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Teachers and Staff

Our lead teachers all have bachelor’s degrees or CDA’s (Child Development Associate Credential). Many of our support staff have a bachelor’s degree or are working towards it.  We pride ourselves in having highly educated staff members at our center. All of the teachers in our preschool/pre-k program have bachelor degrees and some with master’s degrees as well. All staff members participate in continuing professional development through trainings we offer and monthly staff meetings. Staff at SLC are required to complete a First Aid/Child CPR certification, background and reference check, TB test, blood borne pathogens training, and complete STARS basic training.

Lily Talley

Owner/Executive Director

Lily has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny and teacher.  Her experience includes working with infants to high school-age kids. She is a state-approved early education trainer and a faculty member at Seattle Community College where she teaches behavior guidance, infant/toddler development, and special education.

She has a master’s degree in education from University College London, a diploma in business administration, and completed her 1st year of doctoral studies in autistic education before moving to America. Lily also has degrees in education, history, and economics from De La Salle University, Philippines.  She is a certified teacher in the United Kingdom and Washington state. Miss Lily completed a course on the “Educaring” approach for infants and toddlers developed by Magda Gerber.  Miss Lily also has a daughter who is a graduate of SLC.

PATTY HURST – Executive Assistant
Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders/Psychology – University of Redlands 

NATASHA HURST – Registrar and Bookkeeper                                 
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Family Studies- Brigham Young University

Queen Anne Staff

Assistant School Director and Lead Treehouse Teacher

Miss Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Whitworth University. Ashley has two years of experience as a lead pre-k teacher and school administrator. Ashley grew up in Tacoma and after living in Spokane, she and her husband moved to Fremont in 2016.

Lead Garden Teacher and Program Coordinator

Miss Sarah N. has a bachelor’s degree in education from Northern Michigan University. She has seven years of teaching experience from all around the world including teaching in Korea, China, and the Czech Republic.

Lead Rainbow Teacher

Miss Terri has worked with infants and toddlers for over twenty five years. She has a CDA and continues to take courses in ECE. She loves children of all ages and has worked at multiple highly accredited centers. Terri strives to create strong bonds with the children and encourages family involvement as much as possible.

DEREK VAJDA                   
Garden Assistant Teacher

Mr Derek has been working at SLC for 2 years as a substitute and support teacher in all classrooms.  Derek has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Seattle Pacific University.  He enjoys teaching because it gives him an opportunity to build meaningful relationships.  He is fascinated by play and desires to explore playful approaches to promote confidence, foster communication skills and even to help establish rules and boundaries.

RYAN RUCKMAN                                                    
Sunshine Assistant Teacher

Mr Ryan has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Seattle Pacific University.  He has worked in various childcare settings for six years, most of which have been spent as the Nursery Supervisor at Bethany Presbyterian Church.  He loves working here at SLC because it allows him to both observe and participate in play and be a partner in the child’s development.

NAOMI METZLER- Assistant Sunshine Teacher                                                 
Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from Seattle Pacific University 

TAYLOR MUNOZ                                                 
Support Teacher currently attending SPU  

Support Teacher currently attending SPU      

Support Teacher currently attending SPU      

Ana Aragon
Spanish Teacher, BA in social work from Madrid, Spain

P.E. Teacher currently attending SPU and member of SPU Gymnastics Team

PERLA CUEVAS                   DANIKA MORROW                      
Cook/Support Teacher           Music Teacher

Montlake Staff

School Coordinator and Infant Teacher

Miss Gerelyn has over 20 years of experience working as a teacher and in childcare. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She enjoys singing, cleaning, watching television, and doing crafts. Miss Gerelyn enjoys working with kids and watching them grow.   

HANNA MICKS                  
Infant Teacher 

Miss Hanna has a BA in Psychology from Humboldt State University.  She has over five years experience working with infants and toddlers as a nanny.

Head of Toddler Class

Miss Betina has 10 years experience working with children from toddler to middle school age. She has a master’s degree in early childhood education from Manhattanville College in Purchase NY. She is fluent in Creole, French and proficient in Spanish. Miss Betina enjoys reading, traveling, watching movies, and going on walks. She enjoys working with children because it is rewarding watching the children grow while they discover their talents.

Co-Lead Toddler Teacher

Miss Tammy has five years of experience working with children from infant to school age. She graduated with a master’s degree in special education and has a bachelor’s degree in child development.  Miss Tammy enjoys traveling, roller blading, biking, and road trips throughout America. Miss Tammy fluently speaks Cantonese Chinese and some Mandarin. She enjoys working with children because she can make a positive impact during the young impressionable years.

Support Teacher and Cook

Miss Marissa grew up in the Philippines and she speaks Filipino. She has three adult children and two grandchildren.  She worked at fast food chains as a cook before working at SLC.  She helps in the infant room and prepares the school’s meals from scratch.  She loves to travel and cook.

School Secretary and Toddler Support Teacher

Brandon is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He has worked in the banking and financial industry until he decided to work at SLC full-time. Brandon is in charge of managing SLC Montlake’s administrative paperwork and book keeping. He also takes care of the school building’s maintenance. Brandon is married to Miss Lily and they have a daughter who is a graduate of SLC. He loves to bike, hike, read books, and have fun in the outdoors.

MARILYN TARUC                   
Support Teacher, AA in Early Childhood Education   

CINDY BOYD                   
Support Teacher, AA in Early Childhood Education

DULCE LOPEZ                   
Support Teacher, Certificate in Early Childhood Education