Michelle our preschool director...
Kathie joined the preschool staff at ILC in 2004 with the mission to serve preschoolers and their families. Her goal is to offer an engaging, compassionate, and supportive classroom experience while focusing on the development of the whole child. Her wish is for every child to feel valued, confident, and to enjoy learning.
Kathie has an undergraduate degree in psychology from WWU and a Masters of Education from UW Tacoma. She and her husband Bill have been married since 1988 and have three sons, Josh, Noah, and Sam, and a daughter-in-law, Liv, married to Sam.
In her spare time, Kathie enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, visiting the ocean, and being outdoors. However, spending time with her family is what she enjoys most.
Jennie Wallace will tell anyone who will listen how much she loves being a preschool teacher and a part of the ILP team! Jennie and Erin Neeley teach our 3-year-old program. Jennie provides children with opportunities for open play activities in her classroom. She is just as excited about the discoveries that they make together in science, art, and sensory learning as her students! She celebrates the diversity of all of her pupils as unique and wonderful creations of God. She believes in encouraging and supporting them to grow independently at their own pace while lovingly guiding each of them in the complexities of being a member of their preschool community.
Jennie is a graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Human Services. She has continued her education with a year of training and study at Bates Technical College in Early Childhood Education and spent 5 years as a teacher and trained in the Bates Cooperative preschool program. Jennie has currently been teaching the 3-year-old class at ILP since 2015.
Jennie is married to Jeremy Wallace and they together have three children, Beth, Andy, and Ella. All three of her children are alumni of ILP and all of them love to visit her in the classroom to volunteer from time to time. Jennie loves quiet moments with a cup of tea, yoga, spending time with friends, and trips to the beach!
Vanessa Holstein joined our preschool staff in 2018 as one of the teachers for our 2-year-old class. She currently serves as a Pre-K teacher in our preschool. Vanessa wants all students who enter her classroom to know they are seen, heard, valued, and loved. She strives to keep learning fun and teaches students that everyone makes mistakes - it is one way we learn!
Vanessa has a bachelor's degree from Washington State University - GO COUGS! She is married and has 2 children who keep her on her toes! Together they love to travel, watch WSU football and play sports. In her spare time, Vanessa is often listening to audiobooks or podcasts, working in her greenhouse or having coffee with friends!
Erin has served at ILC Preschool in different capacities since 2019. She enjoys working with parents, giving them resources and support to raise happy healthy kids. Erin is a graduate of Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development. She has been married to her husband Eric since 2001. The Wallace’s have three children. Zackary, Dane, and Madison all preschool alumni. Erin loves spending time with family, caring for her 3 goats and dog and traveling to warm places
Hello, My name is Cris Petersen. Although it feels like I just started here, the truth is I started here when my son was in the 3yr old class. And he graduated high school last year! I am a mom of 1 human and 2 fur babies. I love to spend time outside preschool with my family. We love camping, going to the ocean, (my son and husband are learning to surf...I watch from the beach), working in our yard and sitting by the fire pit listening to 80's rock! I truly enjoy little people. They give me humor and laughter every day. Who could want for more?
Erin Neeley has worked at ILC preschool for 4 years full time but filled in prior to that when needed. I have been married to my high school sweetheart since December of 2002. We have 2 children, our son Elliott and our daughter Edith. We love to take family vacations to Disneyland. If I was asked if I could go anywhere for a vacation it would be Disneyland or Walt Disney World. I love to bake, watch my kids golf, camp (yes even in a tent), be outdoors with my family, and overall spend time as a family. Our family has been through some tough time but with our faith in God and with each other, we know we can get through anything
Amy joined the ILC Preschool staff in September 2019. She is a Western Washington University graduate with a degree in psychology. She also attended UW Tacoma where she earned her elementary teaching certification. Amy was privileged to begin her career as an elementary school teacher in Puyallup where she taught for 3 years, before becoming a full-time stay-at-home mom. She and her husband, Mark, have been married for 18 years, and together they have 4 growing kids, ages 13, 11, 8, and 6. She is thrilled to be back in the classroom and loves the energy, humor, and curiosity that preschoolers bring with them to school each day.
Hi, my name is Cori Broberg, and I will be the Wednesday teacher. I have been married to my husband Aaron for 12 years and we have two sons: Noah (10 yrs) and Logan (7 yrs). Both boys attended Immanuel Lutheran preschool and I am so excited to be a part of this amazing team that loved and nurtured them so well! For the past 10 years, I have been a stay-at-home mom and hairstylist! Both of my boys went through the Midland co-op preschool, so I have a lot of child development education through that program along with what I have learned from being a parent! I love children and I am so excited to get to know you and your families!