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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 
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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 
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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
I was born and raised in the Reno/Sparks area. I have been a Stay at Home Mom for a little over four years to an amazing little girl named McKenzie. I am an FFN provider for my twin sister's three children. My family and I love the outdoors. We frequently visit Lake Tahoe. We hike and camp often. I look forward to working with your children and building relationships with them. I am so excited to be able to join the Purple Door Family! 

Kimberly-Lead Teacher
Hey everyone! I was born in San Francisco, California and moved to Reno when I was three, so I grew up here. I was born in the summer so I love the outdoors and the ocean. I have always been the go-to babysitter for friends and family and have been working in preschools for over two years. I absolutely love watching children grow and am blown away with how talented and smart they are! I have a two year old stepdaughter who definitely has changed my life for the better!!
Deseray-Lead Teacher