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Pat Sarmento, M.A.
     B.S.     Child Development & Family Relationships
                 Elementary Education
     M.A.    Early Childhood Education

Joanne Ponzo, M.S.
     B.A.     Special Education
     M.S.    Child Care Administration 
Since 1979, both Pat & Joanne have:
-Trained on-line and DSHS staff at local conferences
-Provided technical assistance in the design and training of local child care centers
-Served as adjunct faculty at SPSCC and Centralia Community College 


Cindy has been with GB since 12/2001. She has her certificate in Early Childhood Education from the Child Care Careers Program. In addition to GB, Cindy has worked 4 ½ years with children ages 1-12 years of age.

Michelle worked at GB from 2008-2010 and we are so glad to have her come back in 10/2021. Michelle has had 30+ years experience with children. She has numerous trainings in ECE and has her CDA. Michelle especially enjoys teaching the literacy part of the program, but obviously enjoys all her dealings with all the children.


Katie has been with GB since 1/2022. She is excited to be working with our program since she attended GB as a child. Katie has been working with children for 6 years prior to being here and is enthusiastic, a quick learner and has been really enjoying working with the children.

Kali Ann

Kali Ann has been with GB since 8/2022. She is excited to be working with our program. She previously worked with children from birth-14 as a CNA in medical as well as home settings. She is enthusiastic and has been really enjoying working with the children. She is currently attending PLU in their Bio-Chem track and will be working at the Center part time.

Skye started at GB in 5/2022. She recently attended UW Tacoma to fulfill her general education requirements. She has had experiences with babysitting and coaching Special Olympics in New Jersey. She especially enjoys dancing and yoga with the children.

Kali has worked at GB since 11/2010.  Before working at GB, Kali had worked with children in a local theater program in the area for several years. Kali has her BA from PACE University and has worked in theater and as a nanny during her college years. After college, she has worked at a Montessori program since 2017. Kali works here sporadically as a teacher and in the office.

We are very fortunate to have a variety of substitute teachers here at GB.  As some of our permanent staff move on to new chapters in their lives you may see more new faces around GB. If they have not already, please feel free to introduce yourself.

Meet our Team!

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