The Preschool program at Gig Harbor Academy is an Emergent Curriculum-based program, allowing the children to learn as a result of their own doing. We recognize that each child is unique and has different learning styles. Our program promotes developmentally appropriate practices and provides opportunities for social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth. Gig Harbor Academy provides an environment where children can play, explore and develop their own ideas, opinions and understanding of the world around them.

Diana Nold Diana Nold, Preschool Teacher
Diana Nold joined Gig Harbor Academy in the fall of 2009 as the Preschool teacher for the three and four year old classrooms. Throughout her 20-year career as an Early Childhood Educator, Diana has always had a strong passion for encouraging creative thinking by building on the children’s ideas and interests. Diana’s vast experience in the field of early childhood education and development is evident in the preschool classes she leads.

Christine Nelson

Brittney Shirey, Assistant Teacher
Brittney Shirey was born and raised in Tacoma, WA. She has eight years experience working as a full-time nanny with various aged children - infant through 10 years old. During the past two years, Brittney nannied for a previous GHA family. She is unbelievably excited to be apart of the GHA faculty. She is currently finishing her BA from Central Washington University. In her spare time, Brittney enjoys swimming, camping, and volunteering for a kids' camp in the summer seasons.