6240 41st Ave NW Olympia, WA 98502


School Starts Sept 12-13

Otter and Orca classes start on Monday Sept. 12th. Tutition for the 2016-17 school year will be $165 per Month.

Chipmunk classes start on Tuesday Sept. 13th. Tutition for the 2016-17 school year will be $115 per Month.


Patrice Erickson was born and raised in New York City. She attended a College with a progressive program in Education and spent a semester in London as an Associate at the University of London, Institute of Education completing a research paper on Teacher Education in the U.S & Great Britain. After graduating she headed to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona to open the Ganado Child Care & Learning Center for Native children, infants to 5 year olds. When she moved to Phoenix she became the Director of a day care in Phoenix, licensed for 150 children.

Since earning her teaching credentials she has used them to substitute in schools in New York, Arizona, and Washington State. From Pre-K to 12th grade, Special Ed, Phys Ed and even auto repair, she’s taught in dozens of schools, hundreds of classrooms. While substitute teaching at the Wa He Lut Indian School, she was asked to teach full-time Kindergarten. She completed 6 years at Wa He Lut. She also taught Martial Arts (Hwa Rang Do) in the evenings at the Olympia Community Center for 10 years. Her passion is still teaching the “littlest ones” and her interest is in the early architecture of the brain. She is an advocate of Inspired Learning and one of her biggest strengths is how safe children feel with her.

She lives on a 9-acre property where she raised her sons. Homeschooling her boys included: selling at the Olympia Farmer’s Market for 13 years, low-impact horse logging, kid’s horse camps, riding lessons for ages 4- 70, and the breeding, training and selling of Norwegian Fjord horses.

She is now semi-retired and working on personal projects which include training her 3 year- old Fjord stallion to be a harness horse, and her Australian shepherd dog to play on agility courses. She finds working with young children to be a fountain of youth, and loves to be a creative, inspiring teacher. The Steamboat Co-op Preschool is her opportunity to contribute to the Steamboat Community through nurturing the children, supporting families and building foundations for the next generation of Griffin School students.