Our Team 


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Our Staff at

Wee Care Academy are

-Caring and committed

- CPR/First Aid certified

- Fully background checked

- Receiving annual continuous training in: Child Development, Curriculum Development, Classroom and Behavior Management and more.

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Deirdre Whitaker

 Academy Director  


After growing up in Los Angeles, CA, Deirdre is excited to be spending time in the PNW and all it has to offer. She has a Bachelor’s in Education with a WA State teaching credential (K-12) and is currently working on her Masters in Early Childhood Education. Deirdre began her work in public schools before becoming a preschool teacher and realizing her love for the age group. Deirdre has been at Wee Care Academy since its inception in April 2012, working her way to being the Assistant Director and is now our Director. Her favorite part of being the Academy Director is creating a bond with new families and helping to welcome them into the WCA community. 

Erica Nealious-Grall

Administrative Director


Erica grew up in Everett and has been working with children for as long a she can remember. She has an AA in Early Childhood Education and a BS in Business Management. Erica worked on creating Wee Care Academy before its opening in April 2012 and was the Academy Director, eventually transitioning to the Administrative Director position. She focuses on backend business duties, while spending time in the classrooms to provide support to children, their families, and staff. Her favorite part of being the Administrative Director is long-range planning to continue to enhance Wee Care Academy’s educational philosophy and learning areas. 

Kristy Dykes

 Assistant Director 


Growing up in the PNW Kristy is passionate about the outdoors and connecting children to it. She has an AA degree in both accounting and Early Childhood Education. Kristy started working at Wee Care Academy in 2013 as an assistant teacher before becoming a lead teacher in our Pre-K classroom, and eventually our Program Supervisor and Assistant Director. She loves spending as much time in the garden and on the nature pathways as possible. Her favorite part of being the Assistant Director is inspiring excitement for learning in our teachers and children.

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