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Laurie Tormanen | Director

I'm was born in Colorado, but have lived in the Northwest since 1990.  I have a wonderful husband, and 4 grown children.  My interest in education began early on in life, as I watched my sister's journey through special education as a deaf student.  I went on to attend the University of Northern Colorado and majored in Special Education.  After college, I began working as a preschool teacher- a job I loved dearly.  After the birth of my first son, I opened my own in-home family childcare.  I provided a preschool program to many amazing children.  After years of witnessing the work of the amazing Preschool and Kindergarten staff, I made the transition to Director.  I'm excited to be a part of such a gifted team.

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Mary Snyder | Assistant to the Director/4 Year Olds

Mary joined our teaching team in the fall of 2015 after working many years with students in the public schools. Not only does Mary teach our 4-year-olds, she also coordinates our Sunday morning kids programs. Mary's commitment to all of our Lake Tapps kids shows through her hard work and continuous care. She and her husband Jon of 26 years have two grown sons and four grandchildren. Mary loves to bake and spend time with her family.

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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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Melissa Marlow | Pre-K

I began attending Lake Tapps Christian Church in 2004 because my daughter Hannah was attending the preschool and she attended the kindergarten.  I began teaching Sunday school soon after, because of my love and passion for working with children. I have an associates degree in early childhood education and I have a Career and Technical Education Certificate in early childhood education.  I have worked with children for over 16 years and I have taught child development at White River High School.  I look forward to working with 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!