Meet our Teachers

Alissa Garrett, Site Director, Lead Teacher

Alissa is a Lawrence native who has been working in childcare for 11 years. She has been teaching at Positive Bright Start Preschool since 2016. She has worked with children ages 6 weeks to school age, but has found her home in the Pre-K classroom.  Alissa has completed Positive Behavior Support Training through Positive Bright Start and loves the way PBS allows the children in her classroom to work through their emotions in an individualized way.  She has a heart for working in an under-served community and enjoys the partnerships PBS has with community outreach centers such as Success by Six/United Way and The Sunrise Project.  Alissa is always searching for classes and training's to participate in to further her education in Early Childhood and Child Development.

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Alyssa Lohe, Teacher

 

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Billy Miera, Teacher

Mr Billy, as the kids call him, moved to Lawrence in 2020.  PBS is actually his first child care employment, but he quickly discovered his affinity for the job.  Billy is currently working with both toddlers and PreK, and says he “enjoys their energy.  I love watching children grow and use the skills they have learned in the classroom to help find solutions for themselves.  I love creating close bonds with each child and having games and conversations that are special to each individual.”  Billy stays with PBS because the work of helping children from all backgrounds be successful is so important, and he plans to continue training in order to serve the children and their families to the very best of his ability. 

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Brena Cameron, Teacher

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Camryn Ricke, Teacher

Camryn has been working in childcare since 2019 and is enjoying her time in the infant and toddler room. She is interested in child development and loves seeing the kids learn new things as they grow. Camryn loves how PBS offers multiple ways to help children learn and encourages social / emotional skills that help the kids communicate their needs.

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Dani Gonzalez-Dotti, Teacher

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Deanna Roberts, Site Director, Lead Teacher

 

Deanna has been working in childcare since August 2021. She’s worked with every age, but 3 to 5 years is her favorite.  Deanna is currently working on her CDA and plans to keep furthering her education in childcare.  As a teacher and a mother, Deanna’s goal is “to be a safe place for each child in my care.”  Deanna is passionate about advocating for children and is SO excited to be a part of the good work of Positive Bright Start. 

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Gisel Ramirez, Teacher

 

Gwen Pennewell, PBS Coach

Gwen has  been working in early childhood education since 2004, starting out volunteering for a high school credit in child development. Discovering then her love for the early childhood classroom, after graduation, Gwen became a classroom aide.  Since, Gwen has taken over 130 hours to learning new ways to understand childhood development and social emotional development. She feels passionate that all children should be loved, supported, and cheered for, even when they don’t have the language to express it.

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Lanae Jarrett, Site Director, Lead Teacher

Lanae moved to Lawrence in August of 2020.  She’s been working in childcare since 2009, starting as a volunteer for an after school program and later as a classroom aide.  Lanae has worked with all ages, newborn to school age. Lanae says toddlers are the most fun, as they have so much energy and say the funniest things. Lanae has a Child Development Associate degree, plus an abundance of professional development trainings and hands on experience. Coming from a similar background, Lanae feels a special affinity for the low income families we serve and hopes “to be a bridge and advocate for children and families when they need it.”

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Margaret Grove, Early Childhood Program Adminstrator

Originally from Pennsylvania, Margaret, or Meg, found her passion for early childhood and teaching while working as a day camp counselor in high school.  Meg has been working in childcare and pursuing her degree here in Kansas since 2016, and hopes to continue expanding her knowledge.  Meg has just recently, in 2022, transitioned to a new role at Positive Bright Start as Program Administrator.  She oversees all our early childhood classrooms for everything from licensure to staffing.  

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Rebecca Miller, Teacher

Rebecca has been working with children since 2009. She loves working with infants and toddlers and enjoys watching them grow and meet milestones. Rebecca is learning more about Positive Behavior Support each day and appreciates the way PBS can take children with a variety of backgrounds and find and bring out the best in them every day and help them express their needs in a manner that will help them later in life.

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