Natural Start Preschool
"Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as
one of the most important events in their lives."
-Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth
Natural Start Preschool Teachers
2014-16 School Year
Preschool Director and Co-Founder
Teacher, Explorers & Junior Explorers Classrooms
Stephanie is a Naturopathic Physician specializing in pediatrics and family medicine. She has spent the last 16 years working with children and teaching families about health and nutrition. She has extensive training in childhood health and safety, and has completed additional training in early childhood education and development. Stephanie has a lifelong interest in nature and is an avid hiker, bicycler, gardener, and birdwatcher. In her spare time, she loves reading, knitting, practicing archery, cooking healthy meals, spending time with family and friends, and going for long nature walks with her son.
Co-Lead Teacher, Explorers Classroom
Jenny is a certified Elementary Education teacher with a background in primary education. She has worked with children, as both a teacher and a nanny, for the last nine years. Jenny is passionate about age-appropriate teaching practices that meet children where they are. In her spare time, she loves to read, cook, create (especially scrapbooking, soap making, and knitting!) and spend time with her friends and family. She enjoys working in her yard, visiting bookstores, and going on as many picnics as possible. She lives in Redmond with her husband, son and one very precocious cat, named Mazie.
Co-Lead Teacher, Explorers Explorers Classroom
Victoria grew up in Michigan, where she developed an appreciation for the outdoors throughout the four seasons. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and has teaching experience from preschool up through the Middle School level. Victoria enjoys volunteering at her boys’ elementary school, and her favorite activities include hiking, traveling with her sons and husband, and gardening.
Business Manager and Co-Founder
Kelly has a variety of experience that includes being a mother, owning a flower shop, and working for the federal government as an International Trade Specialist. She has a BA in Business Administration and has completed additional training in child development, child guidance and behavior, and health and safety. She loves the outdoors and has been an avid camper, hiker, cyclist, mountain climber, rock climber, and cross country skier.
Natural Start Preschool
Natural Start Preschool focuses on the whole child through creative explorations in nature,
art, music, play and Kindergarten readiness activities.