Our Lead Teachers’ qualifications and experience exceed that of the state requirements. In addition to holding beyond the 3000 qualifying teaching hours with their age group all of our leads hold Bachelors degrees in early childhood or related field. We are pleased to share that all of our assistant teachers are also teacher qualified. They possess more than 1500 qualifying teacher hours with their age group and as with all of our staff participate in more than 24 hours of annual training of child development and behavior guidance and hold all current certifications/safety training.
About our Team
Owner and Executive Director,
Grant Park Kindergarten Teacher
I love working with young children because they are so eager to learn and are excited by all the things around them. They are also great teachers; I love coming in each morning knowing that I too will be learning something new. I look forward to each school year as together we create, examine, study, explore, reflect, and laugh. I enjoy the potential of each day, from diving into an experiential art project to revisiting a favorite book, it is sure to be fun and it is sure to be busy.
Program Administrator and Director
I love the community I work in because kids are unassuming, easily excited, and laugh at my jokes! I’ve always had two major facets to my personality: humor and music. I get to incorporate and encourage both things in every single working day. I love having the opportunity to share something new with my class, whether it;s a song, a joke, or a fact about Mars. Mercedes joined us with the opening of Hollywood. As Program Administrator Mercedes works overseeing such things as licensing paperwork, enrollment, and the like and as the master of deadlines and duties. She balances classroom support with her many other roles including new hire onoboarding. With the Grant Park admin office as her base she is a figure with both schools and a continued active presence in and out of classrooms.
Co-Owner & Grant Park Director
I love being able to be around children while they get to experience and learn new things. They are so excited to learn and I love that I get to help them in that process. I am always happy to go to work knowing that I will get to play, laugh and learn with my students each day. I believe that children learn best when they are given the opportunity to explore subjects through hands on experience in a nurturing environment.
Hollywood Director and Co-Owner
I love the conversations. Whether toddler age or 5, children always have the most honest and authentic language. They see the world in such a fascinating way. Every day it’s as if I’m experiencing things for the first time. We love ending our day at circle discussing our favorite parts of our school day. We stay busy by incorporating our natural world inside our classroom. Using nature to play, to draw, to paint. We are always inspired by our beautiful PNW surroundings! And play! Natalie first joined us at our Hollywood setting in 2016 before assisting in the opening of Grant Park. Because of her multitude of talents she goes where she can create the best setting and while running this Pre-K program she also donned the roll of assist director. With fall 2020 we were able to recognize all her contributions by extending the director role and co-ownership of Hollywood.