Who We Are

Denise Wilson, Director

Denise was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Her childhood was filled with playing competitive volleyball and softball and spending summers with her grandparents and many cousins.

Denise Received her B.S. in Communication, Sciences & Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to complete her Masters in Family Centered Early Education at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Denise has taught in preschool and elementary settings for many years and spent 5 years as a children’s associate librarian at the Ashland Public Library helping children and families connect with the rich world of children’s literature. Most recently, Denise studied Waldorf education and taught for 3 years at Madrone Trail Public Charter School bringing a class of children through first, second, and third grade. She obtained training from Rudolf Steiner College in storytelling, pentatonic flute, eurythmy, and watercolor painting through their Art of Teaching Program. She has several Deaf family members and loves sharing American Sign Language with children.

Denise, and her wife, moved to Ashland in 2007 to raise their 7 children. She enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading and exploring in nature.

Emma Palombo, Teacher

Emma Palombo was born in Loveland Colorado. She was immersed in community from a young age being raised on “Sunrise Ranch”, and holds a high value to community. She came to Ashland in 2005 and graduated from Ashland High.
Emma has worked in an array of jobs, from child care, to restaurants, to handyman and beyond. No matter what the job she finds joy through creativity and quality.
In her free time Emma very much likes to spend time outdoors, build, and cook. She is particularly passionate about the environment, and is excited to bring nature into the classroom.