The staff at Green Lake Preschool and Child Care Center are dedicated to creating a safe, caring and stimulating environment. Staff members are chosen for their ability to provide skilled care that recognizes every child’s individuality and unique needs.

Staff are experienced professionals who have received certificates and/or degrees from an accredited community college or university child development program, or have significant experience in the child care field. All employees meet the Washington state mandated continuing education requirements. All staff members have first aid and CPR certification , valid references, TB testing and background checks from the Department of Early Learning within thirty days of hire.

The Center values continued professional development of all staff and recognizes that quality childcare depends largely upon maintaining high levels of skill among the employees.  As part of our employee benefits we provide training opportunities in and out of the Center.

Heather Cross hugging a childHeather Cross,  Site Director

Heather  has over 20 years of experience in early childhood education in roles including teacher, owner and director. She has  a Bachelor’s degree in business and a Master’s degree in education. She also has a 0-3 Montessori certificate, and is a certified STARS trainer. Heather was born and raised in Puyallup, and has lived in Seattle for many years with her family.  She enjoys camping, rock hounding, reading, embroidery, and working in her garden.


Anne in GardenAnne Kelly, Executive Director

Anne has more than 32 years of experience in early learning. She has been a classroom teacher, a program supervisor and has been the Executive Director of Green Lake Preschool since 1996. She has an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from North Seattle College, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Mount Saint Clare College in Clinton, Iowa, and has a certificate of Leadership in Early Childhood Education from the University of Washington. Anne is the parent of two grown sons and lives in north Seattle.