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 first 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 14th year at Channing, she serves as owner and director. 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 2 daughters whom 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 teaches in the four-year-old program. This is her fifth year teaching at Channing.
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. She teaches the Great Artist Program on Thursday afternoons. Lesley is married to Chris. They have one son and twin daughters. This is Lesley’s 8th year at Channing.
Danielle Carlotti-Smith earned a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures at Washington State University, an MA in French Cultural Studies at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in French and New World Studies at the University of Virginia. She has taught French at the collegiate level and English to non-English speakers in both public and private schools in Miami, Florida, El Salvador and Japan. This will be second year to introduce French to the four-year-olds through singing and games. She and her husband Bob have two daughters. One daughter is a Channing alum and the other daughter is currently attending the four-year-old program.
Debbie DuVall has a background in business. When she retired she wanted to devote her time to teaching. She brings passion and love to the three-year-old class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. She is married to Dennis and has three grown daughters and four grandchildren. We are happy to have her here!
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 seven years. Tucky teaches the three-year-olds on Tuesdays and Thursday. She has three grown children and six grandchildren. This is her 23rd 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 eighth year at Channing teaching the four-year-olds.
Casie Lewis was educated at Mt. Holyoke with degrees in Psychology and Economics; her psychology specialty was Early Childhood. This is her eighth year at Channing teaching the four-year-olds. Casie is married to Hal and has two grown sons, who are both Channing alums.
Judie Moore obtained a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas. She has taught in Head Start programs and in fourth grade to sixth grade classes. For ten years she taught in Channing’s morning Kindergarten program. Judie now teaches the Tuesday afternoon Spanish in Song class for the four-year-olds. This is her 30th year with Channing. She and her husband Doug have four grown children and five grandchildren.
Denise Riley received degrees in Marketing and Management at Northeastern State University and Tulsa Community College. This is her second year to teach in the four-year-old program on Monday afternoons. Her daughter and son are both Channing alumni. Her mother, Debbie DuVall is also a teacher here!
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. This is her 24th year teaching three and four-year-olds. Judy teaches Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the 3-year-old program. She is married to Michael and has two grown children and four grandchildren.