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:

9:30Entry activity
9:50Circle time: prayer, calendar, music, movement
10:10Theme activity: story, literacy, math, art, social studies, or science
11:00Recess: outdoors or in the gym, depending on weather
11:25Small group learning
11:40Center time
12:15Closing circle: story, song, packing up
12:30Lunch Bunch

Classes and Tuition for the 2019/2020 School Year


Toddler Time for 2s
Friday 9:30–11:30 $75/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. Must be 2 years old by December 31st.
Young 3s Class
T/Th 9:30–12:15 $200/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. Must be 3 years old by December 31st.
3s Class
M/W/F 9:30–12:30
Lunch Bunch until 1:15
Lunch Bunch $370/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. Must be 3 years old by August 31st.
Young 4s Class
M/W/F 9:30–12:30
Lunch Bunch until 1:15
Lunch Bunch $370/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. Must be 4 years old by December 31st.
Pre-K Class
M/T/W/Th 9:30–12:30
Lunch Bunch until 1:15
Lunch Bunch $445/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. Must be 4 by August 31st.
Fun Friday Friday 9:30–11:30 $100/month


Discounts are applied in the order listed.

The Joyful Discovery Team

Laura Senenko


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 13) and Nate (age 12). When our family moved to Sammamish nine 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


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 12). 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!

Lindsay Meyer

Program and Accounts Manager

Photo of Lindsay Meyer As an active and long-time member of the MQP community, I am thrilled to be a part of the staff at Joyful Discovery Preschool! I have always been a “numbers” person and I am excited to be able to put my knowledge into practice as the Administrative Assistant for JDP. My husband, Steve, and I both attended the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!), and I graduated from the UW Business School with a concentration in Finance and International Business. I worked in the Treasury Department at Starbucks Corporate Headquarters for several years before becoming a stay at home mom. I enjoy cooking and baking, losing myself in a good book, and watching movies with my family. I also have a passion for music and play the piano. My 4 lovely daughters: Alexa (Freshman at Skyline HS), twins, Allyson and Aubrey (6th grade at BLMS), and Annelise (1st grade at Endeavor) keep me busy and always on my toes. I love being part of this amazing preschool!

Kim McNesby

Toddler Time 2s Lead Teacher

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 12) 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

Toddler Time 2s Assistant Teacher

Photo of Michelle Lyman I am excited to start my second year of working 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/high school! I was born in New Jersey but grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and 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 3 great kids, 2 boys and 1 girl. Lex is 15, Jack is 13, and Ava Marie is 10. We traveled to China in 2010 and adopted Ava when she was 2, and she has kept us on our toes ever since! Our family loves to spend time outdoors skiing, hiking, and traveling, especially road trips to the Oregon Coast with our 2 pups, Orca and Bruce. I look forward to getting to know you and your children and know this will be another great year!

Rebecca Cantu

Young 3s and 3s Classes Lead Teacher

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 life-long 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 (22), Colin (19), and Maddie (14), and are parishioners at Mary Queen of Peace. We enjoy a number of pets including, a Cavalier King Charles, 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

Young 3s Assistant Teacher

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. My family (Mick, Talia-10, Charlie-7) 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 swimming, biking, reading, playing games and traveling. I am very excited to be back for my third year at Joyful Discovery Preschool with the Young 3s class! I can't wait to get to know each one of you and I look forward to an amazing year together!

Jaime Foreman

3s Assistant Teacher

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 16 years and we have 3 wonderful children, Lily (age 13), Natalie (age 11) and Mason (age 10). 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!

Rebecca Krum

Young 4s Lead Teacher

Photo of Rebecca Krum Born and raised in Western New York State, I moved to the Seattle area in 2004. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Religion minor from the University of Rochester and a masters and education specialist degree in School Psychology from Florida State University. During my career as a School Psychologist, I worked with students in pre-K through high school. I took some time away from working in the public schools after becoming a mom, though I continued working with parents and children as a Childbirth and Early Parenting Educator at Evergreen Hospital. I also supported other moms through the MOPS ministry here at MQP. It is such a wonderful gift to be teaching the young 4s class at Joyful Discovery Preschool! This community has been a huge part of our family's life since our daughter, Clare (now 8), started here in the 3s class. Our son Christopher (a recent graduate of JDP!) will be joining Clare in elementary school this year. Outside of activities at MQP, you may see me running around Sammamish (sometimes with my Brittany Spaniel, Scarlet). In my off time, I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, and swimming.

Stephanie McNear

Young 4s Assistant Teacher

Photo of Stephanie McNear I am proud to be part of the staff at Joyful Discovery Preschool! After becoming a mom, I realized my own passion for early childhood development and sought out opportunities during my kids’ toddler and preschool years. I spent ten years volunteering and working at McAuliffe Elementary and am now eager to dedicate my time to preschoolers as they discover the joys of going to school, making connections with others and growing in their own journey. Prior to motherhood, I worked in marketing and community relations for local companies. My husband, Dave, and I grew up in Redmond, graduated from the University of Washington, and have lived in Sammamish for 20 years. Our two kids, Elliott (16) and Abby (13), keep us busy with their schools and activities. We also enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, skiing, crab fishing and sporting events, especially Husky football. I am excited for another year of getting to know the children and families of JDP and supporting their preschool years!

Monique Wright

Pre-K Lead Teacher

Photo of Monique Wright I am so thrilled to be a part of Joyful Discovery Preschool and honored to be a part of our students' early learning experience. My husband, Ian, and I live in Sammamish with our daughter, Bianca (5), who graduated from JDP this past spring after three wonderful years in the program. I grew up in Redmond and received my BA in Journalism from the University of Washington. I went on to earn my Masters in Education, with a focus on Early Literacy, from Pepperdine University. I have taught elementary school all over the West Coast, and most recently taught First Grade in Hawaii. After teaching older children in elementary school for several years, I was amazed to watch my own daughter's early preschool experience and see just how solidly JDP was laying the foundation for her academic and emotional growth. Preschool is truly the basis for creating life long learners and I look forward to being a part of that journey.

Amanda Dinklocker

Pre-K Assistant Teacher and Fun Friday Co-Lead Teacher

Photo of Amanda Dinklocker I am so excited to be returning to Joyful Discovery Preschool for my third year as an Assistant Teacher in Pre-K and a Co-Lead Teacher in our new Friday Fun program. I feel so fortunate to be working at this amazing little school. I was born and raised in New Jersey and earned my Bachelor of Arts degree 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 graduated with my Masters in Reading and Literacy from City University in 2005. My husband Ted and I have lived in Sammamish for 18 years and we have two daughters. Kaley is 13 and Makena is almost 11. In my free time I like to read, cook, workout and explore our beautiful state. I am looking forward to a great year!

Elana Clayton

Fun Friday Co-Lead and PE Teacher

Photo of Elana Clayton I am excited to be joining the team at Joyful Discovery Preschool! I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta. The majority of my teaching experience has been at the kindergarten and first grade level. I moved to the US in 2004 to marry my husband and have enjoyed being a stay at home mom to my wonderful children, Tyler (12) and Avery (10). We relocated to Sammamish 7 years ago from the East coast. We absolutely love living here. We split our weekends between kids sports and doing things as a family like biking, hiking, visiting local museums and exploring the Pacific Northwest. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, and doing anything creative. I'm looking forward to getting to know your children and feel blessed at the opportunity to watch them grow this school year.

Pamela Shank-Kaufman

Pre-K Lead Teacher

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 13), and two dogs. My step-daughter Mia (almost 21) is in her junior year at WWU. 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!

Kelly D'Ambrosio

Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Photo of Kelly D'Ambrosio As someone who grew up in Issaquah, I am thrilled to be back living in the area with my husband, Patrick, and our twin daughters, Lauren and Jane (7 years), who will be in second grade at St. Louise School in Bellevue. We are parishioners at MQP and my girls are graduates of Joyful Discovery Preschool, so it is with great excitement that I get to assist Ms. Pam in Pre-K this year. 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 several years as a Lead Resource Room Special Education teacher in the Lake Washington School District and, most recently, served as the Lead Teacher of the Young 4s class at JDP. 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 look forward to having your child in our class!

Maryann Bellavia

Music Teacher

Photo of Maryann Bellavia It is such a wonderful opportunity and blessing to join the JDP staff! I attended Nazareth College of Rochester, NY where I received my BA in Psychology/Elementary Education. After performing in musical theater and teaching for several years, I became a stay at home mom once my children were born. As a long time resident of Sammamish, I have extensive volunteer experience within the Issaquah School District. Our family (my husband Chris, daughter, Jenna 20 years and Matthew 18 years) have also been involved in several MQP ministries throughout the years, including faith formation, VBC, ushering and music ministry. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, reading, music and especially spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to getting to know our youngest JDP students and sharing my love of music, rhythm and movement with them!

Michael Marchione

Music Teacher

Photo of Michael Marchione I am so excited to be able to teach music again at JDP this year! I have a Music Education degree from Central Washington University and previously taught music at several Catholic schools in Seattle for a couple of years. I really enjoy teaching music to Pre-K and Young 4s through song, movement, and simple instruments, including their own hands! I look forward to another fun and musical year with the students of JDP!

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