Our CLASS-rated teachers have a close working relationship with the Denver Preschool Program. Working within the framework of the school’s play-based curriculum, Steele staff members utilize nationally-recognized tools like Handwriting Without Tears to teach skills such as writing, letter, and print recognition; number awareness; and the emotional aptitude necessary for success in Kindergarten.

Our Teachers

Vanessa Sweeney

Vanessa Sweeney

Director & Teacher

Vanessa has worked in early childhood education for almost 20 years, teaching at Steele Cooperative Preschool since 2011 and also serving as Director. Vanessa attended the University of Hawaii and received her Director Certificate from Red Rocks Community College. She is Qualistar rated for implementing CLASS. Vanessa and her husband, Lester, live in Edgewater and both of their children graduated from Steele.

Debbie Keller

Debbie Keller


Debbie started at Steele in 2015 but has worked in early childhood education for 20 years. She was a Jefferson County preschool teacher and worked with The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless as a kindergarten and preschool teacher. Debbie holds a degree from the College of Charleston and a Colorado Early Childhood Professional Credential Level 3.0. She and her husband, Mark, live in the Berkeley neighborhood with their two children. 

Total Students Enrolled at steele

Classes Available

1:6(or less) adult to child ratio

Years EstablishEd

Get In Touch

Location: 3746 Grove St, Denver, CO 80211
Telephone: (303) 433-0832

School Hours:
Tadpoles 9:00 am – 11:00 am (Tuesday and Thursday)
Polliwogs  9:00
 am – 11:30 am (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Frogs 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)