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Requirements by the State of Montana to be a licensed caregiver:
- ADULT, CHILD AND INFANT CPR/FIRST AID CERTIFICATION.
- UP TO DATE VACCINATIONS.
- BACKGROUND CHECK.
- OUT OF STATE BACKGROUND CHECK (IF LIVED OUT OF STATE WITHIN THE LAST 5 YEARS).
- 16 HOURS OF TRAINING PER YEAR. DIRECTOR IS REQUIRED TO DO 20+ HOURS PER YEAR.
It takes a big heart to shape little minds
Maren Griswold Owner/Director
My name is Maren Griswold, and with me is my daughter Carys and son Wyatt. Originally from Minnesota, I moved to Bozeman in 1995 to go to college, and graduated from Montana State University in 2000.
I have had over 20 years of experience caring for children and being a caregiver for the disabled. Along with Storybook, I also have a woodcarving and metalworking business TWISTED ROOT DESIGN that keeps me busy.
Storybook is my labor of love, and I am always looking for ways to improve on it for your children to get the best possible experience. I love being able to spend time with all the children here at Story Book, and this also gave me the chance to be with my own children as they grew up!
Rachel Chapo Co-director/Lead Toddler Teacher
Rachel moved to Montana from Michigan in November of 2007. She graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Her two boys, now 8 and 5, both attended Storybook Preschool & Daycare; the oldest started in January of 2008. Rachel would have not had it any other way. She firmly feels Storybook is the BEST preschool and daycare in Bozeman and is thrilled to now be a part of the teachers and caregivers that have treated her family so well. A long time Detroit sports fan, you will often see her in her favorite teams shirts, both at the school and around town.
One of her favorite things about Montana is the diversity of wildlife and how you can see some of nature's most amazing creatures at any given moment. Also a fan of children and pets, she is excited to spend time with the animals and to learn so much from the little ones who make Storybook the special place it is.
Abigail Tomlinson Lead Preschool Teacher
My name is Abi, I was born here in Bozeman and have lived in Montana my whole life. I am the second oldest of four girls. I was home schooled all the way through high school before deciding to pursue a college degree. I loved being home schooled because I am pretty independent, and it gave me a lot of freedom to get a babysitting job! In the future, I h ope to continue to work with children and families, and start a family of my own someday.
I have been babysitting and nannying since I was 12 years old. I worked as a the kids coordinator for Fresh Life Church, and have led preschool groups for VBS and AWANA. I have subbed for a couple of daycares and completed internships while in college. I love with working with kids because it is simultaneously the most challenging and rewarding thing I have ever done, and I love how kids are always full of excitement and wonder.
My favorite childhood memories are playing with my three sisters, reading books with my dad, coloring with my mom, sleep-overs at my grandparents, snuggling my cat Gracie, and playing in the snow.
My hobbies are:reading, writing, hanging out with family, watching/playing sports, being outside and playing with my 4 year old niece!
Kailee Susens Early Childhood Teacher
I am friendly and easygoing, live in Bozeman but am originally from Nebraska. I am hoping and planning to be a photographer/Mom in the future.I love the outdoors, camping, hiking, dirt biking, etc. I also love water sports such as wake boarding, skiing, tubing, and slalom. I like animals and have a horse named Selika. I hope to have a little farm in the future.
I have two little siblings whom I love and adore. I have worked with other children at VBS's and Camps, as well as some babysitting. I love how little kids always seem to love you. They always smile and say hi or want to be around you, and it always puts me in a good mood.
My favorite childhood memory is riding my horse Selika in the big open pastures of Nebraska.
Sophia Hallengrogg Early Childhood Asst. Teacher
I was born in California, but moved soon after to Montana where I have lived ever since. I do a little bit of babysitting outside of work. My favorite book is 'Name of the Wind' which I highly recommend reading.
I have a background babysitting ages 1 1/2 year old to 7 year old. I love the work I do with kids because I think its a truly amazing thing to have some small part in helping someone grow and learn about the new world that they have found themselves in. Plus it's always nice to know you are helping a parent to have some much needed free time.
My favorite childhood memories are the ones about the people who made me who I am today, whether that be babysitters, parents or friends the memories I gained just from learning from them are by far the best.
Rachel grew up down the street in Belgrade, and after high school went to the Healthworks Institute in Bozeman, to receive her Esthetics License.
Rachel worked as a childcare provider at a fitness center in Belgrade, and has had years of watching children. She has also helped out in almost every avenue at her family run business Mountain Lodge View and Suites where she has worked as management, running the front desk, hiring, ordering etc.
She came to Storybook because of her love for children, and will be working here, Mountain View Lodge as well as running her own business Rain Skin Care.