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 learn and explore. Our classes, ranging from 1 to 6 years old, focus on each age and stage of development, specifically tailored to their needs. From daily outdoor exploration, to intentional 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 14 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!

Tashia Weaver

Director - Arlington
My love for educating began almost nine years ago with my passion being an early childhood educator. Early childhood educators play an essential role in their students' lives, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Outside of work, I am a mom of three boys. We love staying busy doing family adventures and enjoying a calm movie night at home.

Dr. Craig Pelissero

Director of Operations
As the Director of Operations, I am able to pursue my passions to nurture and support children and families while promoting the best educational and care experience for students, educators, and families.
My deep hope is that every student knows they are a gift to the world because of who they are.