"I enthusiastically recommend this group of talented and caring professionals without reservation to anyone who is looking for the best for their kids."
-Veronica Christensen

A Program Is Only As Good As It's Staff...

Harvard Park Children's Learning Center is a full day learning center serving the North Side of Spokane, WA. We have an exceptional staff that receives ongoing extensive training in order to meet our high curriculum and teaching standards.

All our teachers have a degree in either Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or a related field. Our extremely low turnover rate means that our staff has been with us for an average of six years or more. Our passionate, caring team is dedicated to providing the best care and education to each and every child.


Center Owners

  • Leanne Dixon

  • Suzi Colman

Before becoming the owners of Harvard Park in 2006, Suzi and Leanne were the management team of the program. Suzi began teaching for us in 1992 and Leanne in 2000. Both are dedicated to continuing to provide the children and families of the North Side of Spokane with the best Preschool and Childcare program that has become Harvard Park's reputation since 1988.

Our Staff


Naomi started working for us in 2003. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught children of all ages. Right now, Naomi is our Green Group Teacher. She believes that children 2 1/2-3 years old are highly capable little sponges. She focuses on developing self help skills, social/ emotional skills and motor skills. With a solid foundation in these areas, children will be successful in their academics. She Naomi is not teaching children, she is teaching adults! Naomi teaches fitness classes at the YMCA.


Barbara has been teaching for us since 2005. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Barbara is a busy lady. She splits her time in classroom with time at the front desk as our Director. Barbara's experience and knowledge makes her an invaluable member of our teaching team. If you have a question, she can get the answer for you! Barbara and her family are hockey enthusiasts. If you are ever at a Spokane Chief's Game, you are sure to find them rooting for their favorite team!


Stephanie began teaching for us in the summer of 2008. Stephanie holds her Master's degree in Elementary Education and has spent most of her time with us teaching our Pre-K Class (Blue Group). Stephanie is calm, fun and caring. She brings her knowledge of children's development into the classroom and the children thrive. When not at work, Stephanie loves spending time with her two boys. She is an amazing cook and baker! She also loves hockey!


Taylor began teaching for us in the fall of 2017. She taught our Green Group and decided to move up into Yellow Group with her kids this year. She has a degree in Special Education and is completing her training in Early Childhood. She comes from a large family, with whom she loves to spend time with. She enjoys spending time outdoors and keeping herself busy when not at work.  


Gia has completed her degree in Early Childhood this past year and is excited to be teaching our Red Group in the morning and Orange Group in the afternoons! She has three young children that keep her hoppin! She is a dog lover and Karaoke Singer Extraordinaire! Gia is creative, fun and caring, which makes her perfect for the groups she is teaching. 


Erin is our newest member of our Harvard Park Family. She has completed her Early Childhood Certification and will begin her Early Childhood Degree this winter. She has spent many years creating a preschool curriculum at her church preschool in the Mead area. She enjoys music and keeping busy with family and friends.


Jessica joined our team on a full time basis in 2015.  Jessica had chosen to place her daughter in our Blue Group (Pre-K) while she finished up her degree in Applied Dev. Psychology. She began working in our classrooms doing field hours, then later she began subbing for us. We finally convinced her to stay and now she is teaching in our Yellow Group (Preschool Class) full time. Jessica and her family love to spend time outdoors hiking and playing sports.  


Betty started working for us in 2014. She retired from the YMCA where she taught for 15 years. Now she helps us out by covering breaks for the teachers and subbing in their classes when they are absent. We are lucky to have someone with her experience and education to help out our staff and enrich our children's lives. When Betty is not helping out in a classroom, she is working in her garden, camping or spending time with her daughters.


Brian took over as our Van Driver in 2014 when our beloved "Papa Tom" retired.  We are so lucky to have Brian as part of our team! Brain has been a part of our family for many years, both as a parent and now an employee. Now he has the important job of getting the children to and from school safely. When not at work, he spends time with his family at sporting events and camping!

Stephanie D.

Stephanie D. joined Harvard Park in the summer of 2018. She is an integral part of the Yellow Group Teaching Team. She comes from the west side of the state and works in the afternoons with Taylor. She has Early Childhood Certificate and has worked in classrooms with all ages of children. All the children know and love her as she helps to cover the staff lunch breaks before heading to Yellow Group.


When you come into the building and smell the amazing smells coming from the kitchen… Sue is the reason! Sue is our cook and kitchen manager. It is her job to ensure all the food your child eats at our school is healthy, organic, made from scratch and taste’s great! If you ever want a recipe, Sue would be happy to get it for you.