Meet Celena!

Hello NOD Preschool Coop Parents and Caregivers!!

My name is Celena Kathan and along with Monica Miller, we are you Co-Presidents for the 2018-2019 school year. We would like to welcome you and your children to a new school year at North Orchard-Delong Cooperative Preschool (NOD for short). My daughter Josie will be starting her 2nd year at NOD and will be in Teacher Diana’s 3-4 class. My son Finn is 15 months old and will start NOD next year. My spouse Rob, kids, 1 angry old cat, and I moved to North Tacoma from Seattle about 2 years ago.

I am a Corporate Events Producer and work out of my house so it is more difficult for me to meet other local families. Being an active member of the NOD Family has been so helpful to me with the transition to Tacoma and to form strong bonds with other parents. I also enjoy the chance to work in Josie’s classroom and taking an active part in my daughter’s social, emotional, artistic, and intellectual development. Since I have a toddler at home and I can’t always focus solely on 1 child at a time, this time together is so important to me.

I encourage all of you to take an active part in our preschool whether it is chairing a committee, taking on an extra job or duty, or setting up playdates outside of class time. Our preschool runs best when everyone takes an active role—so jump on board and enjoy this child development ride!


This is in our barn in Oregon. This is the first time in about 50 years that it has held so much hay. Yay for small farms!

– Celena Kathan

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