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."