“Marian was an incredible instructor. She helped me get through the written tests which is very hard for me, as I have test anxiety. I cannot express how much I appreciate her knowledge and compassion.”

“Marian is an excellent teacher she is very helpful and always quick to answer any questions. She is very knowledgeable.”

“Classes very educational, taught well. Marian shows concern that each individual has careful and complete instructions – and is concerned we know it well enough.” 

Here is what our students say about us...

“I couldn’t have imagined a more competent instructor. Enthusiasm was unbelievable.” 

“It was a great experience and I learnt a lot. I enjoyed my time in class.”

“Excellent course. For me was a little hard about the English language, but to go ahead.
Learned a lot this course for me. Start to a better job, and a better future.”

“I felt great attending this course. The instructors were so approachable and kind.
They clearly taught the lessons well. At first, I was quite nervous because
it was a long time since I have had my schooling, but as time goes by,
I was able to learn and get to know many people who I learn from also.
This course taught me everything about caregiving
that I can apply to take care of my mom.” 

“I had a good instructor. She taught me a lot of things I didn’t know about caregiving.
I would love to say thank you and I do appreciate the demonstrations.
I would recommend Namaste Training to others.” 

“Excellent tutoring skills. Very relaxed atmosphere with complete information. Most enjoyable class.” 

“Extremely useful information … things that will be useful for a lifetime.
Kept my attention the whole course.”

“This was not just a class it is a JOURNEY. Love the material and the way Paula nurtured us. Keep the humanity work alive.” 

“Was perfect to me to have a teacher like Paula because she taught us how to become good caregivers, and how to improve our skills. Was easy to be in class because she is a positive person. I really enjoyed the class time lessons.” 

“I went to other class and all they want is my money. Paula made me feel great and helped me bea good caregiver. She knows much information that helps me.”

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About Us

We are equally pleased to introduce you to Marian McGunagle, our Instructor at our Tacoma site. Her passion has always been to serve others and this calling led her to volunteer with Mercy Ships, where she supported   the medical team that performed cleft lip and palate surgeries in third world countries. Marian has also served in her local community as a children’s pastor and associate pastor. Her many years of experience also includes working for the City of Milton, where she organized community events.

Marian found that her hands-on experience as a caregiver has proven vital in preparing her to teach the Home Care

As a DSHS certified Community Training partner, and CarePro Skills Training Partner, Namaste Training's mission is to provide superior training to anyone desiring to have a career as a Home Care Aide in the state of Washington. Our certified trainers are here because of their desire to help students evolve into competent and caring caregivers.

Our goal as a premier training organization is to help you learn in a supportive environment and move smoothly through the process of becoming a certified Home Care Aide. 

Namaste Training Instructors

Marian McGunagle
Tacoma Instructor

We are pleased to introduce you to Paula Drake, our lead instructor for Namaste Training. She has been teaching adults and children for over 30 years. Paula developed the curriculum for the HCA (Home Care Aide) 75 hour certification after having taught the previous RFOC (Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving) approved by the state of Washington for our school. In addition to teaching HCA students, Paula has spent most of her career in the field of pre-hospital emergency medicine and both physical and emotional trauma. 

She spent many years taking care of the elderly with physical and mental health infirmities such as MS, COPD and

Namaste Training is committed to providing high-quality training for certification as a Home Care Aide. Our trainers are experienced home and health care professionals, who are also great educators and teachers. Our wide range of services, coupled with the friendly demeanor of our dedicated staff, ensures the best experience possible as you prepare for your Home Care Aide career.

Makaylaa Powers
President, Namaste of WA, Inc.

ChiChi Stewart
Kirkland Instructor

We are also pleased to introduce you to ChiChi Stewart, our instructor at our Kirkland site. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing then went on to gather experience for the next 14 years in multiple health care settings-from  inpatient psychiatry to medical surgical units to outpatient care in clinic settings, both in the United States and Saudi Arabia.  

She also paints and writes and loves to ride horses. She is currently certified as a Community Instructor and a Home Care Aide by the state of Washington. ChiChi believes that knowledge can lead to compassion and that no act of creativity is ever wasted. ChiChi and her village have successfully raised 5 children.

Aide Class.  She is currently employed with Visiting Angels in Tacoma and thoroughly enjoys her position as Intake Coordinator, as well as the CPR-1st Aid and Advanced Skills Instructor.

 The fondness and respect Marian has for seniors developed from the special relationship she shared with her “Oma” (grandmother), whom she considered her best friend. Marian and her husband have 4 children.

“ChiChi is helpful on many levels, meeting us where we are in terms of strengths and weaknesses – both hands-on and practical as well – as basic knowledge – and core insecurities and barriers to becoming more effective caregivers. I appreciate the modeling of compassionate and no-nonsense interactions and never forgetting the heart motivator from work and follow through with dedication to learning and life-long learning.” 

“ChiChi has a wonderful spirit about her. Very approachable, positive, and giving. I would recommend this course to others. Looking forward to state certification and working in the field and continuing to grow in this field.” 

“ChiChi is a phenomenal instructor! She structures the course in such a way that you are an integral part of the learning process and you walk away with the knowledge as a real part of you. This class was fun! It was also very informative.” 

“This has been a very informative class. ChiChi gave so much of herself – which added to all the knowledge we learned. Now that I am working, I will apply all of these skills.”

dementia. Paula currently serves as a chaplain for the Mukilteo Police Department, Chief of Fire and EMS for Evergreen Speedway, and is a national disaster response volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps and the American Red Cross as medical and psychological first aid provider.

Paula enjoys spending time with her husband and best friend participating in family activities such as sports, camping and traveling.  She and her husband have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.

Current Certificates
•    WA State HCA Instructor, Senior EMS Instructor, and Criminal Justice Chaplain’s Academy Graduate 
•    Homicide/Violent Crime Victim Advocate 
•    Traumatic Grief Victim Advocate counselor, Sick not Sick, and Disaster Preparedness Instructor    
•    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B)
•    CPR, First Aid Instructor

Paula Drake
Lead Instructor