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.

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Abby Karns: Lead Preschool Teacher

Hello!! My name is Abby. I grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I moved to Boulder, Colorado after graduating high school. There I studied pottery and literature at Front Range Community College. I have also taken several online parenting courses and am CPR and First Aid certified.  In 2014 I made the move to Bigfork, MT. While living in the valley I have had the privilege of becoming a mom to an outdoor loving boy. This area has so much to offer and has taught me so much about the importance of connecting with nature and enjoying the outdoors.  I also live on a farm where I care for pigs, goats, and chickens. I have been a nanny for over 10 years and adore working with children. I also enjoy yoga, gardening, cooking wholesome food, writing, photography, hiking, and reading books. I am thankful to have the opportunity to care for the children in the valley, and watch my own child grow to have a love an appreciation for the outdoors.