Hola,

I am teacher Ariana!  I am married and have three children and a dog.  I enjoy walks by the water, cooking, and spending time with my family.  I lived and taught preschool in Sequim but have just purchased a home and moved to Port Angeles.  After high school I attended Peninsula College to obtain my Early Childhood Education Certificates and Associates Degree.  I have gained most of my work experience through the Head Start Program and the Educare Center at Peninsula College.  Did I mention that I speak Spanish too?  When needed, I help translate the worship service for our Pastor in English.  I attend a small Hispanic Church off highway 101 in Sequim.  I am part of the leadership crew at Movimiento Evangelistico Agua de Vida.  I am excited to be teaching at St. Matthew and I look forward to working with the children, supporting their early years of education, and most importantly teaching them about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

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Hello preschool families!

My name is Michelle Nilsen and I am thrilled to be serving as a Teacher’s Assistant at St. Matthews Lutheran Preschool this school year.  For the past 23 years I have served, first as a teacher and then as the Director, for Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool in Everett, WA.  Last summer, with my youngest daughter getting married and moving into her new life, I felt the call to retire from Prince of Peace, sell my townhouse and move to my cabin out on Lake Sutherland.  My prayer was to still work but in a lessor capacity…God answered that prayer by bringing me to St. Matthews! 

 

I actually have two daughters and two grandsons from my oldest daughter (yes, they are my greatest joy!!)  I love to hike with my dogs, spend time with family and friends and read.  But most of all, I love to spend “be still” time with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

 

Bible verse I live my life by:  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”