About Us

The critical early years of a child’s life should be filled with wonder and excitement! 

At Close Reach Academy, we pride ourselves on creating an environment of imaginative learning at every turn. As an educationally focused child care center, we arrange intentionally diverse surroundings for children to explore and learn within. Our classes, ranging from 1 to 5 years old, focus on each age and stage of development, specifically tailored to their needs. From daily outdoor exploration, to play driven learning activities, students are encouraged to seek out what interests them. Close Reach Academy is committed to setting up your child for success, all while offering quality and intentional care for families and children.

Meet the team

Dr. Jennifer Pelissero

Executive Director
Working with children for over 13 years has inspired me in countless ways. I love teaching them, while also being taught by them. One of the best lessons I’ve learned from my students is to laugh and smile often. This is a lesson I get to take home to my husband and four children, as we have fun exploring the great outdoors, sailing, and playing sports together.

Annemarie Tanahuvia

Director - Bothell
Early childhood education offers an opportunity to instill a love for learning, and create the foundation for a child’s educational perspective. Having the privilege to be a part of that process fills me with joy on a daily basis. When I am not at the Close Reach Academy campus, you will find me spending time with my four daughters. We love exploring on the weekends, gardening, trying out new recipes, or working together on our next Lego creation!

Caroline Smith Bedell

Assistant Director - Bothell
“Teach from the heart but be genuine with your intentions.” For me, being able to connect and help nurture children reach their full academic potential is a true passion of mine. As a kid at heart myself, I love being able to learn more about children in this age group through conversations and play! It is so fascinating to see the world through their lens! When I am not at Close Reach Academy you will find me either doing yoga or spending time with my husband, daughter and family dog Primrose.

Erin Tang

Office Manager
Working with students at this age level has brought me joy for many years now, and I love bringing my passions for music and world cultures to the classroom. When I’m not at school, you will find me playing violin, cooking something new and interesting, rescuing house plants, and spending time with my husband, daughter, and son!