From the moment I was six and walked into Miss Bennett's kindergarten class, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I graduated from Stockton State College with a BA in Sociology and a K - 12 teaching certificate. After moving to Colorado, my professional path took a few side trips but my ultimate goal remained the same, coming to fruition when I was a home day care provider and complimented that with a small, in-home preschool program. In 1993, I met Jan Ferrari and partnered with her to open The Louisville Preschool. I took over the director position in 1999 while remaining in the classroom, where my passions truly lie. I am energized by children as they explore and discover the world, fueled by their questions, and dedicated to helping them find strategies that will allow them to become life-long learners. I also love that the relationship I build with children and their families continues well beyond our preschool days together.
Coming from a family of educators, my love of teaching has been with me since I was a young child. I went to school at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where I earned my Bachelors and Education degree with an emphasis in K-6th grades and a minor in Interpersonal Communication. I moved to the Denver area in 1991 and started teaching Pre-K followed by a long term substitute position with Kindergartners and then on to a First Grade teaching position. I stepped away to raise my three children but remained close to teaching. In 2012, I was introduced to Louisville Preschool with my third child and joined the teaching team in 2015. I treasure every moment I help kids learn and grow; being with children fills my soul with joy.
Catherine (Cat) Denewiler
I have always been drawn to the field of education, and knew from a very early age that being a teacher was going to be a part of my future. I attended University of California, Irvine and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. I have over 11 years of teaching experience as an Elementary and High School Teacher, including a diverse background in Special Education. My love and appreciation for The Louisville Preschool started as a parent in 2014 and started as a Teacher in 2015. The Louisville Preschool truly nurtures every child and celebrates the talents of each preschooler that walks through its doors. I believe that learning possibilities are endless, and I love watching each child learn and grow through creative exploration and positive play experiences. I am honored to be a part of The Louisville Preschool’s extraordinary team of educators and families!
Teaching seems to be in the blood. From playing “school” with my younger sisters to earning my Master’s in Christian Education, I’ve been teaching one way or another for a long time. My undergrad was in art, then (because I love being a student as well as being a teacher) I graduated from the Iliff School of Theology, over a span of time, with the education degree and a Master’s of Divinity. I organized and taught Sunday School classes from preschool to high school and led adult education groups. Sometime in there, maybe fifteen years ago, I first met and interviewed with Kathy on an August afternoon while she was working on the classroom. After a meaningful, fun conversation about children and learning, Kathy asked me, “Can you come to ‘Meet the Teachers’ this evening?” I was hooked. Using Storybook Journey, working with dedicated teachers in a small, play-based learning environment is as good as it gets. I am glad to be back at LPS.