Lead Teacher, Koalas
Kalli started working at ELDC in August 2020. In high school she took four years of child development where she observed in the different preschools in her hometown. She worked at the Learning Garden in Powell, WY for one year before moving to Seattle. Kalli also toured a K-12 school while in Costa Rica for two weeks.
Lead Teacher, Kangaroos
Andrea began working at ELDC in April 2021. She was born and raised in Lima, Peru where she was in the hospitality industry for 10 years. She and her husband moved to Seattle from New Orleans and is now pursuing her passion as a caretaker and excited to work with young children.
Lead Teacher, Dingos
Chey began at ELDC in July 2021. He graduated with a BA in English as well as a general AA. Having worked mainly in the food industry, he was inspired by his father, who was a paraeducator, to work with children. He has volunteered at charities and is a writer and a musician.
Torin began at ELDC in August 2021. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington. His inspiration to pursue ECE came from some of his classes and from his girlfriend who works at Seattle Public Schools. Torin loves to cook, camp, and watching silent movies. He also spends time riding his bike and has done the Seattle to Portland bike ride 3 times.
Tayonna has worked at ELDC since November 2021. She has worked in the childcare industry for nearly 10 years with a wide age range of children from infants to 14 years old. Tay enjoys doing make-up, hair, nails and going shopping. She is a beauty influencer and owns a cosmetics business.
Hajira has worked at ELDC since October 2021. She was born in Kenya and raised in Seattle. She has 13 siblings so there was always someone to babysit. Over time, it became a passion she wanted to pursue. Hajira has experience as a learning coach and is currently taking ECE classes at North Seattle College.
Kaya started at ELDC in November 2021. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Communication Disorders and Ethnic Studies. She wishes to get her Masters in Speech Pathology and work overseas with children with hearing impairments. She is originally from Portland, OR, but has lived in Phuket, Thailand for 15 years.
Safa began at ELDC in December 2021. She has years of experience working in Sudan with children ages 12 months to 13. When she moved to Seattle 12 years ago, she taught the Arabic language to English-speaking children. She is currently taking ECE classes at North Seattle College and hopes to one day open her own daycare.