Who We Are
PURPOSE AND MISSION STATEMENT
Little Eagles and Ravens Nest (LEARN) Child Care provides year-round child care and early learning for children birth through six years in a licensed center. The mission of LEARN is to offer high quality early education to children in a welcoming, creative and culturally-reflective environment. LEARN will foster imagination in its students, cultivate critical thinking skills and help its children develop healthy social and emotional maturity. Curriculum will be child centered, place-based, rich in movement and culturally responsive. While the curriculum will be flexible and fluid to accommodate each child, it will simultaneously align to the State of Alaska’s Early Learning Guidelines and demonstrate developmentally appropriate practices. LEARN is also committed to nurturing its employees to become life-long learners and high-quality early educators. LEARN understands the utmost importance of meaningful relationships and stimulating environments during the first years of life.
JAMIE SHANLEY, CENTER DIRECTOR
Jamie Shanley is the Child Care Administrator at LEARN Child Care Center. She oversees all operations of the center. Jamie has worked with children for as long as she can remember in various capacities, including elementary schools, after school and summer recreational programs. She previously worked for Tlingit & Haida’s Head Start as a Lead Teacher. While in this position she helped develop the mentor/coaching program which helped train and develop teaching staff. Most recently she opened and operated her own licensed home child care program, Taku Tots Preschool.
Jamie completed her undergrad studies at Western Oregon University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a double minor in Dance and History. She completed a graduate program through Pacific Oaks College and earned a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Development. She also currently serves on the Board of Director’s for the Southeast Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC).
Jamie is Aleut and Irish, born and raised in Kodiak, Alaska. Her maternal family originally comes from Chignik Bay and paternal from upstate New York. She has been living in Juneau for the past nine years, with her husband, Patrick, daughter Noelle and son Beau. Becoming a parent changed her perspective on child care and helped her understand what parents really want and need when it comes to caring for our most important people. Jamie enjoys dancing and currently teaches ballet to adults at Juneau Dance Theatre. Dance has been, and always will be, a big part of Jamie’s life and she likes to incorporate that passion into her work with children.
She is excited about this step in her career and to be a part in orchestrating a high-quality child care program in Juneau.
ASHIA SKAFLESTAD, LEAD EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR
Ashia Skaflestad is a Lead Early Childhood Educator at LEARN Child Care Center. She oversees four teachers and the infant classroom. Her work with children began in her hometown of Hoonah, Alaska. Being raised in a small town, she had the privilege of learning from her mother-in-law who was a Head Start Educator for 20 years and her own mother who was an elementary school teacher for 20 years, both of whom taught her and instilled a passion for working with children. While growing up, she spent time helping in their classrooms where she was given the opportunity to observe and learn some of the basic skills of educating children.
Ashia earned a Childhood Development Associate (CDA) Certification with a specialization in Infants and Toddlers, a national credential awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. She has also attended several hours of professional development through Thread and Better Kid Care. Ashia was one of the first graduates of the pilot project The CDA Academy, a partnership between Tlingit & Haida, and the Association for the Education of Young Children. Through the Academy, she completed an intensive course of training and portfolio development, while simultaneously working at LEARN.
Being raised in Hoonah, she learned the culture and language of the Tlingit people and was fortunate enough to participate in the Gaawt’ak.aan Dance Group throughout her childhood. She also took Native Arts and Language classes where she was able to spend time with the Elders of her hometown learning more about their lives and culture. Being a part of a community where they take care of one another has always been of value to Ashia. She currently lives in Juneau with her husband Kolbjorn, daughter Evalee and the newest member of their family, baby Joni. Both of her daughters also attend LEARN.
She has been with LEARN since before the opening of our Center and is thrilled to be promoted into the role of Lead Educator here at LEARN. She is happy to be a part of establishing a solid educational foundation that is integrated with our native culture. She hopes to continue her work in this profession so she can give back to the children and families of Alaska.
KUATOONG, WAUGHNITA JAMES-ELTON, LEAD EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR
Waughnita James-Elton is a Lead Early Childhood Educator at LEARN Child Care Center. She oversees four teachers and the toddler classroom. Her beginnings in the early education field started with her mother, who was a Head Start teacher. She is also inspired by her brother, Lyle James, and his work teaching Tlingit language and Northwest coast art. Before coming to LEARN, Waughnita worked for Head Start as a teacher assistant and substitute teacher. She also worked with culture camps during the summer, where she worked with elementary age children through high schoolers. She was a home care provider for many years as well. Waughnita is one of the founding team members at LEARN, and before her promotion to the Lead, she was a cultural specialist, working in all classrooms.
In February of 2021, Waughnita earned a Childhood Development Associate (CDA) Certification, a national credential awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. She has attended several hours of professional development through Thread, Better Kid Care and most recently Sealaska Heritage Institute's Culturally Responsive Early Education Conference. Waughnita is learning Tlingit language. She is part of the Woosh.ji.een Dance group, as well as the Kaagwaantaan and Keex Kwaan dance groups. She loves to bring her love of Tlingit drumming and dance into her work with children and you will often see her drumming with children here at LEARN!
Waughnita was born in Kake, Alaska and raised in Hoonah, Alaska. Her grandparents, Betty and Kelly James taught her the Tlingit way of life, harvesting foods from the land and traditional ways of being. She now teaches her own children these important cultural traditions. She has six children; Kellie, Brandon, Aiyana, Jen, Evan and Trent and one grandson, Jacob. Her and her husband Derrick love to go out on their boat or out the road to the beaches. She loves turtles and has three at home, Oski, Eeshaan, and Mr. Tanux. She also has an adorable dog, Eeyore in her full house!
Listening to children's stories, watching them grow, and learn are all the reasons Waughnita loves working with children. She is very excited to be working with all the children at LEARN and to take on this leadership role with the toddler team.
STACY ROBERTS, LEAD EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR
Stacy Roberts is a Lead Early Childhood Educator at LEARN Child Care Center. She oversees three teachers and the preschool classroom. Her passion to work in the early childhood field began as a family volunteer with a Juneau Head Start Program in 2004. She began to work with Head Start in 2007 as a Teacher Aide. Throughout her work experience she held various job tiles ranging from Teacher Aide to Family Engagement Specialist, to Lead Teacher. In 2009 she received the Child Development Associate in the preschool level. During her time of employment with the Head Start program, she attended University of Alaska Southeast as a student in the Bachelor of Arts in the Elementary Education degree program and received an Applied Associate in Science in the Early Childhood Education degree program & a Minor in the Tlingit Language.
Stacy was born in Sitka but raised in Juneau most of her life. During her free time, she loves to get outside and run with her two dogs & daughter. On the weekends they love to explore different trails & mountains for hiking and nature’s beautiful sceneries. Her dogs’ names are Gizmo he is a Terrier Mix & Rose she is a Beagle-Husky Mix. They are both adopted from the Juneau Animal Rescue.
She recently joined the LEARN Child Care Center in May 2021 and she is excited to share her knowledge with the staff members. She likes to empower staff to help lead & create developmentally age-appropriate activities for children & build relationships with children & their families. Working with preschool age children is her passion because she can help make a difference through building positive relationships, creating a safe learning environment, practice improving & developing age-appropriate skills through trial and error, and by encouraging hands-on experience for developmental growth.
PAULETTE ACEVEDA, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Paulette Aceveda is the Administrative Assistant II at the LEARN Child Care Center. She is actively involved with all aspects of operation at the Center, providing administrative work, as well as greeting and performing health screenings on all staff and children. Paulette has held various positions within the health field, including a health screening technician at Southeast Alaska Region Health Consortium (SEARHC). While there, she was also a medical receptionist and physical therapy assistant. This work helped her learn to pay attention to detail and strengthened her organizational and customer service skills. Paulette is enrolled in the administrative assistant certificate program through Penn Foster. She is also working towards her Childhood Development Associate (CDA) certification with a focus on infants and toddlers.
Paulette's Lingit name is Ka Nus Kwan and she is from Wrangall, the Kiks.ádi clan house. Her daughter is Aaliyah and her Llingit name is Kaayéi Tlaa. Paulette grew up in Southeast Alaska and spent a couple years living in other states. She loves to garden, travel and spend time with her family. She finds furthering her future in early childhood education rewarding. She loves to see the growth and development of the children here at LEARN. She is quite excited to be a part of the LEARN team as the department continues to grow and progress.