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.
“I continue to be humbled by the way parents support and learn from each other, especially when their own experience of being parented was either very different or far from ideal. I am trained and experienced as a Reflective Parenting facilitator which is a model based on groundbreaking research in child development and the study of the neurobiology of the developing mind. The research showed that the single best way to positively impact the parent-child relationship is to increase a parent’s capacity to reflect on their relationship with their child that is, to think about the meaning that underlies behavior. This approach helps parents through all their child’s developmental stages, into the teen years! It provides practical tools as well as support and helpful information.”
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.
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.