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children in the blue room

Blue Room

Ages: 2 years old

Enrollment: 14 children

Fowler Memorial House, Room 191


Jamie Rismiller


Jamie Rismiller
Head Teacher
(765) 494-5501

B.S. in Family Studies, Ohio State University

Prior to starting at MCDLS, I was a preschool teacher in Kansas City and Des Moines, Iowa. I have always enjoyed teaching and interacting with children of all ages, but particularly enjoy working with younger children in preschool. Their curiosity level is incredibly high and I enjoy them always looking for answers to their never ending questions. I love embracing the sense of independency they are learning to have and being able to increase their social, development, and academic skills while in our room. I look forward to creating a safe, welcoming, and developmentally rich classroom where the children will thrive and be able to express themselves freely. Teaching 2 year olds can be challenging, but incredibly rewarding at the same time and I look forward to creating bonds with each and every child in the Blue Room.

In my time outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Gus, and our dog, Barkley. I also love being with friends and family back in Ohio and traveling whenever possible. I am a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan and love going to as many football games as possible in the fall!

Heather Gerrard


Heather Gerrard
Associate Teacher

BS in Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University, 2002

I am the Associate teacher in the Blue Room. I come to the Miller Child Development Laboratory School from Area IV Head Start. I have spent 13 years being with children and watching them learn and grow from day to day. It is my goal to provide a loving, safe environment where I hope that the children and the parents enjoy coming to everyday.


Dena Brunton


Birdena (Dena) Brunton
Child Care Aide
(765) 494-0240

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

I have enjoyed working with children since high school, when I began babysitting. Later I had my own family child care home for several years. In 2003, I was blessed to get this job at Purdue working with all these wonderful children. I love working with the children, because I know I am looking out for their welfare and have their best interests in mind. It is extremely rewarding to work with children. Today's children may be tomorrow's great inventors, great doctors, or ...the sky's the limit!

I develop a close bond with each child, but make sure that I do not compete with the parents or other family caregivers. I feel it is important to support them in their role.


Leslie Tia


Leslie Tia
Child Care Aide
(765) 494-0240

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), 2010
Associate Board of the Royal School of Music Certificates (1998, 2000)
Purdue University French Proficiency Certificate

I have always loved and enjoyed playing with children, but I never thought of becoming an early childhood teacher. I was hired as a child care aide at the Miller Lab School about 6 years ago. Since then, I am lucky to be able to teach and have a routine while my children are older now. It is hard work but it comes with a lot of playing and creating. In return, the children at the school love me and their parents accept me. This is the most rewarding aspect of my work. I also have the privilege of working with colleagues whose support and love are undeniably an important reason for me to stay.



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