Our teachers and staff are at the core of the magic that happens each day here at Peacock. Please come visit us and meet our teachers whose high levels of education, life experience, and training support our program’s excellence.
STAFF CREDENTIALS AND SUMMARIES
All of our teachers and staff are certified in Infant & Child CPR, First Aid, and HIV/Blood-Borne Pathogens, have a negative TB Test, and have cleared the Department of Early Learning’s highest background check.
Kathy’s diverse professional background in education includes, supervising educational facilities, leading teams of teachers, and designing multidisciplinary curricula. Before coming to Bainbridge Island, Kathy was part of the leadership team of Teton Science Schools where she coordinated its Jackson Campus, a multi-faceted facility with a residential environmental education program, family and conference center, as well as its own pre-K – 12 school.
Her published curricula have been circulated globally and translated into several different languages. Most recently, Kathy has worked toward cultivating the educational capacity of Bainbridge Island’s arts and culture efforts through her position at Arts Humanities Bainbridge. She and her husband are proud parents of three incredible young adults. Kathy values her time with family, gardening, bird-watching, and travel.
Since arriving at Peacock Family Services in 2015, Kathy also serves on the Leadership Board of the Bainbridge Healthy Youth Alliance, along with committees of Raising Resilience and Bainbridge Prepares.
Julia grew up assisting in her family’s home-based childcare program, and knew from a young age that she wanted to work in early childhood education. Familiar with Waldorf and traditional programs, Julia was trained in Primary Montessori Education through Edmonds Community College, and has taken courses in Child Psychology. She has worked with children on Bainbridge Island and in Kitsap County for more than 14 years; in schools and through outreach programs. Julia has been a part of the Peacock community for a few years, in different capacities; and brings her experience and passion into her role as Childcare Director.
Nature Nuts Program Director
Val received her BA in History and Jewish Studies from UW and has found her true vocation in teaching and education. In childhood, she developed a strong connection to nature and since has allowed that love to shape her life. She is thrilled that she gets to spend her days outside, guiding youth in their own discoveries and helping them develop their own deep connection with the natural world. She has taught a variety of ages, including leading babies and toddlers (along with their parents) on hikes and outdoor excursions, years of youth summer camp work, and as a Girl Scout leader. She has also worked as an organic farmer and a Jewish educator in both King and Kitsap Counties. Most recently, she’s been an outdoor instructor at REI where she taught dozens of courses, as well as trained new instructors and staff, led outings, wrote guidebook copy, and designed curriculum for the entire Co-op.
Val is an avid camper, backpacker, and beachcomber. When not leading Nature Nuts kids on adventures, she can still be found in the woods with her preschool daughter or parked in front of a campfire with a good book.
Eliza Lane is a recent graduate of Western Washington University, with a degree in Theatre Management. Many of Eliza’s work experiences have been in places filled with children, including Sous Chef at a French language summer camp, dance teacher at the Bainbridge Dance Center, and a retail position at one of Seattle’s busiest toy stores. Eliza is excited to once again hear their happy voices all around her. When not at Peacock, you can find Eliza walking her dog at various parks on the island, or working backstage at Bainbridge Performing Arts.
Therese is very happy to be a part of Peacock! Having been one of our Classroom Teachers, Therese knows the Peacock children well and is thrilled to have a position that will impact all of Peacock’s classrooms, staff, and programs.
Therese has earned a degree in Elementary Education Pre-K through 6th grade from Manhattan College and has worked with children for a number of years, in a variety of settings – as a preschool teacher, kindergarten teacher, before and after school program counselor, home daycare provider and most recently as a elementary school librarian. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her husband and son, playing with her dogs, and traveling.
Nannette has enjoyed working in early childhood education here on Bainbridge since 1995, most recently at Doreen’s Place as an assistant lead teacher for 11 years, and then transitioned to lead teacher the final year before Doreen’s Place closed in 2015. Prior to that, she worked at Hazel Creek Montessori. Nannette is the proud parent of two Bainbridge High School graduates who are now successful adults giving back to the world. Nannette finds joy in photography, cooking, gardening, running and music.
Lauren is from the Bremerton area where she is currently attending Olympic College focused on a degree in Social Work. Lauren’s aim is to work for the Washington State Child Protection Services in the future. She has studied American Sign Language for 3 years and has experience working for the YMCA as a Childcare Site Leader, and most recently Site Director. Some of Lauren’s favorite hobbies are yoga, reading, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
This is an easter egg. Surprise!
This is an easter egg. Surprise!
This is an easter egg. Surprise!
Amy Prentice: Preschool Team, Lead Teacher
Amy is so happy to be back in the classroom after taking a few year hiatus to home-school and travel with her three teenage daughters. They went to 29 different states and 6 countries. Amy has been teaching a variety of youth classes from creative dance, tap and ballet, to gardening, and clay for many years. She most recently taught at the Madrona Waldorf School and was their handwork, games, and clay teacher. When she is not teaching Amy loves sailing, traveling, painting, and adventures with her family.
This is an easter egg. Surprise!
Alana moved to Bainbridge Island after receiving her B.A. in English and Communication Studies, and is now studying to get her Master’s degree in English Education. She has previous experience working with children in a before and after school program, and is looking forward to expanding her skills as a preschool teacher at Peacock. During her free time, Alana loves spending time with her Pacific Northwest family, enjoying various forms of art, and relaxing at home with her dog. She is so excited to become a part of the Peacock Team, and has enjoyed her time getting to know all the children.
Alexander Peterson: Roving Teacher
Alexander recently relocated from Florida to live here on Bainbridge Island. Grounded in the Waldorf Schooling philosophy, his background includes experience as an Au Pair, Nanny, and most recently helping with the aftercare services at the Madrona School. Alexander is currently in the process of becoming a certified Waldorf Teacher through the Sound Circle program in Seattle. Peacock students will spend time with Alexander throughout the early childhood development center as well as during the Nature Nuts afterschool programs.
Nature Nuts Instructor and PreschoolTeam Teacher
Zoe grew up on Bainbridge Island and has since returned after getting her Bachelor’s degree at UW and her Masters Degree in environmental education from Miami University. She has an on-going passion and love for the environment and has joined both the Preschool and the Nature Nuts teams to expose our children to nature and the wonders of our beautiful island.
Zoe’s past work experience has included working for the education team at Woodland Park Zoo, as an educator for COASST, and with the sales team at Bon Bon Confections here on the Island. You can find Zoe on her days off spending time with her family and her corgi pup, walking the beach, exploring our forests, or cooking.
Jess is thrilled to be working at Peacock. While she is new to early childhood education, Jess has always been passionate about making children smile and encouraging them to think. Jess recently moved to Kitsap County from Bellingham, and is loving exploring the area. In her spare time, Jess enjoys needlework, hanging out with her cat, and listening to podcasts.
Jamie has been nurturing and teaching children for most of her adult life, as an eldest sibling, preschool teacher, high school teacher and children’s librarian. Her passion is helping youth tap into their imagination & pursue their interests. While living and working in Hawaii for more than a decade as an elementary school librarian, she also completed her Yoga Ed kids’ yoga training on Maui in 2010. She is currently studying at Port Townsend School of Massage, Northwest School of Animal Massage and craniosacral therapy at Bastyr University.
Debra Leader: Chef
I am so pleased to be a member of the staff at the Peacock Family Center. It is a joy to cook for the children. I am impressed with the fact that they like healthy food and are very adventurous eaters.
I wasn’t always a cook. I have an Applied Sciences degree in Early Childhood Education and I was a preschool teacher for over 20 years. I have worked with low-income families and I had a home daycare when my son was a baby. I worked at First Years childcare center here on Bainbridge for about 10 years and know many island families. During this time I became an adjunct faculty member at Olympic College in Bremerton. I taught weekend classes for STARS, which is a continuing education program for teachers and caregivers in the early childhood education field.
I’ve always had a love of cooking. I have enjoyed cooking for friends and family and I even taught cooking to my preschool class. I have been a short order cook for the Sons of Norway social club, cooked at a childcare center in Silverdale, and at Pegasus Coffeehouse on Bainbridge. This experience has helped me to plan and prepare nutritious, good-tasting meals for the children at Peacock Family Center.
I have been married to Mark Leader for 30 years and we have lived on Bainbridge Island for 20 years. We have two children: Shawna and Kyle. Both graduated from BHS. Shawna graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham and is living and working in Seattle. Kyle is a sophmore at Evergreen State College in Olympia. My hobbies include photography, bird watching and of course, cooking!