St. Mark’s Preschool Staff 2017-2018
Anne Zimmerman, Director and PreK Teacher
I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and moved to Tacoma in 1995. I have a MEd in School Counseling from the University of Puget Sound. My two girls, ages five and seven, both attend(ed) St. Mark’s Preschool. My husband and I enjoy being outdoors, and taking our family on adventures throughout this beautiful area. We have been members at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for seven years. I always look forward to helping prepare the kiddos at St. Mark’s to be successful in elementary school and encouraging them to find excitement in learning, creating, and discovering. I truly enjoy working with all of the families that step through our doors.
Erika Anderson, 2/3s Teacher
I am married and mother of two boys, ages 8 and 5. I am originally from Alaska and have lived in Washington for over 15 years. I earned a degree from Pacific Lutheran University and have worked with children’s programs at St. Mark’s since 2010. It is a joy for me to witness children learning and growing through play. I love to be outdoors, and enjoy incorporating nature into our day as often as possible. I am blessed to work with children and I am certain I learn as much from them as they do from me!
Katie Jones, 2/3s Teacher
I am married with two children; my daughter is 11 and my son is 8. I grew up in Federal Way, Washington and moved to University Place in 2006. I have a bachelor’s degree from University of Arizona and a master’s degree from Seattle University. I have worked with children’s programs at St. Mark’s since 2008. When my family and I have free time, we enjoy being outdoors with our two dogs. We especially love spending time on the salt water fishing, clamming, shrimping and crabbing! I’m looking forward to this coming school year and getting to know all the kids that will be in class with Miss Erika and me!
Jessica Beecher, 3/4s Teacher
I am married with four children, who have all attended St. Mark’s Preschool. My favorite thing in life is to spend time outdoors with my family. I love to hike, mountain bike and sometimes I just enjoy aimlessly wandering. I have been teaching at St. Mark’s Preschool since 2009. I absolutely love the fact that kids this age have so much wonder and curiosity about the world around them which I hope to help them retain. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help instill the values of empathy and love towards one another and to be good stewards of this earth we all share.
Shana Emry, 3/4s Teacher
I grew up in Sumner and now enjoy living in North Tacoma with my family and black lab. During the summer, we spend a lot of time camping and swimming. I love to read in my down time. I have two daughters in elementary school and was fortunate to have my youngest attend St. Mark’s Preschool. I have been teaching at St. Mark’s since 2015. It is wonderful to be a part of the staff at such a great school. I look forward to seeing your children grow, learn, and play.
Anna Hausler, PreK Teacher
I have been blessed to be born and raised in the PNW. Growing up, I attended a Lutheran grade school where I found my love for teaching at a young age. I applied this career choice by graduating college with my Associates in Early Childhood Education in 2015. This is my first year at Saint Mark’s, and I am excited to be alongside of their supportive staff! I also work at a private grade school in Seattle and teach their Friday Preschool class. I love to incorporate interactive circle times, songs, books and kindergarten readiness skills into the school day. In my free time I enjoy hiking, cooking and spending time with my husband and family. I look forward to a school year filled with God’s love!
Morgan Julian, PreK Teacher
I was born and raised here in Tacoma and wouldn’t have it any other way. I am the lucky mother of four wonderful sons ranging in age from 5 to 16 years old. Last year, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tacoma Community College with an associate degree in arts and science. I am currently a student at Central Washington University. I am majoring in elementary education with a minor in science. Before joining the St Mark’s team I worked for the Tacoma School District off and on for about six years. Teaching here at St Mark’s has been a wonderful experience and I love coming to work every day. I was so impressed with the program that I transferred my own son from the preschool he was in so he could be a part of the St Mark’s community. I am so excited to be a part of this team and I look forward to fostering a love of learning with each student as we find out what we can all learn from each other.
Kelsey Topolski, PreK Teacher
Raised in the Tacoma area, but living away the last few years, my husband, almost one-year-old son, and I are overjoyed to be rejoining our families in our hometown. After meeting in high school and marrying after college, we moved to South Korea to teach English for a year. Following Seoul, we moved to DC where we lived the last three years and I worked as a toddler teacher. I love getting to help shape a child’s attitude toward learning and encouraging them as they begin to discover God’s creation and ask thoughtful questions. A few of my favorite things are bonding over board games, cappuccinos at cute cafes, and alliteration. I’m thrilled to be a part of the St. Mark’s team!