Our Staff

Our warm and caring teachers promote a culture of kindness, respect, and joy of school. They set a tone of exploration and encouragement for the children, while offering a wide variety of opportunities for each child's growth and development.

Sheila Jakubik – Director

Sheila Jakubik

Sheila joined the Bethany Preschool staff in the fall of 2008 as the director. She worked for many years as the office manager of a small architecture firm and then went back to school to earn a Master in Teaching. She has 20 years of experience in education and has taught at all grade levels. She is excited about bringing together her management and education experience in a place she loves. Bethany’s play based approach gives students great opportunities to learn and prepare for kindergarten in an authentic setting that is fun. Sheila loves working with preschool families believes all children should have the opportunity to attend preschool.

  • Masters in Teaching, Certified in Special Education and English
  • Bachelor of Arts English Literature
  • Elected to Bainbridge Island School Board in 2013
  • CPR & First Aid Certified

Jenny Kilby – Lead Teacher, Grasshopper Class

Jenny Kilby

Jenny joined the Bethany staff in 2014 as the Lead Grasshopper Teacher. Jenny has taught second, first and most recently kindergarten before moving to Bainbridge. She is a master teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. Jenny uses play to teach students literacy, math and science concepts to prepare them for kindergarten. Certified as a Music Together teacher, Jenny teaches the Music Together curriculum in both the Grasshopper and Firefly classes to enrich students’ day with music and rhythm. Jenny has two children and her warm and nurturing nature helps all children feel cared about and connected to school.

  • Masters in Education, Reading Specialist
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education. Certified Elementary Education, K-8
  • Music Together Certified Educator
  • CPR & First Aid Certified

Valerie Johnson – Lead Teacher, Firefly Class

Valerie Johnson

Originally from France, Valerie started teaching in a French Language Preschool in Virginia. She has always been interested in early childhood education and is constantly amazed to see the capacity of learning young children have. Valerie stayed home for a few years raising two bilingual daughters and then joined the Bethany teaching staff in the fall of 2009. Valerie is wonderful at focusing on social skill development and helping students feel successful at school. Valerie brings a sense of joy to the classroom and loves teaching bilingual songs.

  • Bachelor of Arts in French and Sociology
  • Member of the Bethany Lutheran Church Council
  • CPR & First Aid Certified

Jenny Tuthill – Lead Teacher, Bumble Bee Class

Jenny Tuthill

In 2017, Jenny joined the Bethany staff as the lead teacher for the Bumble Bee Class. Jenny taught kindergarten, second, fourth and fifth grades before moving to Bainbridge Island. She is a reading specialist and certified in early childhood education. As the mother of four school age children, two who attended Bethany, Jenny has a true love for helping her students learn new things. Jenny brings dedication and energy to the classroom to help every child achieve his or her best and love school!

  • Master in Reading: Reading Specialist
  • Bachelor of Education: Endorsed in Early Childhood; Elementary Education, K-8
  • CPR & First Aid Certified

Rachel Running – Assistant Teacher, Grasshopper Class

Rachel Running

When an opening occurred mid year in 2006, Rachel was thrilled to join the Bethany staff. She worked as a pediatric nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Washington Medical Center for 15 years. During that time, she also worked as an infant ground transport nurse for Children's Hospital.
Rachel has three daughters. She is drawn to children and child development, but preschoolers are her favorite age. Rachel is gifted at making every preschooler feel cared about and important while fostering their growth toward independence.

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • CPR & First Aid Certified

Selina Johnson – Assistant Teacher, Firefly Class and Bumble Bee Class

Selina Johnson

Selina joined the preschool staff in 2004 as an assistant teacher. She brought a wealth of experience since she had been involved in a cooperative preschool for seven years as a parent, taking on the job of risk manager and serving as a board member.
Selina lived in Alaska for 11 years working as a store manager for a seafood company. She, her husband, and two children, still go to Alaska every summer! Selina loves helping young children to be independent, self-assured and capable to work and play with others with kindness and respect. Selina brings a positive energy to the classroom that is infectious.

  • Associate of Arts in Business Administration
  • CPR & First Aid Certified

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Staff photos by Katie Brase Photography.