"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 at is dedicated to providing the best care and education to each and every child.daycare center

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.  With us she has taught in our Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten Classes.  Now, she's followed one of her passions and has taken over our kitchen.  She makes all of the amazing food from scratch that the children eat while at school.  If you need advice on clean eating, a recipe or a menu idea, Naomi is the gal to talk to!


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 Assistant 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!


Matt started with us in 2006.  He began as our Before/After School teacher. He then got his degree in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching in our Pre-K Class (Blue Group) with Stephanie.  Matt is amazing with the children.  He goes the extra mile to make connections with all the children in his class and in return the children blossom.  When not teaching, Matt coaches soccer and loves sports of all kinds.  


Tyler started teaching in our Before/After School Class in 2012.  His energy, enthusiasm, and kindness makes him a great teacher. Tyler is currently teaching in our youngest classroom. He loves teaching this age and helping the children develop their skills. Tyler is working toward his degree in Early Childhood. He enjoys soccer and spending time with friends and family.


Raychel is the newest member of our teaching team joining us this fall!  Raychel teaches our Red Group.  Raychel is finishing up her teaching degree and has worked with children this age for many years.  She is fun and full of energy!  When she is outside with the kids, she is running and playing just as hard as they are!  When she is not at work, she spends time with her family, friends.


Jessica has recently joined our team on a full time basis.  Jessica had chosen to place her daughter in our Blue Group (Pre-K) while she finished up her degree in Applied Dev. Psychology.  This past year, she worked in our classrooms doing field hours. In the spring, she began subbing for us and now she will be teaching in our 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, but as a parent.  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!


Curtis is joining us this summer to teach in our Orange Group.  He is a recent graduate of WSU and has been coaching kids for many years.  His passion is Cheer Leading.  He coaches at a local gym in the evenings and coaches a JV cheer team at a local high school.  This school year, he will sub for us so he can continue with his coaching job!