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 recently completed her graduate program through Pacific Oaks College and earned a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Development. She also currently serves as the Secretary on the Board of Director’s for the Southeast Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children.
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 and young daughter, Noelle. 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 all ages at Fusion Dance Company while also taking classes weekly. 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 next step in her career and to be a part in orchestrating a high-quality child care program in Juneau.
Lead Preschool Educator, Coming Soon!
GENENVIEVE BEATTIE, LEAD EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR
Genevieve Beattie is a Lead Early Childhood Educator at LEARN Child Care Center. She oversees four teachers and the Infant classroom. Her professional work with children began in Yakutat, Alaska. There she worked as a Child Care Manager and oversaw various ages of children and staff. While working there, she put in over 2,000 hours of hands-on experience working with children. She also worked hard at gaining practical skills in classroom management, problem solving, classroom safety and adaptive teaching methods.
Genevieve has a Childhood Development Associate Certification with a specialization in Infants and Toddlers, a national credential awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. This credential requires at least 120 hours of formal training in the field. She is currently working towards her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education through Penn Foster.
Genevieve's Tlingit name is 'Achkwei and she is Raven Humpy from the Owl house, Kwaashk'l Kwaan. She recently moved to Juneau from the beautiful coastal village of Yakutat, 300 miles north of Juneau. She is excited to start her new journey and life in Juneau with her 10 year old daughter, Elexus.
Being able to help establish a solid educational foundation that is integrated with her culture is something she is passionate about and she is very excited to be a part of the LEARN team.
KRISTEN DUTSON, LEAD EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR
Kristen Dutson is a Lead Early Childhood Educator at LEARN Child Care Center. She oversees four teachers and the toddler classroom. Her professional work with children began as a Camp Counsellor at the Juneau Methodist Camp. After some time in the hospitality business, she spent four years at Discovery Preschool as Lead Teacher in the Toddler Room. During that time, she learned so much about young children. Through learning about child development and experiencing it firsthand, she also discovered so much about herself as an educator and person. She gained valuable expertise in classroom management, lesson and activity planning, problem solving, and child development.
Kristen currently holds a Childhood Development Associate Certification with a specialization in Infants and Toddlers, a national credential awarded by the Council of Early Childhood Professional Recognition. On top of this certification, she has also attended several hours of professional development through the Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC), Thread, and Better Kid Care. She is currently working towards and Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education though the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Kristen was born and raised in Juneau with a passion for making a lasting difference in the lives of our young children. She spent some time in Arizona and Oregon but was always drawn back home to Juneau. She loves to explore the Alaskan outdoors and learn about our creatures. She has a small greenhouse where she grows vegetables. She just harvested her first ever crop of snap peas and she could not be prouder. Her and her girlfriend have two betta fish named Clive and Aoki. She loves kayaking, hiking, tide-pooling and spending quality time with friends and family.
Kristen strongly believes children deserve educated teachers who use intentional practices and she is determined to be that teacher. She strives to give children a positive space to be exactly who they are and allows them to discover all their craziness freely. Play-based learning is her preference and most children agree. She loves incorporating crazy art projects, science experiments, and wild dance parties at school! She is excited to join our team of educators at LEARN and she hopes to instill a great sense of self confidence and autonomy in the children she works with. She values self-expression and openness and she hopes to instill these ideals in the children she works with. She trusts when a child feels confident to explore their abilities, they can LEARN to do anything.