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Purple Door Preschool is located in Wingfield Springs in Sparks, Nevada.  Purple Door offers a true preschool experience for students 33 months to six years old. Purple Door Preschool is a unique and truly play-based school which offers full and half day classes.  In small groups of eleven, children will rotate through the entire school with two teachers and their class mates while utilizing, exploring and learning in spaces unlike any other preschool in our area! 
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Phone: 775-626-8326
Address: 6295 WIngfield Springs Road
Email:  info@purpledoorpreschool.com
           "Play is the highest form of research!"
                                          -Albert Einstein
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Linda will be ending her career with the State of Nevada to accept the position as Director of Purple Door Preschool. She will continue to teach at UNR and TMCC. We are so lucky to have her!
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 25 years in many different settings. She was a Youth Counselor on board cruise ships and she worked with children at the Child 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.
Stefanie McKnight-Owner
Linda O'Neil- Director
Linda O’Neil, M.S. is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family studies and Early Childhood Education. She continued her studies at Stanford University and is a 2012 graduate of Nv.LEND. She was the Director of the Infant and Toddler program at the Child and Family Research Center, at UNR for five years. For 22 years, she worked as a Developmental Specialist for the State of Nevada and was a part-time instructor at UNR and TMCC teaching courses in Child Development and Family Studies which included teaching a preschool administration class for fifteen years. She has
presented many workshops throughout the state of Nevada, including working with Head Start as a statewide trainer. She has also presented at State and National conferences. She was employed by the Psychological Corporation serving on the team for Bayley re-certification for the preschool child. She has been involved in several grants and is on the UNR faculty with the NvLEND. She also served as one of the chairs on the Newborn Hearing Screening committee for the State of Nevada. Linda served on the Rural Infant and Child Mental Health Consortium, for the State of Nevada. Her interest includes neuro-developmental disorders in the young child and the development of the young child through the preschool years.  
I was born and raised in Long Beach, California before moving to Northern California during my junior year of high school. I have been caring for children for more than 20 years and have taken many Early Childhood Education courses from Santa Rosa Junior College and here locally. I was a nanny for 6 years in Marin County, California before becoming a stay at home mom after the birth of my first child. I have 3 children, Kayla (20), Nathan (18), and Joshua (12). I have been married to my husband, Philip for 24 years!  I operated a family childcare business in California and here in Sparks until I decided to join Purple Door!  I feel so blessed and lucky to have been given the opportunity to work at such an amazing school. I love Stef's philosophy of "learning through play" and the passion she has for the children and families of Purple Door. I look forward to coming to work everyday to "play" with the children and guide them through their day and to help them foster a love of learning and discovery. In my spare time I love reading, enjoying the outdoors in this beautiful region and above all, spending time with my family.

Rhonda Lund -Lead Teacher
I am excited to join the team at Purple Door Preschool! For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed playing and engaging with children. I am a big kid myself! Even as a young girl, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and one day have a lot of kids of my own. Professionally, I have worked as an Infant/ Toddler Director and as an ABA in-home tutor for students with special needs. Most recently, I was employed for five years at a local non-profit school for children with autism. While working full-time, I attended TMCC and took most of my Early Childhood Education courses from Linda O’Neil! I am currently enrolled at UNR to finish my bachelor’s degree in Human Development Family Studies. I am a passionate, kind, dedicated person and educator. I believe that anything learned in pleasure is learned in full measure. I like to make every day a fun and interactive learning experience. In my free time, I enjoy staying active with my family. I have been married for 26 years and have 3 boys. I like to camp, run, ski, and explore the great outdoors!
Jeri Dieter-Lead Teacher
I am originally from Jordan and moved to the United States in 2010 and have lived in Minnesota and California before moving to Nevada in 2018. I have a bachelors degree in English Literature and I’m a mom of two girls, one of which attends Purple Door. I’ve always had a passion to work with kids and enjoy watching them grow and learn new things everyday!

Inas Alkhresat-Lead Teacher
I was born in Fairfield, California but moved to Sparks when I was 3 years old, and I've been living here ever since. I am a mother of three beautiful boys ages 16, 10, and 8 and have been happily married for the past 12 years. I've been working with children off and on for the past 17 years, but mainly as a home daycare provider for roughly 7 years. I am very passionate about children and respect there individual needs. I started working at Purple Door in 2106 and I look forward to getting to know your child and your families as I continue to teach at Purple Door.
Tracy Dowd-Assistant Director & Lead Teacher
Micayla Snell-Lead Teacher

I am so excited to be a part of Purple Door Preschool! I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada where I also attended the University of Nevada, Reno. I graduated in 2017 with my degree in Human Development and Family Studies. I grew up babysitting and discovered my passion for early childhood education when I worked at the Child and Family Research Center, Early Head Start, at UNR! I love to be silly and I enjoy watching children explore, discover, and grow from their time at school! I love the outdoors and you can often find me camping or hiking with my two dogs and my soon to be husband! I am looking forward to all the fun, playing, and learning we will be doing at school! 
I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I am a recent graduate of Spanish Spring High School and I have had many years of experience with children, babysitting and nannying for multiple years.  I have been a teacher at Purple Door for over a year. I feel extremely lucky to be a part of the Purple Door family and having the opportunity to get to know each and every child, watching them learn and grow. It amazes me every day how much we can learn from them, just as much as they learn from us. I have always been interested in early childhood education and plan to further my education in the field. 
Hailey Curtis-Lead Teacher
Hello! My name is Ravyn. I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I graduated from Reno High in 2017 and I am currently attending TMCC to receive an Associate in Science. I eventually plan on furthering my education in Medicine at UNR. I have been caring for children throughout the years, babysitting and working at summer camps in Tahoe. I started working at Purple Door Preschool in 2019 and it instilled a passion in me to continue with this work. I love it! It opened up many opportunities for me and has inspired an idea of a future as a Pediatrician. Before I came to Purple Door I was an elderly caregiver. I knew that in the future all I wanted to do was better the lives of those around me by providing love, company, and care. I was drawn to Purple Door because children are just starting their lives, they’re our future! A child’s creativity and curiosity are what brightens my days and makes each one unique and exciting. Each day at Purple Door reminds me to have fun and always make time for play! When I’m off the clock I like to spend my time focusing on my art, reading books, and writing poetry. I enjoy the outdoors as well. I love going on hikes, riding bikes, and walking my dog Chrono. I am blessed to have been allowed to work with a diverse group of children at an amazing school and I hope to continue with Purple Door for the years to come, creating special bonds with all the children.
​I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I am currently a sophomore at Truckee Meadows College pursuing a degree in accounting. I have always enjoyed being around kids and worked as a nanny/babysitter before joining the Purple Door family. I have worked at Purple Door for a year and I absolutely love my job! It is so rewarding for me to watch the kids I work with grow and learn, they teach me so much and fill my days with laughter and fun. 
Rachel Schlottman-Lead Teacher
Ravyn Routsis-Lead Teacher