Raindrop Teachers

Layla

Layla

After majoring in French and minoring in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Western Washington University in 2009, and after less than a year of working with preschoolers at a French immersion P-8 school, I decided to study Early Childhood Education at North Seattle Community College, completing the AAS program in Fall 2014. I’ve rarely not been in school, or otherwise intentionally learning new things. Other things I regularly practice are: biking, cooking, gardening, reading sci-fi/fantasy and ECE non-fiction, playing puzzle solving video games, and traveling the world with my sweetheart. I’m also somewhat lackadaisically teaching myself to code (via a small stint with R, then Ruby, Python, Javascript, a glancing blow from SQL, and more recently, some C) with the assistance of my housemates, Joe (my sweetheart), Eric (Joe’s childhood best friend), and Mike (Joe’s older brother).

Linda

Linda

I have worked in the field of early childhood education for over 13 years and it continues to inspire me. I have always been fascinated by how young children learn, especially from one another, and earned a Master’s Degree in early childhood social interactions and learning.  I am drawn to the fresh and honest way children view the world and how they make sense of their experiences. I find that with each intentional interaction with a child, I come away feeling like I have uncovered and discovered new ideas and perspectives. In my mind and in my approach to teaching, we are all learners of different ages, stages of development and each bring our own cultural background. As we spend time getting to know one another, we are constantly exchanging information, ideas and experiences while we express our needs, wants and interests in order to create our classroom.

Nick T.

Nick T.

Nick has been at Hilltop since July 2006. In that time he has worked with 3-5 year olds, and currently works with toddlers in the Raindrop Room. He enjoys the outdoors very much (backpacking/hiking and snowboarding), and anything that allows him and his dog, Ghenga, to romp around. Nick is also an active leader in The World Forum Foundation Men’s Working Group where they strive to promote Gender Balance in education; he also is on the Woodland Park Zoo’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee. Go Cougs!