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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 & Echo O’Dell – 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 18 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.

Hailey Lint – Preschool 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.

Michaela Akers – Preschool Teacher

Michaela began working for ABC KidZ in September 2015, while completing her degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Montana Western.   After graduating, she took on her role as a lead teacher in the preschool classroom.  She brings in a wealth of knowledge and experience from years of work and education in early childhood education.  Her curriculum is full of hands on learning experience the children truly love!

Echo O’Dell – Toddler Teacher/Co-Director

Echo re-joined the ABC KidZ team in May 2018.  Before her time away, she worked for us as a lead toddler teacher for several years.  She has a drive for continuously implementing new ideas in order to improve the quality of care here at ABC KidZ, and a genuine ability to connect with the families in her care.  Echo is a certified Montana Infant-Toddler Teacher and a loving mom to her daughter Hallie.

Rick Talbott – Toddler 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.  He has a great ability to see the needs and interests of each individual child and teach to the individual.  Rick is also a loving father to his son Liam.

Chelsea McDowell – Infant Teacher

Chelsea joined the ABC KidZ team in November 2015.   She has a deep passion for the education of children. Before working at ABC KidZ, Chelsea worked for a child care program in Helena. She has attended classes in Early Childhood Education and is a certified Montana Infant-Toddler Teacher.

Payton Visser – Infant Teacher

Payton has been a full-time teacher in our infant room for over a year.   She has taken numerous trainings on early childhood education and works hard to provide an upbeat, loving & safe environment for each individual child in her care.

 

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