The Firefly Family

Our staff is dedicated to creative growth and learning!

Julie Kiewatt

Owner and Licensed Therapist

Julie is a licensed therapist and Certified Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning Practitioner. Julie counsels, guides, and teaches those who desire to improve their lives. She believes that we must develop a relationship with ourselves and know what we think and believe before we can truly be successful in relationships with others. This is accomplished through identity development, introduction of new ways of thinking and dealing with issues, and guidance in setting goals in order to live On Purpose.

Kari Rounds

Director and Lead Pre-School Teacher

Kari has been with Firefly for the past 3 years as the lead preschool teacher. She graduated from the University of Great Falls with a BA in Elementary Education in 2012 and found a passion in teaching preschool. Kari was born and raised in Whitefish, MT and loves everything this amazing valley has to offer. She is an avid hiker and spends most of her weekends in the spring and summer on top of a mountain or camping. She has an 9 year old lab mixed named Bailey who also loves to hike.

Danielle Buzzard

Office Administrator

Danielle was born in Massachusetts when her father was stationed in the Navy. When she was 9 months old, her family moved back to Montana and haven’t left since! Danielle came from a large family and is the youngest of 5 children and have 7 nephews! Danielle’s passion lies in her family, her husband and daughter, Ava Jean. She graduated from Flathead High School in 2006 and attended Flathead Valley Community College pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Danielle’s friendly, outgoing attitude is a perfect fit for working with children and the Firefly Family. She loves the nurturing atmosphere and friendliness of the staff at Firefly, along with all the wonderful little people. Danielle joined the Firefly Team as the Office Assistant.

Britta Schafer

Preschool & Toddler Teacher

Britta Schafer was born and raised in Buschhausen, Germany. She moved to the US in 1990 and recently moved to Montana to be closer to her daughter. She has two adult children, one who lives in Bigfork MT and the other in Killeen TX. She recently moved from Montague CA, where she was a State Preschool Teacher/ Site Supervisor for 18 years. Britta has an AA in Early Childhood Education. She loves working with families and young children and would not change it for anything. Britta’s hobbies include snowboarding, hiking, camping and fishing. Britta enjoys meeting the Firefly Families!

Roena Mitchell

Infant Teacher

Roena was born and raised in the Phillipines. After meeting her husband, they moved to the United States, where they lived in Libby, MT for a year before moving to Indiana. Roena worked in a child care center for 9 years while living in Indiana. She has a teenaged daughter, whom Roena loves to cheer on during her track and field competitions. When she and her family were afforded the opportunity to return to Montana they chose to settle in Lakeside. In her spare time Roena enjoys eating, relaxing, and spending time with her family. She is happy to be a part of the Firefly Family because she enjoys working with children and loves the family environment!