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Meet our Teachers


Because we are a preschool managed by parents, our school board reserves the right to select the very best preschool teachers. Our teachers have studied early childhood education and have college degrees in a variety of subjects. They offer our children a positive, nurturing environment from which to grow and provide direct guidelines, expectations and support for parents in classroom participation.


Kristie Hale

Owls and Eagles 

Ms. Kristie joined Benson Hill Co-op with more than 20 years of experience as a teacher to toddlers and pre-K kids.  She has a broad knowledge of different teaching philosophies and strong experience in leading the development and implementation of curriculum. She has taught in several schools and child care centers, emphasizing learning through creative play, and holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bellevue Community College. Ms. Kristie is the mother of kids. She is an active volunteer with Emerald Park PTSA and a Girl Scout Leader. She enjoys spending time with her daughters and husband, Norm, as well as reading and loom knitting.  She enjoys spending time with her kids and husband, Norm, as well as reading and loom knitting.


Tracie Goeke

Hummingbirds and Sparrows

Ms. Tracie loves being a part of the Benson Hill Community! She grew up in Covington and now lives in Maple Valley with her husband Michael and her sons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, board games, live theater with her mom and spending time with the important people in her life.  Ms. Tracie has her BA in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Central Washington University. She has over 25 years working with children ranging in age from birth to teens and various levels of special needs. As mom to a special needs child she is well versed in Sensory Processing needs as well as other none neurotypical behaviors.  Ms. Tracie believes strongly that each child will learn at their own rate and in their own way and enjoys seeing each child’s progression and forming long term relationships with her students and their families.


Lisa Meier

Bates Child Studies Instructor

Lisa has worked for Bates Technical College for 7 years. She is a tenured professor with her MS in Early Childhood Education. She has been a preschool teacher, curriculum developer, program supervisor as well as Director of various child care settings. Lisa is also a mother of 2; Jayli, 21 and Gabe, 16. She is passionate about play based learning and spent time in New Zealand and Canada studying their early childhood practices. She is excited to work with you to support your children’s development.

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