About St. Luke's Preschool in Tacoma, WA


Our Curriculum:


Our classes provide individual attention by teachers, as well as teacher-directed and free choice activities. We plan and deliver lessons and activities to build skills in all developmental areas - physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual. We incorporate socialization skills, art, music, stories, cooking, science exploration, mathematical thinking skills, language development, listening skills and Christian concepts and values, including weekly chapel visits, into our program.

In addition, our 4's and preK classes will be exposed to an increasingly structured environment, including alphabet skills, reading readiness and math concepts.

The Staff at St. Luke's Preschool

Preschool Director – Julie Williams

Julie graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Psychology and an elementary teacher’s certificate. After teaching in the public schools for 10 years, Julie “retired” and began working as the Director of Children and Family Ministries for St. Luke’s Church, where she has overseen the nursery through High school programs since 1996. Julie was involved in the start up of the preschool and has served as its director since 2005.

Lead Teacher, 3's and 4's classes - Elisabeth (Lisa) Vance

Teacher Elisabeth teaches the 3’s preschool class on Tuesday and Thursdayand the 4’s preschool class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. She also serves as St. Luke’s Family and Children Activities Coordinator, planning church activities such as the Pumpkin Party, Graham Cracker house night and the annual Easter Egg hunt. Teacher Elisabeth is married and has two children, Jake and Nora. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.   

Lead Teacher – Terri Atkinson

Terri has more than 30 years of experience working with young children and their families in a variety of early childhood programs, including employee sponsored child care, COOP preschool, Head Start, college campus sponsored child care, homeschool kindergarten and licensed family home child care. She has a Child Care Specialist certificate and a Child Development Associate Credential, as well as over 1000 credit hours of training in early childhood education from Clover Park and Bates Technical colleges. Terri enjoys including creative art and expression, music, dance, science and storytelling into the preschool program. She loves to read to children and introduce them to quality literature.

Lead Teacher/Teaching Assistant – Jill Larson

Jill has been part of our teaching staff since 2007. For most of that time she has been lead teacher of our 2 ½ year old classes and has provided assistance with other classes in our preschool. She and her husband were licensed therapeutic foster parents for more than 30 years. She has been a Girl Scout leader, a volunteer Vacation Bible School teacher and has assisted with several youth and children’s activities. Jill loves working with children (and they love her). She lives in Tacoma with her husband Bill, 1 spoiled dog and 4 cats.

Classroom Assistant - Rachael O'Reilly

Rachael O'Reilly graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 2014.  She's been a classroom assitant since 2016 at St. Luke's Preschool, although she has worked with young children since 2010.  In her spare time, Rachael enjoys baking, reading and taking her  dog to the beach.


2 1/2 Year Old Class

Have you ever wondered what your child is learning while he or she plays? Through quality play activities, children gather valuable information and develop important skills that support later academic success. Children in this class will learn as they explore in a safe and nurturing environment.

  • Meets Mon/Wed from 9-11am
  • Teacher to child ratio is 1:6
  • Children must be 2 1/2 by August 31st to enroll
  • Monthly Tuition is $125
  • Children must be toilet trained prior to enrollment

3 Year Old Class

Our 3 year old class provides a safe and comfortable learning environment to promote positive feelings of friendship and fellowship. Students will participate in group and play activities designed to help them problem solve, reason and think creatively. Much attention is given to developing social skills.

  • Meets Tues/Thurs from 9-11:30am
  • Teacher to child ratio is 1:8
  • Children must be 3 by August 31st to enroll
  • Many field trips are taken
  • Monthly Tuition is $150

4 Year Old Class

In our 4’s class we continue to foster the development of positive social interaction with other children, good listening skills and following directions. We support and challenge each child’s developing potential. Children are formally introduced to the letters of the alphabet, their associated sounds and correct handwriting formation as well as number sense and recognition.

  • Meets Mon/Wed/Fri from 9am-noon
  • Teacher to child ratio is 1:10
  • Children must be 4 by August 31st to enroll
  • Many field trips are taken
  • Monthly Tuition is $195

Pre-Kindergarten Class

Our PreK class is intended for children who are ready for a longer preschool experience and who will begin kindergarten the following year. The class size will be limited to 10 students. The extended day and smaller class size allow for a more in-depth learning experience while we gain knowledge through exploration and practice our academic skills. Students in our PreK class will bring their lunch to eat at school.

  • Meets Mon-Thurs, 9am-1pm
  • Teacher to child ratio is 1:10
  • Children must be 4 by August 31st to enroll
  • Many field trips are taken
  • Monthly tuition is $360