was born and raised here in Montrose, CO. I am 26 years old, and I love life! I attended five different schools while growing up. I started off in public school and was there through 1st grade, I was then homeschooled for 2nd and 3rd grade. After that, I attended a Christian school for a year and a half and then found online schooling suited me best through 10th grade.

In 2015 I graduated from Vista Charter school here in Montrose. I took a year off before going to a 2-and-a-half-year bible college in Lexington, KY.

I have been with Bright Beginnings/Maslow Academy for almost 7 years now. I started off as a substitute and then was in four different classrooms on and off for the summer, when not in college.

We study themed topic, such as, pets, ocean, plants, and our own families. We learn about a variety of authors, along with colors and different shape. A newsletter will go out each week to help communicate our weekly goals and objectives.


Indigo Classroom

Pre-K Ages 3 to 5 Years Old

Goals and Class Details

Welcome to the Indigo Class!

In the Indigo Class, we help children become awesome adults. In order to do that, we:

  • Treat children with respect
  • Give children the opportunity to do the tasks that interest them as often as they want
  • Make materials designed for specific learning goals
  • Show children the steps involved in doing a task or working with a particular material
  • Design materials and activities to encourage self-correction and development rather than having an adult correct the children every time.
  • Observe the children to see how they use materials and what they need to learn
  • Modify materials and methods on the basis of these observations
  • Accept that not all children learn at the same pace

With this teaching style, your child will be able to learn at their own pace while enjoying the process.

Kids learn from one another and throw themselves into their work with enthusiasm and delight. This atmosphere of quiet activity develops a fellow-feeling, an attitude of mutual aid, and an intelligent interest on the part of the older children in the progress of their little companions.


During the morning, we have circle time. This includes calendar, letter, and number recognition, counting, songs, and a read-aloud. Next, we move into table time and an activity that is based on our monthly theme, which might include subjects like math, language, science, geography, and art.

As the children finish their activity, we move into individual work that the children have already had lessons on, depending on their academic progress. We have materials ranging from preschool standards to kindergarten standards. The children learn life skills, mathematics, language, geography, and culture through hands-on materials.



Ms. Julia

Learn About Ms. Julia

Hi, my name is Ms. Julia. I am so happy to be the lead teacher in the Indigo Class for the 2020/21 school year.

I have met some of you already, and others I hope to meet soon!

I have lived in Colorado for nearly twenty years. I am a happy mother of four, a wife of 27 years, a grandmother of five, and a pre-K teacher. When my oldest daughter had her first child, I realized that I was happiest around little ones. So, I became a bus driver for a few years.

After my youngest child had grown up, I decided to go to college and train for a new career. I went to CMU part-time here in Montrose and earned many certificates and awards.

During my student teaching, I volunteered here at Maslow Academy and at the Montrose County School District Head Start program. I quickly decided that Maslow was the place for me. I am proud to say that three out of five of my grandchildren attended this school, and my youngest granddaughter is almost ready to be number four to come here. I am really looking forward to this unique opportunity and getting the chance to watch your children grow and learn!

Academic Achievements:

  • Colorado Mesa University, Montrose, CO, 2013-2018
  • Dean’s/President’s Awards
  • ECE Entry Level Teacher Certificate
  • ECE Teacher Certificate

Other Certifications Include:

  • FEMA IS-0036 (Multi-Hazard Planning for Childcare)
  • EQIT (Expanding Quality in Infant-Toddler Care Initiatives)
  • Cultural Responsiveness/Family Engagement 1 & 2 (CO Shines)
  • Many other certifications through Pedialink, Bright Futures, CDHS, Colorado Shines & more

Blue Classroom

Pre-K Ages 3 to 5 Years Old

Goals and Class Details

Welcome to the Blue Class for children in pre-K (ages 3-5).

Research shows that when behaviors are modeled for students in the classroom and then reinforced through praise and repetition, the students gain confidence faster and are able to manage themselves better.

Teachers will spend the first month of the year emphasizing these points as well as assessing each child’s skill set so that, come October, we may transition smoothly into whole group, small group, and individualized teaching.

At this age, children are ready to embrace several new notions, skills, and abilities, and build strong social relationships. They have good body control, and can balance and use their body to achieve physical goals. They are also capable of understanding their own feelings, and interpreting and responding to others’ feelings and emotions.

Children start to set goals for themselves, and it helps them learn perseverance and self control.

By now, children understand English and can recognize letters and even some words. They can follow a book story and grasp sequences of events. We also see the first signs of logic and analysis of a problem. We can start to perceive how these children will develop into independent adults.

Music, dance, drama, and theater come to complement children’s understanding and approach to life in general.



Ms. Jedira

Learn About Ms. Jedira

Hello friends and families! Welcome to Blue class, my name is Jedira aka Ms. Jay.

I am in my 2nd year of Early Childhood Development. This is my first year as the Blue class lead teacher. I am 21 years old. I love to sing and dance, and my favorite food is Mexican cuisine. I adore Starbucks and my favorite colors are pink and gold. I am extremely excited to teach and help these amazing kiddos grow. Blue class offers stimulating interactive learning lessons and tools at a skill-based level. Our differentiated teaching will only help to further your child’s success!

Ms. Mackaylia

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