Teacher Penny - 2/3s

My name is Penny and I am the 2/3’s teacher. Our class meets on Thursday and Friday mornings. I am also the toddler teacher for the Family Life Education Departments Infant/ Toddler program and the “Daddy and Me” class. I received my ECE degree at Edmonds Community College and I take great pride in being a lifelong learner. I have been a participant of the NW Teachers Conference for several years and currently attend the Green Mountain Teachers Camp to continue my active learning of music, movement, writing, creative art and much more. I began skiing this winter and during lessons my instructor modeled complete support and unconditional positive regard towards me as I learning at my own pace. This reminded me what if feels like to receive unconditional positive regard which is the style of acceptance I use within my classrooms. I enjoy creating environments and activities for children to explore with their parents. I truly delight in observing each child in my classes and discovering their individual traits and preferences. I value parent input and concerns and I enjoy incorporating parent’s ideas into our classes the curriculum.

Teacher Kevin - 3/4s

I'm Teacher Kevin, and I'm so excited to be teaching the 3'4s class. I have been in the co-op environment for the last 8 years. My two sons went through co-op, and while they did I became heavily involved, I joined the board, and spent 3 years as a class coordinator, working closely with my kid's teacher, and helping the classroom run smoothly. My kids graduated out of co-op, but I never really did. I love the atmosphere too much. I've been working as a teacher ever since.

I am a firm believer in the play based learning we use at Center For Families. I want children to learn by interacting with their peers, and engaging in imaginative, social and sensory rich activities. What I want children to have when they have graduated preschool is how to engage with their classmates in a kind and helpful way, an engagement with learning and a love of school.

Teacher Ophelia - PreK

I am very excited to be working at CFF this spring. Both my boys went through all three years of preschool here and I truly love our program. I have lived in the Seattle area for two decades and in Lynnwood/Edmonds for 15+ years. I enjoy gardening, foraging and the outdoors. My husband, Micah, and I own a small local painting company. I hope to incorporate my love and knowledge of nature into my teaching.