Meet the Teachers

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Cristine Chiasson

Cristine has lived in Aspen for 10 years, and she has been at The Cottage since 2016. She firmly believes that each child has endless potential, and as a teacher, it is her job to nurture their curiosity and support them as they begin their journey into lifelong learning. Cristine tries to bring patience, a personal love of learning, kindness, and compassion with her to work every day. She wants her students in her classroom to feel comfortable and safe in their environment so they can learn and experiment on their own terms without fear of ridicule or judgment. Cristine likes to spend time with family, ski, read, bike and travel when teaching.

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Malia Kelly

This will be Malia's 11th year teaching at The Cottage. She loves working with preschool children because of their curiosity, natural love for learning, exploring, and their incredible sense of humor. Malia believes in building a solid social-emotional foundation, a growth mindset, developing "out-of-the-box thinkers" and leaders. She builds students to have the courage to try new things and solve problems in numerous ways. This is all to create students who are determined and resourceful when facing challenges. Our students are strong and built to tackle most things! 

Malia is a mother of four children; Addi, 12th grade, Kelsey, 10th grade, Briana, 6th grade, and Paulie, who is 3rd grade. In her spare time Malia enjoys spending time with her children, husband, and her two puppies, hiking, trail running, skiing, (really anything outside!), cooking, laughing, 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.

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Skye Solheim

My name is Skye Solheim and I am a prekindergarten teacher at the cottage. I treat every child I work with as an individual and like they are my own.

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Sara Burrows

I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. I attended college in Boston Massachusetts where I earned my BS degree in Early Education. I worked in Wellesley Massachusetts for 3 years and moved to Aspen 30 years ago. I took a few years off from teaching and I am so happy to be back at the Aspen School District.