Our staff has been with us for an average of five years with some over 10 years. Each classroom has experienced lead teachers with college degrees and some that are working towards their CDA'S.

Agape Childcare Center Staff receive quarterly in-service training, participate in workshops and keep up with the latest Early Childhood development ideas.

Agape Childdcare Center has a Parent/Staff Educator from North Seattle Community College that works closely with our staff and families with workshops, informational handouts, and trainings.

Agape Childcare staff members are required to have Adult/Child/Infant CPR and First Aid, blood borne pathogen, HIV training, food handlers permit, 20 hours of S.T.A.R.S Training with 10 hours of continuous continuing education credits each year, TB Test and a Washington State Patrol Background Check.

Staff and families can keep in touch with informal daily communication, personal notes, parent/teacher conferences and daily and weekly information boards posted in each room, as well as email.

Linda Gleason-Director/Prgrm Supervisr/Teacher

I have been working with children for 37 years. My first job was as a mother’s helper for twin girls when I was eight years old. At ten I started babysitting. When I was twelve my little brother was born and I spent many days caring for him. I continued caring for children through my teenage years, including nanny jobs in the summer.

After having two children of my own, I received a wonderful opportunity to be the director of Agape Childcare Center and Preschool, in 1997. I then attended North Seattle Community College and enrolled in their Early Childhood Education Evening Classes.

I find working with children to be very fulfilling. I especially enjoy fostering creativity and noting each child's individuality as I help him or her become more confident and independent. Over the years, I have learned so much from each child as they have learned from me. What I love most about Agape Childcare and Preschool are the vibrant children, caring staff and involved families. Together, we create a wonderful community. I enjoy each day’s challenges and the rewards of being a director, program supervisor and lead preschool, toddler, waddler and infant teacher.

In April 2011 I received my Child Development Associate Degree plus I have been earning Early Childhood Educational CEU'S since 1997, in addition to supervision and mangerial skill classes. I continue to take classes to further my education each year. I am a member of Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Exchange, which are all great resources for keeping up with the latest on Early Childhood Education.

My goal is to continue my education at a local community college towards my AA in Early Childhood Education and work also towards my CDA in infant/toddler, as well as keeping up my continued education with Early Childhood and being a Certified Personal Trainer.

In 2005, I completed a certification in Personal Training. I am NSCA-CPT certified,(National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer) with a focus on exercise with children, nutrition, special populations, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, exercise science, strength training in all populations and psychology in exercise. I find that this area of education compliments the needs of nutrition and health in children. Physical activity helps in many areas including social, emotional, cognitive, language, physical and self help skills.

My hobbies include exercise, family community activities, nutrition, leading “boot camp” classes, fitness competitions, listening to music, going to concerts, attending live theater performances, hiking, bicycling, movies, dancing, traveling, enjoying the outdoors, having fun with my family, friends and enjoying time with my four beautiful grandsons.


Krystal Townsend- Progrm supvsr toddler/lead tcher

I've been involved with Agape since 2000, as Linda's daughter and as an employee. During that time I've had two children of my own who have attended Agape along with their cousins.

I have a unique perspective on Agape as a parent, employee and relative. I enjoy how family-oriented it is and the welcoming feeling that exists between staff and families. As a staff member, I appreciate the time I spend with the children, interacting with them and seeing them grow. One of my skills, summed up by a parent, is the ability to be strict when I need to be but also being able to give all the love in the world when a child needs it.

I have my CHILD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE DEGREE, with a strong emphasis with infant, waddlers and toddlers.

When I’m not working, I spend time enjoying my two boys, hiking, playing soccer, listening to music, spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Gilbert - Lead Pre-K Teacher

I married into “the Agape family,” tying the knot with Linda’s son Kyle in 2004. Two years later, I began my career at Agape after my first child, Devin, was born. Since then, I’ve had my second child, Dylan. Now with both my boys attending Agape, I feel fortunate to combine work with seeing them grow.

As for working with children in general, I rely on the joy that they bring and their unconditional love. If I have a bad day, I can count on a thousand hugs. I think the children appreciate the fact that I’m patient, calm and have a lot of energy.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my immediate and extended family, going on vacations and road trips, working out, going out with friends and just lounging at home with all my boys (dog included).

Someday, I plan to go to school and start a business of my own, but for now I like being a mommy and the daily ride with all my young Agape friends.

Chau Dinh - Young Preschool

Jenelle Bennett - Lead Preschool Teacher

Before working at Agape Child Care Center I was a lifeguard and swim instructor for children between the ages of 2 and 9. The past four summers I worked as a day camp counselor for elementary school age children. In the summer of 2012 I graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelors Degree in General Studies with an emphasis in diversity and education for youth. Working with children has always been a passion of mine. They are so full of enthusiasm and excitement for learning. My favorite activities with the students include baking and neighborhood walks. Outside of the preschool I like to hike, swim, and spend time with my friends.

Leighann Biesman - waddler teacher

Hillary Burgin - Waddler/Toddler Teacher

I'm Hillary and I'm 23 years old. The majority of my time at Agape is spent in the waddler room, but I help out with the infants as well. In my spare time, I like to venture out and enjoy the outdoors. A few of my outdoor hobbies include bicycling, sailing, and hiking. I also like to read, knit, and travel. I have had a passion to take care of children for a long time now. I have babysat for numerous families over the years. Up until I got the opportunity here at Agape, I have contemplated following the desire of continuing my education in early childhood. I recently moved here from California and have received that wish of working with children. I am honored to work with such a wonderful group of children and an inviting group of teachers!

Madison Robertson - Infant teacher

Tanja Majic - Infant teacher

Ashlie Olson - Young Preschool teacher

Emily Lotz - floater

Devin Briggs - Pre-K teacher helper

Clara Anderson - Young Preschool Helper

Mary Ann Abbott - Parent/Teacher Educator

Parent Education Faculty, Health and Human Services Division

North Seattle Community College

As a member of the parent education faculty at North Seattle Community College, I bring parent education resources to Agape with handouts and workshops.  My regular visits to the Center are usually on Tuesdays at 4-6 p.m., but I am also available for consulting and child observation at other times.

I have worked in the early childhood field for over 20 years: as teacher, director, behavior consultant, and parent educator. Part of my responsibilities at Agape include providing ongoing training to staff.

A graduate of the State University College at Geneseo, New York, with an MS in education (early childhood focus), I have served at the College for 10 years and 8 years at Agape. 

Parent workshops are provided several times a year and include topics such as kindergarten readiness, ages and stages of preschoolers and toddlers, and behavior guidance.

I welcome questions and conversations to assist families at Agape. I can be reached by email –maryann@nqacc.org.

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