The Preschool Academy Staff

Welcome to The Preschool Academy. My name is Darci Larson and I am the owner/director of the school. Operating a preschool has been a passion of mine since graduating from college.  The opportunity presented itself eight years ago and I continue to enjoy offering this rewarding service to our community.

  • Licensed by the Department of Family Services
  • B.S. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood
  • Taught 1st grade in Oregon
  • Am the mother of 4 children
  • Children’s Pastor
  • Member of NAEYC and have attended the NAEYC conference

Jen Hamlin is our assistant in the three year old class.  This school year will be her 7th year with The Preschool Academy.  Jen brings her love of children to our classroom.   Jen continues her training through the STARS program.

Mary Lubben has been with The Preschool Academy since 2011.  She has a BA in education and taught 4th grade before becoming a mom.  Ms. Mary loves watching her little learners grow and enjoys being able to provide unique experiences that foster development.

Becky Schroeder teaches the four/five year old classes at The Preschool Academy. Becky has an Elementary Education degree from the University of South Dakota.  After raising her young children she returned to school and received an Early Childhood Endorsement from Black Hills State University.  She worked in the Campbell County School District as a Ready ‘4’ Learning Instructor.  Becky has also taught Sunday School for numerous years.  She loves using her creativity in Early Childhood Education.  The curious minds of four and five year olds are what drives the passion of teaching.

Claire Byrd has been with The Preschool Academy since 2013, and teaches one of our 3 and 4 year old classes, as well as, our ARTS class.  As a mom of two and preschool teacher she has discovered many ways to make learning fun and natural.  She is passionate about instilling in her students a love of books and curiosity to explore new things through development enriching experiences.

Veronica Jenkins is enjoying her 1st full year at The Preschool Academy.  Ms. Veronica teaches the 3 and 4 year olds and is enjoying watching them try new things.

Melissa May has been with The Preschool Academy since 2012.  She started out as our CM lead teacher, but moved into the classroom as a lead preschool teacher last year.  Although her degree is not in ECE, Melissa came to us with 24+ years of preschool teaching experience.  She is also our Kids Academy Summer Camp Coordinator.

Ashley Pollick is a morning assistant to Mary Lubben and afternoon teacher of 4 and 5 year olds.  She has an associates degree Biblical Theology and is working toward an early elementary education degree.  This is Ashley’s 2nd year at The Preschool Academy.  She has three sons of her own.  Ashley loves discovering the uniqueness of each student and is excited to help young ones begin their learning journey.

Our teachers exceed the state standards required by the state of Wyoming.
Teachers are selected carefully – they must have a passion for children and are required to further their professional development (education).