Lean more about the staff at Leap Ahead Preschool - Miss Shanda - Miss Debbie - Miss Amber - Miss Courtney - Miss Kylie - Miss Zoe

My name is Shanda and I have been passionate about children all my life.  I have over 20 years of experience working with children and teaching preschool. Working with preschool age children and helping them reach their full potential is my passion.

After years of working in preschool centers around the Treasure Valley, I became increasingly frustrated with the lack of focus on the education, well-being, development, safety and overall happiness of the student.

I am thrilled to now own and operate my own center where the students have a place to learn and grow in a happy and comforting environment. My focus is on developing strong relationships with each student so they feel safe and cared about at school.

I have been blessed with three beautiful children, two boys and a girl.


Hi, my name is Debbie and I am happy to be working as a teacher at Leap Ahead Preschool! 

I worked in early education with West Ada School District for 10 years.  During that time, I had the opportunity to learn from many different teachers, gain valuable experience, and grow professionally. Working with preschool age children is my passion and it's so fun to see their excitement to learn!

I have been married to my wonderful husband for 25 years.  We have three children who are all attending college.  Recently, I was blessed with twin grandbabies and I am thrilled to be a Nana.



Hello, my name is Amber. My husband and I have been together for 17 1/2 years, married for 14 1/2. We have two beautiful children, Isaac 13, Anna 10.

I have had the privilege of being a stay at home mom since Isaac was born and have enjoyed every bit of that time. Now that the kids are older, my time has freed up and allowed me to work part time outside of the home. I currently keep books for another company and volunteer at my daughter's school. I have always enjoyed being around children, especially when I can help them learn important skills with creativity and excitement. Learning is and can be so much fun! I previously worked in a daycare with toddlers for several years and also in a preschool as a teacher assistant.

I enjoy the outdoors and being active. I like running, hiking, fishing, camping, going to Fire bird Raceway and spending time with family.  I also like being crafty; making cards, decorating, and being organized. I am excited to be a part of the Leap Ahead Preschool team. To be around children that are eager to learn in an atmosphere that encourages growth, builds character, and directs learning in positive situations.


Hi, my name is Courtney and I am honored to be an assistant teacher at Leap Ahead Preschool! I graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2017 with a collaborative degree in education. I have had a passion for children from a young age. At the age of fourteen, I began volunteering with children in church and in the community, which led to jobs and pursuing a career in working with children. 

My husband, Zac and I, have been married since February of 2018. We were both born and raised in Alabama and moved to Idaho in April of 2018 to help our pastor friends plant a new church in the Treasure Valley. We are enjoying our new home and I am blessed to join the Leap Ahead team to build relationships with children and help further their education.