What Makes Us Unique
WHO WE ARE
Kim Weatherby is the owner and lead teacher at NannyBoo’s Pre-K on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She and her husband Joe have been married for 22 years and have two daughters ages 16 and 13. Kim graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Social Work.
Prior to teaching at NannyBoo's, Kim worked with youth and families in the Rainier Valley for 20 years. She’s been a Social Worker, After School and Summer Program Director, and Non-Profit Administrator for an outdoor preschool program for children with special needs. She also directed a transitional housing program for homeless individuals and families. Kim loves identifying the strengths in people of all ages and giving them opportunities to shine. She celebrates different energy levels, personalities, intelligences, and cultures.
Kim's husband Joe is a guest presenter at NannyBoo's Pre-K and brings his LOVE of Science to our Pre-K classroom. NannyBoo kids like to call him "Teacher Joe the Science Pro".
Claire Tirtoprodjo is the lead teacher at NannyBoo's Pre-K on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. She is passionate about sparking curiosity and a love of learning in children. Claire graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Child Development and her K-12 teaching certificate. She has taught in classrooms in Austin, Texas and around the Seattle area, in addition to work at local nonprofits that support education. She is a native Seattleite and lives with her husband and two children in Southeast Seattle.
Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Tirto Furniture in NE Capitol Hill where they sell furniture made in their family’s workshop in Indonesia, where Chris is from. As a family they enjoy hiking, eating dim sum, and exploring the neighborhoods of our city. Her two kids are proud NannyBoo Pre-K graduates!
We've expanded our team for the 2023-2024 school year! Dave Kidney is the NEW M-F assistant teacher at NannyBoo's Pre-K! With a Studio Art Degree from Eastern Washington University and recent experience at Pathfinder K-8 (Seattle Public Schools), he brings a love for artistic expression to the classroom and our teaching team. Previously a Microsoft employee, Dave's professional background provided him with valuable insights into teamwork, problem-solving, and adaptability.
After the birth of his daughters, Dave embraced his role as stay-at-home dad and found fulfillment in nurturing his childrens' growth and supporting their educational journey. He spent five years as a proud co-op parent in a preschool/pre-k classroom - actively creating a nurturing and inclusive environment for young learners. He is excited to be a part of NannyBoo's Pre-K and thinks pre-ker's are a blast! Outside of work, Dave is passionate about digital art, biking, and gaming; and he attends the occasional con (short for "convention" for those new to nerd speak). These personal interests fuel his creativity and playful personality.
OUR EDUCATIONAL VALUES
Unlike a childcare center, Teacher Kim, Claire, and Dave are involved in every detail of the school. They are the curriculum developers, are with your child 100% of the day, and are your main point of contact throughout your time at NannyBoo’s. We strive to provide a personal and individualized experience for each family and child.
Children learn best when they feel known and loved.
Play is a young child’s work, and is how they best learn. Fun should be the key element to any learning activity.
Every child is unique in a multitude of ways including their learning style.
There are many definitions of success.
Emotional intelligence is a key component of kindergarten readiness.
School should be a place of joyful engagement (play), creative skill building, and connected community.
Learning is best achieved when parents and teachers work as a team to support the child’s optimal development.
Continuing education of teachers supports meaningful interactions with students, and vibrant curriculum.
Teacher continuity during these early delicate years is imperative for the success and confidence of students.