Meet the Teachers
Degrees and Certifications:
Cristine Chiasson & Malia Kelly
Cristine Chiasson - Preschool Teacher
Christine has lived in Aspen for 8 years and this is her 3rd year at The Cottage. She firmly believes that each child has endless potential and as a teacher it is her job to nurture their curosity and support them as they begin their journey into lifelong learning. Cristine tries to bring patience, a person love of learning, kindness and compassion with her to work everyday. She wants her students in her classroom to feel comfortable and safe in their enviornment so they can learn and experiment on their own terms without fear of ridicule or judgement. Cristine likes to spend time with family, ski, read, bike and travel when not at school teaching.
Malia Kelly- Preschool Teacher
This will be Malia's 9th year teaching at The Cottage. She loves working with preschool children because of their curiosity and natural love for learning, exploring and their incredible sense of humor. Malia believes in building a solid social-emotional foundation and growth mindset, developing "out of the box thinkers" and leaders. Malia is also The Colorado Preschool Program Coordinator for Pitkin County. She has a passion for ensuring that every child has the opportunity to attend a high quality early childhood program. Malia is a mother of two children; Briana, who is in fourth grade, and Paulie, who is in first grade. In her spare time Malia enjoys spending time with her children, hiking, trail running, skiing, (really anything outside!), cooking and reading. She also has a secret love for pizza and sweet treats!
"I call my students "My Kids" because in our year together they aren't just kids in my class, they become a part of my heart."
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