Way to Grow Early Learning Center

Providing educational childcare for families in the Everett, Mukilteo, Boeing and military communities


My journey in the early childhood education field began in the summer of 2004. I was fresh out of high school, and was in need of a summer job. My sister was a director of a childcare center at the time, and hired me on as an assistant toddler teacher. 

After my first day at the childcare center, I knew that was where I belonged. My “summer job” became my passion. As the years went by, I began taking Early Childhood Education college courses, and eventually earned a Child Development Associate certificate. 

Samantha Casper, Program Supervisor

Elizabeth Steele, Director

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Before joining the family at Way to Grow ELC in 2015, I was a director of a preschool and childcare center in Edmonds for almost 5 years. Type your paragraph here. My philosophy is that every child should be given the opportunity to enjoy enriching learning experiences in a safe, healthful, and esthetically-pleasing environment where they will feel safe to explore and gain self-confidence. 
I live with my husband, Zack, and my daughter, Avery, in Lake Stevens.

I have been working in a teaching capacity since 2001, first as a color guard coach, then as tutor, before finally entering into the early childhood field. I graduated from the University of Washington in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, but realized in my last year that this lifelong passion was really leading me toward a career working with children. After tutoring elementary children from low-income families for two years, I finally entered childcare. I have earned several early childhood credits to support my background in psychology and have stayed in the ECE field for the last seven years.
As Program Supervisor, my vision for this Center is to create an environment where children are excited about and engaged in their own learning. By following their own interests, and with guidance from their teachers, children become invested in their own learning and develop a lifelong curiosity and love of learning. It is important to me that we are helping children learn to be compassionate and caring towards others, while still being confident and empowered as individuals. I adore working with children during their developmental journey and am looking forward to continuing to do so, as well as guiding the teachers to become the very best they can be.
I live in Everett with my husband and our two guinea pigs, Emma and Sam.