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Christine Zacharias

Assistant Director and Looping Supervisor

I have a BAS and Masters of Education in Early Childhood studies from Boise State. My studies also had an emphasis on special needs/gifted and talented Children. I have been in the field of early childhood as a Lead teacher and/or Administrator for 36 years. I have worked at the Children’s Center for 15 years. My teaching philosophy aligns with the Children’s Center in that every child is unique. I am passionate about giving a respectful, responsive approach to building and fostering relationships with children, families and staff. Within my role, I see the respect for each child’s individualized pattern and timing of growth, as well as individual personality, learning style, interests, culture, and family background are central to the fabric of daily interactions and the direction the curriculum follows. My passion and commitment is to make a difference in the quality of care for young children.

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Keri Mathias

Lead Teacher of Loop 1 Infant Room 129

I have had the privilege of acting as a Lead teacher at the Boise State Children’s Center for one and a half years. I taught in Montessori education for six years before coming to The Children’s Center, where I learned to love helping children develop through play and exploration. I love kayaking, bicycling, and boating in McCall, skiing at Bogus, shopping and cooking with my daughter, Brooke, and attending theatre at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. I am so grateful to have the opportunity of working with your precious children here at Boise State University. I’m excited to work with this vital group of educators who know how important early education is to the children in our care.

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Katee Ward

Lead Teacher Loop 2 Toddler Room 155

I am currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education at College of Western Idaho. I have been working in childcare since 2007 and have been at the center for two years. I believe that the early years of the children’s lives are the most critical when it comes to their development. They are learning new things every day and it is very important to have a child in an environment that is consistent and secure to help support them in their many new discoveries. I continually strive to provide that environment in my classroom.

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Valarie Moss

Lead Teacher Loop 2 Toddler Room 133

I am working towards a degree in early childhood development through CWI. I have been working at the Boise State Children’s Center going on 3 years now. I have been in the child care field for 17 years now. I believe my passion for childcare comes from a deep interest and respect for children and their wellbeing. It is exciting to see a spark of interest that leads to discovery and a path of determination! I love working with children of all ages and I know I will love spending time with your children as well.

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Meralis G. Sáenz

Assistant Teacher Loop 3 Transition Room 153

I have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This will be by third year working at the Children’s Center. I enjoy working in the looping program, because it gives me the privileged to be part of the children’s lives for an extended time and I can see them develop and reach many milestones.

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Maggie Liebiebergesell

Assistant Teacher Transition Rooms

I started my career  in Forestry/Biology and eventually became a teacher.  I have taught for 30 years in junior high and high school. I am finding that the most fun is with the preschool kids. I am learning so much from them.  I  believe that education is the most important thing anyone will ever do in their life.  I also believe it is important to start learning as early as possible. My daughter is an amazing young person in my life and I am blessed to have her.   I love being outdoors doing gardening and walking my 3 little dogs, reading and doing art.


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Julie Evert

Lead Teacher Preschool Room 146

I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Ed and a minor in Reading from Lewis-Clark State College. I taught grades K-7 for a year in a one-room school house in Pine, ID, before joining the Boise State Children’s Center in 2011. The thing I love most about my job is seeing the joy and excitement in the children’s faces when they learn something new, or are finally able to succeed at something they were struggling with.

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Johanna McGuire

Assistant Teacher Preschool Room 146

I have my child development associates degree. I relocated from the beautiful state of Oregon and worked as a lead teacher for head start. I’ve been employed at Boise State Children’s center since 1997. What’s so rewarding is when the children or young adults come to visit after leaving our center and sharing the things they remember as a preschooler. It’s a very fulfilling joy!

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K. Ballard

Lead Teacher Preschool Room 139

I have a Bachelor of Science in Child Care and Development. I started at the children’s center in 1996 as a student and worked my way up through the ranks with a two year hiatus to get married and see other parts of the state and become an assistant director at a YMCA site. My family in Idaho include my daughter Stony and her sons Gryphon 11 and Stryder 10. My passion is giving pre-kindergarteners a love of learning and an appreciation of books.