Staff

Shelly Burtis

Shelly Burtis

Director & Infant / Toddler / Preschool Teacher

Shelly started her child care career in 1997 opening the original Kid's Kastle in 1997. She moved to Duvall in 2006 and shortly thereafter opened Cherry Valley Kid's Kastle. Shelly recently completed her degree in Early Childhood Education and graduated with high distinction. This schooling coupled with her 20 years of experience in the field, provides us with a wealth of knowledge and insight. Shelly is a mother of two adult sons. Shelly enjoys spending time with her family and finding new ways to improve her business and teach other child care providers effective ways to run their own businesses. Shelly also volunteers with several organizations to give back to her community.

Ivette Perez Garcia

Ivette Perez Garcia

Infant / Toddler / Preschool Teacher

Ivette comes to us from Dela Cruz Mexico, and holds a college education in Accounting and Administration. She has two children who attend school in the Snoqualmie Valley. She enjoys hiking with her family, helping people and playing video games. Ivette speaks Spanish and English, and is our resident Spanish teacher. Her enthusiasm for children and her gift for being a nurturing individual is what makes us lucky to have her on our team.

Amber Smith

Amber Smith

Infant / Toddler / Preschool Teacher

Amber has been a Duvall resident since 2008. She is a single mom of two young children. Amber started her child care career in 2004 with additional experience as an elementary school substitute teacher. She earned here degree in Early Childhood Education in 2007. Since then, Amber has gained experience in education methods such as Montessori and Waldorf philosophies. Amber is a local artist and her favorite medium is watercolor, pastel and fiber arts. Amber has volunteered and donated her art and time to the Duvall Farmer's Market, Duvall Visitor's Center, Cherry Valley Elementary School Library and local events such as Duvall Days. Currently, Amber is continuing her education at Bellevue Community College and is expected to graduate in 2018.

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