We are fortunate to have an exceptional, loving and experienced staff! In addition, all employees stay current with CPR/First Aid training and it is mandatory that they clear a background check and have exceptional references.
DeAnna Ankrum, Director
DeAnna comes to us new this year, she is excited and ready to continue to make Woodinville Whiz Kids into the God-sized vision that the founder, Lindsey Eklund, started for Whiz Kids. DeAnna brings with her a passion for helping children succeed in all areas of their lives. She also brings with her a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education and experience as a substitute teacher for classes K-6th grade and a verity of specialists’ classrooms as well. She also worked as a Teacher’s Assistant, where she worked closely with the teachers in providing a balanced education in the classroom, on the playground, and in the after school program.
Betty Stipek, Program Supervisor
Betty joyfully greets our Whiz Kids as they enter our facility after school. She asks the children about their day and the many things that have happened. She delights in knowing each child personally and learning about what is important to them. She is also the face the children see at the check-in desk every Sunday when they come to worship. When she isn't with us during the week, she can be found teaching dance at a local Woodinville studio.
Susan Buckholz, Office Manager/Transportation
Susan is a parent of one of our students and joined us first as a volunteer and is now a dedicated worker for Whiz Kids. She completes numerous tasks for Whiz Kids including driving our bus to and from the school and also manages the office paper work for our families. She is known for her positive, upbeat personality and outlook on life, and is the smiling face our students meet each day before and after school on the bus.