Our Staff

Staff (ten, currently) at Elim have taught or assisted for an average of 9 years.  All staff plan on returning to either teach or assist in the fall of 2019.  One new staff person will join us and one remains with 20 years of experience.  Continuity of staff helps maintain a consistent program for your child and reflects a love of preschoolers on the part of our staff!  A ratio of one staff person for every seven children in our 3’s programs and one staff person for every eight children in our pre-k classes creates a safe, stimulating learning environment.  Each class boasts a dedicated staff, not a shared staff amongst other classes.  

Our Director

Cathe Elim Lake Stevens PreschoolCathe Erhardt is the Director of Elim Christian Preschool. She is responsible for establishing goals, plans, schedules, and day-to-day management while working closely with the school staff to create a good relationship between students, families and school. Looking for ways to improve our preschool keeps her creatively busy.  Cathe, the mother of two adult children (and grandmother of four grandchildren!), has lived in the Lake Stevens area  for over 35 years. Cathe holds an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies and teaches piano most afternoons. 28 years of preschool experience include ninteen years directing Elim Christian Preschool and ten years teaching in Marysville at Little Angels Preschool.

Our Teachers

Charlene Bloomingdale ElimChristianPreschool.com Preschool Lake Stevens WACharlene Bloomingdale begins her nineteenth year with our school by continuing her eleventh teaching year in both an AM 3-year-old and an AM pre-k class. Her enthusiastic interaction with our preschoolers, whether reading a book, sharing a joke or leading a game, makes class time more fun. She inspires creativity by encouraging dramatic play/story telling during play time.  In her 3’s program, she uses imagination to teach “problem solving”, a key social skill.  Her pre-k students love “the secret box” as it leads to discovering the letter of the day.  Charlene serendipitously rewards all her students by noting positive behavior through her “good job” sticker program, finding a playful competition yields a happier classroom.  “I love our two-year rotating curriculum,” notes Mrs. Bloomingdale, “as each day is new.”   Charlene loves to garden, work with children and plan teas for ladies! When Charlene isn’t spending time with Brad, her husband of 38 years, you can find her stamping or doing other creative projects. Charlene also enjoys time with her 35-year-old daughter Rachael and 30-year-old son, Jared, father of her first grandchild!
Deborah Pulley continues teaching at Elim for over thirteen years in a 4-day-a-week AM class and a 2-day-a-week afternoon class. Deborah’s experience includes working with Debbie Carter and Margaret Smith in both the 4 and 3-year old classes at Elim Christian Preschool for 3 previous years. Her educational experience includes early childhood college level classes. Deborah loves working with preschoolers. She delights in seeing “the light go on” when a child achieves understanding in an area. Her open and friendly ways draw children to her. Debbie previously substituted as an Educational Assistant in Lake Stevens.  Extra-curricular activities include riding her motorcycle on mountain trails in Montana with her husband of 27 years, Tom.  Their daughter, Amber (24), lives in the area.  Their son, Josh (22) is pursuing theater at Shoreline community College.


Carol de la Cruz  “learned the Elim ropes” as an assistant nine years ago.  Seven years ago she began teaching responsibilities in an AM 3-year-old class.  four years ago she added a pre-k class to her schedule, but for the last three years reverted to teaching only a 3’s class to allow more time for her busy family.   She lives in the Lake Stevens community with her husband of 25 years and family of 4 children (aged 20, 18, 14 & 10).  After graduating from Oregon State University, Carol taught high school social studies for six years.  She teaches preschool because the kids are fun-loving and eager to learn.  Helping to build a strong foundation in each child continually remains an important and worthwhile endeavor for Carol.  She also enjoys reading and family road trips.


 Renee LaSalle began at Elim 7 years ago as a parent bringing her twin boys to preschool. Six years ago she started subbing, and two years later she came on staff as an assistant in Mrs. Bloomingdale’s class.  In 2016-17 she worked as an as an assistant in our 3’s program and as a teacher in our pre-k PM session and continued with a pre-k program from 2017-18  on.  We value her and her great creativity.  As Miss Renee expounds, “Teaching preschool brings joy to my hear.  I love seeing my Students’ enthusiasm to learn and how each student individually develops and grows.”  Whitworth University and Everett Community College classes in early childhood precede her arrival here at Elim.  Renee also taught at the Boeing Family Center.  11-year-old twins, a fifteen-year-old and nurturing a marriage of 23 years to her “high school sweetheart” keeps her busy at home, along with crafting, listening to music and reading to her boys.


IMG_6117Ginger Washburn, well-known to many here at Elim, continues her fourth year teaching in a pre-k class.  Ginger mentored under Mrs. Teresa Heap and Mrs. Charlene Bloomingdale for  7 years in our pre-k program as an assistant.  She has attended numerous preschool conferences and seminars to bolster her understanding of the preschool aged child during this time.  Ginger brings coveted hands-on experience, including a previous position in a childcare facility.  As a local for the past 29 years,  Ginger graduated from Snohomish High School and attended Everett Community College.  Her marriage to Loren, 22 years ago has produced two children, a 21-year-old college student and a 16-year-old high school student.  She loves her two dogs, and enjoys training them.  Her interests include reading, dancing, volunteering in her community and church as well as visiting garage sales.  Seeing the “sparkle in their eyes” when they enthusiastically say, “Look what I did, Miss Ginger!” brings joy to her work in the preschool.  She totally appreciates the preschool personality from their humor to unexpected comments.  Ginger’s blessing from teaching preschool stems from seeing her students learn and grow so much from the beginning to the end of the school year.