A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

                 -Brad Henry 

Meet The Team

Ms. Jessi

Owner/Director

Jessi has a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Child Development from Washington State University. She previously taught at Aldersgate Christian Preschool for 4 years, interned in numerous pre-k to 3rd grade classrooms, and nannied for families in the Bellevue area. Jessi loves traveling, exploring the Northwest, painting, and has two Chihuahua's named Henry and Lloyd.

Favorite activity to do with the kids: Painting, reading, and playing outside.

Ms. Alli

Owner/Director

Alli majored in Human Development with an emphasis on Child Development and Early Childhood Education at Washington State University. She previously taught one and two year olds, at Country Village Day School. 

 Alli enjoys walking her dog Swish around Bellevue Park, spending time with family, and going to Seahawks games.

Favorite activity to do with the kids: Spending time outside, especially in the summer with picnics and sprinklers!

Ms. Brooke

Growing Tree Teacher

Ms.Brooke began working at The Growing Tree in March of 2016. She graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Psychology. She recently decided to make the break from the fashion industry and follow her passion for teaching. It feels like she has been with us since day one! Brooke loves crafting and spending time outdoors with her dog Olive!

Favorite activity to do with the kids: Messy art projects, especially painting

Ms. Katie

Growing Tree Teacher

Ms. Katie is working on her degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been in the field since graduating from high school, both nannying and teaching preschool. Katie enjoys cooking, drawing, and being outdoors! She loves teaching children that it is okay to get messy and hopes to instill a love for nature in the children she teaches. 

Ms. Faith

Growing Tree Teacher

Ms. Faith graduated from Hazen High School with countless hours of volunteer work at St. Matthew's Church in after-school care, held a position in an Assisted Living facility, and has spent time as a nanny. 

Ms. Faith enjoys art, traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with her pup named Biscuit. When she is with children, her favorite part is identifying and celebrating their personal interests and seeing their "Aha!" moments. 

Ms. Hannah

Treehouse Teacher

Ms. Hannah has come back into the field of education after many years of working in retail with a hope and drive to develop into an inspirational educator. She has a BA in Merchandise 

Marketing, and is currently working on her Bachelors in Elementary Education at Western Governor's 

University. Although studies take up a lot of her personal time, her time with the students are her motivation! Hannah's favorite activities with the children are running around outside, reading stories, and dramatic play! 

Ms. Danielle

Treehouse Teacher

Ms. Danielle has a degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. She previously taught two and three year olds at Dizzy's Tumble Bus and Preschool along with being a teachers assistant at Snohomish County Head Start. Danielle enjoys hiking, playing basketball, reading and spending time with her family and cat named Gizmo! Her favorite activities to do with the kids involve art and anything active!

Ms. Emily

Treehouse Teacher

Ms. Emily is passionate about helping kids learn about the world and other cultures. Ms. Emily double majored in Psychology and Global Development at Seattle Pacific University. She taught English in Uganda for 6 months and Kindergarten in South Korea for 2 years.Favorite activity to do with children: Emily loves doing art and anything creative! 

Ms. KatieK

Treehouse Teacher

Ms. Katie comes from a family of teachers, both sisters and mother all teach as well! She attended Western Washington University and eventually wants to complete her Education degree. She previously worked at Aldersgate Christian Preschool with Jessi, nannied, interned in different kindergarten classes, and has coached sports camps throughout the summers. Ms. Katie enjoys art, photography, and exploring the outdoors! As a teacher, she loves doing art with children and encouraging them to use their imaginations.  

Ms. Patricia

Treehouse Teacher

Ms. Patricia has been teaching for the past 6 years. She has degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia as well as a diploma in Early Childhood Education from Langara College. Ms. Patricia is passionate about children learning through play in a safe and nurturing environment. Travelling, cooking and watching movies with her husband are her hobbies. In the classroom, Ms. Patricia enjoys being creative and imaginative with the children through art and dramatic play.

Ms. Lisa

Ms. Lisa’s education is in Community Recreation Administration with a strong emphasis on Education and Child Development. She has been working in the ECE field since 1990. Gardening, traveling, and spending time with family are some of Ms. Lisa’s hobbies.

Favorite activity to do with children: Reading and collaborating on activities that encourage creativity, such as process art! 

Ms. Amanda

Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Amanda majored in Human Development and Psychology, with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education and Development at Washington State University. She previously taught kindergarten and preschool, as well as social work. 

In her spare time, Ms. Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, walking her dog Walter, and loving in her cat Julie. In the classroom her favorite activities are reading with the children and art! 

Ms. Hannah S

Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Hannah holds a BA in Human Development, currently holding an Early Childhood Education degree. She has been teaching for the last 7 years, and previously taught at the Redmond Goddard school. Ms. Hannah has volunteered at numerous non-profit preschools. She enjoys hiking, baseball (especially the Mariners!), but seems to always have way too much homework!

Favorite activity to do with children: Explore the outdoors and share her love and appreciation for nature. 

Ms. Nichelle

Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Nichelle has been teaching infants through school age in both the private and public school settings for over 16 years. She has directed and opened a few local schools in the area. She holds her BA in Early Childhood Education, and her Master’s in Special Education. 

She loves watching each child blossom in their gifts and talents, loves watching children problem solve,  develop their social skills, and express their creativity. 

In her free time, she enjoys relaxing with her husband and their two dogs. 

*All of our teachers have been trained in CPR, first aid, and blood borne pathogens. They have negative TB tests,  have completed their food handlers permits and have passed state background tests. We require a minimum of 20 STARS hours (the state only requires 10 continuing education hours).

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