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Emily Ugartechea

Emily Ugartechea

Afternoon preschool and marketing coordinator

Katie McKay

Katie McKay

After School Care Lead Teacher

Hi my name is Katie McKay and I have been working at the Children’s Center for about 3 years. I work with the after school- school age group, the Explorers and the Bumblebees. I am currently attending Edmonds Community College to finish my AA transfer degree. I will transfer to Eastern Washington University in January to pursue an environment science degree. I like to hike, swim, and read in my spare time. I enjoy being with the school age group and truly believe children learn best through play, exploration and experience.

Tamenech LaBaw

Tamenech LaBaw

Afternoon preschool teacher and events coordinator

Hello my name is Tamenech, I started working with Children Center in August 2011 after receiving my AA degree in ECE. While I was in college I had a wonderful opportunity to learn about some of the great theorists and pioneers in Early Childhood Education and heard a beautiful quote by Benjamin Franklin that highlights the foundations of my own belief:  "Tell me and I will forget, teach me and I may remember it, involve me and I will learn.” That quote has become a philosophy that I have cherished for so many years. It is a wonderful example of how a child processes knowledge and understands their world. As a teacher I try to provide lots of hands on activities so the children can really engage and direct their own learning.
About Me... I grew up in Edmonds, I am the eighth oldest out of 30 kids (27 were adopted including me). Last year I traveled for 2 1/2 months in Thailand and got married in Bali Indonesia. Right now my husband and I live in Greenwood and I love to garden on my free time.