It is with a flood of emotions that I announce that I am stepping down as owner of Totem Lake Children’s Academy.
Seeing my vision for high quality education in daily practice has been my biggest professional accomplishment. I have been incredibly lucky to achieve my dream of building this school from stud to stud, to work alongside phenomenal teachers and administrators and to partner with amazing families. Together, we made TLCA what it is today.
Due to personal reasons, I can no longer give the school the undivided attention that it requires at a time when it needs it the most. While managing a child care center has always been challenging, the impact of COVID-19 on the child care industry has been and continues to be overwhelming, and it is time to hand over the reins to a team of experts with the knowhow, resources and network needed to not only keep the business afloat but thriving. I am happy to announce that Everbrook Academy will assume school operations in November of 2021.
Everbrook Academy currently operates 35 schools across the country and is part of the Learning Care Group. I am excited that this premier preschool will make its first entry into Washington State through TLCA. Everbrook Academy is a 21st century preschool that focuses on STEAM education, and although its overarching curriculum may be different, TLCA and Everbrook Academy share the same focus on school readiness and learning through play as well as uncompromised commitment to safety and cultivating a team of educators who are passionate about preparing children for future success. Change can be tough, but please be assured that new ownership does not intend to replace management or staff at the school. I will also be partnering with Everbrook representatives who will be on site over the next few weeks to achieve a smooth transition.
I am grateful for my unforgettable years with TLCA. It has been a true blessing to serve this community and to partner with so many wonderful staff, children and families who together put every child at the helm.