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.
Owls and Eagles Classes
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 mom to Emily, 9, who attends Emerald Park Elementary, and Marylyn, 4, who attended BHCP. 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.
Hummingbirds and Sparrows Classes
As a former Benson Hill parent, Ms. Kate fully understands the magic that happens within our school walls and community. Ms. Kate was formerly an elementary school teacher in the Federal Way School District where she taught for 7 years. After the birth of her first son, her passion changed to working with new and growing families. She eventually transitioned to work as a birth doula, child birth educator, and a parent support group facilitator. Benson Hill just happens to combine her two favorite things- education AND providing support for new families! When she's not working you can find her having epic adventures with her own family which includes her geeky husband and three hilarious boys, perfecting the art of roasting marshmallows, and dreaming about the day when she can read for long uninterrupted periods of time.
The parent educator provides ongoing support and resources to parents and teachers and offers guidance at parent meetings relevant to the concerns of our families. The goals and objectives of the Parent Education program:
Develop realistic age-level expectations based on knowledge of childhood growth and behavior.
Strengthen family communication and relationships.
Develop and/or increase confidence in managing the demanding role of parents in a changing society.
Experience and understand the role of parent involvement in maintaining quality learning environments for children.
Identify and apply safe and healthy practices in the home including nutrition, wellness, and stress management.
Discuss information on contemporary family concerns such as school readiness, divorce, illness, and death.
Clarify child rearing values and attitudes to explore methods of child guidance.