Lead Teacher -- Walrus
Hello! My name is Gillian, and I am the lead teacher in the walrus classroom here at Happy Feet. I am currently taking courses at CWU to obtain my master’s degree in elementary education. When I have the time, I really enjoy reading, painting, rock climbing, skydiving, dancing and camping. A fun fact about me is I am also a dance teacher!
Hi! My name is Trinity and I am the New Site Director at Grace Episcopal. I am newly married to my husband Colton, and we have lived in Ellensburg for almost 7 years. I double majored at CWU in Sociology and Social Services- I have always strived to work with kids to better our communities! I love home projects, fishing, and spending time with our two dogs. I have worked at Happy Feet for 2 years and have loved every minute of being on this team!
Lead Teacher -- Penguin
Hello, my name is Jodie McCollum-Colazo. I am a Ellensburg local. I have been happily married for 16 years and am a mother of 3 amazing kids.
I am the new lead teacher in the Penguin room. So grateful to become a new face here at Happy Feet.
I am looking forward to all the fun, adventures and learning we will be doing and getting to watch your children learn and grow.
I have worked in childcare for the past 17 years. And am still loving every minute of it. I recently got some of my certifications done in Early Childhood Education.
In my free time I love to spend time with my family and friends, go swimming or movies, or take my dogs out for walks.
Lead Teacher -- Moose
My name is Amber and I am the Lead for Moose Room! I love playing tennis, scrapbooking and working on puzzles. I am attending CWU and getting my degree in Elementary Education! I love seeing the world through kiddos' eyes, and trying different activities and crafts with the kids!
Lead Teacher -- Polar Bear Cubs
HI! My name is Miss Sara and I am the Lead Infant Teacher at Happy Feet. I have been working here since January 2022 and absolutely love it! The teammates, parents, and children are all so friendly and a pleasure to work with. Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of working with children with the goal of making a positive impact on the lives of children. After high school, I attended Central Washington University where I studied Elementary and Special Education. After graduating I worked as an Elementary Special Education Teacher in Yakima, teaching students with developmental delays for 5 years. I fell in love with caregiving and teaching the littles! I strive to create and maintain an environment for children that is safe, nurturing, fun and tailored to the unique needs of each child. I will do whatever I can to ensure your child is receiving the best quality care!
Lead Teacher -- Arctic Fox
Hi! I’m Miss Scottie. I enjoy getting to know students and understanding them. I’m dedicated to many things like my career and my hobbies. During the summer I fight wildland fires and in the winter I work with children. My hobbies include jewelry making, arts and crafts, and hiking deep in the woods. After helping kids enjoy their day at daycare, I come home to my dog and give him cuddles and play fetch, especially some swimming if it’s warm enough!
Hello! My name is Taylor and I am the new Ruby Street Site Director. I am a Central Washington University graduate and have lived in Ellensburg for almost 8 years! While I was finishing up school, I had the opportunity to work at Happy Feet Academy as a lead and assistant teacher. I have a passion for serving youth in our community and I am excited to rejoin the Happy Feet Team! When I'm not at work I enjoy hanging out with friends, spending time in Winthrop, WA, and reading a good book!
Lead Teacher -- Little Learners
I was raised and attended school in Ellensburg. Graduated from high school in 1985. Have been showing/training dogs for 47 years. I enjoy baking, time with my daughter (age 28), and family. I enjoy painting classes, gardening, photography and travel. I’m excited to know all the children in my classroom and their wonderful families as well.