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Families of child who are four years old, should start on the state's Universal Preschool (UPK) Web site: and then complete Jeffco's application at
Families of children who are three years old should begin with

Our Preschool
Our preschool will launch in August 2023 with two multi-age classrooms.  These classrooms will consist mostly of four-year-old students with a handful of three-year-old students.  Each classroom will have both a licensed early childhood teacher (birth through eight years old) AND a certified early childhood education partner (ECIP).  This will maintain a 10:1 ratio (students:adults).

For questions about curriculum, please contact
Suanne Hawley, Director of Early Learning
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For tours of GRE and general PK-5 school questions, please contact:
Ryan Lucas, Principal
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Tuition Schedule
Download Jeffco's Preschool Tuition Schedule: 2023-2024 Tuition Schedule.pdf

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Mr. Johnny Arnold, Teacher
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Mr. Arnold is new to GR,, but not new to teaching. He has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and is licensed to teach birth to sixth grade. He has been teaching in Jeffco for 28 years, mostly in kindergarten but also 1/2 multi-age, and K-1 multi-age. He has a wonderful wife named Shannon, who also teaches at GRE, and he loves to spend time with her, his daughter Ella (20), and his son Sam (17). He spends time listening to music and singing, travelling, and cheering for the Broncos. He also has a crazy dog named Ollie, who keeps his family busy. Mr. Arnold is looking forward to being a part of the Governor’s Ranch community and creating a fun environment where young kiddos can thrive and grow.
 Photo of Riley Dougherty Ms. Riley Dougherty, Teacher
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Ms. Dougherty is excited to start her first year teaching at GRE! She has worked at GRE in the SSN classroom and before and after care.
Ms. Dougherty graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. She then went on to get her masters degree in Elementary Education.
In her free time she enjoys hiking and being outdoors. Her favorite place to be is somewhere warm with a beach!
Picture of Mrs. Ellis Jackie Ellis, Early Childhood Educational Partner
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Jackie is so excited to be a part of the GRE community as a member of the preschool family. 
What Jackie loves most about teaching in preschool is getting to be a part of helping our youngest kiddos find the joy in learning and being at school. 
Jackie has been in the Jeffco ECE program since 2015. All three of her children received their education in Jeffco.  David is almost 30, a Law Enforcement Agent in Lakewood, married to Jacque, a Special Ed teacher and he's daddy to Leon. Grasyn, 20 soon, is exploring a career in the vet tech field while working at a local vet clinic. Josie just turned 12 and is a typical bubbly preteen, a student at Ken Caryl MS and helps to keep Jackie young while simultaneously making her feel old. 
Jackie enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, reading, taking walks and binge-watching documentaries. 
 Photo of Angie Thomas Angie Thomas, Early Childhood Educational Partner
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While Angie Thomas was completing her masters in Applied Mathematics she was a classroom volunteer in her eldest son’s preschool class; this is where she found her passion for early childhood education. It’s been 28 years in Jeffco’s Preschool Program and five children later! She has two sons, Mitchel and Brisen and three daughters, Sierra, Jaidyn and Ryker. When she’s not teaching preschool she’s spending time with her children with their sports, theater and school activities. She also loves to hike, travel and just hang out with her family playing games, watching movies and creating lifelong memories together! Even though this will be Angie’s first year at Governor’s Ranch Elementary, she is looking forward to a lasting partnership with the GRE community.
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