Educare Seattle believes that it is vital for families, teachers and educators to raise awareness about the value and vital importance of learning during a child’s first five years of life, to be part of the conversation and engage with others in our region and influence change in practice and policy about how early education programs are created and sustained through social media.
These are the Educare Seattle Bloggers working with us to amplify the voices of parents, teachers and early learning advocates in our region:
Current Educare Seattle Bloggers
Hello, I am April and I m a preschool teacher at Educare. I’ve been passionate about Early Learning since my teen years and started working with young children right out of high school. My favorite part about working with kids at Educare is that I get to teach children of low income families who wouldn’t typically get a chance at preschool with out programs like Head Start. Every child deserves a high quality learning environment and I feel kids will do their best learning when they have their social and emotional needs met.
Outside of Educare I am a mom to 2 athletic and outgoing sons, Trenton and Max. We spend a lot of our time outdoors at their ball games, playing sports in our yard, or watching Seattle sporting events. I’m really looking forward to being an Educare blogger and writing more about Early Learning.
I am a 44 year old father of 2. I have worked as a Head Start teacher for 21 years. I have been a lead teacher at Educare of Seattle since we opened our doors 6 years ago. Recently, I began work as a Technical Assistance Coordinator at Educare. In my new role I support teachers through coaching and training. Some of my passions beyond early childhood education are hiking, camping, reading, writing and baseball.
I am an Educare Seattle original; having worked with families in both the preschool and infant toddler wings as a Family Advocate since the doors opened in 2010. I also have the unique experience of being a past parent. Both of my children were blessed to take part in the learning opportunities here at the center. My family, individually and as a whole, has thrived under the guidance and community that stands at the core of Educare. Although I graduated with a Bachelors in Sociology, I had begun my college years studying to be a journalist. Blogging has become my way of reconnecting with my passion for writing; and incorporating my knowledge and experience with early childhood, relationship building, parenting, and advocacy. We are all life-long learners, and I am honored to be a part of building this Educare village.
Lily Shafer is the Outreach and Education Assistant at the University of Washington, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS). Lily supports the Outreach team as they disseminate science to the broader community. She coordinates the I-LABS summer intern program, student volunteers at the lab, and she is the project manager for all Outreach science fairs. Prior to joining the Outreach team, Lily earned a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and Spanish from the University of Portland. Lily also has experience working with the deaf and hard of hearing community. While continuing to work with I-LABS Outreach, Lily is earning a Master of Arts in Education for School Counseling at Seattle University.
Past Educare Seattle Bloggers
I am a mom of three, educator, and lifelong learner. My professional experiences include working with second language learners, children with special needs, child development, infant mental health, at risk youth, educational leadership and diversity. I have a Masters in Teaching and I am currently a doctorate student in Educational Leadership. My proposed dissertation topic is on culturally responsive practice in early intervention.
Colin Gasamis is a Doctoral Student in Special Education at The University of Washington, Seattle. He is a Research Assistant on The Preschool Autism Literacy Project (PALS), a NIH grant funded inquiry into literacy skills for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). His research interests are designing and implementing literacy and social behavior interventions for children at-risk for specific learning disabilities and their parents and applied implementation science in Special Education.
I have a Ph.D. in neuroscience and I’m mom to a toddler. I am the communications and marketing manager at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), which is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to discovering the fundamental principles of human learning. Follow updates from I-LABS on Twitter: @UW_ILABS.