PALS welcomes new assistant directors and shares a diverse learning environment


The Play And Learn School of Wyoming, LLC welcomes two new vice principals to its growing team that are diversifying preschool assets!

Leslie Maciel and Moneasha Gold both enjoy working in an atmosphere where sharing different teaching styles helps strengthen the overall learning environment at PALS.

Leslie works with 2 and 3 year old toddlers while Moneasha works with 1 year old preschoolers. For Leslie, working at PALS gives her the added benefit of also being close to her daughter who attends school.

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“It’s nice to be able to see her every day and spend some time with her and be a little more focused on what her teachers are telling me about how her day is going,” Leslie says.

Moneasha says the philosophy of PALS is to keep everything positive and grow together through diverse teaching and learning styles.

I think we all have our strengths in all the different areas that we all bring together and form a unit with. Adding new ones is fun to watch, because then we see a different approach than any of us have and realize how that fits in here too. This will only help us grow and flourish as an institution.

Moneasha Gold, Deputy Principal, Play and Learn School of Wyoming

She says this practice also trickles down to children when they respond to a positive approach to learning that matches their unique little personalities.


Both women agree that the best part of their job is seeing the children. Leslie says she’s been working on getting her CDA after graduating from high school, and Moneasha has always wanted to work at a daycare.

She came to Rock Springs from Utah after working as a medical assistant, worked at Rock Springs Junior High, and spent time homeschooling several of her friends’ children. When the opportunity came to PALS, she said she couldn’t pass it up.

“The most rewarding part of this job is loving these kids and spending the time with them that their parents can’t,” Moneasha said. “You can feel really awful and you come here and the kids gravitate and put their arms around you and it’s hard not to cry because the love is just enveloping.

More information

PALS currently has openings for certain age groups and reserves places for their summer programs as well as their regular school programs starting in September. If you want to know more about PALS and the programs it offers, visit their website or call 307-382-7257.

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