Nicole is so excited to continue the great tradition of excellence in education created by Jana Maio-Millet and Joan Ralphs at The Cat & the Fiddle Preschool. Nicole saw the amazing education that children were receiving at The Cat & the Fiddle and, when Jana retired in 2019, Nicole chose to take the torch and continue to help children grow and progress in their education! Nicole and her husband, Scott, have two beautiful children and have been foster parents for several years. Being a mother and foster-mother have been such a blessing and reward in her life. She has substantial education background and has even taught at EITC for a few years. She has been well-versed in child development and has been able to implement a great blend of "tried-and-true" educational practices along with new education breakthroughs into a well-rounded and incredibly results-oriented teaching program. Nicole lives for camping, reading, singing, piano playing, spending time with her amazing family, and laughing. She loves to work in her community and church and simply loves all of her "kids" at The Cat & the Fiddle Preschool!
Lorilee Johnson is an amazing teacher who has earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education. For the last couple of years, she has been teaching English to children in China in the VIPKid program. She loves spending time with her husband of 13 years, Brad, and her three amazing boys! She loves to be with her family playing games, camping, and traveling. She also has a HUGE sweet tooth and absolutely LOVES desserts! She loves people. She loves teaching and we're so excited to have her with The Cat & the Fiddle!
Lauren Bottelberghe is a wonderful part of The Cat & the Fiddle! She loves working with and teaching children. She and her husband, Isaac, have two beautiful children. Both of her children have attended The Cat & the Fiddle and she is so excited to now be a part of the all-star team of educators. She and her family enjoy spending time traveling, reading, podcasting (ABOUT HARRY POTTER!!), and most importantly, baking, cooking, and eating! She loves Harry Potter, geology, Disney, and cute dogs!
Janica Clair is a wonderful addition to The Cat & the Fiddle! She is from Price, UT, and was recently married to her sweetheart, Spencer! She is currently attending BYUI, pursuing a degree in Early Childhood & Special Education. She has worked in education for six years and has been babysitting since she was 8. She loves the outdoors and hiking. She especially loves it when it's over 100 degrees! With most of her family over 6 feet tall, at 5'9" she's considered the runt of her family. She loves playing with creepy crawlers but won't go near a spider if her life depended on it!
Julia Rice is a wonderful teacher and we are so lucky to have her at The Cat & the Fiddle Preschool! Julia graduated from Walla Walla High School and is currently studying for a degree in English Education. She loves to read, draw, and playing volleyball. She served an 18-month mission in Denver, CO for her church and loves serving others! She also has WICKED dance moves and snorts when she laughs!