“ It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. ”
Stacey joined the team at SPCDC April of 2018. We welcome her with ten years of experience teaching Pre-Kindergarten in the Seattle area. She is in her last semester of distance education through WSU to gain her undergrad and has plans to work on her masters starting in the fall.
Mother of three daughters 10, 13 and 16 they have a busy and sometimes hectic life but she would not change it for anything, she says!
She is very excited to be at SPCDC as her heart has always been with non-profit schools. She has been welcomed by the pre-k kids with open arms. She is excited to introduce new play-based curriculum encompassing science, math, literacy and the arts. The favorite part of her day is when one of the kids has an “ah-ha” moment when the subject matter starts to make sense and make connections to their own life.
Stacey’s first love is her girls but she also loves to read, sew and craft in her spare time which is not much!
Diana has an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching at SPCDC since 1973. The first eleven years she worked with the toddlers. Her hobbies include carpentry, gardening, bird watching, chocolate, and reading. She values the mountains, the silence of a forest, nature, the poems of Robert Frost, classical music, and the sense of humor and logic of anyone under the age of six. Diana is also in charge of the garden and helps the kids plant and harvest vegetables every year.
Teacher Kenley was born and raised right here in Seattle. They found their passion for working with children early in life, following after their mother. Kenley graduated from North Seattle College and has been working professionally in centers for over 4 years now. They describe their teaching style and philosophy as child centered. This includes giving children ownership in their classroom and choices as well as basing activities around the children's interests and desires. Kenley is proud to be a lifelong learner and gets so much joy from helping children discover new things. When they are not teaching, Kenley loves to spend time with friends and their partner Max, as well as reading, doing art, and going thrift shopping.
Outside of the classroom, she enjoys playing guitar and singing, staying active, and breathing in the fresh aroma of cedar trees.
Sarah is full of gratitude for this opportunity to be a supportive guide and witness to the developmental and personal milestones her students achieve.
Paul began working in the childcare field in 2009 and has been at SPCDC since 2010. He loves working with children, discovering their interests and helping them in their creative endeavors. When not at SPCDC, he works as a music producer, composing music for albums, television and film. Other interests include traveling, DJ’ing, running, movies, and table tennis.
Originally from Hawaii, Patti stuck around Washington after receiving her BS in Natural Science from Puget Sound University. She worked as a Camp Naturalist at YMCA Camp Seymour where she taught environmental education classes to students K-6th grade. Her love of the outdoors took her to New York to continue her career in the outdoor education field however she missed the Puget Sound and the mountain ranges so she came back to WA with the intention of redirecting her career goals towards becoming a formal educator for Early Childhood Education and eventually finding an interdisciplinary balance between traditional classroom programs and experiential field class programs. In her free time Patti loves going on hikes, spending time in or on the water, ziplining, and hula dancing.