My name is Vicki Hare and I am the Director of Bethany Early Childhood Center. I am a native of Colorado and have spent most of my life right here in the southeast area. I have been teaching for 25 years in the Cheery Creek, Douglas County School districts as well as Head Start. I became the director 1 year ago after teaching in the Owl’s room for a year. I have two beautiful daughters and an amazing granddaughter. My favorite things to do are scuba diving, anything on the beach or in the water and if I’m not enjoying that you will find me on the golf course.
I started in early childhood full-time in 2013, after I graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BS in Child Development. My love of learning drove me to continue my education and in August of 2018 I received a Master of Social Work. I joined the BECC team in October of 2016 after moving to Denver. I started in the Duckling class but also taught the Owls classroom. I took a short time off to finish my masters but was excited to be able to come back as Assistant Director. My hope it that the children at BECC are instilled with a love of learning and to understand that we all have feelings but there are appropriate and inappropriate ways to express those feelings. When I am not working I love to be working out, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family.
Hi, my name is Lisa Jensen. I am the teacher to our youngest group at BECC; the Duckling class. They are the cutest and give the best hugs! I have been with BECC since the beginning of 2018. I am a native to California and moved to Colorado with my husband in 2018. We have three grown children; two of whom are married. I receive my Occupational Therapy Assistant degree in 1999. I enjoy the beauties and peace of the mountains. I like hiking, reading, home improvement shows and when my talented husband cooks. My favorite time is spent with family or friends. I love helping people of all ages and enjoy seeing their progress, which has been fun to see here at BECC.
I grew up on a goat farm in northwest Missouri. I left home early, at the age of 16, to attend a science- and math-focused boarding school and earn my Associate of Science degree. After high school,I attended Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and earned my BA in Russian Studies with a minor in music (I play the flute). This is where I fell in love with dance, performance arts, and fitness. After college I moved to South Korea and taught kindergarten for two and a half years. After moving back I earned my Personal Trainer certification as well as my yoga teacher certification. I moved to Colorado in the fall of 2016 to be closer to family who are scattered around the Denver and Durango areas. I met my husband, Harry, almost as soon as I got here, and we were married in October 2018. Besides teaching, I enjoy crafting, playing computer games, and all types of dance.
My name is Sarah Urbon and I have been teaching with BECC for over 2 years. I have my Bachelors in Human Development from Arizona State University and my Early Childhood Education Postbaccalaureate as well as my Colorado Teaching License. My husband Bob and I have two sons: Sam (3 years) and Ira (born in February).
Hello! My name is Mr. Erik Boss and I am the teacher in the Sparrow’s room here at BECC. After graduating from Laramie High School I moved back to Denver and paid for most of my school with a running scholarship. Psychology is my passion and Early Childhood Development was my second major. The kids we teach here represent the ages that will set most children up for success in the future. I love to see the love of learning and investigation bloom. On a personal note, I am an outdoor adventurer. I would choose to sleep in my tent after a 20 mile hike for a week over my bed anytime. Whether I am bombing down a hill on foot, tires, or sliding on my waterproof jacket… I am happy! If I could have it my way, I would have an outdoor preschool in the mountains to instill a love of the outdoors as well as learning.
Hi, my name is Nicolle Steele. I started working in Early Childhood at Bethany Early Childhood Center in 2015 as a teacher’s assistant. While working here I received mentoring from our wonderful and experienced staff, I also furthered my education to receive an ECE Certification. I have worked in many of BECC’s classrooms from our youngest class up to the Jr. K classroom. I love teaching and am thankful to have the opportunity to help children learn and grow every day! I have lived in Denver for 3 ½ years, and have been married to my husband since May 2016. We enjoy traveling, hiking, and spending time with our families. I hope to see you and your family at BECC soon!
Hi, my name is Gerry Lacey and I am the Jr Kindergarten teacher. I have taught all grade levels since 1980, including work with special needs children. This is my 3rd year teaching at BECC. In addition, I have earned 3 masters degrees which include Counseling Psychology, Special Education, and Early Childhood Education. In my spare time I deliver food for project Angel Heart and I play the violin for the Denver Pops Orchestra. I am also an avid Broncos fan.
My name is Kathryn Jackson and I am the lead teacher in the Ducking’s class. I started teaching at BECC in January 2019. I graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Human Sciences and have over 10 years of experience working with young children. I am going to graduate school for Marriage and Family Therapy with a focus in Play Therapy. I love spending time with friends and being outdoors- skiing, hiking, and playing tennis.
I came to Colorado in 1970 from Baltimore, Maryland. I had come to visit friends the previous year and knew this is where I wanted to live. For many years I was a craft person and made my living making jewelry and pottery. In the mid 80’s I needed a change and after much research I choose preschool teaching because I love children and felt the early years were the most important time in development. I started teaching in Sunday schools and in 1989 I trained to become a Montessori teacher. I worked for nearly twenty years much of it spent with Mile High Child Care an agency that wanted to bring Montessori to a less prosperous population. We introduced Montessori into all their child care centers over the years with much success. I took a break from teaching for a while and eventually decided I needed to return to children. This is when I found my present job at BECC. I love this school and feel blessed every day that I am teaching here.