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Meet Our Staff

Experience matters when it comes to an early childhood program and we have years of experience promoting excellence in early childhood education. The members of the teaching staff are committed to our vision, well versed in child development, have early childhood experience and are excited about ongoing professional education. They follow a team teaching approach when planning and working with the children. The staff’s knowledge and experience in the field of early childhood education enables them to provide an environment where children learn while they play.

Incline Village Nursery School staff members are required to complete a minimum of 21 continuing education hours in child development approved by Washoe County Social Services per year.

 Nicole Stirling, Director/Teacher

I was born and raised in Kings Beach in the same house that my parents still live in today. I graduated from North Tahoe High in ’97 and moved out of the basin to attend college, first at the University of North Texas and then at California State University Chico where I achieved my Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance with upper division thematic studies in child development. My musical focus was in classical studies and I played clarinet for the Northstate Symphony for four years among many other classical ensembles.

After graduating college in 2001 I moved to Washington and began working in Bellevue in early childhood education at a prestigious corporate preschool. I taught music full-time to infants through junior-kindergarteners for two years and then moved on to be a lead preschool teacher. I joined the company’s Succession Planning program in order to grow in the early childhood field and become an administrator. I moved into the Assistant Director position and held that position for another five years, thoroughly enjoying every aspect of a job where I could still work with the kids on a daily basis, but also be responsible for program development and center management. Throughout my training I completed many more college credits in early childhood education and completed their Succession Planning program three years in a row. Early childhood education is my passion and I feel so fortunate to be able to continue my career in the field in beautiful Lake Tahoe with Incline Village Nursery School.

I am married to a wonderful husband named David, and we have two incredible daughters who are elementary students. We moved back to Kings Beach in July of 2011, and we are loving every second of being Tahoe locals once again.

 Lindsay Rudd, Teacher

Children have always been a passion of mine.  From a young age I always knew I wanted to be a mom and enjoyed having children around.  I grew up in a very small town in Canada experiencing a wonderful outdoor childhood surrounded by friends and family.  I moved to California in my early teen years with my family which was a very hard transition.  This is when I started volunteering at the YMCA with the children’s programs.  I fell in love with working with children and when I was old enough they hired me on.

During College I pursued many other career paths including finance, business and management.  I met my husband during college and was married and working in management.  After having my two wonderful daughters years later, I decided to slow down, take a step back and get back to what made me happy.  When my youngest was 6 months old I went back to school to pursue a degree in early childhood education.

My husband and I both grew up in outdoor small town and wanted that for our children, so as they approached school age, we decided to make the move to Incline Village in hopes of giving them a magical childhood.  My daughter started preschool at IVNS and I was immediately in love with the program.  I became board president for the next few years while both of my girls went through the program.  From there I started to substitute when they needed me, and eventually was hired on.

I wake up daily excited to go to work.  I love getting to know families and be a part of this wonderful program and great team.  I will continue working toward my degree and growing as a teacher. Finally being settled and enjoying the work play balance I am living my dream.

 Lauren Lewis, Teacher

My name is Lauren and I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to spend this upcoming school year with your children.

I grew up in a small town in central Maine and attended the University of Maine at Farmington where I received a Bachelor of Science in Education. I knew very early on in high school that I wanted to be a teacher and work with children. As a senior I applied to one of the best liberal arts schools in the country that is well known for its highly qualified teaching program and I was so lucky it was only an hour away from home!

In 2011 my husband was offered a job at Sugar Bowl Ski Academy and we made the decision to move across the country to Truckee under the premise that we would try it out for 6 months. It was one of the best choices we have ever made! I have fallen in love with this area and all it has to offer. For 4 years I was fortunate enough to be a full time nanny for numerous families in the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe area. I have spent time with children as young as 3 months old and all the way up to age 6! I have forged many bonds and friendships with so many children in the area and I look forward to seeing their faces every day!

IVNS has been a great place for me to grow and further my experience and education as I begin to pursue a Masters in Childhood Development and Early Childhood Education. In my free time I enjoy doing all things Tahoe with my husband and our dogs Snoopy and Reya! I love to hike, paddle board, mountain bike, and travel as much as I can. I look forward to meeting you all and watching your little ones grow this school year!

 Julia Murphy, Teacher

Working with children is something I have always found enjoyment and fulfillment in. Both my mother and grandfather were teachers and I was always inspired by the work they did with children. I grew up in the small state of Rhode Island where I lived a wonderful life by the ocean enjoying everything my small coastal town had to offer. I started my degree at the University of Rhode Island but chose to put school on hold to move to Truckee.

I moved to Tahoe almost four years ago with an opportunity at a wonderful restaurant. I managed a small sushi restaurant in Truckee for a few years where I met my now fiance and we made the decision to start a family. After having my son, I knew it was time to go back to school and finish my degree in Early Childhood Education.

I am so excited for the opportunity to teach with a team of educators and a group of children that make work feel nothing like work. Incline Village Nursery School is a home away from home for me and I look forward to all the children that I will have the opportunity to work with. Tahoe is such a beautiful place that has stolen my heart and I look forward to finally having a dream job in such a picturesque location. When not working or in school, I am outside as often as I can possibly be. I learned how to ski when I moved to Truckee and have enjoyed this new sport as well as hiking, biking, swimming in the lake and showing my son the beauty of nature and all it has to offer.