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Preschool Staff

Preschool 2

Meet Our Teachers

Welcome our newest team members, Caelan & Allie!

Emily Ehrlich, Education Department Manager

Emily Ehrlich is our Education Department Manager and oversees administration of the preschool program as well as other Hands On Education programs. Emily has a BA and MA in English, MA in Teaching, and MA in Education Leadership with an Administrative Certificate. Emily taught 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.



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

Catherine (Kitty) Winkle is our Preschool and Playwise Program Coordinator and teaches and coordinates 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 taught 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, Young Explorers & Early Learners Teacher

Betsy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and MS in Early Childhood and has been with Hands On for 15 years. She continues to lead our highly demanded Early Learner and Young Explorers class.

"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 Hands On for 5 years. Natasha will continue our Pre-K program as Assistant Teacher and primary substitute teacher.

Caelan Angell, Young Explorers & Assistant Teacher

Caelan is a student at Evergreen State College studying the psychology of learning as well as sustainability. Caelan has been an instructor at Twin Eagles Wilderness School in Sand Point, Idaho, and has worked here at Hands On for 1.5 years.


Allie Deaton, Early Learners Assistant 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 as a Visitor Engagement Assistant here at Hands On.