A place for you to learn and support on your journey.

You are why we are here.

Welcome to Pillars of Excellence!

Almost 50 years ago I walked into a classroom as the new lead teacher. I had no idea the journey my career would take. Starting as Pre-K teacher, to a home provider, a director, to adjunct faculty, a trainer, to training trainers, and presenting at conferences. Whew! But this all took time and a profound commitment to early learning, children, families, and educators. As a working educator, it took me a long time to get my first degree and then a Master’s in Education. This journey with all its twists and turns was so worth it! It was worth it because of the thousands of children, families, and educators I had the honor to support. This is how Pillars of Excellence found its birth. The next step is supporting educators in person, virtually, and online. Providing courses, classes, and services from a place of knowing the work with the education and training we have accumulated to share with you. To provide relevant and useful information for your success, so you can support a child’s success.

Debbie Hasbrook M.Ed.

Debbie Hasbrook M.Ed.

My passion and work with families and children has spanned 45 years and counting. When you love what you do it's more than just a job. I seek to support those who are caring for children entrusted to them by their families. Your success is important to me, let's work together to find solutions to meet your needs and goals as an educator.

  • M.A.  Education “Integrative Learning” (ECE), B.A. Religion, Montessori Preschool Degree, Mentor/Coach, Adjunct Instructor, Elementary Substitute, Early Education Content Specialist, Master Trainer Oregon, Advanced Trainer Washington, Registered Trainer Texas, Oregon AEYC, South Sound Tapestry of Early Care, Washington State Trainer Approval Board, Child Care Aware, Online and general Instructional Design, Train the Trainer Content Specialist, Statewide In-service classes and Technical Assistance, Conference Presenter/Keynote, Family Home Provider, Teacher, Director, Author, Mind in the Making Train the Trainer,  CLASS, Pre K Quality Assurance Assessment and Evaluation, Training Development and Implementation, State wide in-service and technical assistance, Staff Supervision
Rachel Elliott M.A.

Rachel Elliott M.A.

"I am passionate about building the capacity of early childhood professional practice that supports the foundation of quality services for children and families."

  • M.A. Curriculum and Instruction (ECE), B.A. Psychology, Adjunct Instructor, State Conference Presenter, Oregon AEYC Governing Council, Mentor/Coach, Administration, Master Trainer Oregon, Oregon Registry Step 11, Positive Discipline Parent Trainer, Lead Teacher Infants to Preschool, Infant Toddler Content Specialist, Early Education Content Specialist, Online Instructional Design, Mind in the Making Train the Trainer, CLASS Reliable Pre K, Quality Assurance Assessment and Evaluation, Training Development and Implementation, State wide in-service and technical assistance, Staff Supervision

Mission Statement

Pillars of Excellence seeks to provide pillars of learning by guiding Professional Development. With the purpose being to assist educators in the attainment of knowledge and implementing effective practices.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We strive to create a space that nurtures culture and inclusiveness. This commitment to inclusion allows each person an opportunity to bring their true self to learning. This includes providing opportunity and access for all people across differences of race, age, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, migratory status, disability/abilities, political affiliation, veteran status, and socioeconomic background. We are committed to supporting a learning community that represents different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints. Valuing and respecting each individual for their unique characteristics, skills and experiences broadens our commitment to education for all ages.


Teaching Philosophy


We believe that learning should be designed with the student in mind, first. The goal is to create learning experiences that meet the student’s learning style and interests. To bring to the table information, resources, and sensitivity that represents current best practices and community needs. What is presented should be relevant, applicable and doable in the student’s work the next day. Students bring their own experience, ideas and training. This should be valued and allowed expression. We feel it is important that the learning process should be flexible and open to supporting student needs. To support students who require accommodation as much as possible for a successful learning experience and acquisition of knowledge.

Pillars of Excellence LLC has two offices, one in Oregon and one in Washington State. You can reach us using the CHAT, by phone and text. If you need to mail something to us our mail is received at: 

Pillars of Excellence – Attention: Debbie Hasbrook – 109 174th St E, Box 4, Spanaway Washington, 98387