MMO Teachers


Christine Riggan

MMO Director/Teacher

Hello, my name is Christine Riggan. This year will be my 12th year working at Mom’s Morning Out! I started out as a mom who enrolled my three year old daughter. The first year I helped out as needed. The next year, Mrs. Wolfe hired me on as an assistant in the class and I have been here ever since. I have been the full time classroom teacher for the last eight years after Mrs. Wolfe retired. I love teaching and I love this program! I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope International University in Fullerton, California in Children’s Ministry. My degree focus included early childhood education and elementary education. I hold a certificate in Infant/Toddler education and an Associate’s Degree in Bible. I have been married to my wonderful husband Rob for 25 years and we have two amazing children, ages 19 and 15. I attend Zion’s River where my husband is an Associate Pastor. When I am not at preschool, I enjoy all kinds of crafting, reading, working with my husband at church, supporting my daughter’s Girl Scout and Venturing experiences and leading my daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

Janiece Ballinger

Classroom Assistant

Janiece Ballinger has been a teacher at Moms Morning Out Preschool since 2008 and says this is the best job she has ever had next to being a mom of six. She has three girls and three boys and had the wonderful privilege of being a stay-at-home mom to raise and home-school her children for over twenty years. She is also a grandma to seven adorable and precious grandchildren. She says, “Being a grandma is what helps me to feel young because I’m able to experience the world again through their eyes.”

Janiece home-schooled her own children out of a desire to teach and wanting to influence her children with Godly values. She places a high value on compassion, integrity, commitment, and hard work and brings those same qualities with her to Mom’s Morning Out, as well as a lot of hands-on experience.

She and her supportive husband, Steve, have been married for 32 years. They are both from California and moved to Washington 18 years ago, making University Place their home. Her hobbies include reading, sewing, photography, camping, hikes, and being creative. She also wants to learn Hebrew. Her family attends El Shaddai Ministries where they learn about their Hebrew roots.


Mindy Parker

Classroom Assistant

Hi, my name is Mindy Parker. This is my first year at Mom’s Morning Out Preschool. I am so excited to be here and to be a part of this program. I have always had a passion to teach and to work with kids. I have an Associate’s Degree from Pierce College and I have some continuing education in Early Childhood Education. I have been married to my husband, Jon for 11 years. We have 2 children, ages 8 and 10. I attend Zion’s River Church where I am involved in the worship ministry. When I am not at preschool, I enjoy gardening, crafts, sewing, music, and being with my family.