Our Staff

  • Meet Our Staff

    The Great People Who Work at Paradise Place Preschool

    • Ben Poswalk
      Executive Director

      Ben Poswalk

      Executive Director

      Hello, I’m Ben Poswalk (a.k.a Mr. Ben), and have had the honor of serving as the Executive Director of Paradise Place Preschool since 2011.   Prior to becoming the director, I was a teacher in both our Doves and Whales classes for 3 years. I have BA in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in Human Performance emphasis in Education K-12 from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Additionally I have earned my Director Qualification form Arapahoe College in Denver. When I’m not enjoying spending time with the children and families of Paradise Place; I like to spend it with my own family. We do our best to take advantage of the many opportunities that the Crested Butte Community has to offer like skiing, concerts, hiking, camping and so much more! I welcome the opportunity to get to know you and your family soon. It is a privilege to share in this wonderful time of growth and development in these little one’s lives.

      Mr. Ben

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Kinesiology and Applied Physiology; Human Performance
      • Title:
        Executive Director
      • My Languages:
        English
      • My Hobby:
        Getting Outdoors: Skiing, Hiking, Camping…
    • Allison Poswalk
      Lambs Teacher

      Allison Poswalk

      Lambs Teacher

      Hi. My name is Allison Kilpatrick and I teach in the Lambs room. I was a full-time mom for 17 years before returning to the work force. My career at Paradise Place began as a teacher in the Lambs class then moved to the Whales class for 3 years. I am back in the Lambs room for the 2nd consecutive year. Currently I am enrolled in continuing education to complete the requirements for my ECT certificate. My two girls are in college and I have two boys at home. I moved to Crested Butte 10 years ago from Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. I truly believe that the community of Crested Butte is an amazing place to teach and raise children.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Childhood Education
      • Class Educator:
        Lambs
      • My Languages:
        English
      • Hobbies:
        Hiking, Skiing, Snowshoeing
    • Gwyn Grier
      Lions Teacher

      Gwyn Grier

      Lions Teacher
      Hello, I am Ms. Gwyn and I have been teaching at Paradise Place since the fall of 2007.  This will be my fourth year as the Lions teacher. Although my degree is in Fine Arts, I have been teaching to some extent for the last 15 years. I have worked with children from ages 2-18 and have found that the preschool years are my favorite. I love to witness how quickly your children grow and learn and am always taken aback by their love and affection. In addition to my work at Paradise Place I teach aerial dance classes at the Gunnison Rec Center and am in my final semester of classes to receive my Director Qualification for Early Childhood Education.
      I grew up in Vermont.  Before finding my forever home in Colorado I’ve lived in Maine, Oregon, and Florida.  My husband and I live in Gunnison on a beautiful plot of land where we’re close to the things we love: climbing, backpacking, and biking.  I’m also an avid runner, and my favorite place in Crested Butte is the Woods Walk, it makes for a beautiful run all year round.
      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Early Childhood Education
      • Class Educator:
        Lions
      • My Languages:
        English
      • My Hobby:
        Teaching Aerial Dancing, Skiing, Climbing, Running
    • Maggie Chlipala
      Doves Teacher

      Maggie Chlipala

      Doves Teacher

       Hello Paradise! My name is Maggie Chlipapa, but most know me as Ms. Maggie. I was born and raised in Crested Butte, graduated from Crested Butte Community School in 2009 and got my bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in multicultural studies from, the University of Northern Colorado located in Greeley, Colorado.  I love Crested Butte with all of my heart and it’s pretty exciting to be working at the very preschool that I graduated from way back when. The more and more I work with preschool aged children, the more I just love their zealous for life. I always leave work with a smile on my face!

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Elementary Education
      • Class Educator:
        Doves
      • My Languages:
        English
      • My Hobby:
        Enjoying all that Crested Butte has to offer
    • Brittany Callis
      Teacher Lions, Doves

      Brittany Callis

      Teacher Lions, Doves

      Hello my name is Brittany Callis. I am from Maryland and have worked five years in special education, and have my degree in elementary education. For the last seven years I have been working with children of all different age groups. I’ve recently moved to CB and thoroughly enjoy hiking and biking.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Childhood Education
      • Class Educator:
        Lions
      • My Languages:
        English
      • My Hobby:
        Getting outside, Hiking 
    • Jesse Lynn Buchanan
      Lambs Teacher

      Jesse Lynn Buchanan

      Lambs Teacher

      Jesse Lynn Buchanan has has her BFA in Theatre with an Emphasis in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University and a Graduate Certificate in Birth through Kindergarten Education from University of North Carolina Charlotte. Jesse has danced professionally in ballet companies and theatre’s, she has been teaching dance for over 15 years and teaching in a school setting for 3 years.

       

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Fine Arts and Early Education
      • Class Educator:
        Doves
      • My Languages:
        English
      • My Hobby:
        Dance
    • Ana Goesch
      Teacher - Whales

      Ana Goesch

      Teacher - Whales

      Hello, I am Ms Ana , a single mom of three beautiful souls and a teacher at heart. I’ve been working in the education field for over fifteen years. I obtained a Bachelor of Education Degree from University of Phoenix and have taught in both Early Childhood and Elementary levels. I believe teaching comes from the heart and I also have a solid commitment to the academic growth and development of every child at Paradise Place. Watching young children grow as they flourish with knowledge is priceless. Working with a team of dedicated teachers who provide a safe, warm and loving environment is amazing. My love and passion for teaching children engages and connect me with my students.This is the most effective approach to teaching them develop their physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills.I enjoy photography as a hobby when I am not working and hanging out with my family!

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Education
      • Class Educator:
        Whales
      • My Languages:
        English
      • My Hobby:
        Photography
    • Carie Mitchell
      Doves Teacher / Teaching Coach

      Carie Mitchell

      Doves Teacher / Teaching Coach

      Carie has been working in the early childhood field for 12 years. She started her teaching career in Taipei, Taiwan where she worked in a local kindergarten after graduating from Texas A&M. She is currently completing her Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education through the University of Colorado Denver. Carie is the Child Find Coordinator and early childhood special educator for the Gunnison Watershed School District.  She has recently completed her Pyramid Plus trainer certification and is also a Pyramid Plus coach.  Carie works in Crested Butte coaching teachers in social-emotional development.  Carie has been working at Paradise Place since last January and is now in the Dove’s class once a week. Carie is extremely passionate about the work she is involved in and finds nothing more rewarding than working with young children and their families.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Childhood Childhood Special Education
      • Class Educator:
        Doves
      • My Languages:
        English
      • My Hobby:
        Hiking, Biking, Skiing

       

    • Rebeca Cerio
      Spanish Teacher

      Rebeca Cerio

      Spanish Teacher

      Hi! I am Rebecca. I am the Spanish Teacher at Paradise Place where I teach the enrichment class on Fridays!

       

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Childhood Education
      • Class Educator:
        Spanish
      • My Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Hobbies:
        Hiking, Biking, Skiing