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Meet our Staff

We are thankful that we have such a committed and skilled staff. Each has been chosen not only for their experience and educational background, but also for their warmth and commitment to enhancing the lives of children and families.

Victoria Sweet – Director

Dr. Victoria Sweet is our Director for the Family Enrichment Center. She loves connecting with our children and families. Victoria comes from Humboldt Unified School District, where she was with the district for three years. While at Humboldt, she served as the Assistant Director, Special Services. Victoria lives in Prescott with her husband. They have a grown daughter and two young grandchildren. When not working, you will find Victoria and her husband enjoying motorsport activities, including curvy roads and mountain trails.


Karen Rodriguez – Coordinator

Hello, my name is Karen Rodriguez and I have been a part of the FEC since 2021. In my time here I have served in various roles both inside and outside of the classroom. I love seeing the children at the center grow throughout our program and enjoy getting to know all of our families. I have more than 10 years experience working in early childhood and was able to attend some courses here at Yavapai College as well. I look forward to continuing to be a part of the Family Enrichment Center as the Coordinator for the center.

I have 3 young daughters and have been married for 16 years. I enjoy being out in nature, traveling, spending time at the beach when I visit my family in California and just overall doing things with my kids.


Nicole Moore – Part-time Administrative Assistant

My name is Nicole Moore and I became part of the dynamic FEC team in January of 2024 as a part-time administrative assistant. I look forward to the coming years of opportunity and growth, especially in the role of classroom substitute. I have an extensive work and volunteer history that currently includes the PreK room on Sundays. Education is of great importance to me and as such I completed an Associate Degree in General Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Public Agency Service, and a Master of Business Administration.

Born and raised in Arizona I enjoy spending time outdoors, exploring small town AZ, traveling, reading, group exercise classes, continuing education, and spending time with my pets, family and friends.


Jeannie Culbert – Infant Room Mentor Teacher

Hello, my name is Jeannie Culbert, and I am the mentor teacher in the infant room. I am new to the FEC. I have a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona and I have my Early Childhood Teaching certification. I have worked in a preschool and have taught grades Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. This year I decided I needed a change and found myself at the FEC and am loving the infant room!

I have 2 children, my son graduated from Montana State last year and is now living and working in Montana and my daughter is a Sophomore at the University of Arizona. I love spending time with my kids. I love to travel and explore new places. I love being out in nature and taking pictures of nature. Winter is my favorite time in Prescott, I love the snow and cold!


Coming Soon – Infant Room Teacher


Ashley Brown – Toddler A Mentor Teacher

Hi! My name is Ashley Brown, and I am the mentor teacher in Toddler A. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University in 2010. I’ve worked with children in summer camps, school districts, private preschools and even watched children from my in-home daycare. With all the different experiences I have, working with young toddlers is my absolute favorite. Seeing growth in the children is the most rewarding and exciting aspect. I love getting to know their personalities, providing experiences for them to learn and grow from plus they give the best snuggles!!

When I am not working, I’m usually spending time outside with my family. Mike and I have been married for 9 years. We have 2 children, Lincoln and Della. We moved to Prescott, from Gilbert AZ, in 2018 and have loved being here since!! We love getting outdoors, the chill vibes and small town feel, and you can’t beat the weather!


Catalina Thompson – Toddler A Teacher

Hello! My name is Catalina Thompson, and I am the teacher in Toddler A. I am so excited to be part of the FEC family. I am even more excited to work with all my amazing friends in Toddler A. I grew up in Arizona and am finishing my AA with an early childhood education intent. I am on track to graduate in May of 2024.

I have worked in various forms of child care since high school, including being a camp counselor, babysitter, dance teacher, and preschool teacher. I love teaching myself new skills and learning new things. I am currently trying to crochet. I live in Prescott with my boyfriend, Isaac, and my kitty, Clover.

I can be found exploring the city and hanging out with friends. I cannot wait to keep learning about and working with my favorite friends.


Mattie Dundas-Tillman- Toddler B Mentor Teacher

My name is Mattie Dundas-Tillman, and I am so excited to be a part of the FEC team! I am the Mentor Teacher in the Toddler B classroom.

I was born and raised here in Prescott, Az and I have a younger sister. My dad worked for the forest service and my mom was a music teacher for PUSD. After I graduated from Prescott High School, I began taking classes here at Yavapai College. I transferred to NAU and moved to Flagstaff. I majored in Elementary Education and received a Bachelor of Science in Education. I have my Arizona Teaching Certificate for Elementary (K-8) with an Early Childhood Endorsement (Birth-Age 8).

I taught Kindergarten/1st grade for 8 years and then began teaching Preschool. Preschool is by far my favorite age to teach! This will be my 11th year teaching.

I am married and have two incredibly active and adorable little boys. My oldest son is Bode and he is 4. He is currently in Preschool B. My sweet baby boy is Jory, and he is 9 months. He is currently in the Infant room. We also have two big dogs, Echo and Mia.

I am so grateful to have my boys with me at FEC. In the short amount of time I have been here, I have seen my two boys thrive and I believe I have grown into a better teacher by learning and playing with the children in Toddler B. I feel so lucky to be a part of this wonderful program at Yavapai College.


John Olivas – Toddler B Teacher

Hello, my name is John Olivas, I was born in Yuma, AZ, grew up in a small farming town about 55 minutes outside of Yuma called Roll, AZ. After graduating high school, I moved to Prescott, AZ in 2000. I graduated with my A.A.S in Early Childhood Education in 2007, and furthermore was hired as a student worker the same year. I have been part of the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center here at the FEC for about 14 years. I have been in all the classrooms from the infant room to the preschool rooms, including the kitchen and front desk.

My favorite age group to work with is the infants to 2-year-olds. Currently I am back at Yavapai College, working towards my business administration degree part time. When I am not teaching, I like watching sports, like soccer, baseball, and the Olympics. In addition, I enjoy hiking, Zumba, exercising, playing video games, going to the movies, being outdoors and reading.


Lauren Calkins – Preschool A Mentor Teacher

Lauren is the mentor teacher in Preschool A. She has over 25 years experience working with young children including as a substitute teacher here at the FEC from 2016-2018. Lauren loves to come alongside children to help them discover the world and their place in it. She lives with two of her five children and four of her eleven grandchildren plus a couple of kitty cats. During her free time she enjoys reading, crocheting and dancing.


Sarah Martin – Preschool A Teacher

Hi there! My name is Sarah Martin, and I am the teacher in the Preschool A classroom. I was born and raised near Chicago, Illinois, but I moved to Prescott when I was 21 years old. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a young girl. I would play "school" with my neighbor, and we would use our stuffed animals as our students. My mom and sister are teachers as well, so we are a family of teachers. I graduated with my AAS from Yavapai College and would eventually like to continue on with my Bachelors.

I started working at the FEC in 2019 as a student worker in the Toddler B classroom. The FEC shortly became my 2nd home. In 2022, a position opened up for the teacher in the preschool classroom, so I decided to apply. I was filled with so much joy when I found out I was offered the position. I love watching the children's curiosity and imagination develop during the preschool years. I am very honored to be a part of the children's lives at this young of age. I am very excited to continue my teaching journey at the FEC!

I have a daughter, Isabelle, who is my pride and joy! She is such a sweet, gentle, and spunky little girl! Together we enjoy going on hikes, singing, reading, planting, playing with our 2 dogs, and, of course, cuddling together. My daughter attends the FEC and the memories and relationships she has made there will last a lifetime.


Killian Lord – Preschool B Mentor Teacher

Hello, my name is Killian Lord, and I am the Mentor Teacher in the Preschool B classroom. I was born in Colorado but was raised right here in Prescott, AZ. I graduated from Yavapai College with my Associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, and I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Prescott College.

It is an honor to be a part of the FEC staff. I started as a student teacher in the Toddler B and Preschool A classrooms. I am strongly aligned with the Reggio Emilia influenced classroom and believe in child led, emergent learning. Teaching in Preschool B is a rewarding and wonderful experience every day. It is an honor to watch these young children grow and develop. I love the natural curiosity that children have and I truly am passionate about teaching them and being a part of their joy to learn.

In June 2018 I was lucky enough to marry my best friend Erika. Erika and I have two sons named Logan and Max. As a family we enjoy camping, hiking, traveling and exploring. I also love to Mountain bike, fish, read and wander around our beautiful state in my Jeep.


Laurie Bragdon – Preschool B Teacher

Hi, my name is Laurie Bragdon and I'm the Teacher in the Preschool B classroom. I grew up in the state of Maine, then moved to California to attend Art school. My husband and I moved to Prescott in 1993 and started our family. When my son went to school, I found my passion for teaching. I volunteered at the school so much they gave me a teacher aide position. I then pursued a degree and graduated with honors from Yavapai College with an Associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood.

It is so great to be a part of the FEC Staff. I started as a Student Teacher while attending Yavapai College and was hired in 2010 for a teaching position in the Preschool wing.

I believe in living an inspired life and I enjoy writing, art and the world of science and nature. I have a great love for children and every day I'm amazed that I get to come to work and share the different ways I learn with them.


Paige Johnson – Floater Teacher

Hello! My name is Ms. Paige. I currently work at the FEC as one of our Floater teachers. I know all of our classrooms top to bottom, and love all of our children dearly. The FEC became my home a little over 2 years ago. Since then, I have grown immensely as an educator.

In my spare time I like to collect hobbies. I do everything from painting to crochet. My boyfriend of 6 years, Drake, and I love to hike, camp, and explore Prescott's beautiful landscape.


Shannon Shea – Floater Teacher

Hello, my name is Shannon Shea.

I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA. I was homeschooled from Kindergarten all through 12th grade, after graduating high school in 2015 by family and I moved to Chino Valley, AZ during the summer of 2016.

I started attending Yavapai College in 2017 where I studied performing arts, and during that time I started as a kitchen assistant at the FEC, I had always enjoyed working with children and so when I needed a on campus job it seemed like a natural fit. I quickly realized that the FEC was unlike any other place I’d encountered, the quality of care and the philosophies were what I had always wanted to provide but hadn’t been able to before.

In 2020 when the FEC reopened during the pandemic I started working in what at the time was the Toddler B classroom. When I graduated college in 2022 I worked for a short time as a substitute teacher before returning to YC as a student later that year to get a secondary AA degree in early childhood education.

In spring of 2023 I started working full time as a floater teacher.

When I’m not teaching I enjoy doing crafts, photography, music, and spending time with friends and family.


Deb Bryant – Cook

Deb Bryant has been with the FEC since the beginning of 2023 and brought with her over 15 years of experience in the food industry. She can be found around the center working hard to keep our meals nutritious and on time for our children and staff. Deb’s favorite thing is getting to spend time with our wonderful students ranging from infants to five years of age. On her personal time, Deb enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.