Preschool And ECE

Stephanie has identified practical research-based applications and practices based on developmentally appropriate practices that when implemented result in the establishment of an effective learning environment in which children are highly engaged and encouraged to explore, create, and learn.  Emphasis is on the value of focusing on developmentally appropriate routines, schedules, and management procedures with the goal of creating and sustaining an engaging, safe, positive atmosphere where children, staff, and families experience SUCCESS!

Effectively guiding children's behavior is essential part of creating and maintaining classrooms and districts that facilitate learning. Implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS), Second Step Social Emotional Curriculum, Conscious Discipline, and the principles of guidance such as scheduling, morning routines, and principles of guidance into the daily routines in early childhood classroom.  I can provide professional development, classroom observations, and coaching focused on the effective implementation and monitoring of these activities.

I have significant experience in community outreach for local early childhood education plan including but not limited to planning Kindergarten Transitions fairs, STEM family events, Monthly Partners in Print workshops. In addition I facilitated partnerships with families through home-school connections through newsletters, literacy libraries and literacy backpacks. View Feedback from Families. 

They are many community grants available to help early childhood classrooms enrich their classrooms and their experiential learning. I have worked to not only apply for grants but have been successful in the majority of the applications.

preschool Student

Fall and spring DRDP results for 2014 - 2015 indicated:



gain in students at building and
integrating in Self and Social Development.


gain in students at building and
integrating in Language and Literacy.


gain in students at building and
integrating in Mathematics.

As a director of an Early Childhood Education program I applied and was awarded several grants from various local state and federal funding sources. 


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Parents satisfied or very satisfied
from completed surveys.
(59% of parents completed surveys)


of parents responded that they felt their child was happy in the program


of parents responded that they felt their child was safe in the program


Rose A. Kellegher

Counselor, Lincoln Primary School: Anaconda School District

"Stephanie is more than a consultant, she always goes above and beyond and has most assuredly became a part of our school family. She is a breath of fresh air with charisma and a genuine heart. She encourages all staff to identify their strengths and grow their capabilities while keeping the student's learning at the center of instruction. Her wealth of knowledge in research and theory and multitude of past experiences has helped our school to grow and achieve goals we never dreamed possible. What she has brought to our school will live on for many years to come."

BJ Robertson

“I want to thank Stephanie for her time and mentorship in my first year of teaching. The guidance I received through her classroom visits and follow up meetings were extremely helpful. Her instruction, goal setting, and feedback helped me implement bell ringers, the use of timers, improving student responses, group discussion, and exit tickets over the course of the year. She is a tremendous resource with classroom experience and knowledge.”

Hannah Gullickson

Running Start Kindergarten Lead Teacher, Whittier Elementary School

Stephanie Lester is an instructional consultant I wish every program could have. With her knowledge and experience in evidence-based practices for ECE, the teachers she worked with gained valuable instructional methods to improve the quality of their programs. Stephanie also collaborated with the administrators who were able to learn how to carry out her on-site coaching into other grades. Collaborating with Stephanie was instrumental in improving our district's preschool programs with short and long-term goals. The programs would not be to the high standard they are without her guidance.”

Sandy Cade

DPHHS/OPI Regional Specialist

“Teaming with Stephanie to support Montana Preschool Development programs was tremendously successful; her genuine ability to develop relationship based coaching support increased quality of practice and outcomes. Stephanie’s knowledge of content and training & technical skills created effective and successful professional development for leadership and staff.”

D. Swatman-Stewart

Teacher participating in coaching cycles

“I love kids, and I definitely don't want to lose the incredible joy that this profession can bring. I just really appreciated having someone who simultaneously validated how I was feeling, highlighted the strengths seen, and gave actual constructive feedback!  In all honesty I think I'll remember our talk for a very long time. Thank you.”

ECE program testimonial

Brenda Smith

Retired, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

"Stephanie Lester is a true visionary in Early Childhood Education (ECE)!  Her leadership and expertise for ECE programs is outstanding.  She brings quality and expertise  to  program development which consistently leads to success for young learners. Her support to ECE programs  increases the quality of the environment and instruction, which in turn is reflected  in increased student achievement!

Testimonial for Education consulting

Susan Hyder

Educational Specialist

"Stephanie Lester is passionate about science, early childhood education,  and empowering educators. While our director, she built quality and consistency into our early childhood education program by focusing on developmentally appropriate practice and research-based strategies.  Her leadership skills and experience in teaching and mentoring both children and adults enable her to provide highly motivating training that gives participants research based, hands-on activities that motivate our youngest learners.  She never disappoints to entertain, engage, and enlighten early childhood educators!"

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