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Lauren

Lead Teacher, Koalas

Lauren has worked at ELDC since November 2021. She graduated from UW with Bachelors in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Lauren helped raise her two, elementary-aged nieces, as well as help take care of young dancers at the British Dancing Academy in Kent, WA.

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Alana

Lead Teacher, Koalas

Alana started at ELDC in May 2022.  She is attending North Seattle Community College and is currently working towards her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with all ages, both as a lead and an assistant for about 15 years off and on.

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Byanu

Lead Teacher, Kangaroos

Byanu joined ELDC in May 2020. She has a BAS in Early Childhood Education from North Seattle College. She has been a teacher for over 17 years, working mainly with infants to two year olds. 

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Andrea

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.

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Tayonna

Lead Teacher, Kookaburras

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.

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Halie

Lead Teacher, Kookaburras

Halie started at ELDC in February 2022. Throughout high school, in California, she helped out in several programs for foster children and enjoyed making them happy and bringing smiles to their faces. Halie loves the ocean and is fascinated by the thought of the many sea creatures that we have not yet discovered.

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Nancy

Lead Teacher, Kookaburras

Nancy joined ELDC in 2019. She is currently pursuing her degree in Elementary Education. Besides babysitting her cousins and friends, Nancy volunteered at the Washoe School District and worked at the Boys and Girls club. 

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Demi

Lead Teacher, Wombats

Demi started with ELDC in October 2015. Her early childhood education began in high school and an internship program working in kindergarten and 2nd grade classrooms. She is currently in the Bachelor's program for ECE at North Seattle College.

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Victoria

Lead Teacher, Wombats

Victoria started working at ELDC in January 2020. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. Her experience includes working with children of various ages.

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Torin

Lead Teacher, Dingos

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.

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Jackie

Lead Teacher, Dingos

​Jackie began teaching at ELDC in May 2020. She earned an Associate Degree from North Seattle College, with a focus on math and science. In the past she babysat and taught at vacation bible school. 

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Safa

Assistant Teacher

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.

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Mariah

Assistant Teacher

Mariah began at ELDC in January 2022. While living in California, she tutored foster children after school for 4 years. That is when she discovered her love for teaching and being a positive influence for young children.

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Andrew

Assistant Teacher

Andrew began at ELDC in March 2022. Growing up in Texas, he helped raise his siblings until they were 6 years old. Because of it, he developed a passion for becoming a teacher or counselor to young children. 

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Achille

Assistant Teacher

Achille began at ELDC in June 2022. He worked at the Samena Swim and Recreation Club in Bellevue, where he assisted with some of the preschool classes. He has also helped babysit his nieces and nephews. Achille is studying Creative Writing at Shoreline Community College.

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Jasmine

Assistant Teacher

Jasmine began working at ELDC in June 2022. She recently moved to Seattle from Michigan where she worked at the Early Learning Institute, serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. 

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Caitlin

Assistant Teacher

Caitlin started at ELDC in August 2022. She is working on getting her BA in Psychology and a minor in Human Development at Washington State University. She has been a lifeguard and swim instructor for over 7 years. In addition to nannying, Caitlin also tutored for elementary school children.

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KaraLee

Assistant Teacher

KaraLee began at ELDC in August 2022. She graduated from Kent State University in Ohio and  majored in Psychology. KaraLee took a few child development courses and became interested in learning more about the learning processes of children. KaraLee recently moved here from Ohio and is enjoying exploring Seattle. 

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Kayla

Assistant Teacher

Kayla has been at ELDC since August 2022. She worked for several years at the The Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) childcare Center with both the toddlers and preschoolers. She is originally from Montana and loves reading, seeing plays, music, and new and challenging things!  
 

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Glorie

Center Cook

Glorie has been at ELDC since 2000. She has worked in every classroom in several positions, including being a lead teacher. She has an AAS from NSCC. Glorie has worked in the ELDC kitchen before, cooking up some yummy meals for the children.