Kathleen M. Westover, M.A.
Kathleen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a specialty in children and family. Her undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education with a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science. She taught children in a preschool classroom and adults in a community college setting in the areas of Early Childhood Education, behavior management, foster parenting and adopting older children. As a clinician in community mental health for 10 years and private practice for over 20 years she worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in outpatient and residential settings. She consulted to school districts, early learning, daycare homes, daycare centers and Head Start programs. She works with divorcing parents and the legal community to develop parenting plans that are sensitive to the needs of children.
Education Coordinator & Lead Teacher
Anna has an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education from Whatcom Community College. She began her career in 2000 and has worked with all ages of children in a number of different settings. Anna was involved in the development of James’ Place and has been here since we opened in 2011. She contributes maturity, skill and an abiding love of children in all she does. In addition to managing a classroom herself, she oversees and supports the other educators at James’ Place.
administrative program supervisor & Lead Teacher
Kimberly has an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education from Whatcom Community College. She began working with children by volunteering in the childcare program through her church. She joined the team at James’ Place as a part time, assistant teacher in 2016 while working on her degree. Upon graduation she increased to full time. In 2017 she was promoted to a lead position in which she floats between all the classrooms. Additionally she works with the center director managing and overseeing the administrative operation of the program.
Linden is an alumnus of Western Washington University graduating with a BA Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She worked at James’ Place as an Assistant Teacher beginning in 2015 while a student at WWU. Upon completing her degree in 2017 she joined the staff full time and is now afternoon Lead Teacher in the Infant Program.
Lead Infant Teacher
Kimberlee Peterson has 40 years experience teaching and caring for young children. She earned her BA Degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Western Washington University. Through her career she has worked as a nanny, co-op teacher, toddler and preschool teacher, and paraeducator in the Bellingham School District. She has “5 great kids” (2 in college and 3 still at home). As the Infant Lead Teacher she delights in being a part of the incredible growth that children experience during their first year of life. She has a particular interest in the area of infant attachment and works closely with the parents and the children to support and strengthen that bond.
Roberta (Bobbie) carter
Bobbi has a BA Degree in Social Work, a black belt in karate and “lots of people experience”. As the adoptive parent of her step-grandson, a child with significant special behavioral needs, she discovered James’ Place in 2011 after her 2 1/2 year old grandson was expelled from another childcare setting. He remained at James’ Place until starting kindergarten. She state she “is forever grateful for the care and direction” her grandson received at James’ Place and credits his time here for the “great guy” he is today. She also has grown children and grandchildren.
Bobbi helped us out as a substitute teacher for years while working in the insurance industry. In 2017 she decided to end her career in insurance but wanted to remain active on a part time basis. She asked if James’ Place could use her help. The answer was a resounding “Yes.” She works the opening shift sharing her love, warmth and wisdom with children and parents during the difficult separation experience at the start of the day. She loves horseback riding and “working with the great people at James’ Place.”
Gina has an AA Degree from Whatcom Community College. Through her college career she interned in a variety of early learning centers.
Rhonda Rainstorm is the Lead Teacher for the Toddler Program. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a love of children of all ages. She has raised 5 children, all of whom were home-schooled. She has worked in multiple roles throughout her career in the fields of education, social work, child welfare including investigation of child abuse & neglect, and advocacy for special needs children. She plans to pursue a doctorate in social work. She and her family recently relocated to Whatcom County after living most of her life in the south.
linda carter, rn
role ,Assistant Teacher
Linda is an RN recently retired from Peacehealth, St. Joseph Medical Center where she worked for 46 years in Critical-care, ER, Cardiac care, Flight nurse and imaging. During her nursing career she cared for hundreds of pediatric patients. After retirement she was seeking something to do that would keep her active and continuing to make a difference in the world. Her grandson was at James’ Place many years ago and she reports being quite impressed with his care and the program. Given that positive association and her love of children of all ages James’ Place seemed like a great fit for her and for the program. She now offers her knowledge, skills, talents and experience in an assistant teacher role at James’ Place.
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