Alyson van der Toorn

 Welcome to the Ladybug Preschool!

Phone: 425.366.2555


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Welcome to the Ladybug Preschool!

Teaching preschool has been my passion for more than 30 years! I graduated from University of Washington with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. My daughter is now a sophmore at my alma mater, Western Washington University. I live in Seattle with my three kitties.

I began my teaching career in the Olympia area. In 1996 started teaching in the Mukilteo School District. I have worked at Challenger since 2008.

Talking, listening and learning through play is the focus of our class. Playing with friends is the most meaningful part of our day. Daily we incorporate language, motor skills and academics in many fun ways.  We try to make it outside everyday. We often get messy, so children should wear washable clothes to school!



  • Preschool runs from Monday through Thursday.

    AM session is from 9:00 until 11:30.

    PM session is from 12:55 until 2:35.

Daily communication

  • We often send notes from the teacher, classroom or school in your child's backpack.

    Phone or email is the easiest way to get a hold of classroom staff.

    Please let the office know if your child will be absent from school.