Our lead teacher, Debbie Manos (a.k.a. Teacher Debbie) has been teaching and studying childhood development for more than 30 years and has served as the lead teacher at KCP since 1993. She also taught parent education courses from 1988 to 2019. Though she and her family now live in Indianola, she originally hails from the Aloha state of Hawaii, where she attended college and began her teaching career.
Debbie’s gentleness and understanding of the children has helped make the Kingston Co-op Preschool extremely popular among parents of North Kitsap. Both children and caregivers learn from her as she calmly leads children in solving problems, managing emotions, building social skills, and being respectful and responsible members of a learning community.
The children and parents of the Kingston Cooperative Preschool share a lot of love and respect for Teacher Debbie because she gives so much in return. We will be wishing her a very fond farewell when she retires at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
“I firmly believe that a child’s most positive experiences are gained when the educators and parents work together to meet the child’s changing developmental needs. I find it a challenge and a joy to help parents and children understand their relationship and grow in a healthy, loving environment filled with exciting opportunities to explore their social, emotional, physical and cognitive world.”
– Teacher Debbie
Our Assistant Teacher, Fabienne Jorgensen (a.k.a. Teacher Fabienne) started out as a parent at KCP in 1996 and then returned as assistant teacher in 2005. She has been a tremendous asset in the classroom, as she and Debbie work wonderfully together to create a nurturing environment for our children to learn and grow.
Fabienne has four daughters of her own, all of whom are alumni of KCP, and one granddaughter who graduated from KCP! With over twenty years of experience with our Co-op Preschool, Fabienne is an incredible resource to our Board of Directors and for our families.
“My years at KCP have helped me grow into the parent I am today. Our program has helped me learn wonderful communication and coping skills. KCP helped my children learn to be confident in their individual gifts and instilled in them a life-long thirst for learning. I am excited to be a part of your child’s early education experience.”
– Teacher Fabienne
We are excited to be welcoming Teacher Sue to our school for the 2022-23 school year! Sue has worked with young children for over twenty years. She holds a BA in Psychology and also earned a teaching certification from the University of Washington. Sue started teaching as a substitute teacher in Seattle and North Kitsap School Districts before beginning her career in early childhood education. She spent 8 years teaching at Indianola Preschool and 20 at Poulsbo Cooperative Preschool before joining us at KCP.
Creative expression is a favorite aspect of teaching for Sue. Arts and crafts, cooking, singing, and growing things are an integral part of her preschool curriculum. She especially enjoys supporting children as they put in the effort to master new skills. She loves to see them develop a sense of pride in themselves.
It’s no surprise Sue grew up to be a preschool teacher. Her father, a minister in Suquamish, and her mother, the Director of Fishline Food Bank for 30 years, showed Sue how rewarding and meaningful it is to care for and be of service to others.