Staff

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Holly Alexander | Teachers' Assistant

The Lord has taken me on many adventures throughout my life. It all began in the tiny country of Haiti, where my parents were missionaries.  Dad was a pastor & Mom was a nurse. As a young child we moved back to the states. I spent most of my childhood in Indiana and my teenage years were in Michigan. I attended Bethel College in Indiana, graduating in 1997.  My next adventure was in England where I attended a Bible School called Capernwray.  From there, God led me to the great state of Washington, where I met my husband, Fireman Dan! We have been happily married since 2000. We have 2 gorgeous children, Josie and Ben, who both attended Lake Tapps Christian. Between the 2 of them, we were a part of this fantastic school for 6 years. It has been the best experience for our whole family! The foundational teaching they received was outstanding and the love and care poured out on them was truly a blessing.  It was such a well-rounded education for their early years and really set them up for success. Now the adventure continues as I have the opportunity to work part-time at LTCP, assisting the amazing teachers and staff.

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Christie Waldron | Kindergarten

I was born and raised in Southern California.  After getting my teaching degree from San Diego State University in 1982, I spent 8 years in China, where I learned Mandarin and taught English.  I have three great kids: two daughters in their 20's and a teenage son.  I have lived in Bonney Lake since 1997.  Besides education, my passions include spending time with my kids, reading, coffee, travel, walking, the color red, and spending time with friends.  I have been a teacher at Lake Tapps since 2006.

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Lisa Baalaer | Pre-K

I am originally from Michigan and am now loving Washington!  I attended community college before going on to work in my hometown school system for 14 years as a site leader for the school-aged daycare program. I have been blessed with three great boys, Preston, Peyton and Parker. In addition, I have a dog named Martini and a cat, Peanut!  Some of my hobbies include rollerskating, watching movies and the Food Network. I also love spending time with family.  I count it a blessing to work at Lake Tapps Christian preschool and to get to know you and your children!

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Megan VanDerPuy | 4 Year Olds

I was born and raised in Central Washington, in the small town of Cashmere.  I received my elementary education degree from Western Washington University in 1999, which also happened to be the same year I got married!  After graduation from Western, I taught 2nd grade and Life Skills in Sumas, WA for a year.  My husband and I both got teaching positions in Auburn the following year, so we made the move down I-5.  While in Auburn, I taught Early Childhood Education (special needs preschool and Kindergarten).  I am married to a wonderful guy, Abe, who is a high school teacher in Auburn, and we have two great kids, Owen and Lauren.  I started teaching at Lake Tapps Christian Preschool in 2009, after taking a few years off to stay home with our kids.  My passions are scrapbooking, reading, cooking, and a great cup (or two!) of coffee!

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Carrie Peterson | 3 Year Olds

I graduated from Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, WA in 1986 and went straight to work. I worked at Russell investments for 24 years and recently left this work to do what God brought me here to do; He gave me a strong passion for working with children.I am married to a wonderful christian man and have three beautiful girls, Chelsea,  Alicia, and Jordyn.  I really enjoy teaching at Lake Tapps Christian Preschool and feel so honored and blessed to be here.   I love watching little ones as they learn how to share, write their name for the first time and the smiles and energy they bring each day. Besides preschool teaching, my interests include time with family, shopping with my girls, Starbucks coffee, spa days and walking when I can fit that in between my active girls with each of their sports: Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball and Baseball.  I love watching them play.  What a blessing they are.  I count it a blessing to work at Lake Tapps Christian Preschool and to get to know you and your children!