Office

Emily

Executive Director

Emily grew up on Bainbridge and began working at First Years in 2003 as a high school student.  Upon graduating, she trained with all ages, but was primarily a lead preschool teacher.  In 2009 she left when her husband was stationed in Connecticut, Guam, and then Hawaii, before returning back to the Island, and First Years, in 2012.  She became the Executive Director in 2019, and her job is mainly HR and entails finances, staff relations, family relations, and events. In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking, having movie nights with her 3 daughters, and going on family vacations.

Jenny

Director

Jenny started working with First Years in March of 2002.  Through the years she worked with infants and toddlers, before becoming a director in 2011. Jenny and her husband have two daughters.  Jenny manages our waitlist and enrollment, and billing.  In her free time, she enjoys swimming with her family, judging barbecue competitions, along with sewing and crafting.

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Chrissie

Program Supervisor

Chrissie joined the First Years family in September 2019.  She holds an associates degree in early childhood education, and is currently working on her bachelors in ECE.  As program supervisor, she over sees each classroom's lesson plans and monthly curriculum.  Her knowledge and experience keeps First Years on the edge of the latest and greatest in ECE.

Jodi
Office administrator 
Jodi has been teaching at First Years since 2007.  She has earned three state certificates in Early Childhood Education, including her ECE Office Admin and ECE gen.  Jodi manages all staff and child files, and stays on top of state requirements. In her free time she enjoys biking, shopping, baking, and going to the beach with her dog, Bella.

Angel

Office Assistant

Angel has been with First Years since 2011.  She was the Toddler 1 lead teacher until January 2019.  She is now our office assistant, and helps with child developmental evaluations.  Angel and her husband have two sons, and she enjoys baking, photography, and collects crystal.

Nikki
School cook
Nikki started working at First Years in September 2021.

Infant Teachers

Deborah

Lead Infant teacher

Deborah has been our Lead Infant teacher since September 1997. She is known for her attention to detail and gentle nature when caring for our babies. Deborah and her husband, George, enjoy antiquing on weekends, and collecting vintage holiday décor.

Mardi

Lead Infant Teacher

Mardi started caring for infants at First Years in 2016.  When she's not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 daughters.  She also enjoys cooking and cleaning around her home.

Jessica - Coming sooN!
Lead Infant 2 Teacher

Toddler Teachers
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Kaylee

Lead Toddler 1 Teacher

Kaylee has worked at First Years since April 2018.  She was our lead Toddler 1 teacher for 2 years, and then was an assistant preschool teacher, but jumped at the chance in January 2021 to become the Lead Infant 2 teacher.

Melanie

ASsistant Toddler 1 Teacher

Melanie started working with First Years in February 2020.  She recently moved from Oklahoma, and is looking forward to hiking and rock climbing here in the Pacific Northwest.  She has two daughters, one in the Air Force, and one in college.  In her free time, Melanie and her husband enjoy watching OU football - go Sooners!

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Chrissie

Lead Toddler 2 Teacher

Chrissie joined the First Years family in September 2019.  She holds a degree in early childhood education, and has many years of experience in childcare.  In her free time, Chrissie enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, camping, and kayaking.

Isabel
Lead Toddler 2 teacher
Isabel has worked with our Toddler 3 room since 2014.  She recently made a switch to caring for the toddlers in the Toddler 2 room! In her free time she enjoys working out, hiking, traveling, and shopping!

Danielle
Assistant Toddler 2 Teacher
Danielle stated working with our Toddler 2 room in September 2021.  She is working on on her bachelors in early childhood education at University of Washington.

Ashley

Lead Toddler 3 Teacher

Evelyn
Assistant Toddler 3 Teacher
Miss Evelyn started working with First Years in July 2018, but attended First Years herself as a child!  Evelyn has been trained to help assist in all classrooms and helps in the office in the evenings.  In her free time, Evelyn likes going to the beach with her friends, and spending the weekends shopping with her cousins.

Debbie

Assistant Toddler 2 & 3 Teacher, Morning Assistant

Miss Deb has been caring for our toddlers since February 2019.  

Preschool and Pre-k Teachers

Areanna

Lead Preschool Teacher

Areanna has been caring for children at First Years since October 2016.  She has trained in the infant and preschool rooms.  In her free time she loves to shop, and spend time with her mom.

Dalina
Assistant Preschool Teacher
Dalina started working at First Years in 2016 as an Infant assistant.  After some time off to welcome her baby in to the world, she had returned as the Assistant Preschool teacher - we are so happy to have her back!

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Kaitlyn
Preschool 2 lead
Kaitlyn started working with First Years in November 2018.  She has been an assistant teacher in the Toddler 2 and Preschool 2 rooms, and was most recently our Cook. She is currently working on her degree in Early Childhood Education though, and took on the co-lead in Preschool 2 to put her education to good use! In her free time she enjoys spending time with her wife, doing yoga, gardening, playing disc golf, and collecting crystals.

Alex
Lead Preschool 2 Teacher
Alex started working at First Years in July 2018.  She is studying Early Childhood Education at Olympic College.  In her free time, Alex enjoys exploring the PNW, hanging out with friends, drawing, and watching Netflix.

Najah
Assistant Preschool 2 teacher
Najah started working at First Years in September 2021.  Her extensive background in child care and contagious enthusiasm makes her a great fit in our Preschool 2 room! 

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Madi

Lead Pre-K teacher

Madi started caring for our children at First Years in March 2016.  She trained in all rooms, but came on as the lead in the Pre-K room in 2019.  She has enrolled in college for fall 2021 to study ECE.  In her free time, Madi enjoys painting, doing puzzles, and eating LOTS of food!

Jennilynn
Lead Pre-K teacher
Jennilynn started working at First Years in 2018.  She has been a lead infant teacher, as well as toddler lead.  She has been going to school to complete her first two certifications in ECE at Olympic College. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, and being outdoors.

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Farrah
Assistant Toddler 1,2 & 3 Teacher
Farrah has worked in childcare for years but started working at First Years in April 2019.  She has been trained to work with all ages from Toddler 1 to - Pre-k.  In her down time, Farrah enjoys spending time with her mom, and taking her two dogs to the dog park with her husband. 

Serena
Assistant teacher
Serena started working with First Years in December of 2020.  Her warm and caring personality is ideal for all ages, as she has been trained to work with children in our infant rooms up through pre-k.

Alyssa
Assistant Preschool, Preschool 2 & Pre-k Teacher
Alyssa started working with First Years in January 2020.  She currently attends Olympic College, studying to become a child psychologist.  She works primarily with the Pre-K children in the afternoons.

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Lisa

Assistant Preschool 2

and Pre-k Teacher

Miss Lisa started working with First Years in November 2020.  She has worked in child care for years, both nannying and in centers.  You can see her passion when she interacts with the children, and we are so happy to have her here!

Susie
Assistant Preschool 2 and Pre-K teacher
Susie started working at First Years in Summer 2021.  

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Alec
Teacher's Aide in Preschool 2 and Pre-k
Alec is a current student at Bainbridge High School.  He used to attend FYCC when he was kid, and we are so excited that he has returned.  You can find Alec playing games and chasing the kiddos in the Preschool 2 and Pre-k rooms.

Our College Student Teachers

Kathryn
Assistant Preschool 2 & Pre-k Teacher
Kathryn started working at First Years in March 2019, and cares for our older children.  She is currently attending college in Idaho, but returns in the Summer. In her free time she enjoys cross country, ultimate frisbee, and being a theater tech.  Kathryn also enjoys reading, sewing, and painting.

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Zelie
AssistanT Teacher
Zelie has been working at First Years since August 2018.  She is trained to work with all ages.  She is attending Western Washington University and will be back in the Summer. In her free time, Zelie loves to do art, music, and eat good food, and hang out with her sister, boyfriend, and friends.