Explorers Preschool – Reopening Fall 2021


Explorers Preschool

Early childhood is filled with wonder and awe. At Saint Cecilia our 3-year-old and young 4-year-old students* have the opportunity to connect their natural sense of wonder to the joy of learning. Our preschool program encourages their social, spiritual and cognitive growth in a developmentally appropriate learning environment, where friendship and kindness are emphasized.

*Entering students must meet the age requirement by August 31. Older 4-year-olds and young 5-year-olds have the option of joining the Explorers, or choosing our Pre-Kindergarten program. For more information, see the Pre-Kindergarten program section.

Curriculum Highlights

Our curriculum emphasizes fun, friendship and discovery. Children learn to solve problems and think independently, as they encounter core subjects such as math, social studies, religion, pre-reading, music, art and movement. They engage in constructive play and practical learning that includes cooking, gardening, building and creative art projects.

Preschool students explore the world through hands-on activities, their unique gifts and capabilities and their role in a community of caring

To learn more please download the Explorers Preschool curriculum PDF.

Class Photos


Sheelagh Carleton

Explorers / Pre-K Instructor


Sheelagh Carleton was born and raised in the California Bay Area.  She double majored in Sociology and Spanish at the University of California at Santa Barbara where she rowed on the crew team.  Sheelagh studied abroad in both Spain and Costa Rica and is fluent in Spanish. She moved to Bainbridge Island two years ago with her husband and four children.  Sheelagh has worked with children all of her life - coaching, teaching and tutoring.  Her biggest and most rewarding job thus far has been raising her own vivacious, silly, kind and loving children!  

This past year she was a para educator for the Bainbridge Island School District and has enjoyed meeting new people and becoming part of the community.  Sheelagh believes young children are the most hilarious and most loving people on the planet.  She looks forward to encouraging her young students to work together to activate their super powers: a love for learning, a deep curiosity and a heart for others through the love of Christ. 

Email:  scarleton@saintceciliaschool.org


  • B.A. Sociology
  • B.A. Spanish

"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control." 
Galatians 5:22-23

Over 20 Years of Developing Minds, Hearts and Character.

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