Miss Shana (Shana Tischaefer) is the co-lead teacher for the older pre-k class. She has many years of experience teaching preschool aged children and has been teaching professionally at SHLP since 2014. She loves teaching preschool mostly because preschoolers are funny, sweet and fun, but also because so much of the world is new to them and it is very rewarding to introduce them to new things.
Mrs. K (Becky Kleinknecht) is the new director at SHLP. She has been teaching for the better part of 25 years and this is her fifth year at SHLP. Becky has taught everything from 3's-Older Pre-K. She is looking forward to her new role as the director.
Mommy and Me
Ms. Kristin ( Kristin Boettcher) is the teacher for Mommy and Me. She has 25 +years of experience working with children. She is also a SHLP alumni and current parent. She has two daughters, Kinsley 3 and Brooklyn 7. Kristin taught in the Kent school district and is a certified STARS instructor. We are thrilled to welcome her to our team.
Miss Karen (Karen Allyn) is the co-lead teacher for the 3's class. Before staying home to raise her girls Karen taught preschool for many years. Since then she has actively worked with children as a volunteer at church, school settings and clubs. When working with children she especially loves introducing great books, getting messy with creative art experiences, hands on learning opportunities and loves to listen to the imaginitive stories of preschoolers!
Music and Movement
Miss Anna (Anna Morris) is the Music and Movement Specialist and this is her third year working with SHLP. She has been working with kids of all ages for 9 years. Anna is excited to help encourage a love of music in young people and to help them learn about some of the basics of music and movement – louder/softer, basic rhythm, and clapping, skipping, etc. Her favorite thing is finding a song that makes the kids WANT to sing, dance, move, and be creative.
Pre-K Thursday Science
Miss Diane (Diane Hormuth) is the lead teacher for the Older 2's class. She has been teaching preschool for nine years and this is her seventh year at SHLP. Diane loves teaching the younger children. She enjoys watching them grow both socially and emotionally. Diane's favorite thing about teaching is connecting with each child and making sure that they have an enjoyable school experience that sets a good foundation for their future learning!
Ms. Jessica (Jessica Larsson) is the co-lead teacher older pre-k. She has been teaching and working with children for the last 16 years. Before having children of her own, she taught kindergarten, integrated arts, and second grade for a local public school district. Since having children, she has been a volunteer the children’s ministry at her church as well as a coach for several youth sports teams. Jessica is very excited to be back in the classroom teaching this year. Her favorite thing about teaching this age is their curiosity and love for learning. Seeing them make connections and light up when they learn something new makes the chaos of other days worth every bit!
Miss Laurie (Laurie Halstead) is the assistant teacher for the Pre-K class. She has been teaching preschool for over 22 years. She loves to see all the growth that preschoolers make, especially as she helps prepare them for kindergarten!
Ms. Theresa (Theresa Arnold) is our Older 2's assistant. She has been a substitute for several years and we are thrilled that she is joining us as a regular staff. Theresa has 3 wonderful kids and is often found coaching one of their sports teams in her spare time. Theresa has a soft spot for the littles and is excited to be a part of the class.
Our staff consists of highly qualified teachers with strong early childhood backgrounds. Each teacher brings many years of elementary or preschool education experience to our school.
All staff members are Washington state STARS certified (or equivalent) and participate annually in early childhood conferences and courses.
Our staff is First Aid and CPR certified.
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