Meet The Teachers

Meet The Teachers


Hi, I’m Ashley, I’m the owner of Ash & Elm and one of our preschool teachers. I have worked in Early Childhood Education for 15 years, I have worked for the Department of Defense, Department of the Army and Department of the Navy where I specialized in helping military childcare providers set up their childcare programs on and off base in Germany and California. 

I also worked for the Department of Defense Schools Overseas (DODEA) in special education.

I’ve worked in private childcare centers as a lead teacher and owned a private daycare for many years. 

During covid I taught preschool online and created and sold curriculum for childcare facilities. 

I love working with kids and families, and I love creating spaces for kids to have fun and learn! 

In my free time I like to cook and try new foods (I'm a trained chef!), be outside and go on weekend adventures with my family. We live in Maple Valley and love this area so much. 
I look forward to seeing your children in preschool! 





Ms. Kristi

Hi, I’m Kristi!

I am a studio assistant, mom of 3, and one of our preschool teachers. I have a Masters in Teaching and have taught in a variety of settings including middle school, elementary school, and Montessori preschool.

Additionally, I have received specialized training to further my skills in working with neurodivergent children (as well as being a mom to one). My niche is meeting children where they at, be it social emotional or academic.

I have worked with kids since I was one myself and greatly enjoy the daily laughter of working with children. I love seeing kids thrive and find it so fun to be part of a team that works to do just that.

I have 3 young children and 2 rescue dogs, so I don’t have free time, but if I did, I would spend it outside, traveling, and doing projects around the house. We have lived in Maple Valley since 2016 and truly consider this community “home.”

Part time Party & Event Planning Lead

Join the fun team at Ash and Elm Play Studio! This job will be responsible for helping to schedule, plan, set up and clean up for in studio Events, Birthday Parties and Private parties. Part time $20/hour. Creative, responsible, and professional individuals are invited to apply. Must be 18 years or older.