OUR

TEACHERS

& STAFF

Our teachers are incredible! It's as simple as that, they love and care for your kiddos with patience, kindness, and teaching though modeling behavior. They are the cream of the crop and important to our mission and vision, in every way. Click on one of our teachers to read more about them and their passion for early learning right here in Wenatchee, WA!

TEACHER JOY

Founder and Director of TEAMS Learning Center

In Joy's words, "As soon as I walked into my first early childhood education class, I knew it would be my passion in life. I fell in love with what I was learning! I continued taking every class, training, and seminar on child development at two different colleges in in Monterey and Salinas California. I worked at two different Montessori programs helping me understand the levels of quality within the same field. The birth of my second son, taught me SO much more about parenting. None of the typical parenting advice and practice worked. My son had a unique personality that forced me to stop trying what I had heard and start observing what I see. He clearly told me what he needed, when I took the time to look. 

During this time, I was utilizing a lot of programs from the specially designed Hartnell College of child development center. I started there as a parent co-op, then a student, then asked to be a staff member, and then 3.5 years later, a mentor - teaching others. I loved my time there! Through connections I made there, I ventured into the world of early learning centers. I learned what poor early learning education really looked like, how it could be improved with support and help from volunteers and interested parents. Higher quality was achievable when given a chance by the community. ​

A good friend approached me and asked me to join her in creating Avendale Child Development Center. A high quality, full time, learning center for 45 children in Seaside, CA. We started with a condemned drug building and turned it into a living philosophy of learning though play, child development and community awareness. The program was and still is, a continued success because of her dedication. 

Suddenly, my life adventures took me to Wenatchee when my youngest son was only six months old. I knew no one. I decided to focus on my kids, volunteering and learning about my new town. For over a year I asked about early learning and checked out every program that was suggested. I interviewed teachers and was discouraged about what I saw. The median level of quality was so much lower than the anything I had seen before. The best place, was not as good as the worst place I'd seen in California. I knew something had to be done. 

This is where the Learning Curve was created. To raise the bar for quality and give my youngest son, the best education possible. I'm proud of the community involvement and outreach. The trainings and tours we gave to area professionals, the three locations we grew to, and the hundreds of families we helped​ over the 9.5 years in business. This for-profit learning center had 23 men and women working together, paving the way towards early learning childhood education. In 2012, the state of Washington took away funding for mid to low-income families. This decision devastated my program and was the fatal blow that forced me to close my doors. It killed me to know that I was sending my families into a community that did not value early learning. There simply weren’t enough quality choices available.

After an agonizing year of self-discovery and healing, I returned to teaching and to Wenatchee with my mission clearer than ever. I knew I needed to open another program to model quality again, I knew that it had to be a non-profit organization and it needed to be where I could make a greater impact, so I went to work. I hired a non-profit mentor and studied non-profits, I researched the area and I came up with this smaller stepping stone model to be able to achieve the larger program one day. Hence, TEAMS Learning Center was born."

TEACHER ALICIA

Teacher Alicia came to TEAMS as a stay and play momma of one. She found her niche in the classroom and Teacher Joy saw great talent in her compassionate personality. She originally found TEAMS as a stay at home mom trying to find a way to combat her postpartum anxiety and socialization for her little one. The spectacular Teacher Alicia came to TEAMS about a year after we opened and worked her way through the volunteer orientation and eventually became apart of our team of teachers. Not only is she a loving, caring teacher but she is an organized assistant director. She was an enormously important part of navigating the licensing process shortly after welcoming another baby to her beautiful family. When asked what inspires her she replied with “how much they [the kids] actually teach you when you’re the one called teacher.” As a mother of two charismatic girls, Teacher Alicia wonderfully brings a huge heart and plenty of laughs to the classroom. “Come and join us you’ll fall in love too.”

TEACHER MAKENNA

The amazing, wonderful Teacher Makenna came to TEAMS in early spring of 2017. She entered the classroom the first time dropping off a child she nannied. “The first time I picked up from TEAMS, Teacher Joy yelled after us ‘I love you!’ I thought she was crazy. Now I say it all the time to kids.” Soon after that day she saw a sign that TEAMS needed an extra teacher and applied. Neither Teacher Makenna nor Teacher Joy could have imagined that Teacher Makenna would turn into the extraordinary teacher she is today. She brings new curriculum to the classroom every week and a light hearted spirit to the classroom daily. “I have found my happy place at TEAMS. Between the kids, the teachers and the connections I always have something to brighten my day at TEAMS.” She started as a quiet assistant and quickly became a lead teacher learning to write curriculum, to writing the curriculum and training to be a director. Teacher Makenna loves that absolutely anyone and everyone is welcome at TEAMS Learning Center. 

TEACHER JESS

Our free spirited Teacher Jess not only teaches in the classroom but also runs our gorge amphitheater fundraiser. Over her first two years she has raised us over $70,000 dollars by collecting volunteers and running the chicken coop! She brings the sunshine (yellow is her favorite color) and the enthusiasm to every situation. She is not just a phenomenal teacher but she absolutely engaged mother! The hula hooping Teacher Jess came to our program in September of 2017 as an intern through the work source program. Through her six months in the program she wanted to learn the ins and outs of running a non-profit and fit perfectly into our team of teachers. She continues to bring silliness and devotion to the classroom daily. Teacher Jess is inspired by being able to watch children bloom in their confidence and autonomy. When asked about TEAMS, Teacher Jess said, “TEAMS is able to cause a ripple effect in understanding how to teach young children.” Teacher Jess hopes to one day take what she has learned from TEAMS and combine it with her love of flow arts and start a music and movement arts non-profit. ​

TEACHER BECCA

Bio coming soon!

TEACHER MAKAYLA

The adventurous Teacher Makayla has taught preschool all over the world from California to Michigan to Costa Rica. She brings a sense of excitement and energy to the classroom. Teacher Makayla found her way into our program by accident when she was looking for a preschool job in the area. She brings happiness, new songs and new experiences to our program as she has taught many different styles. Teacher Makayla loves that our program highlights learning about our community's differences. Teacher Makayla is currently working hard towards her bachelors in early childhood education because she believes “early childhood educators are a big part of setting the stage for the next generation.” When she’s not playing with her puppy Copper, she is mastering her jewelry making techniques and thinking about her next adventure. Teacher Makayla loves to “guide young minds to freely explore their curiosities and to connect with the natural world.”

TEACHER DREA

Bio coming soon!

TEACHER ELSY

Teacher Elsy has the biggest heart of anyone. She walked into TEAMS in 2018 to stay and play with one energetic son and another one on the way. It was clear that Teacher Elsy would be a huge asset to our team as she became a volunteer and soon after, a teacher. Teacher Elsy is a substitute and everyone recognizes and is excited when she comes in the classroom. Teacher Elsy is inspired by the option to “know that I can put a smile on a child’s face and that I have positively impacted a child’s day.” She brings the brightest smiles and immense happiness to all while teaching. She loves to greet every friend at the beginning of the session and believes that “TEAMS is not a program developed to help only our littles but parents too!”

 

 

 

TEACHER SILAS

Teacher Silas never had early childhood education in his projected career plan when he got his degree in aeronautic engineering. That began to change when he and his wife moved to Wenatchee from Bothell prior to the birth of their now two-year-old son, Elijah. When he had the chance to work from home while taking care of Elijah, he found that TEAMS was a fantastic opportunity to watch him learn and interact with other kids. After months of volunteering, he seized the opportunity to join the TEAM and take on an official role in the classroom. TEAMS, in his words, “blew me away at the level of responsibility and choices that it offered to the children, and how amazingly they responded and flourished through those learning opportunities.” He looks forward to building relationships with the families of the children that he cares for at TEAMS, and sharing in the excitement of witnessing their growth and development.

TEACHER CARLY

Teacher Carly came to TEAMS looking for an alternative to the childcare/preschool options for her eldest daughter. She came in for a stay-and-play one day...and hasn't left yet. She was greeted by the welcoming environment from all the teachers and parents. She loved the motto "play with a purpose." In her own words, "It is easy to forget that everyday experiences can be a learning environment for early learners and the curriculum is entwined within the play and exploration of every day items." She also has jumped at the opportunity for other resources available for parents through the adult learning center. There truly is nothing like this in the Valley.It has been a joy to become part of this TEAM and it feels great to be making a difference in the community.

OUR VOLUNTEERS

We love our parent, grandparent, and family volunteers! It's an awesome way to get a feel for our program, learn more about early childhood education, and get some sweet baby cuddles! 

 

Interested in becoming a regular volunteer in our classroom? Check out our events page and join us for a monthly orientation and get acquainted with our curriculum, TEAM culture, and staff. Free childcare available for the night.

OUR GOVERNING BOARD

As TEAMS Learning Center is a 501c3 non-profit, the governing board of TEAMS is a group consisted of three individuals, who are responsible for overseeing the organization's activities. Boardmembers meet periodically thought the year to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization. The governing board, focuses on the TEAMS mission, strategy, and goals, to be sure that staff members and advisory board members are implementing the mission appropriately. These seats are non-paid, voluntary and appointed by the Founder and Director of TEAMS.

OUR ADVISORY BOARD

The advisory board at TEAMS Learning Center is a volunteer group of parents, community members, small business owners, and those interested in furthering the success of TEAMS. It was formed to give advice and direction for the support to the non-profit's governing board and staff. The main focus of the advisory board is to help implement the big picture ideas, assist in planning and carrying out fundraisers, and give advice on new changes and/or give recommendations as needed. The advisory board meets every last Thursday of each month at 5:30pm in the Adult Learning Center. Free and open to the public, come join us, or find us here.

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