School Wide Faculty

Mischa

Mischa

Support Educator and Facilities

Red-Shafted Northern Flicker woodpeckers have been roosting near my corner of Wallingford, and though I can hear them most days, I only recently spotted one. In these glimpses, between trees and in puddles, I’m eager to catch moments of natural beauty in my day. These moments are what I strive to share with children: helping them explore their everyday environments and relationships, and encouraging them to tune in to the world around them.
Jill L

Jill L

Spanish Teacher

I have a B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education from Northern Arizona University and began working in the field of Early Childhood Education in Boston in 2002. I joined the Hilltop teaching staff in 2006 and became the Spanish teacher in 2013. Among other things, I enjoy sharing with children the art of building with Kapla Blocks.
Caitlyn

Caitlyn

On-site Substitute

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.

Lindsay

Lindsay

On-site Substitute

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

Nico

On-site Substitute

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.”

Drew

Drew

Office Assistant

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 completed my undergrad with a degree in Sociology and another in Cultural Studies. I am one of the administrative assistants in the office I am essentially a source of support for the admins at Hilltop. I also act as a support for the teachers, helping out in the classrooms wherever needed.
Margo

Margo

Office Assistant

Hello! I’m Margo and I’m a student at Seattle Pacific University studying Food and Nutrition Science. Hilltop is such a special place where I’m able to grow professionally and make an impact, being here is always the highlight of my day. After graduation I hope to work with children as either a pediatric nurse or nutritionist.