Rhiannon Shook | Director
Born and raised in Montana, Rhiannon Shook planted roots in Bozeman 21 years ago. The birth of her first two children inspired Rhiannon to pursue a career in childcare. After a few years working on her undergraduate degree in early childhood education, Rhiannon opened up an in-home childcare. During this time, she balanced work, family, and working through her degree. Rhiannon ran her in-home childcare program, serving up to 16 children, for 14 years.
Rhiannon volunteers her time as president of the Bozeman Association for the Education of Young Children, a chapter of Montana Association for the Education of Young Children. Rhiannon is the mother of four children, and loves spending her free time with family and close friends. You can find her outside doing anything from hiking, biking, skiing, rafting, fishing, camping and gardening. Rhiannon enjoys live music, making jam, and being creative in all kinds of art mediums.
Rhiannon’s credentials include: B.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Montana Western; M.ED in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Montana; Early Childhood Trainer—Professional Development Specialist Level III; Level 9 on the Montana Early Childhood Practitioner Registry; and Level 3 on the Montana Early Childhood Director Credentialing.
Sara Frye | Lead Childcare Specialist
Sara Frye was born and raised in Washington, and credits her access to high quality education for her passion for working with children. At 13, she began caring for kids as an after school job where she realized this education was an opportunity to help other kids—even of different socioeconomic backgrounds—receive quality education. This motivated Sara to double major in Special Education and Elementary Education at Central Washington University. After graduating, Sara spent five years teaching children with disabilities—including autism, developmental delays, ADHD, and other emotional behavioral disorders—at low-income schools in Yakima, Washington. During this time, she observed the myriad of different lifestyles and teaching methods. Sara made it her goal to ensure all children under her care received the same, high quality care and education, regardless of outside factors.
Sara relocated to Montana in 2019 to work at XY Learning Center. Working with children at the center daily, Sara excels at building respect and trust with each child. She enjoys working with children of all ages, and spends much of her free time reading studies and books, learning different techniques and methods that have been used over time to teach and guide children. She exudes love to all around her. She is often accompanied by her loving shih tzu, Enzo, who is adored by all the children.
Sara's credentials include a B.A. in Special Education, and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Central Washington University, and Level 3 on the Montana Early Childhood Practitioner Registry.
Courtney Klütz | Childcare Specialist
Courtney Klütz was born and raised in Washington and went to school at Central Washington University. After graduating, Courtney moved to Bozeman in August 2019 and worked in the classroom as a lead infant teacher, then worked as an Assistant Director/Family Advocate for an early childhood learning center in town. After working behind a desk, Courtney decided it was time to start working hands on with children again and started as a Childcare Specialist with XY Learning Center in December of 2020. Courtney enjoys working with children of all ages, but has a special place in her heart for littles under two!
Courtney is still learning to love the snow and the mountains, but loves the city of Bozeman! In her free time she likes to spend it with close friends and family, whether that’s staying in and watching movies or going out and playing in the snow!
Courtney’s credentials include a B.S. in Family and Child Life, and a B.A. in Psychology from Central Washington University.
KATE REEDY | CHILDCARE SPECIALIST
Kate spent her childhood in beautiful Colorado where she grew up with both the city and mountains to explore. In high school, Kate was lucky enough to be a part of an organization that would go into some of the inner-city schools in Denver and teach 5, 6, and 7 year olds about their emotions and anger management skills. It was those experiences that made it clear to Kate that her passion is children and education.
After high school, Kate moved to Bozeman to attend MSU for Elementary Education. Her plan to stay in Bozeman through her college years and then moving on changed as Kate fell is love with all that Montana and Bozeman have to offer.
In her 22 years here, she has raised two amazing kiddos who she couldn't be prouder of. While raising her kids she was lucky to have an amazing career where she could bring her kids to work with her as she worked with many education programs here in town. With over 20 years working with kids of all ages in early childcare programs, non-profit education centers, Bozeman Public Schools, summer learning camps, as well as many years directing an after school program in one of Bozeman's best elementary schools, Kate is so excited to be a part of XYLC and looks forward to getting to know all of the kids that are a part of the XY community.
When Kate isn't at the Learning Center she is exploring something somewhere outside in Montana! Hiking, kayaking, and all around spontaneous adventures are what keeps her smiling! (aside from teaching and being with her own kids of course)
LAURA RODAS | CHILDCARE SPECIALIST
Laura was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. She spent part of her childhood living in Guatemala—where her parents are from—to experience growing up in the country and be near her grandparents.
After moving to Bozeman from Illinois in 2014, Laura discovered her passion for working with young children. She decided to pursue a degree in the field. Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Child Services in May of 2018.
Prior to joining the XYLC team, Laura worked at a local childcare center in Bozeman for seven years—four of which were spent as the Lead Teacher of the toddler group. She enjoys working with all ages of young children with her self-described specialty being ages 2-3.
In her free time, Laura enjoys going to concerts, paddle boarding, hiking, walking her dogs, and spending time with friends and family.
Laura's credentials include a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Child Services.
Rebecca Dunning | CHILDCARE SPECIALIST
Rebecca spent the majority of her childhood in Alaska, but landed in Montana just before starting high school. She fell in love with the Bozeman area as a teenager and always planned and hoped to stay and raise her family here. After high school, she attended Montana State University- Bozeman and earned her degree in Health and Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.
Rebecca has spent her years since college raising her own four children (3 sweet boys and 1 joyful girl!) and working in various local early childhood centers. She has experience in Montessori preschool, traditional preschool, pre-k classrooms, and in infant and toddler classrooms.
Outside of the classroom, Rebecca enjoys local youth sports, reading books, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family and friends.
Rebecca's credentials include a B.S. in Health and Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.
SARAH PERSSON | CHILDCARE SPECIALIST
Sarah spent her childhood growing up in the suburbs surrounding Boston, Massachusetts. In high school she had the opportunity to work in a daycare and fell in love with that line of work. Growing up with educators throughout the family, Sarah decided she was going to follow in their footsteps.
After high school in 2015, Sarah moved to Bozeman, MT to attend MSU where she majored in Elementary Education. After graduation, Sarah began working as a Special Education Paraprofessional and an Intervention teacher at a local elementary school. Sarah loved putting all her education and knowledge to use, but missed her true passion that started her career, and made the career change to XY Learning Center!
Outside of the classroom, you will find Sarah hiking the many trails around Bozeman with her loving dog Brady, reading a great book, or spending time with her 3 nieces.