Maureen is grateful for a mentor she had at Bellevue Community College (BCC) that encouraged her to return to school. “I’ve always enjoyed learning and her encouragement started me on a path to life-long learning,” Maureen stated. Maureen worked a half day as a secretary at Maple Valley College and attended school at BCC for a half day. In 1973 she received her first degree in Early Childhood Education. Unfortunately, Maureen went through a divorce in 1973 and she was on her own.
Maureen was the founder and director of the Bellevue Community Student Childcare Center, which she operated for sixteen years. Her program was such a huge success that she was in demand to help other colleges in Washington get a program started then nationally. She spent much time traveling and giving presentations, which she enjoyed.
Maureen received a second degree in Early Childhood Education – Special Education and then she received a four year degree in Program Management and Early Childhood Education from Antioch University. Finally at the age 56 Maureen received her Master’s Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Kirkland.
With things going well in her life she met and married Chris Thompson in 1987 and he moved her back to Manson in 1989 into her current home. Maureen founded the Childcare Center in Chelan in 1993 and operated the business for nine years until rental cost for a building became too high. Then in 2002 she operated a preschool and childcare business out of her home until she had her second knee replacement. Maureen is sad to report that her second marriage ended in 1996 for reasons beyond her control.
Maureen’s mother, Stella came to live with her in 2003, Maureen took care of her for ten years until Stella’s passing just a few days past her 100th birthday.
Maureen began working with Pam Calhoun developing “Kid Haven Early Learning Center” at North Shore Bible Church in 2013. They had many hoops to jump through but finally got the business up and running April 2016 after lots of prayers! When I asked Pam Calhoun what she thought about Maureen she said, “Maureen is the heartbeat and back bone of Kid Haven. She is my mentor and I would not have attempted to start Kid Haven without her.” Maureen serves as Assistant Director and Pre-School Teacher working 16 hours a week. They have 40 student with ages ranging from two months to twelve years. Maureen says, “I just love my time with the children and developing interesting and challenging curriculum.”