Teachers and Staff
Jeannine Bosseler – Preschool Director
I come to you as preschool director with 30 years of experience in the early childhood field – I’ve taught preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and have many years of administering an early childhood program program, including a NAEYC accredited program for eight years. My husband Russ and I have lived in Broomfield for 20 years. We enjoy the outdoors, camping, boating, and fishing. In my spare time, I love to curl up with a good novel, romance and mysteries being my favorites. I look forward to partnering with you in your child’s learning and providing an environment warm with the Christian spirit where your child will learn and grow in God’s love.
Sara Godwin – Assistant Director/Pre-K Teacher
I have been with Apple Tree since 2007. My education experience was originally in the field of nursing and as an EMT. When I decided that I wanted to go back to work after being a stay at home mom, teaching seemed like a logical and exciting fit. I received my Director Credential Certification at Front Range Community College and have been immersing myself in the wonderful world of Early Childhood Education ever since! Pre K children have a special place in my heart and I absolutely love learning from them every day! I have two children, one in college and one still in high school. In my spare time, I love to read, hike, and spend time with my family.
Susan Colyn – Assistant Teacher
Susan is a Colorado native. She’s married with two grown children, a son and a daughter. Susan has been with Apple Tree for 10 years. Susan has also been involved in childcare for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) for 17 years. She has also provided daycare for 12 years. She loves to take walks and pet sitting. Other hobbies include reading and working in the yard when time allows. Family time is very important. Susan says, “I’m looking forward to a super year being part of such an awesome team.”
Julie Delano – Assistant Teacher
My name is Julie Delano. I am so excited to be coming to school with your children this year. I have previously been a preschool teacher at Life Christian Academy and at the Early Learning Preschool in the Paul Derda Recreation Center. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and Early Education Certification from Front Range Community College. I have lived in Broomfield for 16 years, moving from Alaska where I grew up. I enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, traveling and doing lots of arts and craft activities. My goal this year is to develop a relationship with your child so he/she can grow through their senses and hands on experiences throughout the year. I look forward to getting to know each parent as we both walk this path together and each child can learn the love of Christ.
Ilse Baldwin – Assistant Teacher
My name is Ilse Baldwin and I come to you all the way from South Africa where I was born and raised. I have lived in Colorado for the last 14 years so technically I consider myself a Colorado native. I am new to the Early Childhood Education world but I bring with me an excitement and passion for working with this amazing preschool age. I am graduating in December with my AAS in Early Childhood Education but I do have a Bachelor’s in Marketing and an AAS in Veterinary Technology. I have two amazing boys who keep me busy at home. The youngest is 5 and my oldest is 9. Music, animals and the outdoors fill my soul and I am a sound engineer at my church on Sunday mornings. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and your kids and having a lot of fun this year!
Suzanne Von Ruden – 3s and Enrichment
Hello. My name is Suzanne Von Ruden. I am very excited to start my 3rd year at Apple Tree. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland. I have taught children ages 2-8 years old in both preschool and elementary. Colorado for has been my home for 22 years. I have 2 children, a daughter, Jenna 11, and son Ryan 7. While being a stay at home mom I have been active with children in other places : I taught Sunday School for 3 years, was a girl scout troop leader for 6 years, and I am currently a den leader for my son’s cub scouts.
Christy Thomas – Pre K Teacher
Christy comes to us from Victory Church where she worked as the Children’s Ministry Director. She holds a degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and has taught Kindergarten, and 1st and 2nd grade. She is passionate about teaching children and loves to see their growth in knowledge, educationally and spiritually.
Elizabeth Butler – Enrichment and Science
My background includes a Masters in Elementary Ed. and seven years as an Assistant Director at an Early Childhood center. Over the years, I’ve discovered that I most enjoy working with pre-school age children. Their curiosity and lack of inhibition makes every day a new adventure – for all of us! In the hours not at school, I am home with my husband, three kids 15, 13 & 10, and my 2 “adoptees”, whom I care for three afternoons a week. We also share our home with a dog, guinea pig, 2 frogs and numerous fish. I love to garden, cook and make stuff, whether that be with my table saw, glue gun or plain old paper and pens.
Chandra Combs – 3s Teacher
Hello! My name is Chandra Combs. I am a Colorado native and a University of Colorado at Boulder graduate. I have a license in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. I have 12 years of experience teaching 2nd grade, Spanish, and Preschool in California, Florida, and Virginia. In addition to being an educator, I am a mother of three beautiful children. My twin boys are in 3rd grade and my daughter is a freshman in high school. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, traveling and being outdoors. My family and I just relocated back to Colorado in July and I am excited to be a part of the Apple Tree team this school year!
Ashley Wickham – Pre K Teacher
My name is Ashley Wickham, and I am looking forward to teaching Pre-K this year at Apple Tree! I am excited for the opportunity to teach at a Christian school where I can share the love of Jesus with children. Children bring so much joy to my life, and teaching is the most rewarding work I have ever done. I have a Master’s degree in educational psychology with a concentration in early childhood from CU Denver, and a bachelor’s in psychology from Wichita State University. During my Master’s program I earned a teaching license for birth to third grade while interning at a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool in Boulder. I also have experience teaching in Montessori and play-based preschools. This summer I completed Orton-Gillingham’s comprehensive training to teach children to read and write. During my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, reading, and doing craft or art projects, as well as spending time with my husband Brett and little Aussie puppy Juniper!
Laurel Fowler – 3s Teacher
I am so glad to be back at Appletree working with your children this year. I taught 3s here a few years ago. I have a background of teaching preschool for 6 years and elementary for 10 years. I have a Colorado Teaching Certificate with an Early Childhood endorsement and a degree in Elementary Ed. My husband and I have also worked in Children’s ministry for 20 years. I love the joy and enthusiasm 3s bring to the classroom. I hope to partner with you to help your children bloom. My husband is a music teacher and worship leader. We have three wonderful children Emily 23, Ben 20, Joel 16. We also have 2 lovable dogs Lily and Penny. I enjoy being outside in God’s creation hiking, biking and playing tennis. I also love to share God’s creation in photographs. I am looking forward to this year and working with your darling children!
Megan Baker – Kindergarten
I am eager and delighted to teach Kindergarten this year at Apple Tree! I am originally from Virginia, where I began my teacher career at the tender age of 17 teaching the Afternoon 2’s at a daycare each day after high school. I went on to get my Bachelor’s in English Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder (Go Buffs!), and then a few years later completed my Elementary Certification through the University of Phoenix, in San Diego, California. I taught second grade in San Diego, then moved back to Colorado to raise our three sons. I hold a Colorado Teaching license, K- 6th grade. I have recently been an assistant teacher to Mrs. Ryan and Mrs. Godwin, as well as substitute taught at Apple Tree and in the surrounding JEFFCO school district. My family and I have been involved in the Children’s Ministry at Flatirons Church for the last three years and I have felt blessed to share our love of God and service with the children. I am passionate about reading, and my hobbies include photography, camping, road trips across our beautiful country, hiking and any enterprise that includes my best friend and husband, along with our three boisterous sons. Each day is a new adventure, and I look forward to fostering a love of learning, exploration, and growing together with my students this year.