Our staff is carefully selected not just for their educational background, but for their warmth, sensitivity, and respect for children. Before they are selected as staff members, each teacher is required to present an activity from language development to art, illustrating their abilities. In addition, all staff must participate in a three-month probationary period in order to closely evaluate their interactions with children and parents. To ensure that excellent care is provided in a safe environment, all staff members are trained in first aid and CPR and must clear background checks in order to obtain a Letter of Suitability from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. All staff members must also participate in professional development classes to continue their growth as a child development specialists.
Colleen has over 25 years of experience working as an early childhood educator. Throughout her entire career, she has dedicated herself to creating active learning opportunities for children and instilling in them a deep love of learning. Colleen joined Huckleberry Cheesecake as a preschool teacher in 1995 and later became co-director. During this time, Colleen realized how much she enjoyed creating a partnership with families as they grow. In 2005, she and Traci Sonnenberg became the owners of Huckleberry Cheesecake and Colleen continues to remain fully invested in the day to day education and lives of every student and their parents.
Traci's path began at Huckleberry Cheesecake in the early 90s. As an observer and participant in early childhood education for more than 25 years, she has come to appreciate how children learn and thrive in a loving, compassionate and stimulating environment away from home. Colleen and Traci's efforts over the years have provided that kind of space where parents can feel comfortable and secure about returning to work. Since Traci is raising her own children, she can now, more than ever, identify with the demands of working parents while working hard to maintain a peaceful balance between family and work.
During operating hours, parents can expect to find Traci or Colleen, often both, at Huckleberry Cheesecake. They are dedicated to being involved in the daily operations of the center and fostering meaningful relationships with the children and their parents. Traci and Colleen believe that their constant presence is one of the details that sets Huckleberry Cheesecake apart from other centers.