School Wide Faculty
Support Educator and Facilities
After a brief stint of subbing in 2013, Caitlin is thrilled to be back at Hilltop full time. She got her start in early childhood education working for Americorp’s Jumpstart program while majoring in linguistics and Japanese at University of Rochester. After graduating, she taught English to children of all ages in Himeji, Japan for two years before moving to Seattle, where she has since worked at several preschools and fell in love with her soon-to-be husband. She doesn’t understand the meaning of spare time, but instead writes and edits for a number of online outlets such as The Daily Dot and Anime Feminist and tries to spend some of every day eating good food and going outside.
I grew up in Los Angeles, moved up to Seattle about six years ago, and graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2017. When I’m not eating banh mis from Curbside (I can’t wait to be working across the street, might I add), I enjoy studying art, playing bass, eating vegan food, and doing the daily crossword religiously. I’m so excited to begin a new chapter within the Hilltop community – I look forward to learning in an early childhood development environment, and growing in my understanding of the beautiful minds of the Hilltop kids!
Nico (they/them) is a backpacking, bike riding, ecstatic dancing adventurer. They moved to Seattle in 2012, but they’re originally from Wisconsin. Nico has spent most of the past decade working with families around the city as a nanny and a postpartum doula, and is pursuing a goal of becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. They currently work part-time at an OT clinic that uses play therapy to help children build their capacity for shared attention, emotional regulation, and resiliency. Nico is passionate about encouraging children to become active, curious, confident explorers. In their free time, Nico loves writing, dancing, talking about gender, and feeling very small on top of very big mountains.”
My name is Drew Cortez (He/They). I was born and raised in Los Angeles County, CA. I started my undergrad at Fullerton College and decided to transfer to Seattle Pacific University after my freshman year. I recently completed my undergrad with a degree in Sociology and another in Cultural Studies. I work part-time at Salt & Straw in Ballard, so if you’re ever in the mood for ice cream at a discounted price, feel free to say hey! I love music, so in my free time I like to take dance classes with my friends.
Hi! My name is Margo and I joined the Hilltop team on April 2019. I’m currently a junior at Seattle Pacific University and majoring In Food and Nutrition. After graduating from SPU, I hope to pursue a career in pediatric Nursing. When I’m not helping out in the office or classrooms, I enjoy being outdoors, eating good food and being in the company of friends and family!