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.

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. 

Uli

Languages: English, Spanish

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

I  graduated with my AA from North Seattle Community College. I am so excited to work here at KidsCentre. I was born in Mexico but moved to Washington. I love that I was able to find a job I enjoy so much that it is also close to my home. Working with kids is so fun; I love the energy they bring to the classroom every day.  When I am at home, I like to hang out, relax, and watch some good films.

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. 

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. 

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!

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

Program Supervisor 

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!