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University Place KinderCare

Jill Ripley,
Center Director

5424 Orchard St. West Tacoma WA 98467
Ph: (253) 474-5295
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
5:45 AM to 6:30 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: at 56th & Orchard next to 7-Eleven & Subway

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Whittier Elementary 777 Elm Tree Ln, Fircrest, WA 98466 (253) 571-7500 (public school bus drops off and picks up at center.)

Teachers & Staff

Our team of teachers brings dedication, passion, education and over ninty seven years of combined experience in Early Childhood Education. The majority of our teacher’s have advanced education ranging from Child Development Associate's Degrees to Bachelor's Degrees.

Jill Ripley, Center Director

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"The best Teachers are those who show you what to look for but don't tell you what to see."

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Jill has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past twenty two years. She has been with KinderCare Learning Centers since January 1998. She has held positions as Kindergarten teacher, supervisor of curriculum programs and Assistant Director, ultimately leading her to become the Center Director in 2008.

Previous Experience:

Before coming to KinderCare Jill provided home based child care for the State of California, and also managed a nursery in a fitness center.

Favorite Children's Book:

Guess how much I love you -by Sam McBratney

Year Started:
1/9/1998
Tenure:
16 Years
Years in ECE industry:
22 years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Degree

Vicki Arcuri, Assistant Director

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"They may not remember what you said, but they will always remember the way you made them feel"

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Vicki has worked in the Early childhood field for a total of 9 years. She graduated in 2010 with her Certificate and Associates in Early Childhood Education. She joined the KinderCare team in 2012 as the toddler teacher. Since then she has also worked in the preschool classroom, infant classroom and the Kindergarten Classroom. She has been the Health and Safety Coordinator since 2013 and the programing supervisor before becoming the Assistant Director in July of 2014.

 

Previous Experience:

Before coming to KinderCare Vicki worked at a daycare center in University Place for 3 Years. She also worked as a private nanny for a year.

Favorite Children's Book:

Love You Forever - by Robert Munsch

Year Started:
2/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Associates in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Amanda, Infant

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"While we try to teach children about life, our children teach us what life is all about"

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Ms. Amanda started working for KinderCare in June 2012, she has worked as an early childhood educator for ten years and has obtained her Child Development Associate in 2013. She enjoys working in our infant classroom and provides a loving and caring environment for the children and families.

Previous Experience:

Prior to coming to KinderCare Amanda worked as a teacher in a daycare center for two years and a private nanny for four years.

Favorite Children's Book:

How do I love you -by PK Hallinan

Year Started:
6/26/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10
Education:
Child Development Associate

Ms. Carolyn, Infant

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"I enjoy getting to spend every day watching children grow into the best they can be."

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Ms. Carolyn is one of our caring, loving, and comforting teachers in our infant classroom. She graduated in August 2014 with her Associates in Human Services Degree. Ms. Carolyn loves spending her days with the infants watching them grow and learn.

Previous Experience:

Prior to coming to KinderCare Carolyn worked as an Assistant Director with a before and after school program

Year Started:
2/10/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
20
Education:
Associates in Human Services

Ms. Tina, Toddler

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"I get very excited knowing that I constantly make a positive impact in my student's lives."

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Ms. Tina is one of our fantastic toddler teachers. Tina is funny, energetic and thrives on the children's laughter. Her creative approach to teaching our curriculum is fun and exciting for the children in her class.

Year Started:
4/7/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Education:
Child Development Associates

Ms. Porsha, Toddler

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"I love working with the little ones they bring me joy"

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Ms. Porsha has worked with children of all different ages for the past five years. Porsha is passionate about her job. She is caring and loving to all of the children in her classroom.

Previous Experience:

Three years prior to coming to Kindercare Porsha worked with foster care children.

Year Started:
5/20/2014
Years in ECE industry:
5
Education:
STARS Training

Ms. Sharese, Preschool

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"Seeing the children's happy faces motivates me to be a better teacher every day"

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Sharese is another one of our fantastic toddler teachers. Sharese is energetic and fun, the children absolutely love her. She makes the classroom and exciting place for the children to explore and learn new things.

Year Started:
6/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
4
Education:
Compleating her Child Development Associates Degree

Ms. Tunya, Discovery Preschool

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"While we try to teach our children all about life. Our children teach us what life is about"

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Ms. Tunya has worked with children for over 20 years and started working at KinderCare back in 2003. She enjoys working in our Discovery Preschool classroom and she provides a creative environment for the children to learn every day.

Previous Experience:

Prior to coming to KinderCare Tunya worked as a preschool teacher.

Favorite Children's Book:

Green eggs and ham -by Dr. Suess

Year Started:
3/1/2003
Tenure:
11 Years
Years in ECE industry:
20 Years
Education:
STARS Training

Ms. Raquel, Preschool

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"My favorite thing is to watch the children grow and learn new things every day."

"Go Seahawks!"
 

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Ms. Racquel is one of our fun and energetic preschool teachers. As you walk into her classroom you can't help but to smile. The children gravitate towards her fun, caring, energetic and silly personality. She finds ease in making learning fun.

Previous Experience:

Raquel owned a daycare and was a Program director for the Boys & Girls Club.

Favorite Children's Book:

The little engine that could.

Year Started:
1/17/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
26
Education:
Child Development Associates

Ms. Angelina, Preschool

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"My passion is teaching the children every day while they are also teaching me."

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Ms. Angelina thinks of bright and creative ways to keep her students engaged in her classroom activities.

Year Started:
8/29/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6
Education:
STARS training

Ms. Christiana, Pre-Kindergarten

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"I am passionate about teaching students to love learning and excel in the classroom."

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Ms. Christiana is a fun and loving teacher who is excited for her children to be ready for Kindergarten next year.

Previous Experience:

Prior to coming to KinderCare Christiana worked with children at Springbrook Elementary School.

Year Started:
7/7/2014
Years in ECE industry:
10
Education:
Child Development Associate and BA in English

Ms. Nicole, Kindergarten

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"A person is a person no matter how small"

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Ms. Nicole has worked for KinderCare since 2004. She has over 10 years experience working with children and loves to work with them every day. Nicole provides the children with a fun and engaging environment.

Year Started:
9/1/2004
Tenure:
10 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10
Education:
Child Development Associates

Ms. Ebony, Kindergarten

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"One of the most important things we adults can do for children is to MODEL the kind of person we would like them to be."

-Carol B. Hillman
 

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Over the past eleven years of working with children Ebony has shown her passion for providing a safe, fun engaging environment for her children to learn in.

Favorite Children's Book:

Where the sidewalk ends by- Shel Silverstein

Year Started:
4/4/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
11
Education:
STARS Training

Ms. Michelle, School Age

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"I am Passionate about quality childcare and providing a fun and safe environment for children to learn"

 

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Ms. Michelle is not only a great cook but she also teaches our older school age children. Her excitement to teach the children fun and new activities creates a silly happy environment for the children to create and explore new things.

Previous Experience:

Wonder School and a Japanese teacher for Anne & Charles Wright Metropolitan School.

Year Started:
9/1/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
23
Education:
BA in family consumer studies and Japanese 1992, Child Development Associate 2012, and Masters in TESOL 2014

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