Joyful Discovery Preschool

Value the uniqueness of each child, foster a love of learning, and seek to instill an awareness of being loved by God.

Learn About Us

Joyful Discovery Preschool at MQP provides a safe, nurturing environment of learning with a child centered, developmentally appropriate curriculum balanced in play, academics, and joyful discovery. Our curriculum focuses on encouraging and guiding children towards success through early academic preparation, social-emotional development, and spiritual growth. We value the uniqueness of each child, foster a love of learning, and seek to instill an awareness of being loved by God.

Joyful Discovery Preschool offers:

Our Daily Schedule

A typical day in the classroom for our Joyful Discovery preschoolers:

9:15Entry activity
9:35Circle time: prayer, calendar, music, movement
9:55Theme activity: story, literacy, math, art, social studies, or science
10:25Snack
10:45Recess: outdoors or in the gym, depending on weather
11:10Small group learning
11:25Center time
12:00Closing circle: story, song, packing up
12:15Lunch Bunch

Classes and Tuition

Classes

Toddler Time for 2s
Details
Friday 9:30–11:00 $60/month Our 2s class is an introduction to a positive school experience in a fun, hands-on learning environment. Two year olds attend the class along with a caregiver who is there for comfort and support. Both the child and caregiver have the opportunity to learn from our experienced 2s teachers who will facilitate and guide them through meaningful play experiences. Children are introduced to sensory play, are encouraged to participate in thematic activities, and can actively explore centers around the room. A structured circle time which includes music and movement, along with snack time and outdoor/gym time, are important elements of the 2s curriculum.
Young 3s Class
Details
M/W 9:30–12:00 $185/month Our Young 3s class is designed for the summer, fall, and winter birthday child who is ready for a drop-off program but has not yet turned 3 (or has just turned 3) and needs a shorter instructional day. Similar to the 3s class, students will be engaged through a child-centered, thematic based curriculum that helps children learn, discover, and grow. We will focus on learning readiness skills such as listening, following directions and exploring a variety of materials while fostering language development. The students will explore letters, numbers, colors, and shapes in a literature and language rich environment and develop pre-writing skills that focus on strengthening fine motor. The themes will be based on child appropriate, high interest topics such as friendship, animals and community and will utilize art, science, and social studies. Fun and engaging daily gross motor activities will help the students gain confidence as well as ability. They will explore what it means to be loved by God in a developmentally appropriate way. A love of learning is fostered through a structured and caring environment rich in play and discovery.
3s Class
Details
T/Th 9:15–12:15
Lunch Bunch until 1:00
$210/month
Lunch Bunch $240/month
Our 3s class learns, discovers and grows through a child-centered, thematic based curriculum. We focus on building readiness skills for learning, such as listening and direction following, along with fostering language development. Our 3s explore letter recognition and formation (both upper and lower case) in a language rich environment. Through fun, purposeful activities children learn about colors, shapes and numbers. The curriculum revolves around child centered themes (such as community, friendship and animals), art exploration, science and social studies, while also introducing what it means to be loved by God. We foster a love of learning in a caring and structured environment rich in play and discovery.
Young 4s Class
Details
M/W/F 9:15–12:15
Lunch Bunch until 1:00
$320/month
Lunch Bunch $360/month
Our Young 4s class is designed for the summer, fall and winter birthday child who is ready for a 3 day a week preschool program but has not yet turned 4 (or has just turned 4). Similar to the 4s class, students will be engaged in early academic skills as well as social, emotional, and spiritual development through a child-centered, thematic based curriculum. The literacy component of this class will focus on phonemic awareness, pre-writing development and early reading skills. In math, number sense and problem solving skills using a variety of manipulatives, activities, and explorations facilitate development. Social studies and science will be discovered through a variety of structured play and activities. Character education is a fundamental part of our curriculum and we focus on friendship skills, problem solving, values, and spiritual growth. Daily movement and music, as well as process based art explorations using a variety of techniques and materials enrich the classroom. Gross motor outside on our playground and in our gym round out the exciting Young 4s curriculum.
4s Class
Details
T/Th/F 9:15–12:15
Lunch Bunch until 1:00
$320/month
Lunch Bunch $360/month
Our 4s class focuses on early academic skills as well as social, emotional and spiritual development through a theme-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum. The literacy component of this class concentrates on phonemic awareness, pre-writing activities and early reading skills. The children develop number sense and problem solving skills using manipulatives and a variety of math explorations. Through structured activities and play experiences, they learn about social studies and science. Character education is a fundamental part of our curriculum and we focus on friendship skills, values and spiritual growth. Daily movement and music, as well as, process based art exploration which uses a variety of techniques and materials, enrich the classroom. Gross motor activities outside and in the gym round out our exciting 4s curriculum.
Pre-K Class
Details
M/T/W/Th 9:15–12:15
Lunch Bunch until 1:00
$385/month
Lunch Bunch $435/month
Our Pre-Kindergarten classroom will prepare the students academically, socially and spiritually for a smooth transition into kindergarten. We will continue to concentrate on literacy development by exploring letters, sounds and words, while supporting emergent readers and writers. Handwriting will be developed by strengthening fine motor skills through practical life exercises and focusing on proper pencil grip. The students will continue to grow in their understanding of math concepts and processes through a hands-on, manipulative based program. Preparing students for success in kindergarten also includes fostering independence, teaching responsibility and working cooperatively with peers. This Pre-K experience focuses on the whole child while building on individual strengths and skills to encourage confidence and kindergarten readiness.

Discounts

Discounts are applied in the order listed.

The Joyful Discovery Team

Laura Senenko

Director

Photo of Laura Senenko What a privilege it is to be one of the Directors of Joyful Discovery Preschool at MQP! My passion for teaching young children led me to Boston University School of Education where I received a BS in Early Childhood Education. After teaching preschool in California, kindergarten in Connecticut and first grade in Virginia, I received an MS in Early Childhood Special Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. I taught special education preschool for two years in New Jersey before leaving the classroom to start my family. My husband Bill and I are blessed with two wonderful boys, Will (age 11) and Nate (age 10). When our family moved to Sammamish seven years ago from the east coast, I taught for several years at Creative Kids Preschool in Sammamish. In addition, I have worked with Encompass, an early intervention organization in the area. While my heart is in education, I also enjoy painting, photography, travel and outdoor fun with my boys. I am excited for the opportunity to help guide families through the important preschool years and watch your children grow at Joyful Discovery Preschool!

Jennifer Belding

Director

Photo of Jennifer Belding It is a dream come true to be one of the Directors of Joyful Discovery Preschool! There is nothing better than waking up each morning, excited to come to my job! I received my BA in Elementary Education with a Health Education minor from Washington State University. After graduating, I taught first and second grades in both Shoreline and Snoqualmie Valley School Districts. During that time, I went back to school and received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy. I then stayed home for a few years after having my son Ronan (age 10). However, I could not stay away from the classroom so I began teaching preschool locally prior to Joyful Discovery. I am a longtime Sammamish resident who loves this community. My husband Ryan, son Ronan, and Vizsla and Chiweenie dogs love exploring all our area has to offer including hiking, skiing, traveling, and finding new places to visit. I'm an avid reader who also loves to spend time with friends and family and is always ready to enjoy life and laugh! I couldn't be happier to be a part of Joyful Discovery Preschool and look forward to watching these children flourish and grow!

Kim McNesby

Lead Teacher, Toddler Time 2s Class

Photo of Kim McNesby I am so excited to be a part of the Joyful Discovery Preschool team and community! I was born and raised in Arizona but relocated to Washington in 2000 and now call Sammamish my home. I taught for eight years in Arizona, and four in Issaquah before taking time off to stay at home with our son. I enjoy teaching and am thrilled to be a part of this amazing preschool. I have a double BS in Elementary and Special Education as well as a Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University. My wonderful husband and I have a son named Griffin (age 10) as well as two dogs (Loki the Great Dane and Kate our Brittany puppy). As a family we enjoy traveling, camping, skiing and exploring the great outdoors. When I am not teaching, you can find me exercising, hiking, reading or hanging out with friends and family. I am looking forward to a wonderful, fun year getting to know each child (and their families) and watching them grow!

Michelle Lyman

Assistant Teacher, Toddler Time 2s Class

Photo of Michelle Lyman I am excited to work with staff and families here at Joyful Discovery Preschool! Years ago two of my kids attended preschool here in these same rooms! It brings back wonderful memories that I know you all will cherish for years to come! I feel like I “blinked” and now my boys are in middle school. I was born in New Jersey but grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. I received my Bachelors in Early Childhood Development from the University of Utah. My husband and I both love the PNW so we moved up here in 2000 and have loved every moment. We have three kids, 2 boys and 1 girl. Lex is 13, Jack is 11, and Ava Marie is 8. We traveled to China in 2010 and adopted Ave Marie when she was 2, and she has kept us on our toes ever since! Our family loves to spend time outdoors skiing, hiking, traveling - especially road trips to the Oregon Coast with our 2 pups. I look forward to getting to know you and your children at JDP. This will be a great year!

Rebecca Cantu

Lead Teacher, 3s and Young 3s Classes

Photo of Rebecca Cantu Before relocating to Sammamish in 2012, I taught at Peake Academy in Lake Oswego, Oregon. While there, I helped develop and expand their program and found the experience to very rewarding. I was blessed to be part of the initial team at JDP and have watched our program flourish over the past few years! I love teaching pre-school, as it is a time of great wonder and joy. The foundations established during these years truly have lifelong impact. I studied at San Diego State University and earned my degree in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education. My husband Michael and I live in Sammamish and have 3 children, Emma (20), Colin (17), and Maddie (12), and are parishioners at Mary, Queen of Peace. We enjoy a number of pets including, a Cavalier, a Yorkie and a cat. In my free time I love to read, try out new recipes, and spend time with my family! I look forward to spending the year learning, laughing and growing along with all my students!

Aimee Cermak

Assistant Teacher, Young 3s Class

Photo of Aimee Cermak My passion has always been teaching. As a child I spent each day playing school with neighborhood friends and knew from an early age I wanted to work with children. Their minds are little sponges waiting to learn new things and I love that I get to be a part of their foundation. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2001 and Masters of Arts in Education & School Leadership in 2004, both from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. I have taught all ages from infants through high school, with most of my years focused in preschool and third grade. Most recently I spent four years at a childcare in Minnesota as the School Director and the last two years as the Curriculum Director. I am very excited to be back in the classroom at Joyful Discovery Preschool with the Young 3s! My family (Mick, Talia-8, Charlie-5) moved to Sammamish in 2013 from Minnesota. We feel blessed to have landed in such a great place. As a family we love spending our time together outdoors (swimming, biking, and yes creating American Ninja Warrior obstacle courses), reading, playing games and traveling. I am so excited to get to know each one of you and your children. I look forward to an amazing year together!

Jaime Foreman

Assistant Teacher, 3s Class

Photo of Jaime Foreman I received my Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and went on to earn my Masters in Teaching at Seattle University. I taught 4th grade in the Bellevue School District before becoming a stay at home mom. My husband (Owen) and I have lived in Sammamish for 13 years and we have 3 wonderful children, Lily (age 11), Natalie (age 9) and Mason (age 8). We love to travel as a family and in my spare time I enjoy a good book and hanging out with family and friends. I am looking forward to working with your children!

Kelly D’Ambrosio

Lead Teacher, Young 4s Class

Photo of Kelly D’Ambrosio As a Seattle native, I grew up in Issaquah and am thrilled to be back living in the area with my husband, Patrick, and our twin daughters, Lauren and Jane (5 yrs). We are parishioners at MQP and my girls are recent graduates of Joyful Discovery Preschool, so it is with great excitement that I join this amazing staff next year as the Young 4s Lead Teacher. Lucky me! I earned my Bachelors in Education through Gonzaga University with primary endorsements in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Early Childhood Special Education. I have taught a variety of ages, including preschool, and most recently spent several years as a Lead Resource Room Special Education teacher in the Lake Washington School District before taking a few years off to stay home with my children. In my free time, I enjoy photography, traveling with my family, the outdoors (camping, hiking, biking) and cheering on my favorite pro Seattle sports teams. I adore this school and can't wait to shift my perspective from a parent to an educator in this community! I look forward to having your child(ren) in my class next year and to helping my students grow and develop an early love of learning!

Becky Callahan

Assistant Teacher, Young 4s Class

Photo of Becky Callahan One of my core values is that education is not simply preparation for life, but rather a life-long journey itself. The early years of a child’s life are quintessential for laying a solid foundation so that they can build a strong mind and honest heart. I am excited to be joining the team here at Joyful Discovery Preschool!
I graduated from Seattle University with two degrees, a BA of Theology and Religious Studies and a BA of Humanities. I have loved working with children of all ages my entire life in a variety of capacities including coaching, teaching and volunteering. My husband (Ben) and I grew up in the area and moved to Sammamish 7 years ago. After working in non-profit fundraising, I took time off to stay at home with our three children Declan (9), Rory (6), and Cecilia (4). Having grown up in Montana, I have a deep appreciation for nature and love animals and the outdoors! I see God in the diversity of life in the world and love sharing that with others. As a family we enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, camping, kayaking, beachcombing, and taking our donkey backpacking!

Diane Pattillo

Lead Team Teacher, 4s Class

Photo of Diane Pattillo I received a double BS from Eastern Washington University in Sports Medicine and Community Health Education. After working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for several years I decided to follow my heart and become a teacher. I returned to school at the University of Puget Sound for my Master of Arts in Teaching. I have experience teaching a variety of grade levels in the Kent School District. My family and I relocated to the area in 2011 and have loved the sense of community found in Sammamish. I enjoy reading, soccer, and being outdoors. I am grateful to be part of Joyful Discovery Preschool and look forward to getting to know my students and their families.

Amanda Dinklocker

Lead Team Teacher, 4s Class

Photo of Amanda Dinklocker I am so excited to be joining the staff at Joyful Discovery Preschool. I was born and raised in New Jersey and feel so fortunate to live in this amazing state of WA! I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Special Education from Lynchburg College in Virginia. I taught kids with special needs for 11 years in three different states and all grade levels before having my first daughter. I went back to school and received my Masters in Education in Reading and Literacy from City University. Most recently I have spent time subbing in the Lake Washington School District and worked part time in the Resource Room at a local elementary school. My husband Ted and I have lived in Sammamish for 16 years and we have two daughters, Kaley (11) and Makena (almost 9). In my free time I love to craft, read, cook and explore our beautiful state. I look forward to getting to know you and your children in this caring and fun environment at JDP!

Pamela Shank-Kaufman

Lead Teacher, Pre-K Class

Photo of Pamela Shank-Kaufman I received my BA in Child Development from San Jose State, and then went on to get my Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. I taught for 8 years in both Shoreline and Snoqualmie Valley School Districts, kindergarten, first and second grades. I have been teaching preschool locally for the past couple of years. I live in Sammamish with my husband Jason, my son Grant (almost 11), and two dogs. My step-daughter Mia (almost 19) is off to college at WSU. My family loves to watch and play sports, hike, ski and travel together. We are huge Seahawks fans – Go Hawks! – and my husband is a Husky, so we try to go to as many games as possible. I love to spend time with family and friends and read. I feel so blessed to be a part of this very special school! I look forward to getting to know your child and creating a preschool experience full of discovery, learning and fun!

Sandy Gorman

Assistant Teacher, Pre-K Class

Photo of Sandy Gorman After being an assistant in the 3s and 4s for the past 10 years, I love helping Ms. Pam prepare the Pre-K kids for kindergarten. The entire JDP staff is so supportive of each other. I couldn't ask for a better place to work. I am a proud alumni of the University of Idaho and have lived in Sammamish with my husband Mike for 23 years. We have a 21 year old daughter, Anna, who is a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. We enjoy traveling to watch her play for their Beach Volleyball team. I also enjoy baking, hiking, and volunteering at FareStart.

Contact Us

info@joyfuldiscoverypreschool.org

1121 228th Avenue SE, Sammamish, WA 98075

Phone: (425) 391-1178 x122

Fax: (425) 391-3797

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