I'm Cathy Meekins, owner and lead teacher of Happy Hands Early Learning Academy. I have my director certificate and my preschool teacher certificate from PPCC, as well as my CDA (Child Development Associate). I've been working professionally with children since 1992, first as a nanny, and then as a licensed family child care provider with the Air Force, and finally becoming licensed in Colorado in 2001. I love working with children and I love teaching! I've been married to Mr. Rob for 26 years, and we have two grown children.
I'm Grandma Liz, Cathy's mom. I'm a former elementary school teacher, specializing in reading, and former volunteer with Foster Grandparents of America. I worked as Cathy's substitute for about eight years, and sometimes still visit. I love my time with the kids and love seeing their smiling faces.
There are several ways someone can be qualified to teach preschool here in Colorado. The list of options is availabe to review at this site. I also have it posted here at Happy Hands Early Learning Academy.
I have my preschool teacher certificate from Pikes Peak Community College.
Miss Julisa is working on her ECE degree (and meets the college credit qualification), and will be graduating in December.
Grandma Liz meets the preschool teacher qualifications under option A-a bachelor's (4 year) degree (in K-12 with speech correction).
Miss Julisa worked at Happy Hands Early Learning Academy from May of 2014-May of 2017, and we loved having here here! She graduated in December of 2017 with her degree in Business and Early Childhood Education from UCCS. We were so blessed to have her with us!
What Makes Someone Preschool Teacher Qualified in Colorado?
Miss Allison was our summer helper in June and July in 2016. She just graduated from high school and is headed off to Colorado School of Mines!. She is one of my former munchkins and I loved having her help out! She had a blast with us, the kids loved her. I'm so proud of her and wish her the best in all her endeavors!