While working at my last center before joining Way to Grow, I had the joy of working with some incredibly talented, loving people where I learned about Conscious Discipline, and the Reggio philosophy. I am inspired by these in my own philosophy and have come to appreciate a child’s sense of self. The idea that children are fully capable of making decisions and being in charge of their own paths is beautiful. Our job as educators is to give them the tools to allow them to see their path more clearly. I am thrilled to be able to see what path these children will choose!
I currently live in Bothell with my husband Clint, and my cat Eddi. I love animals, reading, coffee, chocolate, traveling and exploring the outdoors.

I have always loved children; specifically, I have loved teaching them. I started babysitting my neighbor’s kids when I was 10 or 11 years old, nannied for a family a few houses down from me while I was in middle school, then worked in my church nursery for years before becoming the go-to babysitter/nanny for a handful of families in my church. I knew this must be the career path for me. 
In 1999, I attended Northwest University (then Northwest College) and received my BA in Elementary Education in 2002. After getting my Teacher’s Certificate, I worked as a fourth/fifth grade teacher for almost six years at Cedar Park Christian School, followed by a semester teaching geography and world history to freshmen and sophomores. I then decided to try my hand in the public school system and had a blast working as a substitute off and on for several years in Lake Washington and Northshore school districts in grades K-8. My favorite adventures teaching were the four years I taught in Early Childhood centers from infants all the way to kindergarten, and my two summers teaching English in South Korea. 

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Samantha Casper, Program Supervisor

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.

Vanessa Scriven, Regional Manager

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.

Way to Grow Early Learning Center

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


Elizabeth Steele, Director

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.