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Preschool Staff

Preschool 2

Meet Our Teachers

Welcome our newest team members, Emily & Catherine!

Emily Ehrlich, Education Department Manager

Emily Ehrlich joined us in July as our new Education Department Manager and will oversee administration of the preschool program as well as other HOCM Education programs.  Emily has a BA and MA in English, MA in Teaching, and MA in Education Leadership with an Administrative Certificate.  Emily was most recently at the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences and was previously the Dean of Students at Kentwood High School.  Emily’s teaching experience includes elementary, middle and high school and she has taught college level courses at both Western Washington University and University of Washington.  Emily grew up in Olympia and we welcome her back!

Catherine "Kitty" Winkle, Preschool & PlayWise Program Coordinator, Pre-K Teacher

Catherine (Kitty) Winkle joined us in August 2018 as our new Preschool and Playwise Program Coordinator and will teach and coordinate both of our Pre-Kindergarten classes as well as our Playwise parent/child program.  Kitty has a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences with Minor in Education, AA in Early Childhood Education, is TESOL certified and fluent in Spanish.  Kitty was with an ECEAP program as a site manager, family support specialist, teacher and mentor for more than 10 years and has been adjunct faculty at Bates Technical College and Pierce College.  Kitty just returned to WA after teaching abroad in Mexico, China and Cambodia.  Kitty has been an active leader in play-based programs participating in coalitions and community boards and building and advocating for nature inspired, all-inclusive children’s programs and we are excited to have her on our team!

Betsy DeBoer, Playful Learners & Early Learners Teacher

has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and MS in Early Childhood and has been with HOCM for 14 years.  She continues to lead our highly demanded Playful Learners class.  Betsy is also offering a new Early Learners class this fall to help meet demand.

"We can't say enough about the entire experience--our child's and from a parent perspective. We especially appreciate Miss Betsy's insight, skills and amazing planning/programming."
-Preschool Parent

Natasha Ivanichek , Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Natasha holds degrees in Ecology and Geography and has been with HOCM for 4 years. Natasha will continue in our Pre-K program as Assistant Teacher and primary substitute teacher.

Emma Lawson, Assistant Teacher

Emma just received her BA in Arts and Education and has been with HOCM for 1.5 years. Emma joins Betsy in Playful and Early Learners as Assistant Teacher.