St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Friday, January 21, 2022
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Ms. Kara
Ms. Kara
Kara Landry has a Masters of Teaching and Learning with an Early Childhood endorsement and has been working with children and families for over 20 years. Kara is a caring, devoted, and enthusiastic educator. She brings a wide variety of experience to the Director position at St. Andrew Preschool. Her dedication to child-led, nature based learning is enhanced by her past work at Waldorf and Montessori schools and her own childhood in the woods and mountains of New Hampshire. In her free time Kara loves gardening, reading, running, hiking, and hanging out with her three kids.



Ms. Alicia
Ms. Alicia
Alicia Westphal is a Pacific Northwest native. She grew up in Oregon and loves the rain! She is currently going to school to get her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Alicia has worked as both a toddler teacher and a nanny and says one of the great things about working with children is seeing that “lightbulb moment” when they figure out something new on their own. She loves spending time with family and friends and also enjoys reading, as well as many outdoor activities such as hiking and snowboarding. She also likes traveling and has been to Mexico and Tanzania.



Ms. Danessa
Ms. Danessa
Danessa Manasco started as a Teacher’s Aide last spring at St Andrew Preschool and even attended St Andrew herself as a child! She loves working at St Andrew because she gets to see the kids learn and grow into themselves and explore their interests. She especially enjoys observing what the children are interested in and then providing ways for them to investigate those interests further. Ms. Danessa also loves her family, her dog Gunner, riding ATVs, spending time in the mountains, and the color purple.



Ms. Denia
Ms. Denia
Denia Winters loves working with children because she thinks their candor and excitement about learning and exploring is a wonderful sight to see! Ms. Denia has been working with preschoolers for the past five years. Her coworkers describe her as patient, caring, funny, and friendly. Ms. Denia is nearing completion of her Associate’s in Early Childhood Education and aside from teaching she likes traveling, music, Disney, good food, and reading.



Ms. Amber
Ms. Amber
Amber Blair is committed to creating safe, fun, and engaging indoor/outdoor environments for students. She is experienced in child-led, emergent teaching and also speaks Spanish fluently. Ms. Amber is excited to sharing her love of the Spanish language and LatinX cultures with her students. She will completing her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education this year at Clark College, and then she plans continue her education towards her Bachelor’s in ECE. Ms. Amber also enjoys traveling, kayaking, and gardening.



Ms. Mary
Ms. Mary
Mary Wells is a longtime early childhood educator with over 20 years experience in the field. She has an Associate’s degree and is working on her Bachelor’s in Child Development. Mary loves to come alongside children as they explore the world around them, especially in the garden which she has always planted, tended, and learned from with her students. Mary believes that the classroom, both indoors and out, should be a safe, fun, and stimulating place that motivates each child’s development. When not in at school, Ms. Mary loves to read, hike, and spend time at the beach and nearby lakes and rivers.


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Office hours:
Mon: 8:00 - 12:00
Tue: 8:00 - 3:30
Wed: 8:00 - 12:00
Thur 8:00-3:30
Closed Fridays

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