“You have touched countless lives and changed the face of education in Spokane forever.”

~Grace Leaf, author

Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:10

Maximum class size: 20

Ages of Children: 3 1/2 – 5 Years

Anais Thompson
BA in Human Development,
Early Childhood Education
Julia Shiras AA in Children’s Studies

Personal Background:

Anais graduated from WSU with a BA in Human Development with a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She came back to North Wall after her Internship. Anais plans to eventually obtain a master’s degree in Elementary Education but is happy to be back at North Wall where she has enjoyed getting to know your children and seeing them happy at school! Anais and her husband have 2 daughters. She and her family enjoy hiking, camping, and she enjoys mountain biking and creating art with her daughters.

Personal Background:

Julia has been a valuable Guest Teacher at North Wall since January of 2021. She has experience in each of our classrooms from infants through our sixth grade. Every staff member feels secure when she is in their classroom. Julia and her family moved to Spokane from California, where she homeschooled her 2 sons for 8 years. Julia was very involved with her Homeschool Co-op as Lead and Assistant Teacher. She also was the Children’s Ministry Administrative Assistant. She has her AA degrees from her time at Grossmont College and San Diego State university.

Philosophy of Teaching:

Because children learn best through play, we try to create a classroom environment rich in opportunities for creativity, critical thinking, experimentation, collaboration, and decision making.  We know we are creating the foundation for lifetime learning, and we want to build it with the joy of discovery, satisfaction of participation, and contentment of genuine relationships.

Goals for the Class:

  • To create a physically, mentally, and emotionally safe environment for all who enter.
  • To honor each child’s unique culture, interests, and needs.
  • To prepare each child for success in the transition to kindergarten.

Class Schedule:

8:00 – 8:40 Arrival, handwashing, snack, free choice

8:40 – 9:00 Morning journaling

9:00 – 9:30 Circle

9:30 – 10:00 Learning centers

10:00 – 10:15 Clean up                                

10:15 – 11:00 Outside time (PE on Monday & Tuesday)

11:00 – 11:15 Show and share

11:15 – 12:00 Lunch, before rest time jobs

12:00 – 2:00 Rest time (lights out)

2:00 – 2:30 Wake up, afternoon snack, tooth brushing

2:30 – 3:00 Clean up, group activity (story or music/movement)

3:00 – 3:45 Outside time

3:45 – 4:30 Snack, afternoon centers

4:30 – 5:00 Clean up, journaling, silent reading, Close of school