Teaching Staff

A program is only as exceptional as it’s staff. All of our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood education and continue to take classes to further develop their knowledge about young children. In addition, all staff members are fully certified in both First Aid and CPR. Because our center offers paid time off and continuing education classes, we have a dedicated group of professionals, committed to high quality early childhood education.

    Chelsie Shurtleff


    Chelsie has worked at the CDC for the past 8 years. She has worked in every classroom and became director of the facility in December of 2016. Chelsie has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from UNLV.

    Margaret Bourgon

    Elephant Room Lead Teacher

    Margaret Bourgon has worked at the CDC for 18 years! Margaret specializes in working with children who exhibit special needs and exceptionalities. She says she loves being here and working with like-minded people and the level of love and respect she feels with her co-workers. Her favorite thing about working with the Pre-K students is being able to see them use the strategies she has taught them, becoming a part of their families, and getting smiles and hugs from her students!

    Margarita carrera

    Monkey Room Lead Teacher

    Margarita Carrera has worked at the center for the last nine years. She is well versed in the RIE philosophy that permeates the center, especially our infant and toddler rooms. Her favorite part about working at the CDC is the family atmosphere that is fostered here. Margarita says seeing children learn and grow, making a difference in the lives of children, and cultivating lasting bonds are her favorite things about working with children.

    Shawn Carlgren

    Lion Room Lead Teacher

    Shawn Carlgren has worked in early childhood education for the last 10 years. She loves the staff and families and all the support she gets working here. Her favorite part about working with young children is watching them succeed and helping them to overcome challenges.

    Katayoon Ghodsi


    Katayoon Ghodsi has worked here at the center for nine years. She says the center is very homey and comfortable for families and very different from the more corporate programs in town. She loves the RIE philosophy and its principals. She says her favorite thing is to sing, and dance, and read stories to and with the infants and toddlers!