Our 2's class teacher, Diane Miyawaki, began her journey working with children and their parents in 1978 where she herself was a parent in the Parent Education Program at Highline Community College. The following year, she was invited to be the assistant to a Parent Educator, working with families of infants to two-year olds. As the years passed, she graduated into teaching in the cooperative preschool system, working with 2's and 3's and their parents. Her journey has been one of great satisfaction. According to Diane "The joy preschoolers bring to my life still amazes me each and every day...I love their innocence and curiosity and strive each day to expose them to new and challenging experiences."
Carol is our 3's class teacher. She earned an Associates degree and majored in Art with the intention of teaching art to children. She took a break from teaching to work as a flight attendant for 7 years. Carol, and her three children, attended the Highline College Parent Education program for five years where she won a parent of the year award. She has worked as cooperative preschool teacher for ages 2 - pre K for a total of 25 years. Carol constantly strives to further her knowledge of the best practices in early education through classes, National Early Education Association conferences and attending and teaching parent education programs. She truly enjoys teaching young children and opening up the world of knowledge through hands on experiences.
Colleen is our 4's teacher. Her background is in Neurology, specifically pediatrics. When her first child was born, she immersed herself into also learning about how humans emotionally and cognitively develop. She is open to many philosophies and thoughts about early childhood and would love the chance to discuss it with all families, telling us that is probably the best part of Co-op.
Teacher Colleen loves to read, so enjoyment of books is especially the part of school she would like to share with your child. When asked she said "Let's face it, the best thing about being a Pre-K teacher is that I get to explore the world with a group of wonder filled people. Each day I am pleasantly surprised by what really catches our pupil's attention. A lesson about the Arctic poles (wherein I think we will discuss animals) becomes a lesson about maps and polarity."
In her classroom your child will enjoy investigating:
Personal, social, and emotional development
Communication, including sign language, talking and listening