Beach Teachers

Meg Thomas

Meg Thomas

I’m an Australian born global citizen, having lived in Australia, Italy, Ecuador, Kenya, England and the United States. My family and I are happy to have called Seattle home since 2011. I have a Master of Education from Lesley University and a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education from the Queensland University of Technology. My teaching experience ranges from toddlers to second grade, with preschool being my “sweet spot.” believe that young children learn best in an environment that promotes hands on exploration, collaboration and play. I am very happy to be teaching in a joyful environment like Hilltop, where relationship, play and collaboration take center stage. When not at Hilltop I love to spend time with my family, travel, cycle, practice yoga, and take photographs at every opportunity.
Elizabeth

Elizabeth

I’ve worked in educational settings since the age of 16.  Most notably, I spent four years teaching fifth grade at a public school in Phoenix, Arizona and another four years teaching preschool at Hilltop.  While teaching in Mountain Room, I developed a passion for emergent curriculum, Reggio inspired education, and studio work.  Last year, I graduated with my second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Societal Change from Soka University of America, located in Southern California.  For the past eleven months, I’ve been a nanny for a lovely family in Shoreline. I’m looking forward to re-entering the classroom and building relationships with my co-teachers, students, and families as we collaborate, learn, and grow alongside one another. In my free time, I enjoy walks with my husband Jason, hanging out with my quirky cats Petey and Rascal, watching movies while munching on popcorn with extra butter, and visiting my family/eating the delicious food in my home state of Oregon.  Reading a good book, on a picnic blanket, in the sun, is also a favorite activity. 

Shalla

Shalla

I have been an educator in the River Room since August of 2013 but have worked in the field for over ten years. I love working in a truly emergent program and the child-focused curriculum I have found here at Hilltop because I have seen the wonderful things it has done for the children and families I have had the pleasure of working with. In my free time I enjoy cooking, going to game nights with friends, painting and spending time with my husband Patrick.