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Sunflower Preschool Welcomes New Owner

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Sunflower Preschool Welcomes New Owner

To Celebrate and Introduce New Families Boulder School Hosts Open House:

 35 Years, The Next Generation

Sunflower Preschool in Boulder is celebrating two milestones this year: Founder and Owner Debbie Ellman is retiring and her daughter, Marisa Ellman, is taking over as Owner/Operator. Sunflower, a Montessori-based preschool known for fostering creative play in a multi-sensory outdoor environment (certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom), has been teaching young children since 1981.

“Sunflower has been my heart and soul for 35 years,” Says Founder, Debra Ellman. “I am proud we have created a preschool where children can play and learn in a child directed environment. An environment where the outdoor classroom is of equal importance, and the children are free to run, explore and  stimulate their curiosity in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. What an honor that Marisa and the team of seasoned and professional Sunflower teachers (Carrie Luttrell, Marcia Platt, and Sunflower Mars have been teaching for over 15 years at the school) will continue as part of Sunflower’s unique team teaching environment.”

Marisa Ellman, who attended Sunflower as a child, worked at the school during summers when she was in high school and college, and now is taking over as the new owner, is excited to run the school. She has a BA in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Oregon and an MA in Government, Diplomacy, and Conflict Studies from IDC Herzliya in Israel. Marisa spent four years in Israel teaching English and helping refugee youth. She is currently working on her Director Certification for Early Childhood Education.

“I am thrilled to be taking over as Owner and Operator of Sunflower and to continue my mom’s leadership and vision,” said Marisa Ellman. “I have always believed that there is nothing more important than making a difference in the life of a child. It has been a privilege to work with so many children over the years and watch them thrive and grow at Sunflower. I look forward to continuing to foster a school where children can explore the outdoors and learn the necessary skills to thrive in the world.”

To help smooth the transition, Sunflower is working with Denver company, R S Tipton,, experts in transformational change.

And, to celebrate the new ownership, Sunflower is hosting an open house, 35 Years: The Next Generation, for past and current Sunflower families and for new families to learn more about the school. Refreshments will be served. Children are welcome. Sunday, August 21 from 4 to 6 pm at the school: 3340 Dartmouth, Boulder, CO. Please RSVP:



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