Meet Our Team

Preschool & Daycare Center Serving Montana City, Clancy, Helena And East Helena, MT

Rachel Supalla M. Ed

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Rachel has her Master’s degree in Early Childhood administration. She went to college in Springfield, Mo and San Diego California for a degree in Early Childhood education. Rachel became Montessori certified in 2010 and has since developed a unique, progressive educational system that combines the best of all Early Childhood methods.
She has written articles for several magazines and online publications discussing Early Childhood and Montessori methods. Her unique Early Childhood methods have been featured on many popular Early Childhood websites and are well known throughout the country. Through careful observations and assessments, the staff at Discovery Kidzone has seen great success with this method of education. Rachel is continuing her education to eventually obtain her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Administration and Curriculum Development.
When she is not working in the education field, she is at home with her husband and high school sweetheart, Eric. She has been happily married for 20 years and is the proud mother of 4 children named Abigail, Allison, Zackary and Trenton. She has recently begun writing and blogging.
Developing and sharing new teaching methods is her passion! Rachel enjoys being in the outdoors, water skiing, 4 wheeling, horseback riding, traveling with her family, gourmet cooking, baking, decorating and anything creative.

Melissa Velin

Director of Education (DKZ 1)

Mrs. Melissa Velin has been part of the DKZ family for 5 years and has been in the Early Childhood field for over 13 years. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has worn many hats within DKZ, but is now the Director of Education and the lead Otters teacher. She is passionate about the families she meets and the children she teaches.
Sarah Roddewig

Sarah Roddewig

Director of Core Values (DKZ 2)

Sarah has been with Discovery Kidzone since 2014. She started as a school age teacher and has since been a cook, floater, assistant teacher, and lead teacher. She is now the Assistant Director at DKZ 2. Sarah has her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood and her daughter, who was born in June 2018, attends DKZ 1.

Claire Lombardo

DKZ 3 Director

Since I was a toddler I have loved infants. I started babysitting at age 10 with supervision from my mom. In 2010 I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from CSUDH. I accumulated a decade of experience teaching Parent/Child, Preschool, and Grade School development classes at The Little Gym of Torrance and Lakewood, CA.

On October 3, 2020, my husband and I got married. We promptly packed up and moved to Helena the following week. We love to snowboard, hike, and take road trips. We have two cats, one dog, and ten fish.

Prior to being the Regional Director of The Little Gym, I was a Program Director, lifeguard, and swim/dive/water polo instructor for The City of Vacaville, CA. During my college career, I have been a preschool teacher and interned in several child care programs. I have been working with infants at Discovery Kid Zone in Montana City for the last year. I am extremely excited to bring my experience to the Clancy location and have the opportunity to help your little ones grow.

Stacey Graham

Stacey Graham

Lead Infant Teacher and Director of Administration (DKZ 1)

Mrs. Stacey Graham is one of the Directors and a teacher at Discovery Kidzone. In her many years working for Discovery Kidzone, Stacey received two scholarships to achieve her Montessori Teaching Diploma and CDA certification. Stacey studied ECE in California and is continuing her education here in Montana.
She moved to Montana from California with her husband six years ago, fell in love with this scenic place and has been working for Discovery Kidzone since 2013. Stacey has always been inspired to work with children ever since she could remember. She started out as a substitute teacher, then an assistant who became a lead teacher, and is a Director today. Stacey holds a special place in her heart to welcome every family to this enchanting family-oriented Montessori program.

Eric Supalla

Chief Operations Officer and Jack of All Trades

Eric started his career in Early Childhood as a toddler teacher after many years of experience working for a government contractor and leading teams of mostly men. He is now Mr. Everything. Eric has taught every age group and was the school age Director. He is our maintenance man and does billing for all four schools.
Eric Supalla
He is also our resident outdoor and survival specialist and handyman. Eric is married to Mrs. Rachel and together they have 4 children. Eric coaches football and baseball in Jefferson County and enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and anything outdoors.
Aurora Sebestyen

Aurora Sebestyen

Lead Pre-K Teacher Montessori Specialist (DKZ 2)

Aurora has been with Discovery Kidzone since 2015. She has many years of experience in the Early Childhood field and has worked at Large Child Development centers on military bases in California. Aurora is Montessori certified and is our resident Montessori specialist.
Aurora takes pride in her environment and trains other teachers in the Montessori methods. She is married and has one son and two grandsons.

Nicole Kunnary

Lead Infant Teacher (DKZ 1)

Nicole is one of our lead infant teachers and is a native Montanan. Nicole has been working in Early Childhood for 13 years and started out by helping her mom with her home daycare while she was in high school. She has worked in preschool centers since 2011 and joined the DKZ family in 2017. Nicole has taken both infant/toddler and preschool module classes, and is planning on going back to school this fall to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education.
Nicole Kunnary

How Old Is Your Child?


6 Wks - 12 Months


2 - 3 Years


3 - 4 Years

Advanced Pre-K

4 - 5 Years

Before & After School

6 - 12 Years

summer camp

6 - 12 Years