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Holly Alexander | Teachers' Assistant

The Lord has taken Holly on many adventures, beginning in the tiny country of Haiti, where her parents were missionaries. Holly's dad was a pastor and mom was a nurse. As a young child they moved back to the states. Holly spent most of childhood in Indiana and her teenage years in Michigan. She attended Bethel College in Indiana, graduating in 1997.  Her next adventure was in England where she attended a Bible School called Capernwray.  From there, God led her to the great state of Washington, where she met her husband, Fireman Dan! They have been happily married since 2000 with two gorgeous children, Josie and Ben, who both attended Lake Tapps Christian Preschool. Between the 2 of them, they were part of this fantastic school for 6 years. It was the best experience for their whole family! The foundational teaching the children 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 Holly works part-time at LTCP, assisting the amazing teachers and staff.

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Christie Waldron | Kindergarten

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

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Lisa Baalaer | Pre-K

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

Naomi Martin | Pre-K

Naomi is a true PNW girl. She was born in Seattle and raised in Auburn. She embraces all of Washington's rain because without it, she believes our beautiful scenery would be so boring. Naomi originally went to school for medical assisting but somehow ending up in banking.  She is married to her awesome husband Mike and has 3 kids--Olivia, Preston and Quinlan. She left banking to become a stay at home mom after their son was born with a congenial heart defect. Naomi loves Jesus and is a member at Lake Tapps Christian Church where she also leads J12 (4th and 5th grades). In 2015, she started subbing at LTCP. She had always dreamed of becoming a teacher and says it is humbling and a testament to God to be able to do what she loves.

Samantha Eddy | 4 Year Olds

Samantha graduated from Valdez High School in Valdez, Alaska. After high school, she moved to Bellingham to attend Whatcom Community College, but detoured to pursue cosmetology at Gene Juarez. Sam has worked in the beauty industry for the past 11 years while raising her three kids: Rowan, Aiden and Phoebe. Staying home with her kids, especially her son with Autism, has inspired her down a path towards education. She has completed coursework in behavioral management, understanding anxieties, and peer socialization. She is currently working towards a BA in special education. Sam worked as a substitute teacher at Lake Tapps before accepting her first teaching position in the 2017-18 school year. Sam is here because she loves preschool aged kids and has passion for education. She believes it is important to set a solid foundation for our kids and it starts right now with preschool. Sam’s goal as a teacher is to provide students with high quality instruction that meets the individual needs of each student. She hopes to inspire an excitement for learning, exploration, and working with peers. Sam enjoys spending time with her family, including her dog Lucy and cat Rosie. She feels truly blessed to work with your kids.

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Megan VanDerPuy | 4 Year Olds

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

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Carrie Peterson | 3 Year Olds

Carrie graduated from Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, WA in 1986 and went straight to work at Russell investments where she worked for 24 years. Carrie left this work to do what God brought her here to do: work with children. She is married to a wonderful christian man and has three beautiful girls, Chelsea, Alicia and Jordyn. She really enjoys teaching at Lake Tapps Christian Preschool and feels so honored and blessed to be here.  She loves 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, Carrie's interests include time with family, shopping with her girls, Starbucks coffee, spa days and walking when she can fit that into busy life with active girls.

Jennie Gilbert | 3 Year Olds

Jennie is a native of the Pacific Northwest, graduating from Sammamish High School. She met her husband Matt while filling in at a small manufacturing company during the summer after graduation. They recently celebrated 22 years of marriage. Jennie and Matt have three children: Katie, Jonathan and Nathaniel. They have attended Lake Tapps Christian Church since 2004 with all three of their kids attending and graduating from LTCP&K. Matt works with the East Pierce Fire Department. The family is proud to be rooted in the community. Jennie is thankful that God led her family to Lake Tapps. It has been a huge part of their families lives. When she is not teaching, she is involved in the ministry of Lake Tapps Christian Church leading high school youth group and staffing the nursery. She enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.

Nicole Smith | 3 Year Olds

Nicole grew up in Federal Way and after graduating from Highline Community College, headed to Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa where she received her One Year Bible Certificate. She returned to WA to marry her high school sweetheart (Kelly) and complete her BA in Drama at the University of WA. She planned to pursue her Masters in Teaching to teach at the high school level, but God had other plans for her, including, briefly living in Burbank, CA, before deciding that Washington truly is home. Nicole worked as a 9-1-1 operator and loved it, until taking a new position in 2010 as a Stay at Home Mom to their precious baby girl, Georgiana. In 2012 they welcomed their second sweet baby, Levi, into the world. They’ve been involved with and blessed by Lake Tapps Christian Preschool since Georgiana was in the 3’s class. In addition to being a stay at home mom, Nicole has fallen in love with watching little ones learn, whether it be by leading Sunday school, volunteering at Bible camp, substituting at preschool or just in her own home. She truly feels honored to join the Lake Tapps Christian Preschool team. Some of Nicole’s other interests include a love for the beach and all things sunny, Starbucks refreshers, soaking up family time (her favorite), listening to podcasts and curling up with a can’t put it down book!