Staff

kathleen westover
Kathleen M. Westover, ma

Owner/Director

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.

Although her children are in their 30’s, based on her experiences as an employed mother, she remains convicted by the need for quality childcare options.  James’ Place is her effort to provide an environment that provides a “home away from home” for children that is developmentally appropriate, loving and aimed at each child achieving their full potential every day of their lives.
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Oriana Hutson,AA

Assistant Director

Oriana is currently working on a BA in Early Childhood Education at Ashford University. Prior to that she served in the United States Navy from 2013 to 2017 performing missions and traveling around the world. As much as she enjoyed the navy her true passion is working with children and watching them grow and develop. She is eager to work with each child she meets!

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Julie Flores

 Lead Teacher – Preschool Room

Julie has had previous experience volunteering with kids in a daycare and classroom setting. She is currently working on her transfer degree to Western in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time she enjoys reading and swimming. She loves the sun in summer and she is passionate about teaching children through hands on and immersive learning experiences.

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Alisa Rothenbuhler

 Lead Teacher – Toddler Room

Alisa started at James Place May 2021 however has been working in childcare for 4 years. She has an identical twin sister as well as a younger brother. Alisa has a passion for working with kids and especially loves toddlers. She lives in Blaine, WA and loves to go to the beach with friends to look for beach glass. In the classroom she is great with the kids and loves to teach them new things each day.

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seanna Yonally, aa

lead teacher

Seanna has an extensive background in Early Childhood Education working in the field since 2012.  After earning an Associates of Art degree in Visual Communication she realized that her true desire was to contine positively impacting the lives small children each and every day; and she has done so ever since.

 

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Elizabeth Cook

 assistant Teacher – Infant Room

Elizabeth is a student at Western studying to become a K-8 science teacher. She loves working with kids and is passionate about creating fun, inclusive environments that support growth and learning. She grew up in Maple Valley Washington but enjoys living in Bellingham. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors in the mountains or at the coast, backpacking, skiing and surfing.

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Zoe Cruz

 assistant Teacher – Infant/Preschool Room

I’m a student at Western Washington University working on my degree in math and chemistry. Both of my parents are teachers so I have been helping in classrooms forever. I am fluent in American Sign Language. As a hobby I love being in the water and teaching kids to swim. Something I love about teaching here is seeing all the children learn and grow.  
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Hannah Wagenblast

 assistant Teacher – Preschool Room

Hannah is a  student at Western pursuing a Bachelors in Psychology and hopes to become a high school teacher. One of her favorite things to do is go camping and hang out on the beach with her friends. Hannah loves to travel and go on road trips. The last road trip she went on was to visit friends in Yakima two months ago. She grew up in Puyallup, Washington. Hannah had a few younger siblings and a cousin she would watch when she was old enough. She also worked with other kids when she volunteered at church. Something she likes to do in her free time is watch movies. One of her favorite movies is Ten Things I Hate About You.

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rebecca perez

assistant Teacher

Rebecca states, “I love kids” and has worked in the field of education for many years.  She has experience with both Early Childhood and Elementary Education programs.  She has worked as an Art Specialist in an after school program and has experience as an activity assistant in a retirement facility.  She has been married for 22 years and has 3 teenagers at home.  She is thrilled to be back working with her first love, children.