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Emily - Currently on Maternity leave

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 January 2019, and her job is mainly HR and entails finances, family relations, fundraising and community events. In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking, having movie nights with her 3 daughters and newborn baby son, and going on family vacations. 




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.



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.

Administrative Assistant 
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.


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.

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

Assistant 1&2 infant 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.

Toddler Teachers

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.


Assistant Toddler 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 has returned as a floating Assistant Toddler teacher - we are so happy to have her back!


Lead Toddler 2 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
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


Morning TOddler Assistant
Miss Deb has been caring for our toddlers since February 2019. She greets our families every morning, and cooks up breakfast for our Toddlers!

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Assistant Toddler Teacher

Assistant Toddler Teacher



Assistant Toddler Teacher


Preschool and Pre-k Teachers

Lead Preschool Teacher


Assistant Preschool Teacher



Assistant Preschool Teacher


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.

Lead 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!

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Assistant Pre-K Teacher



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.



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 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.


Teacher's Aide for Toddlers through Pre-k


Teacher's Aide for Toddlers


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