Meet the Spring Street Teaching Staff!

Milosava (Mila)

Languages: English and Bosnian

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

I originally completed my higher education in Bosnia. I am now working on my Child Development Associate Degree.  I've been at KidsCentre for 17 years, and I am so thankful for the day they offered me a position, KidsCentre is my second family! Taking care of children brings me joy.  I always come to work with a smile and leave with a smile.  Outside of work, I love painting, cooking, sewing, arts, and crafts and spending time with my family.

Shelley 

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'From Head To Toe' by Eric Carle

I was born here in Seattle and raised in the PNW. I Plan on earning my BA in Elementary Education to work as a K-3rd-grade teacher eventually. I have a fluffy tuxedo cat named Jynx and live with my boyfriend, Trevor. My hobbies include hula hooping, swing, crafting, and art application. I've been working with children from birth to Pre-K in a Professional setting since 2014. 

Kerri

Languages: English

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

I studied at South Seattle Community College with a focus on Early Childhood Education, and I’m currently working on obtaining my CDA.  I love working at KidsCentre. Everything to the babies is so brand new! It’s joyful to watch them working so hard on their skills. I love to read, explore the Northwest, and spend time with my family.

Quyen

Languages: English and Vietnamese

Favorite Children's Book: 'The Cat in the Hat' by Dr Seuss

I received my AA in Early Childhood Education in 2000 at Highline Community College, I love working with kids, and each of our babies fills me with energy and happiness. I’ve been at KidsCentre for a while, and it’s a place that allows me to fulfill my dream of whom I want to be. During my free time, I love walking along the beach in a misty rain, candles, and everything winter.

Racheal

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'Where The Sidewalk Ends' bywdfwe

I am perfectly happy to have found my way to KidsCentre!  Working with kids has been one of my biggest passions for as long as I can remember.  I love waking up every day and knowing that I’m going to get to see a bunch of smiling faces.  In my spare time, I am all about hanging out with family and getting some fun shopping done!

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'No David! by David Shannon

I have worked in childcare since transitioning from being a stay at home mom this last year. In the short year, I have fallen in love with working in the 1-year-old classroom. Helping the babies grow into their own space in this world, and how contagious their smiles are, make every day a joy. in the future I would like to go back to school to become a speech pathologist 

Katherine

Ali

Languages: English, ASL

Favorite Children's Book: 'Amelia Bedelia' by Peggy Parish

Hi! I’m Miss Ali, and I am the mentor teacher in the Turtle Room at Spring Street. I graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Communication Studies degree in May 2019, and during my time in college, I interned with KidsCentre in the summer and winter of 2018. I love working with children, and my passion for Early Childhood Education has grown so much through teaching. In March of 2020, I am entering a program through the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University to get a certificate in Early Education Leadership. When I’m not working or doing school, I love to hike, do yoga, craft, and spend time with my dog and friends! 

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. 

Devony

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'Love You Forever' by Robert Munsch

I've always wanted a meaningful job, and that's what I found at KidsCentre! I've had a passion for early childhood education and have four years of experience. I'm working on obtaining my CDA and furthering my education to become an elementary school teacher. I took a break to be a stay-at-home mom to my two sweet little boys, and I am so excited to get back into doing what I love. I like to spend time outside, craft, read, and play with my sons. 

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.

Hanan

Languages: English and Arabic

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

I finished my education at Green River Community College in Early Childhood Education,and now I am loving my position at KC! I feel like every day presents me with unique challenges and learning opportunities. It’s so great to get to watch the babies develop their own special personalities. I love traveling around the world, reading, and definitely shopping!

Madel

Languages: English, Filipino, and Visayan

Favorite Children's Book: ‘Mama Do You Love me’ by Barbara M. Joose.

I studied at Immaculate Concepcion Colleges in the Philippines and recently obtained my CDA. I teach because I love watching a mind blossom! KidsCentre is such a great place because we all treat each other like family staff and students alike! I love arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and gardening. 

Languages: English And Spanish

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

Crystal

I studied Child Development at Irvine Valley College in CA, and I’m currently working on my CDA, so KidsCentre was a great fit.  I’m at the Spring Street location and loving every minute of it. I love interacting with the older kids and watching them grow and blossom. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, running, camping, and sporting events.

Jenna 

Languages: English and Spanish 

Favorite Children's Book: 'Where The Sidewalk Ends' by Shel Silverstein 

I've been volunteering at childcare centers since I was 14 and I have experience as a nanny as well. I have been working and volunteering at KidsCentre Part-time since May 2017. I'm so excited about the opportunity to join the KidsCentre Family full times as a Raccoon teacher. I am currently working towards my Bachelors's in communication with a minor in history. In my free time, you can find me hiking, reading, or spending time with my friends and family. 

Cierra

Languages: English

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

I have worked in the childcare industry since I was 20 years old. I am currently attending Highline College to get my AA. In my spare time, I love to spend it with my friends and family. 

Joanna

Languages: English and Spanish

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

I attended California State University.  My favorite part of working at KidsCentre is witnessing the relationships the children form with each other. My sister was working at KidsCentre, and she described the position to me. I thought this seemed like a great place to work, and the rest is history!  In my spare time, I love to watch movies, read (especially Harry Potter), travel and garden. I love to wander around Target, World Market, and Ikea!

Robert

Admissions Coordinator

Languages: English, Japanese, and Spanish

Favorite Children's Book: 'I Capture the Castle' by Dodie Smith

I graduated UW in 2010 with a double degree in International Studies and Communications, however after graduating I spent a year abroad teaching ESL in Hangzhou, China and have been in education ever since! Following my year in China I moved to New York where eventually I spent seven years at an international boarding school – first as a dorm parent – and later as an English teacher and administrator. During those seven years I received my MA in Education Leadership at the University of Connecticut. I have taught elementary, middle, and high school aged students a variety of subjects (mostly English and Social Studies) and enjoy helping children develop and succeed – truly, few things in life are equally rewarding to the experience of seeing a child grow, learn, and exceed even their own expectations.

I have lived all over the world but Seattle will always be home. No matter where I lived growing up, Seattle was the city my family always eventually returned to. I love being out on the water and jump at any chance to spend a day at the beach or on a boat! Other hobbies include reading, writing, paddle boarding, and traveling. 

Children are amazing, funny, precocious, and most of all – the best of us. They have all the potential in the world and it has been an honor of mine to get to know so many amazing kids over the course of my career. I am absolutely ecstatic that my new role at KidsCentre Inc. will allow me to get to know all of our kids and families as I will be in and out of both centers consistently. I can’t wait to meet you all!