“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius

Our Teachers

Elaine McCarthy

Founder/ Program Director / Teacher

I began at the Children’s House Preschool as the Assistant Director in 1992, and became the Teaching Director in 1994. My educational background is a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Salem State College, Salem Massachusetts. I completed my degree in England where I taught kindergarten and studied the British Infant Methodology system.

I have been working with preschool directors once a month since 1994 for professional development and collaboration of early childhood techniques and resources. I have written grants each year since 1994 for the purpose of expanding the opportunity for all children to attend a quality early childhood program. I have completed my course work for a Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education at the University of Colorado. Teaching is an honor and a passion. In 2010 I was honored to be awarded “Educator of the Year” by the Boulder County branch of the National Association for Education of the Young Child (NAEYC).


Michael Knuckey Executive Director / Teacher

Michael Knuckey came to America from Australia in 1994 where he was completing Bachelors DegrFebruaryee in Hotel/Restaurant Business Management. He started working as a volunteer teacher in preschools in 1999, when his son, Alex, was 3 years old. Before starting at Children’s House, Michael had worked as a professional cook for 17 years and had been employed both teaching cooking, and as a private caterer.  He loves to paint, and has decorated many a child’s bedroom with murals. Michael has taken classes in art, sculpture, painting, psychology, children’s literature and Industrial Design.

Michael has been with Children’s House since 2005 and works in all aspects of the school. He lends his art expertise to the class in both the projects and the decoration of the room, he runs the office and administration side of the school as well as working with the children as a teacher. Michael is a qualified Early Childhood Director and Early Childhood Educator, he has Level Three credential as a Early Childhood Professional, and an Associates in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education.

He is active in the Early Childhood community, serving as the Treasurer on the local chapter of the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) and on the volunteering on the early Childhood Advisory Councils for both Boulder Valley School District and the Front Range Community College Early Childhood Department.  In 2015 he was awarded “Educator of the Year” by the Boulder County branch of the National Association for Education of the Young Child (NAEYC).


Justine Lopez Full Time Teacher

Justine Lopez grew up in Miami, Florida with her two loving parents and three older sisters.  From an early age, she knew she had a passion for education and working with young children. During her time in high school, she chose electives in Early Childhood Education and earned her Child Development Associate (CDA).  This credential allowed her to work in a daycare while she completed her BA in Elementary Education and Sociology at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.

For the following six years, she worked as a Title I (80-90% qualifying for free or reduced lunch) elementary school teacher for grades K through 3 in both Florida and Colorado.  Although she loved her students and coworkers, she decided to return to the field of early childhood education where more freedoms are given to curriculum and less focus is put on standardized testing.  Justine is currently continuing her education to earn her preschool director certification.

Over these years she has built deep and loving relationships with so many wonderful children, families and coworkers. In her spare time, Justine enjoys spending her time gardening, hiking and biking.  She is excited to work at The Children’s House where she will continue to develop positive relationships and be an advocate for children and their education.


Kristen Mylander Part-time Teacher

Kristen Mylander has been working with children in many different ways for more than 30 years. As a nanny for infants and toddlers in Boulder, she has enjoyed integrating the “outdoor classroom” into the experiences young children have. She was a Special Education Paraprofessional Denver Public Schools for many years, where she became inspired by skillful, creative, adapted curriculum that can enrich all children’s understanding, whatever their individual challenges and abilities. As an artist and puppeteer, she loves to celebrate and foster diverse, resilient communities. She is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Front Range Community College, pursuing an Associate’s degree.