Julie Kim-Knapp – Preschool (3 & 4 years)
Julie has been a teacher at Big Bend Cooperative Preschool for 13 years. She graduated from Washington State University with an Elementary and Special Education degree. She taught in the public school system until her family started to grow. She was first introduced to the Co-op model as a parent when she joined with her first son who was just 18 months old. She has 3 children ages 20, 18, and 6 years old that have all gone through Big Bend Cooperative Preschool. Julie believes strongly in this model for all kids, not just her own. As her second child headed off to kindergarten, the opportunity arose for Julie to become BBCP’s toddler teacher and she jumped at the chance! She has since taught each of the different classes throughout the years and enjoys all the different age groups. “It is always fun and interesting to see what each year brings with a new group of children and parents” – Julie Kim-Knapp
Catherine Fraser – Pre K (4 & 5 years)
Catherine Fraser lives with her family near Moses Lake. She attended the University of Northern Iowa, taking classes in general education and earning a minor in German. Children have been a big part of Catherine’s life starting as a babysitter when she was just a teen. Through the years while raising her own family, she stayed involved by chaperoning field trips, teaching children’s classes and helping in her church’s nursery. In 2010 she began working as a preschool teachers aide. In 2012 she started teaching the 3 day (pre-k) class at Big Bend Cooperative Preschool.
Amber Tracy – Toddler (18 mo+)
Amber joined our preschool family in 2016 as our toddler teacher but she has been involved with the co-op since she was a child. Amber attended BBCP as a student in the 70’s when our preschool was just starting and continued to be involved with her own children and now her granddaughter. Amber’s passion is children which you can see in her interactions with all kids and especially with the kids in her classroom. She has taken many classes in Early Childhood Education from Big Bend Community College and continues to work on her degree in Applied Science. Her work history includes working with kids in both daycare situations and volunteer positions with the local school district. She was the youth supervisor for the City Of Moses Lake for 8 years. Amber is excited to be a part of the co-op again, learning along side other parents and especially the kids through making fun, messy art, acting silly, singing and dancing at circle time and especially helping kids navigate through conflicts that we all have as part of growing.
“The relationships made here are very lasting. If we are learning and growing together, we can truly say we did our best and that is my goal for my family, myself and our community!” – Teacher Amber