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Alayna Maduell

Teaching Assistant
B.A. in Elementary and Special Education, Northern Arizona University
Joined TLS: 2019
alaynam@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Alayna Maduell

Teaching Assistant
B.A. in Elementary and Special Education, Northern Arizona University
alaynam@thelittleschool.org
Alayna has worked with children, ages 5-18, in a variety of diverse and unique settings. These experiences have helped Alayna to put into practice various teaching strategies to help students learn. While teaching in Israel and Italy, she learned to be more patient and open minded. Alayna believes in positive reinforcement and encouragement to drive students' learning and gauge new interests. In her free time, she loves to hike, travel, write and go to brunch with friends.
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Alice Hauschka

Assistant Head of School
B.A. in Philosophy, Oberlin College
Teaching Certificate (PS-8), Pacific Oaks College
M.Ed, University of Washington
Joined TLS: 1991
aliceh@thelittleschool.org
425-827-4609 ext. 141
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Alice Hauschka

Assistant Head of School
B.A. in Philosophy, Oberlin College
Teaching Certificate (PS-8), Pacific Oaks College
M.Ed, University of Washington
aliceh@thelittleschool.org
Alice’s connection to The Little School goes back to 1973 when she was a 4-year-old student. As an educator, she has spent most of her career as a teacher, and now an administrator, at TLS, where she feels incredibly fortunate to witness and support powerful teaching and joyful learning every day. She is dedicated to school leadership that serves the school’s mission. As assistant head, she is especially passionate about coaching and collaborating with teachers and staff so that they are continually growing, learning and doing their best work with children and families. Alice lives in Seattle with her husband, Sean. Their greatest joy has been raising two sons, now young adults, watching them flourish out in the world and welcoming them back to the nest whenever they’re hungry for a home-cooked meal.
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Alison Bower

Teacher
B.A., Colgate University
M.A., Columbia University Teachers College
Joined TLS: 2018
alisonb@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Alison Bower

Teacher
B.A., Colgate University
M.A., Columbia University Teachers College
alisonb@thelittleschool.org
Alison has been an educator in one form or another for her entire professional life. As a teacher at The Little School, Alison enjoys fostering a classroom environment in which motion, play, laughter and purposeful activities enliven the imagination of her students. It is her goal to utilize the experience she has gained from being a classroom teacher, an assistant head of school and a parent educator to create a welcoming, joyful learning environment for her students and families. Alison’s interests lay in how both adults and children learn to incorporate and act upon new information, work with one another and see themselves as agents for good in the world around them. Alison’s favorite thing to do in her spare time is lay around with her children and friends in the beautiful garden her husband, Crai, created in their backyard.
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Amanda Haecker

Teacher
B.A. in International Studies, Seattle University
M.Ed. in Elementary Education, University of Washington
Joined TLS: 2015
amandah@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Amanda Haecker

Teacher
B.A. in International Studies, Seattle University
M.Ed. in Elementary Education, University of Washington
amandah@thelittleschool.org
Amanda has taught children aged 5-11 in several Seattle area schools and is happy to have found her home as an educator at The Little School. Her approach to progressive education is inspired by children’s natural curiosities, supporting students in developing their voices as members of a community, and engaging with their experiences to make learning exciting and relevant. She is especially passionate about teaching math and helping children discover the beauty and joy in playing with mathematical ideas. Outside of school, Amanda loves thinking about food – whether that’s planning her next cooking adventure, reading new cookbooks or eating with the people who are important to her. She also loves to be outdoors, soaking up the sun, biking and cultivating her tiny garden.
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Andrea Wong

Teaching Assistant/Extended Day
Joined TLS: 2019
andreaw@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Ashley Cappelli

Creative Movement, Music & DramaSpecialist
B.A. in Music Education and Vocal Performance, State University of New York
M.A. in Music/Vocal Pedagogy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Joined TLS: 2019
ashleyc@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Ashley Cappelli

Creative Movement, Music & DramaSpecialist
B.A. in Music Education and Vocal Performance, State University of New York
M.A. in Music/Vocal Pedagogy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
ashleyc@thelittleschool.org
During the summer of 2018, Ashley participated in the Si Parla, Si Canta program over in Urbania, Italy performing opera scenes and operatic solos. She last taught at Van Duyn Elementary in the Syracuse City School District through a non-profit theater, RedHouse. There she taught PK through fifth grade music, drama, visual arts and dance.
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Becky Dolan

Director of Development & Community Relations
B.A. in Early Childhood Education, Central Washington University
Joined TLS: 2014
beckyd@thelittleschool.org
425-827-4609 ext. 106
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Becky Dolan

Director of Development & Community Relations
B.A. in Early Childhood Education, Central Washington University
beckyd@thelittleschool.org
For as long as she can remember, Becky has benefited from amazing teachers. They instilled in her a love of school and a strong belief in the importance of the relationship between student and teacher and, by extension, family and school. Becky taught first grade before pausing her professional career to raise her children. When returning to the workforce, it was a natural fit for her to work in Development and help support and share the amazing experiences happening in classrooms. In her personal time, Becky enjoys traveling, reading, listening to music and spending time with her family.
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Beth Vogel

bethv@thelittleschool.org
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Braden Wild

Enrollment & Marketing Coordinator
B.A. in Economics, Seattle University
B.A. in International Business Administration, Seattle University
Joined TLS: 2019
bradenw@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Braden Wild

Enrollment & Marketing Coordinator
B.A. in Economics, Seattle University
B.A. in International Business Administration, Seattle University
bradenw@thelittleschool.org
Prior to joining The Little School, Braden's work was in corporate finance at Starbucks Corporation and Boeing. He also founded and runs his own small nonprofit, MotMot Coffee. He believes in the importance of partnering with teachers and parents to create an engaging and personalized educational experience for all children. Away from work, Braden loves trying out new coffee shops, baking and cooking, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
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Cindy Sorensen

Teacher
B.S. in Elementary Education, Walla Walla University
M.Ed., Central Washington University
Joined TLS: 2012
cindys@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Cindy Sorensen

Teacher
B.S. in Elementary Education, Walla Walla University
M.Ed., Central Washington University
cindys@thelittleschool.org
When Cindy joined The Little School in 2012, it was after 23 years of teaching in a variety of other independent schools. She immediately found The Little School to be a refreshing and lovely place for children, families and teachers. The emphasis of learning through play and exploration meshed with her own teaching philosophy, and watching the children imagine and discover throughout the woods and this beautiful campus reminded her of her own childhood days. Throughout her career, Cindy has worked with children from kindergarten to fourth grade, enjoying each age for its special qualities. Outside of school, Cindy enjoys spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren, knowing just how fast they grow. She also enjoys gardening, quilt-making, and going hiking and cross-country skiing near her vacation home in the Methow Valley.
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Cindy Weber

Teacher
A.A. in Early Childhood Education, Bellevue College
B.S. in Interior Design, University of Maryland
Joined TLS: 2014
cindyw@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Cindy Weber

Teacher
A.A. in Early Childhood Education, Bellevue College
B.S. in Interior Design, University of Maryland
cindyw@thelittleschool.org
Cindy remembers the wonder, discovery and creativity of play from her own childhood. She is excited to be a part of young children’s life-long journey of learning. Having worked with young children aged 2-5 years in early childhood settings for more than 12 years, Cindy is inspired daily by their natural curiosity about the world around them and enthusiasm for learning. She loves to play in her free time – hiking, cross-country skiing in winter, frequently reading books of all genres, watching and listening to opera, and spending time with her children and extended family.
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Colleen Wes

Teaching Assistant
Teaching Certificate Programme, Royal Academy of Dance
Joined TLS: 2002
colleenw@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Colleen Wes

Teaching Assistant
Teaching Certificate Programme, Royal Academy of Dance
colleenw@thelittleschool.org
Having always worked with children, Colleen holds a degree in dance education and was the director of a school of ballet in South Africa before emigrating to the United States with her husband and four children. Coming from an education system that was structured and rigid, Colleen values the contrasting progressive education program at The Little School and appreciates the school's experiential approach that promotes both curiosity and critical thinking. She appreciates that The Little School environment fosters lifelong learners capable of becoming active and inclusive participants in their communities. She has taught ballet in and around Seattle, including at the Preparatory Division of Cornish College of the Arts, for 20 years.
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Connor Wilkie

connorw@thelittleschool.org
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Darlene Wang

Teaching Assistant/Extended Day
B.A. in Early Childhood Education, Central Washington University
Joined TLS: 2016
darlenew@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Darlene Wang

Teaching Assistant/Extended Day
B.A. in Early Childhood Education, Central Washington University
darlenew@thelittleschool.org
Darlene has worked with children, ranging from birth to second grade, in a variety of educational settings. She taught in a one room schoolhouse for five years before moving to a preschool where she taught for 15 years. Her current work at The Little School allows her to work with children from all backgrounds and ability levels, which she greatly enjoys. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, traveling and collecting rubber ducks. She is married to a wonderful husband and has two adult children and three vivacious cats.
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Heidi Weathers

Teacher
B.A. in Elementary Education, University of Montana
M.Ed. in Art and Performance Learning, City University of Seattle
Joined TLS: 2010
heidiw@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Heidi Weathers

Teacher
B.A. in Elementary Education, University of Montana
M.Ed. in Art and Performance Learning, City University of Seattle
heidiw@thelittleschool.org
In 2000, Heidi moved from Montana to Seattle and began working for Seattle Public Schools. After six years in the public school system, Heidi discovered The Little School. As both a parent and a teacher, Heidi was inspired by this place that is so aligned with her philosophy of how students learn and discover through progressive education. When not in the classroom, Heidi enjoys camping with her family, playing with her six-and-a-half-pound dog Otis, reading, watching movies and hanging out with friends.
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Jackie Hubenet

Teacher
B.A. in Art History, Wheaton College
Teacher Training Program in Elementary Education, Lesley College
Joined TLS: 2019
jackieh@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Jackie Hubenet

Teacher
B.A. in Art History, Wheaton College
Teacher Training Program in Elementary Education, Lesley College
jackieh@thelittleschool.org
Jackie has worked with young children for most of her career. She was trained and then taught at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA, where she gained her progressive approach to teaching. In the early 90s, she moved to Seattle where she and her husband had joyful teaching years at The Little School. Later, she founded Jackie's School, a home-based preschool which she ran and taught for 15 years. Jackie delights in developing caring bonds with her students, providing them with extensive opportunities for creative expression, and supporting engaging learning opportunities. Jackie and her husband, Richard, live in Seattle and have two adult daughters. In addition to cooking, art, traveling, cross-country skiing and Scrabble, she enjoys regular swims in Lake Washington. 
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Jacqueline Latif

Teacher
B.A., Rutgers University
Teacher Certificate Program, Antioch University Seattle
Joined TLS: 1997
jackiel@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Jacqueline Latif

Teacher
B.A., Rutgers University
Teacher Certificate Program, Antioch University Seattle
jackiel@thelittleschool.org
Jacqueline is from the East Coast and the child of an educator. She has two daughters and is also a grandmother. Jacqueline was recruited by TLS from the Multicultural Alliance, an organization whose mission is to promote the value of adding teachers of color to educational environments. Since her arrival at The Little School, Jacqueline has worked with ages 4 thru 8. She enjoys nature, food, travel and joyful interactions with children of all ages.
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Jahfaa Washington

Extended Day Teacher
Joined TLS: 2019
jahfaaw@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Jasmin Pelayo

Spanish Teacher
A.A. in Early Childhood Education, Sara C. de Eccleston - Buenos Aires
B.A., University of Salvador - Buenos Aires
Joined TLS: 2014
jasminp@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Jasmin Pelayo

Spanish Teacher
A.A. in Early Childhood Education, Sara C. de Eccleston - Buenos Aires
B.A., University of Salvador - Buenos Aires
jasminp@thelittleschool.org
Jasmin was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has over 17 years of experience teaching kids ages 2 to 12 years old. She also worked as a psychopedagogist in a children's hospital in her home country, helping kids to improve their learning processes. She enjoys the unique individuality of every child and helping them develop their Spanish learning through games, songs, art, storytelling and movement. Jasmin loves to share her Hispanic culture and help kids grow in their awareness of the wider world around them enriching their experiences. She loves the reward of working with kids and see how they discover their ability to learn a second language. Jasmin is a mom of two teenage daughters. She likes to sing, read, go to the beach, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.
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Jean Rodriguez

Extended Day Teacher
B.A. in Communications, The University of the Sacred Heart
Joined TLS: 2019
jeanrc@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Jenny Chiang

Learning Specialist
B.A. in Early Childhood & Family Studies, University of Washington
M.Ed. in Special Education (K-12) and General Education (K-8), University of Washington
Joined TLS: 2019
jennyc@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Jenny Chiang

Learning Specialist
B.A. in Early Childhood & Family Studies, University of Washington
M.Ed. in Special Education (K-12) and General Education (K-8), University of Washington
jennyc@thelittleschool.org
Jenny loves working with children to explore strengths, embrace challenges and cultivate curiosity and metacognition. She is thrilled to be part of the Little School’s vibrant and beautiful community. Jenny has taught children and adolescents with a wide range of behavioral, emotional, and cognitive conditions across various settings, including Broadview-Thomson K-8, Yellow Wood Academy and ADHD Hallowell Todaro Center. In her free time, Jenny delights in learning new things, traveling, hiking, snowboarding, walking her dog, and laughing with family and friends.
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Jessie Ryan

Environmental Education Specialist
B.S. in Fish and Wildlife Conservation, University of Connecticut
Certificate in Education for Environment and Community, IslandWood
M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington
Joined TLS: 2018
jessier@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Jessie Ryan

Environmental Education Specialist
B.S. in Fish and Wildlife Conservation, University of Connecticut
Certificate in Education for Environment and Community, IslandWood
M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington
jessier@thelittleschool.org
Jessie has spent her career helping youth build connections to the natural world in a variety of settings, from estuary education in Connecticut and Florida to forest and garden-based education for Seattle Public Schools on Bainbridge Island. Her time as an IslandWood graduate student provided opportunities to bridge place-based environmental learning with social-emotional growth and community stewardship. Having landed her dream job at The Little School, she is able to spend her days in the garden and forest, guiding young stewards as they fall in love with nature. What a dream! When not at TLS, Jessie loves to play guitar, get messy in the garden and meander along the Olympic coastline.
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Jo Smith

Teaching Assistant
Joined TLS: 2016
jos@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Jo Smith

Teaching Assistant
jos@thelittleschool.org
Jo has always enjoyed being in the presence of children, their love curiosity and imagination. Jo has worked with children since 2013 in a wide array of settings. After stumbling across a job opportunity at TLS in 2016, she found her true passion of working in a classroom and being part of the learning journey of children. One of her favorite parts of this community is the constant support and inspiration from peers. Jo enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking and reading.
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Jodi Scharlock

Director of Finance
B.A. in Business, University of Maryland
M.S. in Business Analytics, Boston University
Joined TLS: 2015
jodis@thelittleschool.org
425-827-4609 ext. 103
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Jodi Scharlock

Director of Finance
B.A. in Business, University of Maryland
M.S. in Business Analytics, Boston University
jodis@thelittleschool.org
Jodi has extensive experience working in finance for non-profits, such as the Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Trinity Lutheran College and the Boston University Overseas Program in Heidelberg, Germany. She has an appreciation of how education and teachers impact a child’s life, both as a student and a parent. A love of travel and learning about new cultures kept Jodi in Europe for 15 years but, like the proverbial salmon, she returned to her native Issaquah to raise her two daughters with her husband. Away from work, Jodi enjoys taking classes in arts and crafts, playing and customizing board games, and exploring new local places.
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Jose Vazquez

Director of After School Programs
B.A. in Pre-medical Students, University of Missouri - Kansas City
M.A. in Educational Administration, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Joined TLS: 2018
josev@thelittleschool.org
425-827-4609 ext. 119 or 425-229-3801
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Jose Vazquez

Director of After School Programs
B.A. in Pre-medical Students, University of Missouri - Kansas City
M.A. in Educational Administration, University of Missouri - Kansas City
josev@thelittleschool.org
Prior to joining to TLS, Jose worked in higher education for over 10 years. From the University of Washington and Seattle University to the University of Illinois and Dartmouth College, Jose supported undergraduate and graduate students in admissions, academic advising, student development and leadership development. Jose’s passion for education drives his need to help others, especially those in underrepresented communities. He holds extensive experience in event management, program development and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Jose serves as vice president on the Board of Directors for Entre Hermanos, a Seattle based non-profit organizations that serves the Latinx LGBT community.
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Jules Hetland

Teaching Assistant
B.A. in Psychology, University of Maryland - Munich and College Park
M.S in Environmental Science, Lesley College
Joined TLS: 2012
julesh@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Jules Hetland

Teaching Assistant
B.A. in Psychology, University of Maryland - Munich and College Park
M.S in Environmental Science, Lesley College
julesh@thelittleschool.org
Jules has over 30 years of experience working with children of all ages, as a nanny, a preschool teacher and teaching assistant. As a child in the military and throughout her collegiate years, Jules traveled extensively throughout Europe and the U.S. Her master’s degree in environmental science was directly based in the experiential education model. Jules is most passionate about experiential education in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values and develop the capacity to contribute to the whole community.
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Julie Irvine

School Counselor
B.A. in Sociology and Education, Whitman College
M.A.T., University of Puget Sound
M.S.W., Seattle University
Joined TLS: 2018
juliei@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Julie Irvine

School Counselor
B.A. in Sociology and Education, Whitman College
M.A.T., University of Puget Sound
M.S.W., Seattle University
juliei@thelittleschool.org
Julie has a range of experiences working with children - as a teacher, a reading specialist and a mental health counselor - all of which enhance her work as the counselor at The Little School. Julie is passionate about cultivating social and emotional skills, both in the classroom and on the climber. Outside of school, Julie enjoys running, backpacking, eating chocolate and playing with her dog.
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Julie Kalmus

Head of School
B.A. in Psychology and Education, Vassar College
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Columbia University
Joined TLS: 2019
juliek@thelittleschool.org
425-827-4609 ext. 110
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Julie Kalmus

Head of School
B.A. in Psychology and Education, Vassar College
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Columbia University
juliek@thelittleschool.org
Julie is the Head of School at The Little School and is honored to steward the school’s culture of curiosity and collaboration. She is a passionate educator, leader and designer committed to fostering excellence. With a deep commitment to innovative progressive education, Julie has worked in independent schools and higher education for over 25 years. She has led the design and launch of multiple initiatives, including an international school in Mumbai and a graduate school of education in Seattle. Being nestled in the forest is the perfect setting for Julie. Throughout the year, she and her family spend time in the outdoors hiking, skiing and relishing in nature.
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Kary Kublin

Director of Learning & Support
B.S. in Speech Language Pathology, Florida State University
M.S. in Speech Language Pathology, Florida State University
Ph.D. in Speech Language Pathology, Florida State University
Joined TLS: 2017
karyk@thelittleschool.org
425-827-4609 ext. 107
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Kary Kublin

Director of Learning & Support
B.S. in Speech Language Pathology, Florida State University
M.S. in Speech Language Pathology, Florida State University
Ph.D. in Speech Language Pathology, Florida State University
karyk@thelittleschool.org
Kary came to Washington from North Florida, where she worked as the academic director in an independent school for 13 years. Other professional roles include speech-language therapist, community program developer and family literacy coordinator in Florida, Ontario (Canada) and North Carolina. While completing her doctoral program, Kary was awarded a Fulbright grant to study at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. She has served as a volunteer and educational consultant in the West Indies and Bangalore, India. Since making the Pacific Northwest her home, Kary has enjoyed exploring the Washington coast and the San Juan Islands with her family.
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Katie Warden

Teacher
B.A. in English and Women's Studies, Seattle University
M.A. in Teaching - Highly Qualified in Elementary Education, Seattle Pacific University
Joined TLS: 2012
katiew@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Katie Warden

Teacher
B.A. in English and Women's Studies, Seattle University
M.A. in Teaching - Highly Qualified in Elementary Education, Seattle Pacific University
katiew@thelittleschool.org
Katie has been working in education since 2006, serving at different Seattle-area independent schools and summer camps, as well as teaching English in South Korea. Discovering progressive education compelled her to pursue a master’s degree in teaching and become a classroom teacher. Katie is passionate about child-centered, differentiated education with a social justice mission. Outside of school, Katie loves cooking – especially perfecting the best possible homemade pizza – reading, swimming and practicing yoga.
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Keiko Andrews

Teaching Assistant
Joined TLS: 2017
keikoa@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Keiko Andrews

Teaching Assistant
keikoa@thelittleschool.org
Keiko has always enjoyed playing soccer. This passion led her to work with a child development program that used soccer as the tool in both a lead and management position. She realized the best place to continue that development track was in the classroom. Keiko has a passion for working with young children and enjoys helping them to build confidence while also fostering their natural curiosity and creativity. Keiko has been doing child development work for the past seven years in a variety of settings. She is happy to have found her place here at TLS. She also enjoys baking, hiking, getting outdoors, and spending time with her expanding family and close friends.
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Kelsey Thomas

Librarian
B.A. in Comparative Literature from Smith College
M.S. in Library Information Sciences from Pratt Institute
Joined TLS: 2019
kelseyt@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Kelsey Thomas

Librarian
B.A. in Comparative Literature from Smith College
M.S. in Library Information Sciences from Pratt Institute
kelseyt@thelittleschool.org
Kelsey has worked as a librarian in independent schools since 2016 and is delighted to be working at The Little School. She believes that the community around you has the power to hold you and grow you positively and strives to foster that growth in her students. Her vision for the library is as a learning space to explore story and its place in our lives and grapple with information and its impacts in our world. While reading has a huge place in her life, when she’s not tucked behind a book she can be found camping, hiking, swimming or training her dog, Cider. After years in Brooklyn and Massachusetts she has returned to her native West Coast where she can appreciate our beautiful coasts, mountains and forests.
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Ken Wojciechowski

Director of Facilities
Joined TLS: 1993
kenw@thelittleschool.org
425-827-4609 ext. 114
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Ken Wojciechowski

Director of Facilities
kenw@thelittleschool.org
Ken became the first Facilities Manager for the school back in 1993 after the live-on-site caretaker decided to move his mobile home off site. Ken enjoys the variety of work that the school’s amazing campus offers. He has an appreciation of The Little School’s progressive model of education, engaging with students on campus and working with some great colleagues. Away from work, Ken enjoys traveling, short jaunts to Vashon Island where he has family and barbecuing year round, and he is passionate about hitting the local golf courses whenever he can.
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Kristin Hornell

Teacher
B.A. in English, Washington University in St. Louis
M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education, Webster University
Joined TLS: 2014
kristinh@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Kristin Hornell

Teacher
B.A. in English, Washington University in St. Louis
M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education, Webster University
kristinh@thelittleschool.org
Kristin has more than 15 years of experience as an early childhood teacher, and she greatly appreciates teaching at The Little School, a place where children and families are deeply respected and learning is joyful and inspiring. Kristin finds that the most rewarding aspect of teaching is sharing in the children’s natural curiosity and excitement about the world around us. When not at TLS, Kristin enjoys traveling, reading, hiking and exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
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Mandy Dillon

Teacher
B.S. in Early Childhood Education, Nyack College
Graduate Course Work, Bank Street College of Education
Joined TLS: 2019
mandyd@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Mandy Dillon

Teacher
B.S. in Early Childhood Education, Nyack College
Graduate Course Work, Bank Street College of Education
mandyd@thelittleschool.org
Mandy has spent time throughout her career working with young children in a variety of settings, including both public and independent schools. Before joining The Little School, her most recent position was as a preschool teacher at an art- and nature-based preschool in Brooklyn, NY. She also took part in a research study conducted by Bank Street College of Education looking into the impact of math enrichment in early childhood settings and served as an evaluator of public pre-kindergarten programs for the NYC Department of Education. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband and two cats.
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Mem Merrin

Teacher
B.A. in Sociology, Clark University
Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Clark University
M.S. in Environmental Studies, Antioch New England Graduate School
Joined TLS: 2010
memm@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Mem Merrin

Teacher
B.A. in Sociology, Clark University
Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Clark University
M.S. in Environmental Studies, Antioch New England Graduate School
memm@thelittleschool.org
Mem has been teaching for more than 20 years, focusing on early childhood and environmental education during most of her career. Originally from New England, she and her two sons have embraced the Pacific Northwest as home for more than ten years. Mem has been both a parent and a teacher at The Little School and feels this is a wonderful place for kids to be themselves. Along with the progressive philosophy of the school, she appreciates the wooded campus and the overarching lean towards outdoor experiences. Mem has a love for all living creatures, but especially frogs, dogs and bears. When she is not teaching, Mem spends time with her family and friends, reading, taking long walks, exploring, traveling and enjoying different types of food.
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Michael Asbridge

Technology Manager
Certificate of Computer Programming, North Seattle Community College
B.A. in Philosophy, University of Washington
Joined TLS: 2016
michaela@thelittleschool.org
425-827-4609 ext. 134
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Michael Asbridge

Technology Manager
Certificate of Computer Programming, North Seattle Community College
B.A. in Philosophy, University of Washington
michaela@thelittleschool.org
Since 1984, Michael has been working with information technology in direct support of K-12 education. A “jack-of-all-trades,” he has done everything from coding, system design, networking, web design, server management and training. But his favorite part of the job is providing direct tech support to teachers and staff. There is nothing more satisfying to him than supporting people trying to use the technology as a tool to do the important job of educating students. Because of the progressive education philosophy of The Little School and the wonderful spirit of the staff and students, this has been his dream job! Outside of work, Michael likes to play with his grandson, hike in the Cascades, row on the Snohomish River and build things, and he is desperately trying to learn the banjo.
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Michele Mendrick

Teacher
B.A. in Early Childhood Education, The State University of New York
M.Ed., University of Washington
Joined TLS: 2010
michelem@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Michele Mendrick

Teacher
B.A. in Early Childhood Education, The State University of New York
M.Ed., University of Washington
michelem@thelittleschool.org
Finding her inspiration during her own elementary school years, Michele has expressed a passion for working with children for most of her life. Growing up in upstate New York, she had woods to roam, a creek to investigate and an open field for play. These valuable experiences influence her approach to teaching as she encourages her students to learn through play and exploration. When not in the classroom, Michele continues to enjoy outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, skiing, biking and traveling with her family.
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Mike Murphy

Classroom Continuity Liason
A.A., Ft. Steilacoom Community College
Social Work Course Work, Western Washington University
Joined TLS: 2005
mikem@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Mike Murphy

Classroom Continuity Liason
A.A., Ft. Steilacoom Community College
Social Work Course Work, Western Washington University
mikem@thelittleschool.org
Mike passionately facilitates social justice and equity learning at TLS, as well as with Eastside Race and Leadership Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing racism and xenophobia in East King County communities. He is also active in homeless and low-income outreach. When he’s not following these passions, you’ll likely find him at either Bellevue or Seattle Pacific Table Tennis clubs, both in Bellevue.
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Nancy Gellerman

nancyg@thelittleschool.org
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PJ Rawlings

Extended Day Teacher
A.A., Bellevue College
B.A. in Psychology, Eastern Washington University
Joined TLS: 2017
pjr@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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PJ Rawlings

Extended Day Teacher
A.A., Bellevue College
B.A. in Psychology, Eastern Washington University
pjr@thelittleschool.org
PJ has worked in multiple after school and extended day programs, including the Redmond/Sammamish branch of the Boys' and Girls' Club. He is honored to have the ability to positively impact kids and make a difference in their lives and our community. PJ likes to serve as his church and spend time with his friends.
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Rajashri Karmarkar

Teaching Assistant
M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry
Joined TLS: 2019
rajashrik@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Regan Wensnahan

Director of Enrollment Management
B.A., Swarthmore College
M.A., Pacific Oaks College
Joined TLS: 2017
reganw@thelittleschool.org
425-827-4609 ext. 102
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Regan Wensnahan

Director of Enrollment Management
B.A., Swarthmore College
M.A., Pacific Oaks College
reganw@thelittleschool.org
Regan first came to The Little School as part of her teacher training through the Pacific Oaks Credentialing program. As a child she attended schools that focused on the development of the whole child, and she has always been associated with schools that teach using experiential and integrated strategies. Initially, she has worked as a teacher of preschool through fifth grade classrooms in gifted, parent cooperative and independent schools. More recently, her focus shifted to supporting teacher professional development. Having written her master’s thesis on how parents choose a school, she has assisted many families through the school search process. Away from TLS she enjoys gardening, kayaking and cooking with her family and friends.
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Sally Vongsathorn

Art Teacher
B.A. in Art History, Swarthmore College
M.A. in Teaching, University of Chicago
Joined TLS: 2003
sallyv@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Sally Vongsathorn

Art Teacher
B.A. in Art History, Swarthmore College
M.A. in Teaching, University of Chicago
sallyv@thelittleschool.org
Learning never ends, and Sally is thrilled to continue the learning journey with her creative students through the expressive language of art. She is passionate about building webs of rich connections through curricular integration and student interests in art classes. With a multicultural background as a 3rd Culture Kid and a curiosity about diverse perspectives in a global context, Sally enjoys modeling the joys of life-long learning. When she’s not at TLS, you might find her contemplating nature’s mysteries, chiseling her New York Times crossword skills, challenging her yoga practice or embracing new arts experiences.
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Sophia Egler

Teaching Assistant
Early Childhood Education Course Work, Bellevue College
B.A. in English Literature, University of Washington
Joined TLS: 2018
sophiae@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Sophia Egler

Teaching Assistant
Early Childhood Education Course Work, Bellevue College
B.A. in English Literature, University of Washington
sophiae@thelittleschool.org
Sophia has worked with young children in a variety of educational settings, and she believes strongly in fostering a sense of wonder and curiosity in children as they discover and construct meaning from their experiences and ideas. She sees herself as a co-learner and guide for children as they learn to become independent, responsible members of their community. Sophia feels at home in The Little School community. She loves sharing books and stories with children, as well as exploring various ways of expressing oneself through different forms of art. Outside of work Sophia loves finding new places to adventure with her tiny dog, watching hockey and taking time to create things.
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Taira McKinney

Teacher
A.A. in Early Childhood Development, Santa Rosa Junior College
B.A. in Liberal Studies Emphasis in Education, San Francisco State University
Joined TLS: 2019
tairam@thelittleschool.org
425-827-8708
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Taira McKinney

Teacher
A.A. in Early Childhood Development, Santa Rosa Junior College
B.A. in Liberal Studies Emphasis in Education, San Francisco State University
tairam@thelittleschool.org
Taira is a creative and enthusiastic educator with over 14 years of experience working with children of various ages and backgrounds. She believes her role as an educator is to engage children in the learning process and develop lifelong learners. Taira has a passion for nature education and developing inquiry-based curriculum. Valuing process over product, Taira helps children develop a strong foundation on which to build a lifetime of knowledge. She loves being part of children’s growth and development and strives to make their environment safe, stable and nurturing. When not at school, Taira can be found enjoying all the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer, including rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and skiing.
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Tammy Crook

Student Services Coordinator
A.A. in Accounting, Wenatchee Valley College
Joined TLS: 2015
tammyc@thelittleschool.org
425-827-4609 ext. 108
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Tammy Crook

Student Services Coordinator
A.A. in Accounting, Wenatchee Valley College
tammyc@thelittleschool.org
During her time at TLS, Tammy has worked in a variety of areas and been a tremendous support to students, families, faculty, staff and visitors. Before joining The Little School, she worked in retail and corporate accounting. Tammy spent several years volunteering for Panther Pride Unicycle Team, Unicycling Society of America and Girl Scouts of America. One of the things she loves is to see the wonder in the students’ eyes over simple everyday things. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with family, photography and always looking for new adventures.
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Tereasa Padilla

tereasap@thelittleschool.org
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Tiana Johnson

Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant
Joined TLS: 2003
tianaj@thelittleschool.org
425-827-4609 ext. 101
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Tiana Johnson

Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant
tianaj@thelittleschool.org
Working at The Little School, Tiana has come to appreciate and thrive on the sense of wonder and excitement at the discoveries children make here every day. When not in her office at The Little School, Tiana enjoys spending time with her family, reading, gardening and DIY home projects.