Meet Our Staff
Ms. Katie, Director
I am a member of Celebration Center Church and have a deep-seeded passion for children and learning! I grew up in Puyallup and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Minor in Theater in 2003.
My previous jobs include serving as Children's Pastor for two years at Bethany Open Bible and working in the Child Watch Center at the Mel Korum YMCA where my three toddlers could be at my side. While at the YMCA, I developed a curriculum for and directed "Kids Activity Time", which was a daily session of structured activities for children ages 2-6. This is where I gained interest in working with Preschool aged children. With the help of an incredible group of mentors, I opened Celebration Kidz Preschool in September 2009. Since then, I have watched the Preschool grow and flourish. In 2016, God placed it on my heart to add a Kindergarten and it has been exciting to watch Celebration Kidz expand into new territory. I absolutely love my job here!
My three boys are now 16, 15 and 13 years old and my life revolves around their school, sports and extra curricular activities! My husband of 20 years provides wonderful support for my dreams and passions for this school. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Church Staff at Celebration Center! The Pastoral Staff and Governing Board have offered so much support along the way and Celebration Kidz would not be where it is today without them!
Celebration Kidz was developed out of a deep passion that God placed on my heart. I have an enthusiasm for this program and a desire to help kids prepare for their next educational experince at their individual levels. I look forward to meeting you and your child!
I'm so blessed to get to work with such an amazing group of ladies at Celebration Kidz...read below to get to know a little bit about my incredible staff...
Ms April, Preschool Teacher
This is my 8th year teaching at Celebration Kidz Preschool, although I have worked with kids for many more years. I have been married for 20 years this year and have 2 amazing boys. Kyle is 17 and a Senior and Ethan is 15 and a Sophomore. I am so blessed to be doing my dream job. Each year my heart grows to love all my new students. Once I have them in my class they are always in my heart.
Ms. Connie, Pre-K Teacher
I have worked at Mel Korum YMCA for 11 years where I also taught the preschool class in the summer. Children are my passion!
It’s always exciting to see the preschoolers grow!
We attend Celebration Center church and I love working at Celebration Kidz preschool! I been assisting and teaching at Celebration Kidz preschool for 6 years. CKP has been a blessing to me and my family. I love working with some wonderful staff!
Ms. Linda, Pre-K Enrichment Teacher
My husband, Marshall, and I have been married for 17 years and we have three incredible kids, Avery (14), Abby (12), & Michael (9). Our family has attended Celebration Center Church for many years and currently, I am serving as Worship Leader. We also serve God & our community as foster parents for the last nine years.
I love to read and am usually reading at least three books at a time. I enjoy cooking as a creative outlet and my family are my gracious guinea pigs. I'm always on the hunt for a great new worship song and singing and fiddling around on the piano. I have a bit of a competitive streak when it comes to board games and my kids have been giving me a run for my money lately.
Thank you for entrusting your children to the loving care of Celebration Kidz. I'm excited for the adventures in learning that lie ahead!
Ms. Kathleen, Preschool Assistant
Ms. Merrilee, Pre-K Assistant
“Allow your passion to become your purpose and it will one day become your profession.”
Mrs. Reynolds, Kindergarten Teacher
I always try to live my life following this verse: “ Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not unto men” (Colossians 3:23). It has served me well and keeps life joyful. Most recently I have been a member of Discovery Community Church, and also joined in some of the Women’s Bible studies at Celebration Center.
I have been married to my husband, Scott, for 28 years this October. We have 4 children, and 1 grandson. Our sons are twins (age 30), and we have 2 daughters ages 23 & 6. Our grandson just turned 4. Our family is an outdoorsy bunch who loves spending weekends at our off-grid mountain cabin hiking, hunting, playing in the river, and gathering around the campfire with friends.
Kids have always been a huge part of my heart and life. I have worked in elementary classrooms weekly throughout my kids’ lives. I was blessed to home school my sons K-2nd grade. I coached sports and led a Girl Scout troop for several years. I created and taught an after-school program for elementary kids to fill the half day off. Most recently I have been guest teaching in a local high school as I pursued my CTE teaching certification.
I am so excited for the upcoming Kindergarten classes, and have been praying intentionally for all that this year will bring into their lives!