"Hello! I am Alexandra "Sandra" Buluc and I am the owner of Smart Start Day School and Tiny Miracles Preschool. I received my Master's Degree in Education in 2011 and have been working in the Education field since 2009 for the Renton and Kent School District before opening my own preschool in January 2014. My passion for Early Education has led me to develop a successful kindergarten preparatory program which teaches kids about the world, combines education with imagination and helps kids explore their creativity and leaps of logic in healthy ways.
When I am not teaching, you will find me enjoying the outdoors and exploring the Pacific Northwest with my husband and my dogs. My other passions include animals and rescue societies, nutritional health, yoga and traveling. In my 20s I visited most of Europe; my favorite location is Paris."
"My name is Quishaun “Shonny” Figures and I am the SmartStart director. As a mother of a one year old and an educator, I recognize that a good child care facility plays a large role in the overall development of children and in the fabrication of their personality. My main goal is to provide a learning environment in which every child can reach their full potential and be prepared for school and for life.
Working with children and families has been my passion for the last 10 years. I received my BA in Psychology and Educational Studies from Carleton College in Northfield MN. While in college I studied abroad in Copenhagen Denmark for 6 months and worked at a multicultural preschool with teachers from various backgrounds; it was truly the best experience of my life.
As I embark on this new journey at Smart Start Day School I am most excited about extending my knowledge in the field of early childhood education as I pursue my MA in Early Childhood Administration and bring my years of experience to the teachers, children and families. To play a part in a child's growth and development is a huge responsibility and a privilege that I take very seriously. I am looking forward to providing our community with the highest quality of care and education."
"Hi! My name is Lindsey Roseland, and I am the Lead Teacher in the Prek classroom (Forest Rangers) at SmartStart. I received my B.A. in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa. I began my teaching journey in New Jersey by teaching kindergarten. I quickly fell in love with early childhood, and the curious, energetic mind of the young child.
I am excited to use my experiences to prepare your child for their Kindergarten year. I believe every child can find success through love, support, and a fun, hands-on learning environment. I strive to set myself as a role model to my students and make them each feel loved and important! Together we will support your child academically, socially and emotionally as it is my mission to do whatever it takes to see my kiddos succeed!"
"My name is Allyson McNaur and I am co-teacher in the early toddler classroom at Smart Start Day School. I have been lucky enough to work with children for 10 years, and I am in the process of completing my AAS in Early Childhood Education. I am a mother to a 5 year old daughter, and 7 year old son. Being a mom has strengthened my teaching skills tenfold. I appreciate being able to see things from the perspective of a parent, as well as a teacher. I know how it feels to put your trust in a teacher, and I do everything in my power to show you, as parents, that I am worthy of your trust. I strive to make my classroom a comfortable atmosphere where your child will feel safe and heard. I understand that the bond between teacher and student is paramount in early childhood education and I strive to set each kid up for success in all aspects of their development."
Hello! My name is Becca Johnson and, along with Miss Allyson, I am co-teacher in the early toddler classroom (the Firefighters) at Smart Start Day School. I am CDA certified and have been a lead toddler teacher for 6 years. I absolutely love being a teacher of this age group and I strongly believe that teachers individually and collectively can not only change the world, but improve it! I believe a high quality early education program helps to support a child’s personal, academic and social progress at this crucial stage in their brain development. I look forward to being part of such a program, continuing my education and help create an engaging classroom that promotes learning as well as social, cognitive and emotional development.
"Hi there! My name is Breanna Leyda and I am the Lead Teacher in the 2.5-3.5 year old classroom (the Astronauts).
I’ve been a lead preschool teacher for 3 years and working with kids has always been my joy and what I want to spend my life doing! Before being a Lead Teacher I worked as a Teacher Assistant at a variety of preschools. I am very proud of all the work I’ve done during my career, and I am beyond excited to be apart of this great team! I love being creative and doing lots of projects- and I know the kids enjoy it too!
When I’m not teaching I like to spend my time outside! I’m a freelance photographer, and I love taking pictures of nature. I also love writing and have been writing some short novels here or there - just for fun! I love being as creative as possible!"