Assistant Teacher, Katie Guetterman
About Me: Hi, I’m Katie Guetterman, the Assistant Preschool and Before Care Teacher. I was born and raised here in Coos Bay Oregon. I graduated Marshfield high school and received my AA degree from Southwestern Oregon Community College. I have been working with kids for about 5 years now. I started out as a dance teacher working with kids of all ages and just fell in love! I have also worked in other daycares and a grade school, and I have been a nanny for the past year now. Thank you for welcoming me into this amazing family here at Emmanuel. I feel like I’m right where I’m supposed to be.
Lead Teacher, Amanda Goodpasture
About Me: Hi, I'm Amanda Goodpasture. I studied Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Special Education at Kendall College. I have worked with children on and off for the last 10 years and have always had a passion for making learning inclusive, purposeful and most of all fun! I truly believe the best way for young children to learn is through play! I'm so excited to be here at Emmanual Preschool to implement my education and experience.
I currently reside in Charelston, Oregon with my husband and our 3 year old daughter who are both the light of my life. During our free time you can catch us exploring the outdoors with our dogs and soaking up everything Coos County has to offer. Whether that be the sandy beaches or forest trails, we always seem to find an adventure somewhere!
Peyton Thomas is the Pre-K Extended Care teacher.
"Hi, my name is Peyton Thomas, I am 18 years old, and I graduated from Marshfield High School in 2018. I attend Southwestern Oregon Community College and I plan to receive my associates in English. I will then transfer to an Oregon University to obtain my masters in elementary education.
I have always had a huge heart for kids since I could remember. I started taking care of children and babysitting on and off since the age of 12.I began working at Emmanuel preschool in June of 2018 through January as a nursery/toddler assistant teacher. I then moved to Texas for 2 months to adventure out. I am currently back in Coos bay working at Emmanuel teaching your wonderful children.
I’m so excited for this new journey of mine at Emmanuel Preschool! The environment at Emmanuel with the staff and children feels safe, fun, and full of happiness. My plan as a teacher is to be kind, passionate and loving but to also be a very positive influence for all of the students."
Ciara Dempsey - Toddler Program and Extended PreK Teacher's Aide
"I’m Ciara. I’m 22 and I'm the oldest child in a large family who's numbers are always changing. My family has done foster care for years and it has been an amazing experience.
I've worked for 2 years as a nanny for a sweet boy with autism and his little sister, and 2 years nannying for a few families with infants. I have also worked as an assistant in a life skills class for special needs students, and I am currently a Young Life leader.
I love kids and can't imagine having a job that doesn't include taking care of children!"