Kids in Preschool

Vrinda McGinnis

Director/Program Supervisor

Vrinda McGinnis received a Master of Education degree, with an emphasis on Special Education, from San Jose State University. She has over 16 years of experience working within the Applied Behavior Analysis field, working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, and a variety of other cognitive and physical diagnoses.

Vrinda has worked as a behavior therapist for over fourteen years within the Bay Area of California. For eight plus years, she managed programs for dozens of children, of all ages. She also created an ABA-embedded preschool program for San Jose Unified School District. An integral portion of this program was its parent training component, which Vrinda designed and implemented. She also spent time in a position being the on-site behaviorist and supervisor for a Non-Public School for individuals with Autism, and other neurological and developmental delays.

Upon relocating to Colorado 6 years ago, Vrinda saw the need for a quality preschool program to meet the ever-growing needs of Boulder County. After sharing this information with the owner of Creative Learning Center-Foothill Preschool, Lafayette's Foothill Preschool location was formed.

Over the past 15 years, Vrinda has obtained multiple professional certifications, including SCERTS and Teaching to Individuals with English as a Second Language, and has also received trainings in Floortime, Pivotal Response Training, PEC’s, and Assistive and Augmentative Communication (AAC). A special interest of Vrinda’s is Sensory Integration, having done a research thesis on the topic.

Vrinda has three children with her husband, Bryan: Emily, Madeline, and Jacob. When she is not at the preschool, she can be found spending time with her family, gardening, or baking.

Macy Cooper

Lead Teacher

Macy Jo Cooper received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood development from Adams State University in 2017. Throughout her years in education, Macy has always been drawn to working with pre-school and elementary level children. She was very involved in the planning and implementation of sports’ camps at the elementary level as well as directly coaching children as well. In addition, Macy spent many volunteer hours fundraising for Childhood Cancer, worked with both the Bob Telmosse Giveaway and Mission Possible helping to gather and deliver food and gifts to underprivileged families throughout the holidays, and created a year-round pantry for children and families in need.

Macy met her husband while she was in her Sophomore year of college. While she was on a full scholarship for basketball, he was on a full scholarship for football at CSU Pueblo. When they graduated, she followed her husband to Sacramento, CA where she started her career working with pre-school aged children.

When Covid hit in March, 2020, Macy was essential in the creating, planning, implementation of, and teaching in a home school setting for multiple families, providing schooling and activities for a group of 8 children, ages 1-10, that suddenly had to stay home. This was an extremely beneficial program for these families that not only needed education and activities for their children, but needed this in a safe environment during these critical times during a national pandemic.

In Macy’s free time, she loves to be with her husband, Deontrae, and her dog, Bishop, in their new home in Westminster, Colorado. She also makes frequent visits to see her immediate family in Colorado Springs, where she grew up, and has a new baby niece. She is so excited to be back in Colorado and is enjoying her position at Foothill Preschool where she feels like it is a perfect fit.

Maria Carta

Assistant Teacher

Maria comes from a rich cultural background and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. She was born in Madrid, Spain where she spent her childhood years, and then at 9 moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil. At 19, she decided to move to Miami, USA to get her degree in Marketing. Maria quickly realized that Marketing was not for her and found her passion for working with children when she moved to San Francisco. There, she was a Special Education Paraprofessional, assisting children with IEP’s, and also helping lead teachers with all classroom management and needs. Maria moved back to Florida where she obtained a temporary teaching certificate from Florida Department of Education and taught a K/1 classroom at Pompano Beach Elementary. She wanted to explore working 1:1 with children, so after teaching a full classroom, she decided to tutor children with learning disabilities. She joined a tutoring system where she learned the sensory-cognitive instruction model Lindamood-Bell, and also instructional strategies related to phonetic processing with Orton-Gillingham techniques.

Maria is passionate and enthusiastic about working with children. She is all about teamwork and communication and is able to relate well to her co-workers and student's parents. She truly values her student relationships and diversity in a community. In her spare time, Maria loves to cook vegan meals, garden, and be outdoors as much as possible, skiing and hiking with her dogs.

Caroline Bearce

ABA Therapist


Shayla Honkanen

Registered Behavior Technician

Shayla Honkanen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology, and is also a Registered Behavior Technician, as well as Foothill Preschool's Lead ABA Therapist. She is focused on working with children with disabilities. Her passion is to help children overcome obstacles and to help them better their day to day lives. She is a behavioral therapist that works one-on-one with children during the school days, as well as doing in-home therapy.

Shayla is attending graduate school to become either a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or a Special Education Teacher. Her hope is to own her own clinic for children that need extra assistance with Behaviors, Speech, and Occupational Therapy.

Courtney Hattle

Occupational Therapist

Courtney received her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Ohio State University in May of 2020. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science with a minor in Disability Studies. She recently joined Creative Learning Center/Foothill Preschool, after completing multiple fieldwork experiences in the preschool classroom as well as at two different outpatient pediatric offices.

Courtney knew right away that she wanted to spend her time working with children. "Their imaginations, sense of wonder and fun personalities make everyday an adventure!"

Prior to graduation, Courtney completed a thesis on community integration for transitional age individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. She focuses a lot of her treatment and research on creating goals for children that will allow them to become their most independent selves!

She recently moved to Colorado from Ohio with her best friend, Owen. They enjoy spending all their free time on hikes and trying to ski! She loves any activity that involves being outdoors, cooking, and reading.

Ali Davidson

Speech Language Pathologist


Jena Swan

Board Certified Behavior Analyst