Our teachers are accredited educators who are not only highly qualified, but vastly experienced. And most importantly, they are warm, caring individuals who love working with children and helping them grow and develop.


Mrs. Martinez

Laura Martinez
3s/4s Teacher and Executive Director

What is your formal education? Bachelor of Science from CSU and Associate of Science from Aims Community College.

Tell us about your family? Bob and I have been married a long time, and have three grown children and four grandchildren.

What are your hobbies? Traveling, cooking, reading, hiking, animals, and trying new things!

What is your favorite children’s song? Kathaleena Macaleena

What is your favorite children’s book? The Book with No Pictures

What is your favorite field trip or outing with kids? My favorite Community Preschool field trip is Loveland Ready Mix. It is an explosion of sensory experiences!

What is your favorite holiday (as a child or now)? Christmas!

What was your favorite game or pastime as a child? Camping.

What is your favorite/most vivid childhood memory? My most vivid memory as a child is while I was at Girl Scout camp, floating on my back with my partner in the lake and a snake curled up on her belly.  We had to swim to the dock in the middle of the lake while we waited for the counselors to locate the terrified snake. Swimming back to shore was nerve wracking since they never caught that snake!

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be a forest ranger and live in the woods with all the wildlife!

What is your favorite saying or quotation about children, learning, or teaching? Mr. Fred Rogers coined my favorite quotation regarding children: “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”


Ms. Jodie

Jodie Hamilton
Pre-K Teacher

What is your formal education? I have a K-6 teaching degree with an emphasis in gifted and talented and a degree in Architectural and Interior Design.

Tell us about your family? My entire family lives in Colorado.

What are your hobbies? I like any arts and crafts, painting, drawing, sewing, biking, golf, gardening, swimming, and walking our dog.

What is your favorite children’s song? Any kind of Disney music.

What is your favorite children’s book? My Many Colored Days by Dr. Suess, Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

What is your favorite field trip or outing with kids? Denver Zoo or Cheyenne Zoo.

What is your favorite holiday (as a child or now)? Christmas.

What was your favorite game or pastime as a child? Hide and Seek.

What is your favorite/most vivid childhood memory? On Saturday we went to my Grandma’s farm and played. On Sundays we went to my grandparents’ house in Denver and played with all my cousins.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher.

What is your favorite saying or quotation about children, learning, or teaching? “Imagination, what it can create when we let it go!” or “There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” —Walt Streightiff


Mrs. Abbott

Kelly Abbott
2s and 3s Teacher

What is your formal education? I have a BA in History and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado.  

Tell us about your family? My husband Ryan and I have been married almost 21 years. We have two teenage sons, Travis and Blake. Travis is a sophomore at Thompson Valley High School and Blake is in the 8th grade and attends school at home.

What are your hobbies? Reading, cooking, yoga, flower gardening, DIY projects, and spending time in the mountains with my extended family.

What is your favorite children’s song? I love the chant “Going on a Bear Hunt.”

What is your favorite children’s book? I love anything by Roald Dahl. Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatilda, and Danny the Champion of the World are all great books. For very young children I like Duck in the Truck and Chewy Louie because they were favorites of my boys and they are fun books to read aloud.

What is your favorite field trip or outing with kids? I love going to Rock Ridge Farm, it’s fun to watch the children interact with the animals.

What is your favorite holiday (as a child or now)? I have two favorites- 4th of July because I love all of the excitement leading up to the fireworks. I also love Thanksgiving because it’s all about family and good food!

What was your favorite game or pastime as a child? I enjoyed playing games with my family. We didn’t have a TV when I was a child so we spent a lot of time playing games together.

What is your favorite/most vivid childhood memory? Playing outside! My sister and I would spend hours just “exploring” and having adventures.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A writer or a wildlife biologist.

What is your favorite saying or quotation about children, learning, or teaching? “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats


Ms. Tammy

Tammy Friske
School Administrator

What is your formal education? I went to Colorado State University and earned my degree in interior design. I worked in my field many years. I came to work at Community Preschool in the Fall of 2009 and find working with kids so rewarding that I can’t imagine working in design again. I enjoy coming to work every day.

Tell us about your family? My husband and I have one daughter who attended Community Preschool for two years.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy scrapbooking, photography, reading, travel, and time with my family.

What is your favorite children’s song? Bare Necessities makes me feel like dancing, but I also love Cruella De Vil.

What is your favorite children’s book? I love the whole Harry Potter series, but I think my favorite is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I would like to join Dumbledore’s army.

What is your favorite field trip or outing with kids? Loveland Ready Mix. It’s fun to watch the kids slide down the hills of sand and rock.

What is your favorite holiday (as a child or now)? Definitely Christmas. I love all of the beautiful lights, how kind and generous people are, and spending time with my family.

What was your favorite game or pastime as a child? The board game Clue. I liked it as a kid and still like it as an adult.

What is your favorite/most vivid childhood memory? My brother and I used to pretend we were spies. We made a spy kit and spent hours savings the world from international jewel thieves.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Flight attendant.

What is your favorite saying or quotation about children, learning, or teaching? “Why fit in when you were born to stand out!” —Dr. Seuss