In the Firefly Room we strive to create a fun and nurturing environment. We work hard to help each child develop a lifelong love of learning. Play is the most important element in all that we do, it is crucial in helping children grow, learn, and explore. We also introduce basic academics such as colors, numbers, and shapes in a variety of fun and engaging ways. The other key piece in our classroom is helping children to develop social skills. Being in a classroom setting with so many other children can lead to social situations that they may not be used to at home, so we do our part in providing them with the tools needed to feel successful. These tools can be everything from turn taking, talking through a conflict, or simply learning to wait patiently. Our classroom also gives children the opportunity to begin to see themselves as capable individuals by offering safe choices and teaching beginning self-help skills.

We look forward to getting to know your families and providing all Firefly students with a fun and positive first year of preschool experience!

Our monthly snack schedule is available for download on our About page. Snack is the same for all classes.

Check out our school calendar for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.


Kirby Bain, Lead Teacher

Hi! I’m Kirby and I am so excited to start this year at Little Acorn with your family!

This is my second year at LAPS, and I have years of other teaching experience behind me as well. I have a bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a minor in Sociology and many credits of Early Childhood Education. I spent my high school and college years working in various nanny positions and childcare centers, and after graduation I worked for Vancouver School District as a paraeducator.

After some time with the school district I took a break from my professional life to start a family. My husband and I  have 3 beautiful children together. Nolan and Aurora, both Little Acorn graduates, who are now attending Lincoln Elementary, and Bennett who is in Busy Bee class this year.

As a parent having my kids at Little Acorn has been a wonderful experience but it’s been even more rewarding being on the flip side as a teacher here.

I look forward to getting to know your child and your families. Please don’t hesitate to email me at with any questions or concerns you may have or feel free to stop by after class! 



Kristen Hinshaw, Assistant Teacher

This will be my first year at Little Acorn and I'm thrilled to be joining the team! I fell in love with the communal environment of the school as I watched my son, Nathan, blossom last year. I got to know a few of the teachers through substitute teaching and always noticed how developmentally appropriate and positive the classes were. It further confirmed my love for the school. My daughter, Norah, will be joining the Little Acorn family this fall.

I have been a stay-at-home mom for the last couple of years but I was an elementary school teacher before that, in Kansas. I have my masters in Curriculum and Instruction and an English Language Learners endorsement. I am very passionate about reading and language and love helping children discover the magic that happens when they find stories they love. I have missed teaching and am so excited to have the opportunity to help your child grow this year. It is so amazing to see a child's face light up as they learn and play. I hope to foster that passion and help our students develop a life-long curiosity.

When I am not teaching, I love exploring nature. My husband and I moved here from the Midwest to fulfill our love of camping and hiking. I am in awe of the number of beautiful places to explore so close to our new home. I also enjoy yoga, light jogging, reading, and experimenting with new recipes.

I'm so thankful to be starting my teaching career again and feel very lucky it gets to be at Little Acorn! I can't wait to meet your family!