Sign In Forgot Password

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 since 2014. 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. 

Heather Blanco - Teacher

My name is Heather Blanco and so thrilled to be teaching here at Har Shalom. 

I am originally from Northern California. I graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Human Development. After college, I attended and graduated from the Elementary Education program at Dominican College of California. I taught in California for a year and then moved to Colorado to accept a corporate training position. 

After 10 years in the corporate world, getting married and becoming a mom, I returned to teaching as a Lead Preschool Teacher. I have taught 3, 4 and 5-year-olds for the last 9 years and am currently pursuing my Master’s in Early Childhood with an endorsement in Special Education at CU Denver. I am a lifelong learner with a love for my family, my dogs, the ocean (and now the mountains), travel, tennis, and live music. 

Tonya Puttlitz - Teacher Assistant

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!

Chandi Weber - Lunch/Substitute

My name is Chandi Weber, I am in my Senior year at Colorado State University, majoring in Social Work and plan to work with children after graduation. I have always had a passion in working with young children and teaching about the world around them. I have had many wonderful experiences with children and even have had the experience of volunteering in Suva, Fiji in a kindergarten classroom. I am very grateful to be able to work with your children and watch them grow.

I am from Yuma, Colorado where I grew up in a household of five. I love spending time watching my niece and nephew grow into inspiring individuals. I also enjoy traveling the world and exploring every chance I get.

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


Olivia Quinter

My name is Olivia Quinter, I am in my Senior 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.


Nina Watson

My name is Nina Watson and I am currently a sophomore at Colorado State University. I was born and raised in Denver, then moved to Fort Collins to go to college with a major in social work. I have always loved working with children and find their creativity and playfulness to be contagious. I love spending time with my family and cuddling with my three dogs. I also enjoy being outdoors, chocolate, and anywhere with a beach. 

Sun, November 18 2018 10 Kislev 5779