Gig Harbor Academy’s PreKindergarten program takes the Preschool philosophy one step further as the children mature and provides opportunities for continued development of the whole child. Children are encouraged to be actively engaged in their own learning, to make choices, interact with others, resolve conflicts and gain a sense of competency. Each child’s level of readiness, personality and learning style is recognized in a program that promotes developmentally appropriate practices to foster the individual’s growth. The advantage of an all day, five day per week schedule allows for valuable interaction in the classroom setting, thus increasing the opportunity for growth and development.

Carolyn VonZimmerman

Carolyn VonZimmerman, Pre-K Teacher
Carolyn VonZimmerman moved to Gig Harbor in June 2006 with twenty-one years experience teaching pre-kindergarten already under her belt. She started her career in her hometown of Miami, Florida working at the same private school for eighteen years. We are proud to say that Carolyn has been with Gig Harbor Academy since 2007, an integral part in the GHA early childhood program, preparing students for Kindergarten and the upper grades.


Melanie Bruey

Nancy Manglona, Assistant Teacher
In 1991 Nancy Manglona became the lead teacher for Our School of Gig Harbor Child Care Center where she worked for twenty one years. In this capacity, she met the annual training requirements for the Washington Administration Code (WAC) in Early Childhood Education. In the fall of 2012, Nancy joined the faculty of Gig Harbor Academy as the Prekindergarten Assistant Teacher.