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.

MAREN GRISWOLD ~ Owner and 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 and First Steps Toddler Program Lead 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.

 

ALECIA PANAGAKIS ~ Early Childhood Teacher

My name is Alecia Panagakis I am 19-year-old and a student at Montana State University. I grew up in a small town called Pony, MT. I went to Harrison High School and graduated in a class of 10 people.  Now, I am studying International Relations with a minor in International Business at MSU as well as participating on the women’s rugby team. I have always loved being around kids, and this is because I grew up with my three little half siblings. I was eight or nine when my little brother was born and then my two little sisters came a few years later. Throughout high school I lived with these three children and watched them grow up. I loved going home from school and seeing and playing with them. I would have to say that one of my favorite childhood memories is playing sports with my family. I babysat a little in high school, but I have always wanted to work with kids. A goal of mine is to work abroad helping people and children in developing nations.

 

KATHERINE "KAT" SOPER ~ Early Childhood Teacher

Hi there! I'm a 25-year-old MSU student studying Psychology and Women and Gender Studies, planning on going to grad school for Developmental Psych. I grew up in Helena, MT, as a big sis/built-in babysitter and have always loved spending time with kids. I also work as a Family Support Advocate for Youth Dynamics, and volunteer
 
weekly at Haven (a domestic violence shelter) doing kids' groups and teaching music classes.

In my free time I write and play music (ukulele, guitar, piano, and lots of singing--working on banjo!). I also love exploring all of the natural beauty Montana has to offer, making art, and hope to be a published author one day. My fondest childhood memory is probably jamming around the campfire with my sister and parents during our family's yearly week long float down the Yellowstone.

I am constantly amazed by the boundless cleverness, humor, and heart exhibited by little ones, and I am definitely of the opinion that the kids at Storybook are the best of the best. I'm so happy and excited to be joining the Storybook team; it really is a uniquely wonderful and enormously positive environment in which for the tykes to learn and grow. :)

 

 

DANI SATHERS ~ Early Childhood Teacher

Hi! My name is Danielle, or Dani (no preference). I was born and raised in Denver, CO; though, my mom is a Montana native so I grew up visiting this wonderful place a few times a year. My education includes a BA in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies from the University of Montana; an MA in Performance Studies from Texas A&M University; and an MFA in Acting from the University of Montana. My future goals are to someday start a theatre company of my own.
I began working with children in undergrad when I was introduced to prison theatre in juvenile halls. I continued with work through my first Master's degree, facilitating performance work with kids ages 9-18. Currently, during the school year, I work as a substitute teacher with Butte School District 1, focusing on special education, grades K-12. What I love about working with children is being constantly surprised but their wit, creativity, and witnessing growth and curiosity on a daily basis. 
When I am not working, I am an avid  puzzler, love to play with my dog, enjoy camping and floating the river, and occasionally write silly songs on my ukulele.

 

DESTINY LEGKIY ~ Early Childhood Teacher

 

A little about me:

     I’m from the Northwest between Montana and Washington.  I enjoy traveling and the outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends.  In the future we have plans to visit Alaska.  

My background with children:

     I came from a family of eight children, so I have spent a lot of time with children.  I don’t have any children of my own, but love spending time and spoiling other people’s children.

My favorite childhood memory:

     My family and I went to Lagoon in Salt Lake City.  We spent a week there, and we had such a fun time.  We went on rides and camped out all week.

TIFFANY MILLER ~ Early Childhood Teacher

Tiffany here. I grew up on the East coast and moved to Montana in 2012. I graduated from MSU in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Teaching: K-8. While getting my undergrad degree, I worked at Storybook part time. After I graduated, I moved to Taiwan to teach English as a second language. I taught first and second grade there for two years and loved (almost) every second of it. However, Bozeman was calling me back…so, I decided to go back to school to get my masters in curriculum and instruction. Currently, I am going to school part time, teaching classes as a graduate assistant, and work at the daycare off-and-on. My whole life I have been passionate about positively impacting those around me, especially children. When I am not teaching you can find me making crafts (my business: Wild by Design), hitting the slopes, cooking food, or hanging with awesome people! "Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, they make this world a beautiful garden." I love giggling, dancing, playing, and hanging out with your little one(s).

 

 

ANNA DOBIE ~ Early Childhood SubstituteTeacher

RACHEL TICKNOR ~ Early Childhood SubstituteTeacher

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.