Preschool Staff

Meaghan Anderson
Meaghan Anderson
Education Programs Manager
Meaghan holds bachelor degrees in French and Spanish and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, as well as a teaching certification in Elementary Education with an emphasis on English as a Second Language and Urban Education. Meaghan is in her second year managing the formal education programming at the museum, and her prior teaching experience includes elementary, middle and high school and college level courses.
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Betsy DeBoer
Curricular Advisor
Betsy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Betsy has been with HOCM for 16 years and has played a key role in developing our preschool into the wonderful educational program that it is today. While she is no longer teaching preschool classes, Betsy is serving in a curricular advisory role for our teachers. We are very grateful to have her expertise!
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Natasha Ivanichek
Teacher
Natasha holds degrees in Ecology and Geography and has been with the Hands On Preschool Program for 6 years. She is also a lead camp teacher here at the museum and is a gifted artist and photographer.
Jacque Emord-Netzley
Jacque Emord-Netzley
Teacher
Jacque holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre & Drama and has recently relocated to the West Coast from New York City. She has experience in performance, child care, and early childhood education. Before moving to Washington, she spent 5 years as a teaching artist in the WEE Arts Studio at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan.
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Allie Deaton
Teacher
Allie has an AA degree in Intercultural Communications and has studied Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Youth Education at The Evergreen State College. Allie is fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language and has worked in our preschool program for one year.
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Ashley Bench
Teacher
Ashley has an AA degree in Early Childhood Education and worked as a preschool teacher for many years before joining the Front Desk team here at Hands On. We are happy to welcome Ashley to our preschool team!
Elisabeth Manuputty
Elisabeth Manuputty
Teacher
Elisabeth has a BA in Ethnomusicology and worked as a music teacher for elementary and preschool teacher for many years in Indonesia. She is an active dancer in Olympia Swing and Salsa community, and teaches an Indonesian children’s choir online.