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           "Play is the highest form of research!"
                                          -Albert Einstein
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Now with two campuses!  
Sparks and Midtown!
And opening February 2023-a third Campus located in Sparks as well! 
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Stefanie is the owner of Purple Door Preschool!  She enjoyed teaching preschool age students in her home for seven years  so much that she decided to open Purple Door so she could share her ideas and love with even more children!  Stefanie has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada. She was the former owner of Celebrations!, a children's birthday party and play place. She has worked 
Our Teachers
with youth for over 27 years in many different settings. She was a Youth Counselor on board cruise ships and she worked with children at the Child 
Stefanie McKnight-Owner
and Family Research Center at the University of Nevada. She was the Leadership and Developmental Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and a Site Supervisor for the City of Reno's Summer Discovery programs. She has also been a Nanny, and even a children's Gymnastic Coach. Most importantly, Stefanie is a proud mother of three children, Quinn, Mia and Kai.
Micayla Erickson-Director
Micayla was born and raised in Reno, Nevada where she also attended the University of Nevada, Reno. She graduated in 2017 with her degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She grew up babysitting and discovered her passion for early childhood education when she worked at the Child and Family Research Center at the University of Nevada!  She became a teacher at the Sparks Purple Door in 2019 and is now moving to the Midtown Purple Door! She loves to be silly and enjoys watching children explore, discover, and grow from their time at school! She loves the outdoors and you can often find her camping or hiking with her two dogs and husband! She is looking forward to all the fun, playing, and learning we will be doing at Purple Door! 
Lindsey was born and raised in Truckee, California. She attended Sonoma State University where she majored in Child Development at the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies. Lindsey was an Infant and Toddler teacher at the Knowledge Learning Corporation in Vacaville California, and a Preschool Teacher for the city of Fairfield, working with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Lindsey started her career at Purple Door in 2016 and is beyond excited to move into the role of Director and Purple Door Preschool Midtown! Her and her husband have four children who give her, her most valued teaching experiences!
Lindsey Cross-Director
I am the father of a 20 year old son and a 30 year old non-biological daughter. I have had the pleasure of working with kids of many different ages through coaching, directing Theatre and volunteer work at the boys and girls club. I was born in Truckee and grew up on the North Shore of Tahoe. I LOVE music, Theatre, art, the outdoors and physical activity. After High School I left Tahoe to attend Chico state to major in music. I then decided to serve in the US Navy as a shipboard firefighter. After leaving the military I came home as a single father and used my GI bill to attend TMCC and UNR before taking a full time job to manage the TMCC Theatre. I currently direct the musicals at Reed HS as well in various theaters throughout town. I look forward to meeting you and working with you and your children.
John-Lead Teacher
I am so excited to start teaching at Purple Door Preschool! I moved to Reno from Las Vegas in 2012 and graduated from UNR with degrees in Elementary Special Education and Psychology. I've been working with children for 7 years now, both in and out of school settings and I've loved every second of it! I now have a child of my own, Grey, who will be joining the Purple Door family as well. We like to spend our free time going hiking and camping whenever we get the chance to. I can't wait for Purple Door Midtown to get going so I can help your children learn and grow in such an important time in their lives!

MacKenzie-Lead Teacher
Hi, I’m Delaney! I grew up loving summer camp, the outdoors, and anything creative. Working at summer camp is how I discovered my love for working in childcare and from then on I began nannying and babysitting full time. I love to spend my free time reading, crocheting, gardening, and hanging out with my dog. I’m so excited to continue my work in childcare at Purple Door!

Delaney-Lead Teacher
Hi! I was born and raised here in Northern Nevada. I am a poet, an artist, and a musician; I love creativity, and working with kids keeps me feeling inspired and curious about the world around me. I’m studying fine arts and elementary education at Truckee Meadows Community College. I love learning new things, especially if they have to do with crafting or nature. I’m so excited to help your kiddos learn and explore at Purple Door in Midtown, and I feel really blessed to be a part of their lives for this silly and important time! 

Jordan-Lead Teacher
I'm originally from Sacramento, but I have lived in Reno since age seven. I recently graduated from TMCC, and I will be graduating from UNR in 2024 with a degree in Business and Accounting. I spend a lot of my time participating in different forms of art from painting to embroidery and recently, learning to play music. I love spending time with my four nephews and my niece and have a lot of experience helping look after small children since I was eleven years old. I'm so pleased to be able to spend time with and teach children during this important time in their lives and I look forward to meeting everyone!
Jenni-Lead Teacher
Alaina was born and raised in Bishop, Ca.  She ran a large in-home daycare with her mom for over 20 years while taking many early childhood development classes and children programs that were offered through Child Care Connections in Bishop. She has spent the last couple of years working as a private Nanny for a loving family in Truckee ,CA. Her passions are her kids, puppies, gardening and of course family time with them and her husband. She has a 22 year old daughter who works as a private nanny in Truckee as well, following in moms footsteps. She also has a 20 year old son and three step children and a granddaughter from her recent marriage!  Even though she took time away from childcare providing when her mother passed away in 2017, she found her way back to doing something she truly loves and has made the choice to join Purple Door as a Lead Teacher. Alaina loves spending her days shaping future generations and leading with nothing but love and compassion. 
Alaina-Lead Teacher
Hi everyone! I am excited to have the opportunity to teach your child here at Purple Door Preschool. My name is Andrea. I was born and raised in San Jose, California and am the first of four children. When I was young I loved playing school with my siblings, they were the ‘students.’ In high school I was accepted into a Teaching Academy where I was given the opportunity to team teach at elementary schools as well as teach alongside my kindergarten teacher. I attended San Jose State for three years majoring in Elementary Education, then relocated here to Reno. Throughout the years I have had much experience working with children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. I have been a teacher for two year olds, a nanny, a kindergarten teacher aide, an assistant teacher at a daycare, and a shelter staff at a children’s shelter. I am currently working on completing my degree in Education Studies. I have been married to my patient and loving husband of six years. Most of all I am proud to say I am a mom to two beautiful, smart, and talented kids. My 8 year old son Sebastian and my 4 year old daughter Gabriella have taught me so much about love and life. I enjoy watching them learn and grow into amazing little people. Looking forward to sharing this journey with you as your children grow and fill their minds with a love for learning!
Andrea-Lead Teacher
Bailie was born in Reno and raised in a small town in Northern California with her mom, dad, and brother. She was raised around all sorts of animals from chickens to horses. In high school, she tutored other students weekly through the membership of CSF. She used to babysit for neighbors and would sometimes pick up occasional shifts at the local daycare. In May she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from University of Nevada, Reno. She is so excited to meet all of the children and parents of Purple Door and to watch the kids’ personalities grow and blossom.” 
Bailie-Lead Teacher
I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I’ve been working with children from infants to 5th grade for eight years. I absolutely love working with children and plan to continue this career. I also have two children of my own, a 9 year old named Dalilah and a 4 year named Rowan who loves coming to Purple Door. On my free time you can find me with my puppy Coco, family and friends or out eating my favorite food, sushi. I look forward to getting to know all the children at Purple Door and watching them learn and grow. 
LaToya-Lead Teacher
Lexi-Lead Teacher