Rainy Dayz Preschool is a not-for-profit STEM- and literacy-based school that promotes lifelong learning in a safe and nurturing environment. Students are empowered to thrive in their surroundings with no limits or preset expectations.
For every family you refer to Rainy Dayz, a $50 credit will be added to your account (after 3 months of attendance). We will also give you and the referring family a Starbucks gift card for touring!
Meet our teachers and see what makes Rainy Dayz so special
Miss Amanda joined Rainy Dayz at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. She was raised in a military family, her father was in the Navy, and graduated from high school and college in California. She has lived in Washington for 24 years.
She started working with children in 1988 and loves to “see the world through their eyes.” She is a mother of five – three girls and two boys – and has been married to her husband for 28 years. When she’s not at Rainy Dayz she loves to sew and do crafts and spend time outdoors with her family.
Miss Hannah also joined Rainy Dayz at the start of the 2017-2018 school year, marking her first year teaching after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with a bachelor’s degree in English.
What she enjoys most about working with the 2’s class is watching them grow into little people with strong personalities, likes and dislikes and opinions. Hannah says it’s “magical” and “extremely rewarding” to watch the 2’s transform from the start of school into more confident learners.
She also enjoys incorporating art and projects into the children’s learning and curriculum, noting “art has always been a big part of my life and being able to bring some of that into the classroom has been really fun.”
Miss Lisa began her fifth year leading the 3’s class at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. She strives to create a classroom environment where each child feels welcomed and special every time they walk through the door.
Knowing a child loves and looks forward to their days at preschool “gives me such a sense of fulfillment,” Lisa says, adding “it is an honor to be a part of this special time of their lives!”
Miss Madeline spent the last seven years working in childcare and is now enjoying her first time working in early childhood education at Rainy Dayz with Miss Lisa. She has a passion for nurturing children’s interests and encouraging them to try new things. In her free time she enjoys singing, spending time in nature and cuddling with her chihuahua.
Miss Nicole joined Rainy Dayz to lead the school’s second 3’s class as part of its expansion for the 2017-2018 school year. After taking a number of years off to grow her family (she has three children ages 9, 5 and 3) Nicole was ready to return to the classroom. She enjoys the preschool years because they are “unbelievably special” and a “developmentally vital time” for children. She loves to play a role in supporting this critical period with thoughtful, play-based activities that nurture their natural ability and intrinsic drive to learn.
Nicole has a master’s degree in education in school counseling, which drives her focus on social and emotional development and she loves to guide children to learn how to name feelings, express them appropriately, transition from independent play to parallel play and ultimately associative play and generally build self-confidence – all through fun and creative play.
Nicole grew up in Northern California and moved to Washington for college. She loves sports, good food, a fabulous hotel room and can’t live without coffee. She loves to cook, bake, run and explore the incredible Northwest with her family. She can’t wait to “dance, sing, create and explore” her way through the school year with your child.
Miss Tiffany joined Rainy Dayz for the 2017-2018 school year, marking her return to work after being a stay-at-home Mom for 12 years to raise her daughter Katharine.
She assists Miss Nicole in the 3’s class. Besides loving God, family and my pets, she loves to travel and loves the beach.
She looks forward to working with the little ones.
Miss Tori joined Rainy Dayz for the 2016-2017 school year where she assisted in the 2’s Class. She was excited to become the school’s first 4’s Class teacher for the newly created class at the start of the 2017-2018 school year as a result of the preschool expansion.
Tori has cared for or taught children for the last 20 years in a variety of settings.
She lives in Gig Harbor with her recently retired husband. They have four kids ages 26, 17, 15 and 11. She enjoys riding motorcycles and camping with her family and also loves gardening and cooking.
Miss Jaycee joined Rainy Dayz at the start of the 2017-2018 school year to assist Miss Tori in the 4’s Class.
She came to Rainy Dayz from another area preschool and has additional childcare experience as a babysitter, through her internship at the Hands on Children’s Museum and helping out in her mother’s first grade classroom.
She received her bachelor’s degree in children’s studies from Eastern Washington University with expansive knowledge in child development.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, exploring new places, volunteering at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, spending time with family and friends, and listening to music.
She really enjoys helping and watching children learn and grow and is excited to be part of the Rainy Dayz family.
Miss Jessica marked her third year at Rainy Dayz at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Previously she taught the 2’s Class, but with the recent school expansion moved over to the Pre-K class to teach the older children.
She is currently attending American Military University where she is studying early childhood education. She loves working with children and watching them grow and develop.
She is a military wife and has two children ages 8 and 10. Her youngest child has severe Autism as well as Marfan Syndrome. In her spare time, you can find Jessica with her family or curled up with a good book.
Miss Amanda finished three years of college coursework toward her degree elementary education before ultimately switching to and graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing management.
After a few years in the marketing field, she decided to return to her first love of teaching, and found a home at Rainy Dayz, joining the school for the 2017-2018 school year and working with Miss Jessica as a Pre-K assistant.
When she isn’t at school she loves to play with her three dogs, bake all kinds of sweet treats, and watch Marvel movies with her husband.
Miss Kristi graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. She is married and has two young boys.
After working in the fitness industry for years and then becoming a mom, Kristi began to focus more of her attention on working with children.
Passionate about keeping everyone in her family healthy, Kristi developed several programs in the community such as “Boot Camp for Kids” and “Healthy Kids in the Kitchen”.
Kristi previously worked at another local preschool as a Pre-K assistant, as well as leading music and movement for many of the other classes.
She joined Rainy Dayz at the start of the 2017-2018 school year and is thrilled to be part of the family.
Miss Aimee is the Pre-K assistant to Miss Kristi and joined Rainy Dayz during the 2017-2018 school year.
She is married and has a son named Cash who is in sixth grade at Goodman Middle School. Her family moved to Gig Harbor three years ago from Huntington Beach, CA.
She has been in the education field in some way for over 15 years. She previously taught Pre-K for eight years, a 3-year-old class for six years and has also taught and subbed various grades in public school.
She enjoys nurturing children’s love of reading, science, art, and fluency.
Some of Aimee’s favorite things are cooking, gardening and helping her son on his Boy Scout projects.
Becky and Sarah taught Pre-K for three years together at Rainy Dayz before moving into the co-director role in 2016.
From the directors:
We believe a child’s education is the most valuable opportunity we can give them. We are committed to the idea that all children learn through exploration and play. Our favorite phrase is “let them be little.” To us the most amazing thing is to see or hear one of our students apply the concepts they learned at Rainy Dayz and see the excitement in their little faces!
We believe that Rainy Dayz is a wonderful place for your child to begin their education both academically and emotionally. We have a strong staff with incredible passion for each individual child. We feel very proud and lucky to be part of such an amazing school!”
Miss Becky has been part of the Rainy Dayz team for seven years. Before becoming co-director she worked in the 4’s class, as well as Pre-K.
She graduated from Central Washington University in 2006. She lives in Gig Harbor with her husband and kids and their dog Goose. When she is not working, she loves to read, try new recipes, garden, watch her kids play sports and explore new places!
Miss Sarah began her early childhood career in 2006. She obtained her CDA in 2008 and previously taught 4’s and Pre-K classes. She has been at Rainy Dayz for five years.
Sarah enjoys working with the Rainy Dayz kids, families and the staff. She has two daughters and enjoys running, working in her yard and being involved in her kids’ activities.