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.

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 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. My nieces attended KidsCentre, which gives me a persona connection. I saw how great it was first hand, so I applied. In my spare time, I like to jog.

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.

Susan

Languages: English, Swahili, Luhya

Favorite Children's Book: 'Clifferd The Big Red Dog' by Norman Bridwell

I was born and raised in Kenya. I studied my ECE in Canada. There I worked with Preschoolers for three years. I decided to move to Washington in 2019 to continue working with children ensuring they are safe, comfortable, and growing to have a bright future. I love working with the kids at KidsCentre, especially the babies. I'm glad to be part of the staff here. 

Ry

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'The Giving Tree' by Shel Silverstein

Proud San Diegan with Las Vegas roots, my education comes from over a decade of experience, various courses, and open conversations with families across the west coast. I'm a "big kid," providing safety, organization, professionalism, and fun! Every day is about teaching the language of love through kindness, understanding, and appreciation. Becoming an educator is a journey I use to be a better me so that I can be the best for them.

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.  

Caitlin

Languages: English, ASL

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

I am originally from New Hampshire. I also lived in New Jersey and Philadelphia. I moved to Seattle in 2007. I have had the pleasure of teaching a variety of age groups in various settings of early education. For the last three years, I have been a lead teacher for the waddler room. I love their playfulness and watching them grow. 

Megan

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'Oh The Places You'll Go! by Dr.Seuss

I was born in Honolulu, HI and was raised in a Japanese American household in the PNW. I have been teaching preschool for about six years and I love spending my days taking care of bright, sweet, funny, little munchkins. I'm especially passionate about teaching children to feel comfortable so that they may grow up to be open, caring, empathetic individuals. I am delighted to be joining the KidsCentre Team!

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. 

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. 

LaVeta

Languages: English

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

I have been in early childhood education for almost 18 years, working from newborns to children 12 years of age. During this time, I've held many positions in and out of the classroom. I obtained my CDA and continue to attend training and courses in the field of education to keep my self up to date. The best take away about being an educator is working with people, learning the family cultural traditions, building curriculum, and watching children grow and develop. My goal in life is to be the very best role model, educator, and inspirator to all those that I cross paths with, leaving a positive impression.