Firefly Family

Julie Kiewatt, Firefly Owner and Director

Julie is the owner and director of Firefly Children’s Center and Firefly Healing Arts.  Firefly was created 7j7a10692out of the desire to help the community and her daughter in an additional method than counseling.  Julie found that by the time clients came to her that they already had trouble looking for the positive in every situation, a lack of positive identity, and were searching for “something more” in life.  What better way to counteract future struggles than to instill healthy thinking in our children?  She holds a B.A. in Spanish Education and an MA in Mental Health Counseling.  She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), an Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning Practitioner, holds a Pastoral counseling certification and is an Advanced ThetaHealing Practioner.  She has worked as a lead teacher in preschools, taught high school Spanish for 6 years, and began her private counseling practice in 2008.

Julie lives with her husband John, their daughters Araya (5 yrs) and Aivee (2 y), and their 2 Dogs at Firefly Horse Co Located off Columbia Falls Stage Rd.  She has a passion for the outdoors, spirituality, languages, music, horses and dogs.

Libby Eastman, Assistant Director

My name is Libby. I am the proud mom of two amazing kids, LibbyAiden is a fun loving 5 year old and Nora is a spunky smart 18month old. We transplanted to Kalispell MT from upstate NY a year ago and we are so happy we did.  We love to adventure outdoors- hiking, water skiing, kayaking, playing outside in the snow and sun and learning as a family how to grow a garden. I have many years experience working in a license childcare facility in NY. As well as working as an office manager for a small family owned business. Working at Firefly for me is combining both my experience and passion in one job! I am able to work in a loving, nurturing, supportive environment while watching my children from afar, learn and grow and build confidence on their own.  It’s priceless!

Bailey Lalum, Administration & AID

Bailey graduated in business from Montana State. While attending Montana State  she worked at a childcare facility and really loved it. She wanted to find a similar experience when she found Firefly. In her spare time she loves being outdoors with my four-legged children, (dogs) Dug and Walter and my two-legged husband, Ryan.

Kari Rounds, Firefly Preschool Lead Teacher (4s and 5s)

My name is Kari. I was born and raised in Whitefish, MT and have enjoyed every minute of it. I graduated from the University of Great Falls in 2012 with my BA in Elementary Education and have been working in preschools around the valley ever since.  I  love  the outdoors and a passion for hiking. I spend every weekend I can out on a trail or camping. I have a 6 year old lab mix named Bailey who also loves to hike and swim. I love working with children and can’t imagine doing anything else. The bond created between a child and their teacher/caregiver is irreplaceable and I cherish every moment of getting to know my kids.

 

Barbara Otey, Firefly Dragonfly Teacher (4 & 5s)

Cindy Geiger,  Firefly Dragonfly Teacher (2s and 3s)

Cindy has worked at Firefly for over a year, she is from the Midwest, having moved out to Montana from Ohio 2 years ago. She has a wonderful family. Her immediate family (parents, 2 brothers & their families) are all back in Ohio & her extended family is scattered all over the US and Beyond.

Her education/career background has been of psychology & social work. She holds a B.A in psychology  & is a licensed social worker in my state of Ohio. I have several years experience as a nursing home social worker, along with experience with the younger set (Preschool Teacher, daycare, summer camps, etc)

She noticed Firefly by seeing Julie’s creative ad- which mentioned Firefly is organic, creative & full of light. That caught her eye!

Stephanie King, Firefly Dragonfly Lead Teacher (2s and 3s)

Kristy Lee, Butterfly Room Lead Teacher

Kasey Allegro, Butterfly Room Aide

 

Hannah Owens, Caterpillar Room Lead Teacher (3 m – 9m)

Hannah was born and raised in the Flathead Valley. She enjoys Fishing, photography, church, and being out in the sunshine. Graduated highschool in 2007 with 10 years’ experience in childcare. She started working in childcare in 2006 and continues to have a passion for working with children. Hannah married her high school sweetheart in 2013 and was blessed with her son Connor in 2010. She wasn’t familiar with the waldorf philosophy until  she found Firefly fell in love with the way of nurturing and teaching that is shown at Firefly.

Kindra Weaver, Caterpillar Room Aide (3 m – 9m)