Michael Knuckey Executive Director / Teacher
Michael Knuckey came to America from Australia in 1994 where he was completing Bachelors Degree 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).
Ellie Bredemeier Part-time Teacher
Elle Bredemeier grew up in Massachusetts with her parents, older brother and sister. She spent much of her childhood riding horses and working at the stables. After high school, Elle attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she received a B.A. in both Early Childhood Education and Psychology.
She then moved to Boulder in 2003. Elle began working at Rallysport Health and Fitness club in that infant and toddler room, but soon became a preschool teacher there. After 10 years as a co-teacher, Elle became preschool director and ran the summer camp as well.
Elle resides in Longmont with her family, including 3 children that have all attended Children’s House! When not at work, Elle will be found spending time with her family, cooking, and enjoying Colorado’s outdoors. She absolutely loves working with preschool age children and is very excited to be part of our teaching team.