Our Team


teresa saavedra, Owner

Teresa is the owner and visionary of White River Children’s Academy. She grew up on the plateau in the Lake Tapps area and was a dog groomer for 28 years. After moving to Enumclaw in 2015 she felt called to be apart of a change in the area. After prayerful contention, she was called to leave the comfortable career she had as the owner of a reputable dog grooming business for 20 years. In June 2017, Teresa opened the doors of White River Children’s Academy to fulfill the call on her life to make a difference in the lives of children in their formidable years. “If we raise them up in the love of Jesus, we are giving them a solid foundation for their future.”

Teresa is passionate about building relationships with people, and in her spare time she volunteers at Puyallup Foursquare Church on their First Impressions team. She is the loving mother of two boys, and enjoys being outdoors with the family. Teresa loves riding her horses in the mountains, fishing, and camping.


chelsea baker, Director

Chelsea is the director of White River Children’s Academy. She has a passion to serve the community she grew up in by being a positive role model and bringing the love of Jesus into the lives of the children and families at White River Children’s Academy. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching at Pierce College.

Chelsea is the mother of three young children and loves to spend time making memories with her family. She also enjoys serving at her local church with her husband. In her spare time she likes to try out new recipes and DIY projects.


Cherie Baker, Office Manager

Cherie caught the vision of White River Children’s Academy shortly after Teresa opened it’s doors. She works on our administrative team as the office manager. She brings ten years experience from working for the White River School District, and also has four years of volunteer experience working in the special needs program through the WRSD. She is passionate about connecting with the families we serve, and watching the children blossom.

In her spare time, Cherie enjoys various creative outlets such as painting and repurposing things. She also enjoys gardening and serving on the First Impressions team at Puyallup Foursquare church.


LINSEY SHEPARD, Infant and toddler

Linsey has found her passion as a teacher on our infant/toddler team. She loves working at White River Children’s Academy because of the family atmosphere and because she finds personal fulfillment working with the children in her care. Linsey has extensive volunteer experience working with special needs high school students, visiting at the senior center, and has been a part of multiple community volunteer events. She has an Esthetic Science Associate degree, and is going back to college for an Associate in Early Childhood Education.

Linsey’s hobbies include watching movies, snuggling her sweet son Jude, playing the piano, and playing video games.

School age


CHRISTY MEYERS, toddlers & infants

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Breanna Rusbuldt, toddlers

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