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.
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.
Lynette Fryberger | 4 Year Olds
Lynette got her love for family, gardening, the outdoors and animals from being raised on her family's farm in eastern Montana. While attending community college and receiving her AA degree, she met her future husband Noel. They have lived in the Pierce County area for almost 30 years and raised three daughters - Emily, Jessica, and Katie. Lynette has been an active volunteer at church with children's ministry, MOPS (Mother's of Pre-schoolers) and at Victor Falls Elementary. Lynette and her family have been attending Lake Tapps Christian Church for 3 years where she teaches the 3 and 4 year olds on Sunday mornings.
Her perfect vacation would be walking on the beach low tide looking for shells and "treasures." In her spare time, she likes to relax in her back yard and dream of what new plants to add to her garden. She looks forward to helping guide her students as they grow socially-emotionally, academically, and in helping them to know that God loves them.
Julia Haugen | 4 Year Olds
Julia grew up in the Sumner valley but graduated from Kentwood High School when her family moved to Covington, WA. She met her husband there and eventually they both attended Northwest University where they got their Bachelors degrees in Youth Ministry. They served as Youth Pastors for 8 years before leaving full time ministry to start a family. Julia has two kids, Chelsea and Zachary, and a dog named Mantle. She loves working with kids and currently serves in the childrens ministry at her church. In her free time, she loves reading, spending time with her family, and getting out in nature as often as possible.
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.
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.
Fransiska Wulandari | 2/3 Year Olds
Fran originally hails from Indonesia, she and her parents immigrated to New Jersey when she was a little girl. Shortly after, the three of them rode a Greyhound bus across America and found themselves in the beautiful Evergreen State, which has been home for over 20 years. She currently lives in Sumner with her husband, Chris,and three young kids-- Evelina, Solomon, and Leon. As a family, they enjoy hiking, camping, travelling, and spending time with family and friends. Fran is passionate about serving the Lord. She and her husband were baptized at Lake Tapps Christian Church about three years ago. Chris is a youth leader for (6th to 8th grades) and they are also both community group leaders. As a part of her mission to serve the Lord, her ministry lies in caring for the elderly and educating young children. The love of teaching young children was planted in Fran when she served in Head Start and ECEAP classrooms while a student in the Early Childhood program at the University of Washington. Synchronously, her passion to care for the sick and vulnerable stemmed from caring for her parents. Following God’s calling, she is also gradually taking classes to become a registered nurse. Fran believes that God is using these two ministries to serve her community and her future students.