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Har Shalom Preschool & Kindergarten Staff

Ilene Forsyth - Director

Ilene Forsyth received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Salem State University in Massachusetts, earning her a license to teach Preschool through 3rd grade. In Massachusetts, Ilene taught for many years at the Jewish Community Center Preschool and held a professional role as a Resource Teacher for the teaching staff. Ilene moved to Fort Collins with her family in 2006. 

In 2007, she joined Har Shalom Preschool & Kindergarten as one of the "Specials" teachers where she developed a Hebrew program for Kindergarten age children. Shortly thereafter, Ilene became a classroom Teacher and trained in the Montessori philosophy for several years before her Directorship in 2014. Ilene is passionate in celebrating all children as individuals and honored to serve the Shalomies during their essential early years of growth and development. 

Anna Buschle - Lead Teacher

My name is Anna Buschle and I am thrilled to be the Lead Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher at Har Shalom Montessori School. I am originally from Michigan where I grew up in a family of educators. I have always had a passion for working with children and helping others. This led me to pursue my Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Art and Design at Alma College.

I have been teaching Preschool for three years. Throughout my teaching career, I have gained experience working with a variety of ages, languages and special needs. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my cat. I am a huge animal lover and I enjoy being outside. Some of my hobbies are painting, hiking, skiing, boating, and playing sports such as soccer and volleyball. 

Kaela Bell - Teacher

My name is Kaela Bell. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but have always had a desire to live among the mountains. I graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University with a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. 

I have a passion for yoga and healthy living. I look forward to the upcoming school year and am grateful for the opportunity to work with this community. 


Tamara Burnside - Teacher Assistant

Tamara Burnside earned her Bachelor Degree in Human Development from Brigham Young University. She has been one of Har Shalom Preschool & Kindergarten's much-loved substitute teachers and will now be joining HSPK's teaching team as the Teacher Assistant. 

Tamara enjoys singing with The Larimer Chorale, skiing, hiking, and reading. She resides in Fort Collins with her husband and four children.


Tonya Puttlitz - Lunch Teacher

My name is Tonya Puttlitz. I was born and raised in California, graduated college there, and then worked in San Francisco in the corporate world for several years. After meeting my husband, getting married and having a child, the three of us moved to Fort Collins in 2005 to enjoy all the amazing things Colorado has to offer. 

I was a stay-at-home mom for many years, then worked part-time in the Poudre School District as a Job Coach, assisting and mentoring special-needs teens at various internships they held at different businesses throughout Fort Collins. In 2015-16, my family and I spent a sabbatical year living in New Zealand, having all sorts of fun and adventures. In my spare time, I enjoy camping, hiking, traveling and volunteering. I very much look forward to working with your children at this school and helping them enjoy each of their days here to the fullest!

The Aleph-Bet Club Teachers 2:30-5:30pm


Olivia Quinter

My name is Olivia Quinter, I am in my third year at Colorado State University majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Child Development. I have always had a passion for working with children and enjoy witnessing their growth as they are continuously exploring the world around them. I grew up in Phoenix and moved to Golden with my family about four years ago; as the middle of three kids, I love spending time with my siblings and parents. I love just about anything outdoors, volleyball, traveling, and seeking all the adventure life has to offer. 

Michaela Lecklitner

My name is Michaela Lecklitner I am studying at Colorado State University as a Human Development and Family Studies Major. Being the oldest of 5 children I have the opportunity to watch them grow and develop.I grew up in the mountains and enjoy biking, hiking and spending time with my family. My favorite place is watching the sunrise at Horsetooth with a warm cup of coffee.


Whitney Naddy

My name is Whitney Naddy. I grew up moving around the country and in Germany as my father was in the  military. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology and a Master's Degree in Environmental Toxicology and worked in the science field for many years before having children. I then stayed home with my two children and spent time volunteering with our church and in the school system. I realized I love being around children and work part-time at Lesher Middle School and treasure the time at Har Shalom.

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