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.  Emily is continuing her education to complete her degree in Early Childhood Education.  In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking, having movie nights with 3 daughters, and going on family vacations.



Jenny started working with First Years in March of 2002.  Through the years she worked with infants and toddlers, all while receiving her Associates in Arts & Sciences in Business/Accounting, and she is currently studying online to earn her bachelors in Early Childhood Education.  Jenny and her husband have two daughters.  In her free time, she enjoys swimming with her family, judging barbecue competitions, along with sewing and crafting.



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.


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.  In her free time she enjoys biking, shopping, baking, and going to the beach with her dog, Bella.


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.



School Chef

Kaitlyn started working with First Years in November 2018.  She has been an assistant teacher in the Toddler 2 and Preschool 2 rooms. She is currently working on her degree in Early Childhood Education, she took over our Toddler 3 room in January 2021. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her wife, doing yoga, gardening, playing  disc golf, and collecting crystals.

Infant Teachers


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.


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.


Lead Infant 2 Teacher



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.

Toddler Teachers


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!



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.


Assistant 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!


Lead Toddler 3 Teacher


Assistant Toddler 3 Teacher

& Office Aide

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.



Assistant Toddler 1,2 & 3 Teacher

Farrah has worked in childcare for years but started working at First Years in April 2019.  She cares for children in Toddler 1 and Toddler 2.  In her down time, Farrah enjoys spending time with her mom, and taking her two dogs to the dog park with her husband. 


Assistant Toddler 3 teacher

Preschool and Pre-k Teachers


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.


Assistant Preschool Teacher

Ailani started working at First Years in October 2020.  She has previous experience in child care and nannying.

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Assistant Preschool Teacher

Ashley started working at First Years in late 2020.  She is currently attending college online, and is working as an assitant teacher in our Preschool room three days a week.

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Lead Preschool 2 Teacher

Madi started teaching with First Years in January 2019.  She was trained to work with toddlers and preschool aged children, but is our steady Preschool 2 assistant.  



Assistant Preschool 2 Teacher



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!


Assistant 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.


Assistant Preschool 2 Teacher

Alex started working at First Years in July 2018.  She cares for the children in the Pk1 room, and in her free time she enjoys exploring the PNW with her girlfriend, hanging out with friends, drawing, and watching Netflix.


Assistant Pre-K Teacher

Christina started working with First Years in August 2018. She is trained to work with all ages and assists in our office from time to time. Christina is an online student with the University of Northern Colorado, studying to become an American Sign Language translator. In her time off, she enjoys performing in her local college operas, going to musicals with her grandma, and hanging out with her boyfriend.

Assistant Teachers


Assistant Preschool 2 &

Pre-K Teacher

Sandy started working at First Years part time in 2016 so she could enjoy her retirement spending time with children.  She considers herself "the Grandma" of the center, and enjoys gardening, horse back riding, reading, and going to the beach with her kids and grandkids.  She has worked hard on creating a beautiful garden that the children look forward to helping her tend.



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!

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Teacher's Aide

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.


Assistant Toddler 2 & 3 Teacher, Morning Assistant

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

Our College Student Teachers


AssistanT Teacher

Claudia has worked for First Years since 2018.  She has been a Toddler 2 lead teacher, and has been trained to work with all ages.  She is currently in nursing school and will return in summer.



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 U in the fall of 2020 and will be back in the Summer. In her free time, Zelie loves to do art, music, and food, and hang out with her sister, boyfriend, and friends.


Assistant Preschool 2 Teacher

Kathryn started working at First Years in March 2019, and cares for our older children.  She is currently attending college in Idaho, but will return 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.

Specialist Teachers

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Tumbling Teacher 

Madi started teaching gymnastics with Bainbridge Parks and Rec. in early 2020.  Having been a gymnast all her life, she enjoys sharing her love for it with the children!


Garden Teacher

Sandy teaches the children about horticulture and agriculture.  They work on the school garden year round, planting plants, fruits and veggies, and enjoying outside story time. 


Music Teacher 

Christina started teaching Music with the children in summer 2019.  She works with all ages, introducing children to noise makers and basic instruments including a large piano floor mat.  For the older children she teaches musical notes, beats, and rhythm.



Art Teacher

We are so lucky to have Zelie share her love of art with our children every week.  She plans crafts and projects based on holidays and seasons to do with children aged Toddler 3 and up.  Her mom owns a pottery kiln so they can even do clay projects.  Zelie is always coming up with great news ideas.  While she is away at college, Miss Madi H. takes over Art time for her.