Mountainside School
Mountainside School
The happiness of Your child is our primary concern

Experienced Childcare & Early Childhood Learning Staff in Issaquah, WA

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Highly experienced teachers lead the staff of Mountainside School. Teachers are certified - including STARS required training. They attend yearly continuing education workshops and are committed to the education and care of young children.
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Our Staff

Our longtime teachers anchor our staff and train new staff members.
  • Director, Debbie Giralmo joined Mountainside in 1985 and has been in her current role since 1999.
  • Marie Helm has been with Mountainside School since 1980.
  • Margo Roske, teacher and assistant arrived in 1992.
  • Kay Michel came to Mountainside in 1999.
  • Deborah Morton is our Behavioral Specialist and Staff Manager, joining us in 2008.
  • Laurie Jones is our new Infant Room Lead. Many of you know her, since she arrived in 2012.
  • Ingrid Owre is an experienced Early Childhood teacher for our toddler program, since 2016.


  • Barbara Green has her masters in Early Education from University of Washington.
  • Phyllis Ballough is a certified Early Education teacher with a degree in Daycare Management.

Specialty Classes

We recognize how precious family time is with your child. Therefore, we save you the time of transporting children to their extracurricular activities.
  • Holly Parsons is our music specialist. Holly provides the program taught to our children on Music and Movement. Her goals are to provide a firm musical foundation. She believes in exploration, confidence, and participation. Her goal is to create a love of music in children and expose them to a variety of instruments and songs.
  • The Spanish language program is lead by Maria Garcia Esquivel, our reading specialist. It's visual, age appropriate, and exposes children to foreign language at an early age. Children are able to learn languages more easily later, by opening this window in the brain.
  • Intro to Gymnastics is taught weekly by Jet Renkert. Jet has taught at Mountainside for ten years, to the delight of all of our children.
  • Shannon Anders teaches ballet on Mondays. Shannon has been associated with Mountainside many years. This class is for ages 3 years and older.

*Ballet and extended gymnastics classes, are subject to availability and provided at an addition cost
General Information
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Please call 425-392-9366 for current openings, and tours.