Kaleidoscope Preschool and Childcare Center

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Dedicated Staff of Kaleidoscope

Our amazing staff are first aid trained, adult and child CPR certified, and Blood Borne Pathogen certified. All teachers keep up their credentials annually through the Washington State STARS program. STARS is the State Training and Registry System.  We also have eight staff members working towards their Child Development Accreditation (CDA) online. We are proud to show off our qualified staff!!! Meet the crew...


Amber Paulsen

Amber has worked at Kaleidoscope since 1998 as Executive Director and Lead Teacher of the preschool program. She has earned her Teaching Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Child Development with an Endorsement in Early Childhood and Psychology. She also has a Master’s Degree in Creative Arts in Education. Amber strives to continue her professional development through a variety of workshops, conferences, and online classes. “Working at Kaleidoscope rejuvenates me! I never tire of those Ah-ha! moments where it finally comes together for a child.”

Vala Ross

Vala is the Assistant Director of Kaleidoscope. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2013. She graduated high school as Valedictorian of her class in 2008, and is currently working toward her Child Development Accreditation and Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. “What I enjoy most about this job is opening new doors to learning each day with the children. In my spare time (from work, school, and raising three boys,) I love to garden, sing in the Orcas Choral Society, volunteer, bake cookies, and run.”


Bernice Arevalo

Bernice has been working with Kaleidoscope since 2012, first with Infants and Toddlers, and now as a Preschool Teacher. She is a fluent translator for English, Spanish, and Preschool jargon. “My favorite part of working here is the KIDS! I appreciate all that I learn about being a parent while I work here, and have come to appreciate the value of a high quality early childhood education program.” She graduated from Orcas High School, and is currently working toward her Child Development Accreditation.


Kami Griffin

Kami began studying Early Childhood Education and working with young kids when she was in High School in Gallion, Ohio in 2007. She has had lead teacher experience with infants, preschoolers, and currently is our Toddler Lead Teacher. Each day, she learns from  the children through their experience, even though she is in the teacher role. Kami is currently working toward her Child Development Accreditation and her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.


Inez Nikaido

Mimi has worked with children for over 15 years, despite earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She has been the Infant teacher since 2010, but is now sharing her time and talent with both infants and toddlers. “I believe that children are the world’s most valuable resource and our best hope for the future. We can make a difference, one child at a time.” Mimi is currently working toward her Child Development Accreditation.


Reagan Rants

Reagan work as Preschool Lead teacher in the afternoons. She brings a delightful variety of art and literature projects to the classroom. The personalized attention that she gives to each child is captured in the strength of their relationship. Reagan is currently working toward her Child Development Accreditation. 

Alyssa Ledgerwood

Alyssa has grown up on Orcas Island and now raises her own children here. She is a Toddler Teacher at Kaleidoscope, and is currently working toward her Child Development Accreditation.

Cristal Carrion de Quintero

Cristal has been with Kaleidoscope for many wonderful years and continues to be a valuable member of our preschool staff with her bilingual communication skills. Cristal has recently finished her CDA classes and is working toward her Child Development Accrediation.

Barton Landsman

Barton is a substitute teacher in our Preschool classroom. He worked regularly over the summer, and is a favorite with the kids! In a classroom with so many boys, Bart has become a wonderful role model and sets a great example of how to have a friend and be a friend.