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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 attends SLC.

PATTY HURST – Executive Assistant
BA in Communicative Disorders/Psychology – University of Redlands

NATASHA HURST – SLC Registrar and Bookkeeper                                 
BA in Psychology/Family Studies- Brigham Young University

Queen Anne Staff

Assistant School Director and Lead Treehouse Teacher

Miss Ashley has a bachelor’s degree 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.

Program Coordinator and Lead Sunshine Teacher

Aurora has been working in child care for over 5 years. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development. She loves being outdoors, spending time with her friends and family, and dancing. 

Co-Lead Garden Teacher

Miss Mo has a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has worked with children for several years as a theatre instructor and is a natural with kids. 

Co-Lead Garden Teacher

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 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.

NAOMI METZLER- Assistant Sunshine Teacher                                                 
BA from Seattle Pacific University 

ALEX MALOY- Support Teacher Treehouse                                                
BA from Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico

TAYLOR MUNOZ                                                 
Support Teacher currently attending SPU  

RYAN RUCKMAN                                                    
Support Teacher currently attending SPU             

ANDREA DIAZ                    
Support Teacher currently attending SPU                  

DEREK VAJDA                   
Support Teacher currently attending SPU      

Support Teacher currently attending SPU      

Support Teacher currently attending SPU      

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

PERLA CUEVAS                    KATY WEBER                      
Cook/Support Teacher           Music Teacher

Montlake Staff

School Coordinator and Toddler Teacher

Miss Gerelyn has worked in childcare for a total of 17 years. She worked for 9 years in the Philippines and 8 years in Seattle. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She enjoys singing, cleaning, watching television, and doing crafts. Miss Yadrick enjoys working with kids because watching the children grow and learn is such a wonderful feeling.

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 5 years of experience working with children from infant to school age. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Special Education and has a Bachelor of Arts 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.

Head of Infant Class

Miss Camille has a bachelor’s degree from University of Santa Barbara in environmental studies. She has worked as a nanny for children ages birth to six. She loves to knit, work on pottery and go on hikes.  She has over 3 years of experience working in the infant room at SLC Montlake.  

Infant Teacher

Elizabeth has a bachelor’s degree in History of Art and Visual Culture from UC Santa Cruz. She has experience working with children as a gymnastics/dance instructor, camp counselor, and as a private nanny. 

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 Registrar

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 attending SLC. He loves to bike, hike, read books, and have fun in the outdoors.

MARILYN TARUC                   CINDY BOYD
Support Teacher                      Support Teacher/Substitute