Raising Happy Kids Blog

Our Directors

At each of our North Phoenix and Scottsdale Daycare locations, our Directors are here to serve the teachers and families at our child care centers. They are here to welcome you, to make sure that we have Happy Moms & Happy Kids. They are here to ensure our schools’ safety and security, as well as running smoothly and consistently.

At Scottsdale Child Care & Learning Centers, we value open communication for even the littlest of things. We know we are caring for treasured children, and we go out of our way to make sure that our parents, teachers, and children are all on the same page.


Read a little about each of our Directors below, and then come on in to meet them and take a tour of our North Phoenix and Scottsdale Schools!

Amy Alstad

Carefree” Center Director


Amy began her career with Scottsdale Child Care and Learning Centers in 2002, starting in the Infant Classroom at our “Kierland” Child Care Location. She then became a Director at our “Kierland” Daycare, until she helped us start our “Carefree” Preschool in 2007. Amy has a passion for life, and the people that she meets. Her warm personality invites children and parents alike to become part of the SLC Family.

Cassidy Cavin

Carefree” and “Raintree” Centers Co-Director


Cassidy is a Phoenix native. She graduated from the University of Arizona where she played Division 1 volleyball. Cassidy joined our SLC family in 2007 when she helped to open our Carefree location. Her son, Jack, has graduated from the Carefree’s Kindergarten program. Cassidy has been trained in all of our programs, infants through pre-kindergarten and has since become co-director at both our Carefree and Raintree locations. She feels truly blessed and believes she has the best job in the world and couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

Teresa Rizzo

Raintree” Center Co-Director


Teresa joined our SLC family in 2009 after receiving her degree in Early Childhood Education. She started at our Kierland center working in the Pre-kindergarten classroom, teaching dance, and assisting in the office. Teresa took some time off to volunteer overseas organizing Christian English Camps and youth groups in the summer of 2011. After returning, she joined the SLC team at Raintree as the assistant director and has now become one of Raintree’s Co-Directors. Teresa finds true joy each day spreading Christ’s love to the SLC families and staff.

Lisa Behr

Kierland”  Center Co-Director


Lisa moved here to Scottsdale with her husband of 26 years in 2005 from Wisconsin. She joined the Scottsdale Learning Center team at Kierland in 2006 as a teacher in the infant and toddler classrooms. Shortly after, Lisa began working in the office and has since become one of our center’s Co-Directors. She loves the daily interactions with ALL of the awesome families here and feels truly blessed to be a part of the SLC family!

Kat Laufer 

Kierland” Center Co-Director


Kat’s journey at SLC began in 2010 after she graduated Magna Cum Lade with a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from ASU West. Her role here for the first couple years was one of the lead infant room teachers in Room 1. Gradually she developed more of a leadership role as an office assistant and now Kat is one of our co-directors. Kat has a passion for children, life, and you can always recognize her with her loud, contagious laugh! She finds true joy in spending time with her amazing family and seeks to be a positive part of her SLC family.

Taylor LaBarbera

Kierland” Center Co-Director


Taylor has been a part of the SLC family since 2010! From the fall of 2012 to December of 2013 she was in Virginia pursuing her degree in Psychology from Liberty University. Taylor rejoined SLC in the spring of 2014 and has been an amazing part of the team as an infant room teacher as well as an office assistant. She has since become one of the center’s co-directors. She has been joyfully married to her high school sweetheart since March of 2011. Taylor loves to travel and serve, whether it is on the mission field through chuch or for pleasure! It brings her great joy to be a part of your children’s lives and watch them grow and develop into the people God has made them!