as-red-flower Heidi Evans, Owner Heidi was born and raised in Friday Harbor where she grew up riding horses and playing sports all through school. Upon graduation from Friday Harbor High School she attended the University of Washington, where she graduated from the International Studies Department with a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American History and minor in Spanish. At the UW she was an active member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Following college, she went to work on private yachts around the world where gained sea time and went back to school to receive her captains license from the United States Coast Guard. After more than 5 years of constant traveling she was ready to set some roots of her own and decided to come back to the island, build a home and soon a family. Over the past two years, she has returned to school to get her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Heidi is looking forward to working with the families and children at Alphabet Soup and feels very excited to give back to this small community what it gave to her while growing up, a positive environment where she was able to look to many of its members for support and positive guidance. She hopes to provide that support to the children in the center by giving them a healthy and safe environment to grow and learn.
emily Emily Cavanaugh-Spain, Preschool TeacherEmily was born and raised in Southern California and is a new resident to the islands. Emily’s interest in childcare began at an early age and she spent many years as a babysitter and nanny throughout high school. After high school, Emily would go on to work at an after school program for K-5 as well as be was asked by the community center to assist in starting up a preschool for two and three year old students. Emily has dabbled in various professions including make up for weddings, TV and film, nursing and phlebotomy but has always found childcare to be her long standing passion. In 2010 Emily had her first child, a son named Jesse, who attends Alphabet Soup in the Pre-K room and is expecting a daughter in May 2015. Becoming a mom and doing crafts with her son and step-daughter renewed her passion for teaching and brought her to Alphabet Soup in January 2015. Emily feels so fortunate to have joined such a wonderful team and looks forward to what the future brings watching her students grow.
annie Annie Kropp, Assistant Teacher Annie moved to San Juan Island in March of 2014 and became part of the Alphabet Soup team shortly after. She grew up volunteering at her mother’s preschool in Sequim where she found her love for early childhood education. Annie studied Anthropology at Western Washington University and has a BA in Humanities and Social Sciences. In her free time she enjoys baking and taking walks along the beach. She’s excited to start her next stage in life with her family in Friday Harbor.
as-blue-flower Jamie Rice, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Jamie has been a resident on the island since 2008, after her studies of sociology at Portland State University and early childhood education at Western Oregon University. She is currently continuing her education at Skagit Valley College. Jamie joined the team of Alphabet Soup in 2010.With a special emphasis on coaching and mentorship, Jamie volunteers as the assistant golf coach at Friday Harbor High School and works with children in an after school program at the library. She is grateful to be part of the team at Alphabet Soup and loves pursuing her passion of early childhood education.