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Building Bridges Preschool Team

Highly Qualified

Ashley Swimmer


Ashley opened Building Bridges Preschool in 2010. Her passion for teaching inspired her to create a program designed to help children build bridges toward a future of educational success.

Nicole Damhesel


Nicole has been with Building Bridges since 2010 and not only is she a treasure in the classroom, she is a vital contributor to our curriculum development and teacher training program.

Heather Aguiar

Assit. Director/Lead Teacher

Heather has been with Building Bridges since 2016. Heather is the lead instructor is our 2's program and works side by side with Nicole on curriculum development and teacher training program.


3's Teacher

Kara has been teaching at Building Bridges since 2018. Kara leads our 3's program as well as our afternoon program. She has a passion for the outdoors and is always looking for way to incorporate that into her classroom.

Karen Isham

4's Teacher

Karen joined Building Bridges in 2015. Karen teaches in our 4's classroom. Karen has a passion for working with children and is a big kid at heart. She loves reading stories, singing songs, and jumping rope.

Katrina Ilas

Assistant Teacher

Katrina joined the Building Bridges in 2016. Katrina has worked in all of our age groups but primarily works with the 4's group. Katrina is always willing to lend a helping hand and loves spending her time playing with the kids.


Assistant Teacher

Alex is the newest member of the Building Bridges team, joining in late 2018. Alex works with our 2's but she also plays a vital role in our 2's/3's transition period. She enjoys teaching the children new Spanish words or reading their favorite stories in Spanish.