Jim Heaney

Principal Teacher and Director


In 1973 Jim was asked to help create Our School Preschool with Yvonne Mayer, and has taught at Our School since its inception. He has a background beginning in architecture then moved through math and science before settling into in psychology and philosophy. After concluding studies at the University of Colorado, Jim submitted his early childhood education course work to the Colorado Department of Human Services to become qualified first as a teacher and then as a director. During the 70’s Jim was a part of the staff at Mountain View Center for Environmental Studies, directed by Dr. David Hawkins at the University of Colorado. The center was a place for preschool to fifth grade teachers to learn and enhance their profession.

Jim’s role was to maintain the library at Mountain View Center, direct the resource shop in collaboration with Mountain View Center teaching staff and students regarding projects associated with courses directed by Mountain View Center staff and participated for a short time with Elisabeth Kellogg to document the history of Mountain View Center. As an offshoot of Mountain View Center, Jim participated along with other teachers in seminars with Francis and David Hawkins.

Jim was a participant in the documentary In the Children’s Garden: The Educational Legacy of Frances and David Hawkins.

Megan Fischer



Megan has been teaching at Our School Preschool since 2011. Her background includes a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of San Diego and a M.A. in Philosophy and Ethics from Colorado State University. Her own children, now teenagers, attended Our School.

Yvonne Mayer

Teacher and Director Emeritus


Yvonne founded Our School Preschool in 1973 with Jim Heaney and the help of parents, and has taught there continuously since then. She did her degree work in French and English literature at the University of Paris. Yvonne’s interest in early childhood education began in New York as an apprentice in the late 50’s. Yvonne continued her early childhood education studies in Colorado, becoming qualified as a director prior to starting Our School Preschool in 1973. She is a former instructor of early childhood education at Red Rocks College, a former staff member at David Hawkins’s Mountain View Center for Environmental Education (where she taught classes in bookmaking and linguistics), and was a contributing writer to Outlook Magazine a publication of Mountain View Center for Environmental Education.