Meet the Post Alley Teaching Staff!

Emiko

Languages: English and Japanese 

Favorite Children's Book: 'Badger's Parting Gifts' by Susan Varley

I moved to Seattle in 2017 from Tokyo, Japan. I was working at a  Japanese Pre-School for two years in Seattle before starting at KidsCentre. Becoming a pre-school teacher was my dream since I was a little girl, and I am so excited  I can work at KidsCentre as an infant teacher! When I am not at work, I spent my time with my husband and son.

Shaniqua

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: ' I love you always' by Mark Sperring 

I was born and raised in Texas and  moved to seattle at the age of 13. I have my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, and have 7 years of experience with various  age groups. In my free time i enjoy reading and  going to the movies with my sister. 

Amanda

Languages: English and Hmong

Favorite Children's Book: 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister

I am so happy to be working at Post Alley! I love interacting with the kids especially doing sensory and art activities. The babies just make me happy and always make my day. in my free time I love hiking, riding bikes, and swimming.

Nada

Languages: English and Arabic

Favorite Children's Book: 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?' by Eric Carle

I went to school at North Seattle Community College.  I love working with the kids. This is exactly what I always dreamed I would be doing!  I love working here at KidsCentre because I feel that they really care for their employees and want all of us to be happy and give back to the children.  I have personal connection to KidsCentre, my nieces that attended.  I saw how great it was first hand, so I applied.  In my spare time, I like to jog.

Hamidah

Languages: English and Vietnamese

Favorite Children's Book: 'Goodnight Moon' by Margaret Wise Brown

I went to school in Vietnam, and now I’m so happy to be working at our Spring Street location.  I love being able to interact with the kids and teach them their ABCs, sing, and play with them.  They bring me joy every single day.  In my free time, I enjoy reading and cooking delicious meals.

Bea

Languages: English and Hmong

Favorite Children's Book: 'A Bad Case of the Stripes' by David Shannon

I love working with the children at KidsCentre.  I like my job because it offers me an opportunity to teach and watch my students grow.  I feel like I learn something from the children here each and every day.  I know two other teachers here at KidsCentre and they recruited me to come here.  Because of how highly they spoke of it, I had to come check it out!  In my spare time, I like to dance, read, sing, play baseball, draw, play video games, design costumes, ride bikes and go camping.

Grace

Languages: English, Korean, and Japanese

Favorite Children's Book: 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?' by Eric Carle

I went to the University of Washington and graduated with a degree in literature.  Now, I’m working at our Post Alley location.  I enjoy interacting with so many kids! I love being with them because they give me joy and happiness.  Daily, they brighten my day.  At home, I love hanging out with my beagle and reading.  

Uli

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'Ten Little Fingers' by Mem Fox

I have graduated with my AA from North Seattle Community College, and am now excited to have started working here at KidsCentre.  I was born in Mexico, and moved to Washington, so I love that I found an opportunity to work at a place I enjoy that’s so close to home.  Working with kids is so fun; I love the energy they bring to the classroom every day.  At home, I love to hangout, relax, and watch some good films.

Caitlin

Languages: English, ASL

Favorite Children's Book: 'Matilda' by Roald Dah

Originally from New Hampshire and spent lots of time living in New Jersey and Philadelphia before moving to Seattle in 2007. Has taught in several styles of early education centers with a variety of ages. Last 3 years I taught as a lead for waddlers / toddlers. loves the playfulness, growth and fun that teaching brings within the students, family and self.

Devyn

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'The Velveteen Rabbit' by Margery Williams

I've wanted to work with kids since I read the book "The Babysitters Club" in elementary school, so I'm basically living the dream. I grew up in the suburbs of Seattle and luckily I love the rain! my favorite animals are penguins and cats and my favorite color is mint green. 

Sophie 

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'Stella Luna' by Janell Cannon

I love working with kids and having the opportunity to watch them discover the world. I grew up in Seattle, and am thrilled to be a part of helping these kids experience the culture our city has to offer. I graduated to there university of Washington in march of 2019, where I played in the Huskey marching band while studying Art and Psychology. My love for art and music drives most of my hobbies, and I love sharing it with the kids. 

Ray

Languages: English 

Favorite Children's Book: 'My Pout-Pout Fish' by Deborah Diesen 

I believe in intentional teaching, purposeful learning in early childhood education my goals are to work with parents and families as a team. in order to help their children reach milestones and guide them through their challenges. I look forward to being a part of each child's growth and development 

Amanda

Languages: English 

Favorite Children's Book: 'The paper bag princess' by Robert Munsch 

My interest in early childhood education began while working as the lead supervisor of the children's department at Barns & Noble. Helping children to discover the love of reading filled me with such joy, that I knew teaching was the best way to encourage them even more. 

Whitney

Languages: English 

Favorite Children's Book: ' The Lorax' by Dr Suess 

I'm currently obtaining my CDA. I love it here, the kids are always super active, and their energy is so fun to be a part of. when not at work, I love going hiking as well as going back home and spending time with my family on the weekends. 

Betsi

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle

I went to the University of Miami in Florida, and I graduated with a bachelor’s in communications and a minor in Spanish.  I love my job at KidsCentre because I get to be creative, and it’s always changing! Being able to positively affect development each day is a blessing.  I enjoy meditating, making and watching YouTube vids, and spending time outdoors.

Becca

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'Buzzle Billy' by Michael P. Waite

I moved from Fort Worth Texas; I've been working in Pre-K and childcare for over five years. I've been a specialist in kindergarten readiness and a professional expert in the Texas Rising Star Program that focuses on the social, emotional, and cognitive development of the children. I am very excited to start this new chapter here in Seattle as well as begin this new opportunity at KidsCentre. 

Helen

Languages: English and Amharic

Favorite Children's Book: 'Chicka Chicka Boom Boom' by Bill Martin Jr.

I currently bounce back and forth between classrooms, and that’s great as it allows me to get to know all of our students very well! I attended Seattle Central College, and it continued my desire to work with kids.  I love kids, watching them grow, and just simply listening to the conversations they have amongst themselves! In my spare time, I love watching movies, reading, and relaxing to some music.

LaVeta

Program Supervisor 

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'Penny and the Magic Puff Balls' by Alona Williams

I studied at Green River Community College.  I've had my CDA for many years so KidsCentre was a great fit, and it is amazing.  I have worked with children for over 14 years and I can honestly say KidsCentre is the best job I have ever had!  I knew several teachers who worked here and they were all telling me that I just had to apply, I knew after hearing all the great things that I just had to come work here.  In my spare time, I like to write, paint and spend time with my two daughters.