Learning begins with love and respect.
Our teachers are the heart of Channing. And no one has a bigger heart for helping your little ones get their best start possible. We invite you to read about the most dedicated early childhood educators in Tulsa. Also, we’re very excited about our new additions to the Channing staff; Carly Barnard and Danielle Carlotti-Smith.
Carol Ainsworth, Owner/Director
After earning her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis, Carol taught 1st grade and kindergarten for six years in Memphis Public Schools. She relocated to Tulsa and taught kindergarten for two years at Lee Elementary. Now in her 11th year at Channing, she serves as owner and director, and teaches the 4’s and Explorers five days a week. Carol is married to Bill and their son attended Channing.
Carly Barnard has a BS degree in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. She has been married for 14 years and has 2 daughters, ages 9 and 6, who both attended Channing Day School. Carly's most recent experience includes working in the All Souls Kindergarten program and tutoring elementary school students in reading through Reading Partners. She is excited to follow in her mother's footsteps and join the Channing team.
Lesley Bumgarner has an undergraduate degree from UCLA in Motion Pictures/TV. She also has a degree from National Louis University (NLU) in Chicago, where she received an MA in Teaching. She has previous teaching experience both in and out of Tulsa and she is one of our Explorer teachers. Lesley is married to Chris. They have one son and twin daughters. This is Lesley’s 5th year at Channing.
Tucky Hazen graduated from the University of Tulsa with a BS in Education. She taught at Temple Israel for ten years and B’nai Emunah for 7 years. Tucky teaches the 3’s T-Th. She has 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. This is her 20th year at Channing.
Bryndle Jameson graduated from the University of Tulsa with degrees in Psychology and Early Intervention. She’s also had experience teaching Kindermusic and Court School, a program to educate childen about the courtroom process. Bryndle is married to Don and has two sons who are Channing alums. This is her 5th year at Channing.
Casie Lewis was educated at Mt. Holyoke with degrees in Psychology and Economics; her psychology specialty was Early Childhood. This is her 5th year at Channing teaching the 4’s. Casie is married to Hal and has two grown sons, who are both Channing alums.
Katie Miller was educated at Oregon State and California State with a BA. Since college, she has studied Early Childhood and has been a part-time teacher in Tulsa Public Schools. Katie is married to Scott and has 2 children, both Channing graduates. She is teaching M-W-F 3’s. This will be Katie’s 2nd year at Channing.
Judie Moore obtained a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas. She has taught in Head Start programs and in 4th through 6th grade classrooms. For ten years she taught in Channing’s morning Kindergarten program. Judie now teaches the Tuesday afternoon Spanish in Song class for the Explorers program. This is her 27th year with Channing. She and her husband Doug have been married for 48 years. They have 4 grown children and 3 grandchildren.
Judy Skaistis has a degree in Business and has a lot of Early Childhood experience. She’s taught at Temple Israel and B’nai Emunah. She taught in the 4-year old program at Channing for many years before moving out of town. This is her 16th year back with us. Judy teaches 5 days (M-F) in the 3-year-old program. She’s been married to Michael for 47 years and has 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren.