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. Before joining Peacock, Kathy ran her own educational consulting business, Hands to Heart Learning, and 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 convenes Peacock’s Alliance of Bainbridge Childcare Directors (ABCD), and and serves on the Leadership Board of the Bainbridge Alliance for Youth, along with committee work with Raising Resilience and Bainbridge Prepares.
Kieva has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 20 years and counting. Her professional career began as a teacher in a large child development center, serving children from a variety of backgrounds and with an array of needs. After moving to San Francisco in 2000 and teaching in a small center serving typically developing children, she realized her passion was in working with all children. In 2004, Kieva founded a small preschool serving children ages 2 – 6 years old. Offering a well-developed curriculum utilizing a variety of methodologies, a full organic vegetarian meal program, and focusing on individuality, over time the school expanded into two locations and a play space. The school also developed into a fully inclusive program serving both typically developing children and those with special needs equally. Working closely with therapists, the school district, and private providers, and agencies, Kieva helped families navigate the systems to gain appropriate services that would best enable children to thrive. Kieva moved to the area two years ago with the desire for a smaller place to call home. Kieva is excited to join the Peacock team.
In her spare time, Kieva enjoys spending time with her 2 children, cat, and dog, as well as reading, hiking in the woods, and walking on the beach.
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.
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.
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.
Ann Tallant has worked in early childhood education at North Kitsap School District since 2006, specializing with special needs and medically fragile students. She worked as a paraprofessional both as a one-on-one aide, and in a classroom setting. In 2019, she transitioned to working as a lead teacher with preschool age children at Gateway Learning Center. Ann is looking forward to new experiences at Peacock as she continues her work with preschoolers. In her free time, Ann enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Jess is creative and kindhearted, with a passion for making children smile while encouraging them to think. Jess is currently working on her certification in Early Childhood Education and enjoys applying her coursework to the daily activities and interactions in her preschool classroom. In her spare time, Jess enjoys needlework, hanging out with her cat, and listening to podcasts.
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Preschool Team, Lead Teacher
Mackenzie (Kenzie) is originally from north Idaho. Kenzie began working in childcare and education back in 2010 as a support staff and afterschool care at a center in her hometown. After earning her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) through Bellingham Technical College, she married and moved out to the area with her husband who is in the Navy. Kenzie most recently worked at a large center in Bremerton as a preschool lead teacher for 3 years. She is fully committed to early childhood education and is now furthering her efforts toward a bachelor’s degree. Kenzie enjoys getting outside and exploring our amazing Pacific Northwest, crafting, and spending time with her husband and friends.
Now in her 2nd year at Peacock, Alyssa is overjoyed to work with the toddler and preschool classes. She loves making connections with children, as well as teaching them through songs and games. Through the trainings she is taking and her work at the center, Alyssa has become fascinated by the developmental process, and looks forward to a long career in early childhood education. Alyssa is proud to be a native Bainbridge Islander. When not working, Alyssa enjoys baking anything with chocolate, playing with her pug, spending time with family, and traveling.
Lynn Wiggins is originally from the scorpion country of Arizona. This is Lynn’s second time living in the PNW, once during senior year of high school and now with her husband Kain. Before settling down, Lynn joined the Navy and explored many parts of the world including Japan, Australia, and Italy. After 6 years with the Navy, Lynn learned she enjoyed teaching more than fixing machines, so she returned to the civilian world to continue her education. Soon to graduate with her AA from Skagit Valley Community College, Lynn is excited to share her more creative side, and fun costumes, with the Peacock preschoolers.
Larkin is a recent PNW transplant and is excited to be joining the Peacock team. She has been providing childcare much of her life, and especially loves working with toddlers and preschoolers for their curiosity and openness. She believes in the power of getting dirty outside, and especially loves dress-up.
Larkin graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2010 with a BA in English and is currently pursuing her Masters in Divinity from Starr King School with the goal of becoming a hospital chaplain. When not studying or playing with littles, you’ll find her exploring hiking trails on the island and peninsula with her partner and dog, singing in the Threshold Choir, or curled up with a cup of tea and a novel.
Macy graduated from Central Washington University in 2019 with a BS in Biology and a BA in Spanish. She is passionate about the environment and is looking forward to exploring the island with kiddos as an outdoor instructor.
Macy has had a variety of work experiences that led her here, her most recent as a biogeochemistry research intern at the Marine Sciences Lab in Sequim. In her free time, she enjoys being active in the outdoors by hiking, snowboarding, camping, paddle boarding, and traveling. She is also currently learning to play the banjo!
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 is currently the Director of the Religious School at Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Bremerton. 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.
Karem Harvey was born in a city called Arequipa, which is in southern Peru. Karem finished her studies in social work at the University of San Agustin. Her career has enabled her to explore a greater part of South America, though Karem has lived in the United States for 12 years. Her daily inspiration is her two children, 10 and 8 years old.
For Karem cooking is more than a profession, it is her passion. Most happy when her time is productive, Karem also likes traveling. On each trip, she strives to discover different realities of life, with each trip inspiring her to create and meet new flavors. Karem provides her global culinary knowledge in every dish she creates.