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.

Tiffany has been with GB since 8/2003, in addition to working with the children Tiffany is also the Assistant Director. She has worked with children in home settings three years prior to starting here.  Tiffany has a BS in Sociology and Social Services from Central Washington University. 

Katie has been at GB since 11/19. She previously worked with special needs adults and children, for over 10 years! She enjoys doing sign language with the children and incorporate music into it! She brings a fun, silly, and energetic energy to the center and we are excited she has joined the GB team!

Courtney is the Downstairs Supervisor and has been with GB since 11/2016.. She comes to GB with a BA in Criminal Justice. She has worked with school age children for two years in California with an after school program. 

Savannah started out as a substitute in 4/2016. She is now working full time upstairs! Savannah has recently completed her S.T.A.R.S certification . She enjoys working on Art Masters and teaching the children about many different kinds of Artists.


Jackie has been with us since 11/19. She is currently pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education from Evergreen State College and will be graduating June 2019. She has worked in childcare for over 6 years. Jackie brings her positive and calming energy to the downstairs friends! 

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 


Jared started at GB in 6/2016. He recently moved up to Washington from California to pursue a degree in Early Childhood education. In California Jared worked at a Co-Op Preschool for two years in addition to being a nanny for many of the parents. He enjoys teaching the children about science and exploring possibilities through experiments!


Sara has been with us since 11/16. She works part time while attending UW as a pre-med student. She has worked with developmentally disabled adults and has also tutored ! We are fortunate to have her positive attitude and caring energy.

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. Kali works here sporadically as a teacher and in the office.


Kelsey has been at GB since 11/19. She has previous experience working with children as a nanny and has two children of her own. She is currently working on her AA at South Puget Sound Community College. She works part time and brings her fun and energetic demeanor to the downstairs. 

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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