Early Childhood Faculty & Staff profiles


Judy Samudovsky, Toddler & North Creek Early Childhood Programs & Professional Development Director

Read Judy’s staff profile here.

Miki Shema, Director of Woodinville Campus

Read Miki’s staff profile here.

Michelle Ahern, Dogwood class and PM EC Club House Program Assistant

Montessori Assistant Training with MEIPN; and Child Care Basics 30 Hours STARS training

Hired at WMS—2017

Rupa Bhattacharjee, Early Childhood Classroom Assistant, Douglas Fir

Hired at WMS—2017

Tara Chandler, Teacher, Maple Class

BS (psychology) University of Phoenix
Associates (Early Childhood Education), Lake Washington Technical College
Montessori credentials, Early Childhood
First year at WMS—1996; 2004

Yue Chen, Apple Class Program Assistant

BA (Executive Management) Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing, China
AAS (Accounting), Lake Washington Technical College
Hired at WMS—2017

sarahhahnweb2016Sarah Hahn, Program Assistant, Oak Class

BA (Supply Chain Management), Arizona State University
Hired at WMS—2016

Carol Harshaw, Teacher, Pine Class

BA (Education), Ashford University
Montessori credentials, Early Childhood Certificate
Hired at WMS—2008

Berton Herrlinger, Parent Engagement Coordinator, EC Language & Auxiliary Programs

BA (Psychology), Connecticut College
MEd (Early Childhood Montessori), Xavier University
American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential
Hired at WMS—2018

Katie Hounwanou, Program Assistant, Pine Class

BS (Graphic Design), Brown University
Hired at WMS—2012

Frances Ju, Program Assistant, Maple Class

Certificate, community college studies (Phlebotomy)
Hired at WMS—2008

Aneta Lasek, Teacher, Oak Class

MA (Linguistics and Polish Literature), Szczecin University, Poland
NCME Montessori Early Childhood credential, MPEIN instructor
Hired at WMS—2017

Cecelia Leavitt, Specialist – Music Teacher, North Creek & Woodinville

BMusic (Music Business and Voice), James Madison University in Virginia

jacileavittweb2016Jaci Leavitt, Program Assistant, Aspen Class

Hired at WMS—2016

Tiffany Miller, EC Program Assistant & Club House Assistant

Associate in Integrated Studies
Montessori Assistant training/workshop
Hired at WMS—2018

Ally Noble, Teacher, Douglas Fir Class

BA (Sociology, Latin American Studies), University of Redlands, California
Certificate in Education, Environment and Community from IslandWood Environmental Education Center, University of Washington
Montessori credentials, Early Childhood
Hired at WMS—2012

Allison Remily, Program Assistant, Apple Class

BS (Sociology/History), Oregon State University
Hired at WMS—2018

Jody Sagawa, Teacher, Apple Class

BBA (Management Information Systems), University of Hawaii
Montessori Early Childhood credential
First year at WMS—2005

Lisa Shin, Teacher, Elm Class

BS (Industrial Design), University of Washington
Montessori credentials, Early Childhood AMS
Hired at WMS—2014

Ramya Sitaraman, Program Assistant, Pine Class

Masters (Computer Applications), Bharathidasan University
Basic STARS training, Seton Child Development
Hired at WMS—2017

Nicole Stegriy, Program Assistant, Elm Class

Basic STARS Training; STARS training in positive discipline; Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom
Hired at WMS—2017

Aaron Treadway, Program Assistant, Elm Class

Studied Theater/Speech communications, Siena Heights University
Hired at WMS—2018

Meg Venkatachalapathy, teacher, Aspen Class

BA (Psychology), University of Washington
Montessori Early Childhood Credential
Hired at WMS—2017

Jen Ward, assistant teacher, Aspen Class

Cuesta College (Early Childhood Education)
Cal State Hayward (American Montessori Society certification)
Hired at WMS—2017

Jianing Xu, EC Program Assistant, Club House, North Creek

Master’s degree (mechanical engineering), Shandong University of Technology, China
Hired at WMS—2019

Dhunitha Yelamali, Teacher, Dogwood Class

BA (Economics) University of Mysore, India
Software Test Engineering Certificate (University of Washington)
Montessori Early Childhood credentials through NAMC
MEIPN Early Childhood Credentials (In process)
Hired at WMS 2016