Our Training Team

Candice Hoyt  STARS Trainer, Director

Candice Hoyt
STARS Trainer, Director

Candice Hoyt

STARS Trainer, Director of Toolbox for Teaching

BA Psychology; AAS & MA Early Childhood Education; MS Higher Education Teaching and Learning

Training Expertise: Emotional Development, Social Development, Supporting Positive Behavior, Toddlers & Twos, Computers and Technology

Candice has been a Washington State Certified STARS Trainer since 2012, with Toolbox for Teaching, providing teacher and parent workshops and consultation. She taught teacher preparation and psychology courses at North Seattle Community College, where she had studied under Tom Drummond for her AAS degree, and later benefitted from his mentorship as a college instructor. Candice has over 15 years of experience working with children from birth through grade five: in a center as a lead teacher (two year olds) and as an all-ages float, and as a home childcare provider.

Stephanie Thiele  Co-Trainer

Stephanie Thiele

Stephanie Thiele

Co-Trainer; Owner/Director, Neighborhood Preschool

Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Expertise: In-Home Preschool, Preschool-PreK

Stephanie is a founding member of the WestSeattle Preschool Association.

Tammy Tasker  STARS Trainer

Tammy Tasker
STARS Trainer

Tammy Tasker

STARS Trainer; Elementary Teacher Preparation Educator, Western Washington University

M.A.T. Elementary Education, Ph.D. Human Development and Cognition

Expertise: STEAM, Next Generation Science Standards, elementary education

Tammy is a certified STARS trainer and is currently a teacher preparation educator at Western Washington University's Bellingham and North Seattle campuses. She is an experienced elementary classroom educator. At the University of Washington, she served as a Community Liaison to early childcare providers who were beginning their participation in the Early Achievers program and taught Masters in Teaching courses.