Each class has it’s own Parent Educator who spends time in the classroom getting to know the children, provides support to families as needed, and facilitates discussion and activities around specific parenting issues during our monthly, evening co-op meetings.
DAWN CARLSEN, 2s Parent Educator
Information coming soon…
KATIE BECKER, 3s Parent Educator
Katie Becker has been working with children and their families for over twenty years. Upon completing her undergraduate degree she went on to receive a Masters in Education. Furthering her education, in 1992 she completed her early childhood education endorsement while working with children and families in inner city Detroit.
Her professional experience has covered a diverse array of early childhood education(ECE) settings: Head Start, The EEU at the University of Washington (Experimental Education Unit), ECEAP (Early Childhood Education Assistance Program), parent educator with North Seattle Community College, childcare centers, cooperative preschool, PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support), and public schools.
KATE CALHOUN, 4-5s Parent Educator
Kate had been a parent education instructor since 1989. She works with co-op preschools affiliated with both North and Central Seattle Colleges and also Edmonds Community College. Kate earned a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Penn State University. All of her post-graduate work has been in the fields of early childhood and adult education to stay current with research in both of these fields. While at the University of Washington Parenting Clinic for eighteen years, Kate supervised research observations of parent/child interactions and also facilitated research-based early childhood parenting classes.
Kate is honored to be part of a preschool system where parents can learn together and practice the skills needed to influence their children toward becoming compassionate and competent citizens.
KRISTIN CHURCH, Kindergarten Parent Educator
Kristin has 20 years of experience in the early childhood field. For over 10 years, she coordinated classroom accommodations for children with disabilities and supported outreach parent groups to underserved populations with a local Head Start in Seattle. She is a mother of 3 and has participated in coop preschool with each of them. Entering her second year as a Parent Educator at Woodland Park, her favorite part about our school is the diverse parent community and all the fun we have together in the outdoor playspace.
She is an avid triathlete, a fair-weather runner, a midnight DIYer and a potter. She lives in the Victory Heights/Lake City area and works at both Woodland Park and the Phinney Neighborhood Association providing support to children ages 1-6 and their parents.