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Prism Education Center has five early education classrooms serving students 6-weeks to 5-years old.


Shakea Burgess

Ms. Shakea is the lead teacher of the Transitional Kindergarten class. Before working at Prism, she worked at a Montessori School. She is currently getting a degree in Early Childhood Development and is in Prism’s Leadership Training program. In her free time she enjoys photography, spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, and spending time with her daughter who is currently a student in the Purple room.

Jerusha Gittlen

Ms. Jerusha is the Lead Teacher in the Infant Classroom. She's been at Prism since October 2012, initially serving two years in Prism’s AmeriCorps ELEVATE program and working in the Infant Classroom since 2014. Jerusha loves bonding with each baby and celebrating their growth milestones. Jerusha graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies from Moody Bible Institute in 2002. Outside of Prism Jerusha enjoys spending time with friends and church, reading, and cooking.

Joleen Torgerson

Ms. Joleen is the lead teacher of the toddlers. Prior to this, she spent two years as an AmeriCorps Service Member at Prism. She has been a teacher’s aid for preschool, kindergarten, and third and fourth grades. Currently she is in the process of working on her elementary education degree. She joined Prism as part of the AmeriCorps ELEVATE program because she loves working with children. In her free time, Joleen enjoys reading, music, crafting, and sitting in nature as the sun goes down.

Lisa Maldonado

Ms. Lisa is the lead teacher in the 3-year-old classroom. She has worked with elementary school students, as well as kindergarteners in the past, and she served as a Spanish bilingual tutor in an elementary school for several years. She has an Associate of Arts and Social Studies. Lisa enjoys seeing the growth of the children, and she enjoys being a part of the personal development of each of the children at Prism. When she is not working, Lisa enjoys crafting, listening to music, spending time with loved ones, and painting.