The WPC Kindergarten Program is led by Teacher Rachel Troutman, who originally joined the school in 2006 as a preschool parent. She realized there was a need for a play-based kindergarten co-op in Seattle so she helped start one! The experience of Teacher Rachel’s kindergarten students is filled with wonder due to her construction of weekly themes that are woven into activities such as cooking, art projects, science experiments, social and emotional exercises, and outdoor play. Frequent field trips, along with fitness, music, and drama programs are also part of the curriculum. Her graduates leave ready for the first grade.


“My name is Rachel. Our family has loved Woodland Park Co-op since we started here ten years ago. I am thankful that the parents and Teacher Tom are allowing me to teach and learn and grow in a place that is already so special to me.


A little about myself: I have been with my wife of one year for 25 years and we have two girls. We also have four cats and one day hope to have a dog as well.


Before coming to Woodland Park, I worked at Whittier Kids preschool which is run through the Phinney Neighborhood Association. I have also worked and volunteered at Daniel Bagley Elementary school.

I am a graduate of the University of Michigan and am currently gaining more early childhood education knowledge at North Seattle College.

I enjoy reading, drawing, painting, biking and making stuff. My favorite movie is still Star Wars (ugh, A New Hope) and some of my favorite books for kids are Little BearFrog and Toad, the Frances books, Grumpy BirdA Mother for Choco and The Mountain that Loved a Bird.”

Teacher Rachel Testimonial:

“Kids learn so much through Play. I loved participating in Teacher Rachel’s class and watching my son make sense of the world though play and learn to trust his own feelings.” – Ashwin Raju / Kindergarten Alumni parent