Gig Harbor Academy offers a highly academically challenging Kindergarten program. In the five day per week program, the instruction differentiates enough to support and challenge each student to help them develop positive attitudes about learning. The integrated, cross-curricular program is filled with multi-sensory activities, which personalize learning and engage the imagination. In a very nurturing, loving and caring environment, students feel safe enough to make mistakes and persevere through all stages of learning. GHA fosters an environment to help our students thrive on discovery and create solutions that encourage self-motivation, self-reliance and self-confidence.

Kristin Sutich

Kristen Sutich, Kindergarten Teacher
Kristen is a seasoned lower-elementary teacher having taught kindergarten through second grade for 15 years. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders. After working for a short time as a Speech-Language Therapist Assistant, she attended St. Martin’s University and obtained her K-8 teaching certificate. In her spare time Kristen enjoys taking walks and hikes in the outdoors.


Shelia Walther

Amanda Butler, Kindergarten Assistant
Amanda Butler graduated from Evergreen State College with a Bachelors Degree in Education/Psychology. Amanda enjoys attending Toast Masters and acting in local community theaters. She also enjoys outdoor activities with her children and dog such as kayaking, paddle boarding, trail hiking, and camping.