Toddler Teachers

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Ivana Harris

Supervising Teacher, Room 100
Room 100

Hi there! My name is Ivana Harris and I am the Supervising Teacher in Room 100. I am a Denver native, born in what used to be Denver General, but is now called Denver Health. I’ve lived in some southern and east coast places, but I always come back. I recently received my bachelors’ degree in Elementary Education from MSU Denver. I have been at Auraria Early Learning Center since January 2008. I’ve had the privilege of working all over the center and getting to know the awesome staff and children of all ages. I have three children of my own–my daughter and sons are so excited that I get to work with toddlers. I really enjoy going to the movies and doing outdoor things with my kids, like going to the park, library, or museum.

Shanel Ruiz

Supervising Teacher, Room 104
Room 104

Hello, my name is Shanel Ruiz. I have worked in early childhood education for many years—at the ELC in Room 100 for four years and as an assistant teacher at another center in Denver. I am excited to be back at the ELC; I love this center so much! I look forward to building positive and long-lasting relationships with the children and families here. I live in Arvada with my family, and in my spare time I love to clean my house, go fishing, and make crafts. 

Aimee Carbajal

Supervising Teacher, Room 106
Room 106

Hello, my name is Aimee Carbajal. I have been with the AELC since December 1996, but started my career in early childhood education in 1992. I have loved and appreciated every moment! I have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful children, families, and staff. We all work together as a team to create a positive environment and experience for all of the children and their families. I began working with children before the age of 12, when I received my Red Cross Babysitting Certification. I have developed a strong passion and great love to work with young children. I have an associate’s degree in ECE and am Director Qualified for the State of Colorado. On a personal note, I am happily married with a young daughter and a son. I enjoy spending time with my family in the outdoors.

Ronni Keena

Supervising Teacher, Room 108
Room 108

Hello, my name is Ronni Keena. I have been working with children for over twenty years. I studied education, special education, and art at MSU Denver and received my Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003. Growing up in a small mountain town has given me a great appreciation for the outdoors. I love camping, hiking, traveling, and learning about new cultures. I also enjoy art, music, photography, and crafts. I encourage children to be confident, independent, and compassionate people. I think one of the most important things I can teach children is to feel safe when taking risks and to always believe in themselves. I look forward to building a classroom community filled with students who are intrinsically motivated.