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Who We Are

The primary management and oversight of ABC KidZ will be Heather Karo – Owner and Administrator, along with Aubrey Roth & Amy Forrest – Program Directors and Hailey Lint – Assistant Director.  The combined dedication and experience of our management team will provide the right combination to provide quality and consistent long-term care for our most valuable resources, our children.

ABC KidZ will strive to hire educated, motivated teachers and aides that believe in our mission and overall dedication to the children.  Staff will be trained in the Reggio Emilia philosophy of child curriculum which promotes independent and child guided learning through projects and theme related play.  In accordance with applicable regulations, all employees will undergo appropriate background and criminal checks prior to hiring and required training, first aid and CPR records will be reviewed and maintained or updated regularly.  Additional child education related training and continuing education will also be required of our staff throughout the year.

Heather Karo – Owner

Heather is a CPA and MBA with over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance in the corporate world.  She received her undergraduate degree from Montana State University.  In addition, Heather is a dedicated mother of two daughters and is committed to consistently overseeing a center that provides loving, safe and quality care to families in our community.

Aubrey Roth – Director

Aubrey has degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Montana.  Aubrey joined us in August 2009 as the lead teacher in our Toddler Room with over 12 years of experience in licensed child care settings.  Before that she worked at a local Montessori, and also worked with children throughout the completion of her degrees.  She has been the Director since 2010.  Aubrey is a licensed teacher in the state of Montana, a certified Montana Infant/Toddler Teacher and a certified Montana Preschool Teacher.  She is also a loving a mother to her daughters, Elizabeth and Abigail.

Amy Forrest – Director

Amy grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but has been honored to call Bozeman home since 2010, when she came here to attend MSU. Her time in Montana brings over 10 years of combined experience teaching and directing childcare programs.  Amy has a true passion to create a nurturing and safe environment for preschool aged children to grow both emotionally and academically. She knows it is not only a blessing but also a privilege to help raise your child. Her two daughters are her biggest joys in life and help inspire her to make ABC KidZ one of the most outstanding preschool daycare programs in the Gallatin Valley.

Hailey Lint – Toddler Teacher/Assistant Director

Hailey has been part of the ABC KidZ team since February 2010.   She has taken numerous trainings throughout her years at ABC KidZ and  is a certified Montana Infant/Toddler and Preschool Teacher.  Hailey has a deep love for ABC KidZ and the family we serve.  She goes above and beyond to insure their needs are being met and the program as a whole runs as seamlessly as possible.

Rick Talbott – Preschool Teacher

Rick has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Montana State University, as well as years of experience teaching in the early childhood field.  He has a passion for the arts that he shares with the children in his care.  His great ability to see the needs and interests of each child enables him to excel at teaching to the individual.  Rick is also a loving father to his son, Liam.

Dolly Sanches – Infant Teacher

Dolly has deep a passion and love for our smallest group of kiddos. She has experience working with children in various settings and brings her love and knowledge along to constantly improve the infant classroom and curriculum.  Dolly has also completed numerous trainings in early childhood education.