Our trained and nurturing staff dedicate themselves to providing an open, creative environment where stimulating, appropriate learning- both planned and spontaneous occurs. Our staff are chosen both for their love of young children and their professional qualifications. Every staff member goes through a multi-step approval process, and are carefully evaluated to insure they are well-matched to deal with young children. Continuing educational opportunities and in-service training are important parts of the professional growth of the staff.
My name is Amy Nyhof. I love Jesus! I am so excited to have this opportunity to love His precious children too! I have been married 20 years, this December, to my best friend Bradley. We have two amazing children, our daughter is Lily, 15 years old and our son, William, soon to be 13 years old. Our family is complete with our two fluffy, playful dogs, Angel and Cesar. We love to laugh together and go on adventures. This fall will be our 16th year living in Shoreline, WA. We love the community and our neighborhood. We have been a part of the Westgate Chapel family for several years and feel honored to call them our home church. I love to listen to worship music and work on crafts. Making homemade cards, jewelry, from treasures found in the ocean, are just to name a few of my hobbies. I like vibrant colors and giving encouraging words to others. Learning is a lifelong journey, that I never want to stop. I want to help these little ones learn how much Jesus loves them and made them with unique gifts and talents. My prayer is to lead and guide them in truth and love! I look forward to working with the Westgate Preschool Team to do Kingdom Work! Together We Are!
Hi! My name is Debi Maine and I am so thankful to be a part of Westgate Preschool. What an amazing and awesome place to teach children about Jesus. I have been blessed to work in Children’s ministries for over 15 years. I have attended Westgate Chapel all of those years. My husband and I are blessed to have 5 children; two of them are still involved at church from nursery to youth ministries. We have two amazing grandchildren. Children are truly a gift and are so very precious to me. Life is busy and full of such Joy. I enjoy spending time with my children our youngest keeps me very busy with all his sports! It is a privilege to have your child be a part of our class, they become a part of my life and I learn so much from them. I look forward to getting to know each one of their personalities, along with you as their parents.
Hi! My name is Diane De Yager. I am so blessed and humbled to be a part of Westgate Preschool Staff. My husband and I have been going to Westgate Chapel for 22 years. We have four adult children. Two of them are married. We are blessed with 5 grandchildren and are anticipating 2 more in the near future. I have been blessed with opportunities over the years to work and grow. I worked with a boy with autism for 5 years, I also enjoyed a teacher’s aide position in another preschool the following 5 years and last year I joined the staff at Westgate Preschool. I enjoy hiking, playing with our grandchildren, being with my husband and family. I love being with children and sharing the love of Jesus with them. I’m looking forward to an exciting year of ministry.
My name is Eli Fuller. I am married with 3 beautiful children and live in Edmonds with my Family. My 3 kids have gone through Westgate Preschool. I feel God has truly called me in this season to work with these little children.
My name is Hannah Anderson and it is an honor to be a part of Westgate Preschool and share my love for Jesus. I have been a part of this fantastic Preschool since 2010 both as a parent and now a staff member. My husband and I have been married for 16 years and have a beautiful little boy. As a family we enjoy park hopping and the great outdoors. I am a picture taker and a memory maker. It is a blessing that brings me great joy to be able to share with your family the abundant love of Jesus. Your child is a special gift from God. It is my heart to walk alongside your little gift as we discover together who God is and why he loves us equally.
Hi! My name is Kelly Ushikubo. This is my second year working at Westgate Preschool. My three children attended here and we have loved each of their teachers! My husband and I have been married for 15 years and live in Lynnwood. We enjoy traveling, walking and visiting the Edmonds beach as a family. There is so much to be thankful for this year! I feel very blessed to be a part of such a loving and caring Preschool Team.
Hi, my name is Kimi Linaman and I will be entering my 9th year of teaching at Westgate Preschool. I am very grateful to be a part of this great team of teachers. I have worked with kids from infant to junior high age. I love children and they bring so much joy to my heart. I consider an honor to share of the love of Jesus with each child while encouraging them to explore the learning world through engaging activities.
Outside of my preschool life, I spend a majority of my time with my husband Chris and my children Wynton (16) and Aubrey (14). We are Sounders fans and I am a soccer mom. I also enjoy healthy cooking, baking, cycling, hiking, music, and theater plays. Being a mom is one of my greatest joys and being a preschool teacher is an added blessing of more time spent with littles.
Hi there! My name is Jacquelyn Dobson. I am so thankful and honored to be joining this amazing teaching family this year. I have been married to the love of my life for 19 years and we have 3 handsome boys. Samuel is 10, Oliver is 8, and Benjamin is 5. Samuel and Oliver have both attended this preschool and Benjamin is starting this year. Westgate Preschool has been such an important part of the introduction into classroom learning. I saw the positive impact that their teachers made in their lives. I am so excited to meet and get to know your amazing child. And I can’t wait to discover with you all of their gifts and pour the love of Jesus in their life.
My name is Julea Twedt. This is my 3rd year working at Westgate Preschool. I am married to my wonderful husband, Jeff, and God has blessed me with 3 beautiful children. Bradley graduated High School 2017. Margaux is a Junior in High School and our youngest, Greta, is now a Freshman. It is an honor to work with God’s little children at Westgate Preschool.
Hello and welcome to the Garden Room. My name is Ronda Tveit and my husband Shad and I just celebrated our 20th Anniversary…..woohoo! We have four amazing children Nicholas, Josiah, Abby and Rebecca all of which attended Westgate Preschool. I have been teaching preschool for the last 25+ years and this will be my 6 consecutive year here at Westgate Preschool. Our family has attended Westgate for the last 23 years and have been involved in Children’s ministries. I am really excited to see what God has for us as a class and I consider it a blessing to come alongside the families that have entrusted us to join in the journey of Play, Learn and Grow in Jesus.
Yep! My true and legal name is Sheilah Bombita and I know God has me exactly where He wants me to be. I am beyond words to describe how thankful and blessed I feel for this privilege to be part of this wonderful church family and share the amazing love of Jesus with His precious little ones.
My name is Tonia Dresher, I’ve been married for 21 years and have 3 kids. I enjoy riding motorcycle with my husband, hiking, and spending time with my family. I’ve been a preschool teacher at Westgate for 3 years and I love it. I enjoy their excitement in learning new things and watching how much they grow and change over the school year.
Hello! I am Pasi Pillai and I love working with young children and feel so blessed that I get to work with God’s children. I was born and received my education in the Fiji Islands. I have also received my Early Childhood Diploma from Vanguard University in California. I have been married to my wonderful husband Harry. We have two kids of our own, Angelica who is a college alumni and Jesse who is a Sophomore at WSU. We as a family have attended Westgate Chapel as our home church for the past 25 years. We are BLESSED. It is an HONOR to work with young children.