Lindsey Eklund | Director
Lindsey is honored to serve as the Director of Lake Tapps Preschool & Kindergarten. She joined the Lake Tapps team in April of 2019 after spending the last ten years in the north Puget Sound region. She is a military “brat” who has had the opportunity to live in many different places around the world. From an early age, she developed a love and sense of compassion for others and credits the exposure to many different cultures and ways of life for this character trait.
She is a graduate of William Smith College and Duke University and has devoted more than 20 years to working in education with children and their families. She is committed to continuing a strong, faith-based educational program in our wonderful school where God is honored, Christ is followed, and people are served. She values collaboration and encourages an atmosphere of positivity and teamwork.
She is married to Scott, mother to A.J. and Aiden and together they enjoy creating a space of hospitality and welcome in their home and in their lives. Her passions include singing, theatre, Duke basketball, travel, and cheese.
Christie Waldron | Kindergarten
Christie was born and raised in Southern California. After getting her teaching degree from San Diego State University in 1982, she spent 8 years in China, where she learned Mandarin and taught English. Christie has three great kids: two daughters and a son. She has lived in Bonney Lake since 1997. Besides education, her passions include spending time with her kids, reading, coffee, travel, walking, the color red, and spending time with friends. Christie has been a teacher at Lake Tapps since 2006.
Lisa Baalaer | Pre-K
Lisa is originally from Michigan and is now loving Washington! She attended community college before going on to work in her hometown school system for 14 years as a site leader for the school-aged daycare program. She has been blessed with three great boys, Preston, Peyton and Parker. In addition, she has a dog named Martini and a cat, Peanut! Some of her hobbies include rollerskating, watching movies and the Food Network. She also loves spending time with family. Lisa counts it a blessing to work at Lake Tapps Christian Preschool and to get to know you and your children!
Naomi Martin | Pre-K
Naomi is a true PNW girl. She was born in Seattle and raised in Auburn. She embraces all of Washington's rain because without it, she believes our beautiful scenery would be so boring. Naomi originally went to school for medical assisting but somehow ending up in banking. She is married to her awesome husband Mike and has 3 kids--Olivia, Preston and Quinlan. She left banking to become a stay at home mom after their son was born with a congenial heart defect. Naomi loves Jesus and is a member at Lake Tapps Christian Church where she also leads J12 (4th and 5th grades). In 2015, she started subbing at LTCP. She had always dreamed of becoming a teacher and says it is humbling and a testament to God to be able to do what she loves.
Samantha Eddy | 4 Year Olds
Samantha graduated from Valdez High School in Valdez, Alaska. After high school, she moved to Bellingham to attend Whatcom Community College, but detoured to pursue cosmetology at Gene Juarez. Sam has worked in the beauty industry for the past 11 years while raising her three kids: Rowan, Aiden and Phoebe. Staying home with her kids, especially her son with Autism, has inspired her down a path towards education. She has completed coursework in behavioral management, understanding anxieties, and peer socialization. She is currently working towards a BA in special education. Sam worked as a substitute teacher at Lake Tapps before accepting her first teaching position in the 2017-18 school year. Sam is here because she loves preschool aged kids and has passion for education. She believes it is important to set a solid foundation for our kids and it starts right now with preschool. Sam’s goal as a teacher is to provide students with high quality instruction that meets the individual needs of each student. She hopes to inspire an excitement for learning, exploration, and working with peers. Sam enjoys spending time with her family, including her dog Lucy and cat Rosie. She feels truly blessed to work with your kids.
Megan VanDerPuy | 4 Year Olds
Megan was born and raised in the small town of Cashmere, in Central Washington. She earned her elementary education degree from Western Washington University in 1999. She happened to meet her husband, Abe, at WWU as well. Education is a family affair as Abe teaches Social Studies at Auburn High School. After teaching 2nd grade, preschool, and kindergarten, Megan became a stay-at-home mom when their son, Owen, was born in 2003. Their daughter, Lauren, completed the family in 2005. Megan started teaching at Lake Tapps Christian Preschool in 2009. Both Owen and Lauren attended LTCP, so it was only natural that Megan followed them! If Megan isn’t teaching, you can find her traveling, cooking, scrapbooking, enjoying a cup of coffee, or attending one of the many sporting events Owen and Lauren are involved with. If there is a gym or a field in the area, you can bet Megan has been there!
Jennie Gilbert | 3 Year Olds
Jennie is a native of the Pacific Northwest, graduating from Sammamish High School. She met her husband Matt while filling in at a small manufacturing company during the summer after graduation. They recently celebrated 22 years of marriage. Jennie and Matt have three children: Katie, Jonathan and Nathaniel. They have attended Lake Tapps Christian Church since 2004 with all three of their kids attending and graduating from LTCP&K. Matt works with the East Pierce Fire Department. The family is proud to be rooted in the community. Jennie is thankful that God led her family to Lake Tapps. It has been a huge part of their families lives. When she is not teaching, she is involved in the ministry of Lake Tapps Christian Church leading high school youth group and staffing the nursery. She enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.
Carrie Peterson | 3 Year Olds
Carrie graduated from Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, WA in 1986 and went straight to work at Russell investments where she worked for 24 years. Carrie left this work to do what God brought her here to do: work with children. She is married to a wonderful christian man and has three beautiful girls, Chelsea, Alicia and Jordyn. She really enjoys teaching at Lake Tapps Christian Preschool and feels so honored and blessed to be here. She loves watching little ones as they learn how to share, write their name for the first time and the smiles and energy they bring each day. Besides preschool teaching, Carrie's interests include time with family, shopping with her girls, Starbucks coffee, spa days and walking when she can fit that into busy life with active girls.
Angie Thatcher | 3 Year Olds
Angie was born and raised in Buckley Washington. After high school, she went on to graduate from Pierce Community College with an AA degree. She has been married to her high school sweetheart (Joe) for 18 wonderful years. Angie has been a stay at home Mom for the past 12 years to their beautiful children Cale, Jack, and Amelia. Some of her interest are camping (Lake Chelan being her favorite), reading, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Angie feels honored and blessed to be teaching at Lake Tapps Christian Preschool.