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. 

Jared

Languages: English 

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

I received my Master’s in Social Work in Mississippi, and now I’m here at the Spring Street location! It’s so fun to get to hang out with the kids all day and being able to interact with all the kids and parents as they come and go. I love all things, science, space, geology, etc. I also love coffee, books, and board games.

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. 

Jazmin

Languages: English

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

I attended classes at Seattle Central Community College for Early Childhood Education. Coming to KidsCentre seemed like a natural next step.  I’m a teacher at Spring Street, and I genuinely enjoy working there because of the diversity of the staff and children.  In my free time, I love watching as many movies as I can.

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! 

Elizabeth 

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'What Do You Do With A Problem' by Kobi Yamada 

I've worked in childcare for nearly a decade, as a bilingual assistant and teacher support. It gives me great joy to work with little minds that are still learning. The joy I get coming to work getting to be a part of a team that works together to build up the future in a positive way is truly engaging. I look for more ways to help children learn and grow, but most importantly, I try to have fun through it all. 

Lundon

Languages: English

Favorite Children's Book: 'Please Baby Please' by Spike Lee

I was born and raised in Seattle. I have been working professionally with children for five years now. I plan to further my education by earning my CDA while also becoming an at-risk counselor outside of work, I love to read, write, and listen to music. 

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!

Suleyma

Languages: English

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

I’m from Lake Chelan I was born and raised here in Washington!  I studied at Wenatchee Valley College, and coming to KidsCentre has been such as amazing opportunity for me.  I love the silliness and joy that kids bring into my life every single day.  When I’m not at work, I’m all about relaxing at home with friends and family while watching a good movie on Netflix!

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.  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 exited for the opportunity to join the KidsCentre Family full times as a Raccoon teacher. I am currently working towards my Bachelors 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. 

Cristabel

Languages: English and Spanish

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

I’m currently obtaining my business degree online.  It’s great that this gives me the chance to work full-time at KidsCentre.  I’m at the Spring St. location.  I am loving every moment of it.  I enjoy being able to teach and bond with the kids.  I love traveling and spending time with my three daughters at home.

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 

Asha

Languages: English, Somali, Oromo, Kiswahihi

Favorite Children's Book: 'Brown Bear, What Do You See?' by Bill Martin Jr.  

I went to Seattle Central College and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I am so delighted to be joining the KidsCentre tea. Being a part of the center support, I will get to work with all the classrooms getting to helping the teachers do activities and see the skills of the kid's progress.

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!