Meet the Staff

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 Founder/Teacher:  Rachelle Laster

Hi! My name is Rachelle and I am the founder of and head teacher at Sweet Pea. I have worked in the early-childhood field with children (infant to 10 years old) for the last fourteen years. I have an Applied Science and Associate of Art Degree and I have completed courses in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. I also have CPR and First-Aid. I recently have found my passion of teaching children in a natural, outdoor environment. Being able to witness first-hand the growth and confidence that takes place on a daily basis pushes me into a deeper pursuit of connecting children with nature. Beyond my love for teaching I enjoy gardening and have incorporated a gardening program into Sweet Pea. I have a knack for canning, baking, hiking, x-county skiing, and enjoy spending time with my husband and all of our animals. I feel honored to be a part of this wonderful community and have enjoyed getting to know all of the beautiful people that inhabit it.


Christie Stafford: Lead Preschool Teacher

Hi there! My name is Christie and I am the lead preschool teacher here at Sweet Pea. I have enjoyed working in a variety of fields such as woodworking, floral design, baking, outdoor promotion, and most recently teaching! I also have been involved with volunteer education for the last ten years. I enjoy everything outdoors in our beautiful valley, and am excited to pursue my passion for outdoor education with the young curious minds here at Sweet Pea.