Colleen Miller

Colleen Miller

Executive Director

I have been with the Family Development Center since 2006. I began as the Administrative Director and was promoted to the Executive Director position in June 2020. I also supervise the Newborn Network and Child Care Network for the Family Development Center. I have a BS in Labor and Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, from Pennsylvania State University and continue to be a Nittany Lion fan!

I moved to Steamboat in 1995 for a break after graduation and have been here ever since. I owned and ran a Human Resources Consulting business, Viable Resources, for 15 years that specialized in temporary employment visas and working with small businesses before moving into the early childhood education sector.

My husband Josh and I have two children, Zach and Maggie, both  DLC alumni. Maggie is finishing her architecture degree at CU Boulder and Zach teaches 7/8 grade math in California. We recently became grandparents and are excited to share the early childhood education journey with our grandson, Henry.  When I'm not working, I enjoy being outside skiing, hiking, biking, or anything with my family. Feel free to email or call with any questions!


Angela Shelton

Director of Discovery Learning Center

Angela has been with the Family Development Center since 2016 and has been working with children since she was a teenager. She earned her Child Development Associate in order to pursue her passion of teaching young children. She loves watching children grow and learn and is looking forward to supporting teachers, parents and caregivers, and children.

JS Staff Photo

Julia Schiemann

Administrative Assistant

Hi there! My name is Julia and I’m here to help out our staff wherever I can so they can focus on helping your children grow into their unique and extraordinary selves. I moved to Steamboat from Massachusetts in 2020. Since then, I’ve been gaining experience in outdoor recreation and education, child care, and nonprofit work. In my free time, I love snowboarding, hiking, reading, and art.


Pre-K West

Kylie Leggett

Kylie Leggett

PreK-West Classroom Lead Teacher

Hello, my name is Ms. Kylie, your Pre-K West Teacher. I have worked with children for over five years, inspiring them to think outside the box, implementing engaging curriculums, and demonstrating that learning can be fun. Also, I am currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have a dog named Kelso. We hike, ski, swim, and go on amazing adventures together. If you have any questions, please feel free to come and see me.


Avery Hazlett

PreK-West Classroom Assistant Teacher

Hi! My name is Avery Hazlett (and next to me is my puppy Stella), I'm a teacher here at Discovery. I’ve been learning about early childhood education and teaching for about two years now. My favorite subject to teach is art. I enjoy creating art in my free time and at school I enjoy creating art with the kiddos and assisting them in using their imagination and creativity to create beautiful pieces of art. I'm so excited to get to know you and your kids this upcoming school year!

AP Staff Photo

Marian Wormser

PreK-West Classroom Teaching Assistant

My name is Marian Wormser, and I’m thrilled to share my passion for teaching and fostering a love of learning with the children at Discovery! I have 20 years of classroom experience ranging from preschool through 5th grade. I earned my BA in Elementary Education with a Reading Specialty from The University of Iowa, and continued with a Master of Education from National Louis University in Chicago. Beyond the classroom, I’m a proud mother of two young adults and a chihuahua. My husband Josh and I love to travel, fish, ski and hike, always seeking out new adventures together. I’m excited to be a part of our Discovery community and to nurture the growth and development of our precious students!


Pre-K Corner

John Shoen

John Shoen

PreK-Corner Classroom Lead Teacher

This is John’s 16th year at Discovery Learning Center. He started his adventure in Early Childhood Education (ECE) after his daughter Grace was born, (who is now in college!). He holds a Colorado Early Childhood Credential Level 6, a Director Certification, and an AA degree in ECE. John and his wife Dianna moved to Steamboat Springs in 1998 to take advantage of all the outdoor activities. He is an avid camping and biking enthusiast & loves traveling with his family. Some of their adventures have led them to Switzerland, Germany, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands!


Alex Sonntag

PreK-Corner Classroom Teacher

My name is Alex. This will be my second school year here at Discovery. I started when my daughter Veda enrolled in preschool, and instantly fell in love with the school and the children. Camping, biking, skiing/snowboarding, watching music around town, and traveling keeps us busy in our free time. I'm currently enrolled at CNCC to take classes for an ECE certification. This will be a great year! I'm so excited to get to know you all and to be a part of our children's continued growth and development! 

AP Staff Photo (1)

Allison Pearl

PreK-Corner Classroom Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Allison Pearl, and I love working with children because they bring me joy every day. I also have my directors in early childhood and have loved kids my whole life growing up. I have been in college for four years now and learning about early childhood and I have been teaching for about 1 year now. I am so happy to know all of you and your kids.  


Preschool Classroom


Alice Butler

Preschool Classroom Lead Teacher

After growing up in Montana, then attending college in Vermont, Alice made her way to Steamboat where she has lived for the past 2.5 years, working at Discovery for the past two. She earned her Preschool Center Director Certification in December of 2023! Alice’s favorite part of working in Early Childhood is watching kids change and grow. Being outdoors with them is up there too! She feels very lucky to have found a profession she enjoys so much. For fun, Alice enjoys cooking, being outside in many different capacities, and instructing log rolling at OTHS in Steamboat.

Erick Staff Photo

Erick Ocampo

Preschool Classroom Assistant Teacher

I am Erick Ocampo; I have lived in Steamboat for 20 years. My passion is children, helping families, and serving my community. I want to promote resilience, patience, and a sense of community. I use music as my tool to do that.


Sonia Butler

Preschool Classroom Assistant Teacher

Sonia Butler was born in Jamaica, in the West Indies. She attended St. Mary’s College. She has a C.N.A. from Colorado Mountain College and has lived in Steamboat for twenty years. She enjoyed working for the Yampa Valley Medical Center for 15 years caring for the elderly. Her passion is working with both the elderly and young children. She is the mother of seven children and  also a grandmother. Her favorite hobbies are reading to the children and the elderly, meeting new people and volunteering in her church community!

Her motto is: Let happiness be where there is any sadness, joy where there is any hunger, love where there is any hatred because we are all in one and one in all.

Diane Moore

Diane Moore

Classroom Support Substitute Teacher

Diane earned a Bachelor of Science with a Social Work emphasis from Colorado State University. Her first job after graduating was working as a preschool teacher. Diane brings years of experience in social work and counseling. She enjoys learning from Discovery Learning Center’s teaching team and increasing her skills in Early Childhood Education.

Katrina Hicks

Katrina Hicks

Roving Classroom Art Teacher

Katrina has been teaching at Discovery since it was a lab school for Colorado Mountain College in the early ’80s. She has a Colorado Early Childhood Credential and Director Certification. Katrina is a real Steamboat native, born here. She loves to spend time with her niece who started her Freshmen year at CU and her nephew when he is home from college. In her free time, Katrina likes to hike around Steamboat and Rocky Mountain National Park, and going to Blackhawk, Disneyworld, and Arizona for baseball spring training.

Board of Directors

Jennifer Travis

Jennifer Shea
Steamboat Resort

Elliott Ludy
Colby & Ludy, PC

Chris Young PhD
Retired Psychologist

Sandy Horner
Retired Klauzer & Tremaine

Abby Kurtz-Phelan

Ed MacArthur
Native Excavating

Colleen J Miller
Executive Director

Got a question?

Ask us anything!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.