Our Teachers

OUR TEACHERS

 

Structured planning is what sets Dino Drop-In apart from other drop-in centers. You won’t find screens and electronic toys entertaining children here, our preschool programs have been developed to inspire intrinsic motivation to learn and grow. Activities throughout the day have been carefully selected and timed to give the maximum learning opportunity to each child while respecting the shorter attention spans of the youngest in our community. A mixed age group class fosters a community feel and growth mindset in the younger children and empathy in the older children as they learn to navigate activities in an inclusive manner.

There are multiple opportunities in a day for circle time and group activities to inspire and share. Free play and gross motor skill development give plenty of time to burn off energy, build strength, independence, and resilience. Project time allows your child to develop their interests and explore creatively. At Dino Drop-in we have monthly themes to help guide children to learn about the world around them and encourage a lifelong love of learning. Choose Dino Drop-in for services that deliver more than just a helping hand.

All Dino Drop-In teachers are background checked, trained in CPR/1st Aide, and required to do continuing education each year.

Alisa DePew was born in Big Rapids Michigan. She has a big family and has always enjoyed being around children. When Alisa graduated High School she decided to attend Ferris State University where she received a degree in Early Childhood Development. For 6 years she was a substitute teacher for all ages, along with working in child care facilities. In 2013 she moved to Montana with her husband and 2 sons. Now having a family of 5 Alisa wasn’t sure exactly how she wanted to proceed with her degree so she tried a number of different options.  Once she was settled in she became a lead teacher/assistant director at a facility. It was then that she realized what her true dream in life was. She wanted to own her own Childcare Facility.  She has owned one of her own In home Daycares prior to becoming co-owner of the Dino Drop-In Livingston. Alisa now runs and manages the Livingston facility. She pours her heart into her work and has a special bond with each and every child. Alisa has had over 22 years experience teaching infants through seniors in high school. Using her knowledge in the Montana Early Learning Standards she utilizes it in every activity she does with the children. 

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