Little Nest Preschool is a cozy, nurturing half-day program for preschoolers aged 2½ - 5. We have a Montessori-inspired environment. Our objective is to provide a balanced curriculum where children learn by doing and exploring and where the environment and experiences are in tune with the characteristics of the child.
- To create a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment that encourages the social, emotional, physical, and mental development of young children through creative play.
- To nurture each child's sense of accomplishment and personal growth.
- To encourage families to share their unique talents, interests, and experiences in ways that enhance their child's class as well as the larger preschool community.
- To develop and strengthen skills in group process, mediation, and leadership.
- To foster a sense of community, support, and belonging for all those involved in the preschool.
Anna Coble, Director/Co-Teacher
Anna is a certified Montessori teacher for ages 2½ - 6. She completed her training in 2001 with the Montessori College for Early Education. Anna has worked with preschoolers in a variety of settings over the last 16 years. She provides a stimulating environment where children can make their own discoveries. She loves working with young children and brings her passion for art and nature into the classroom. Anna is the proud mom of two wonderful children!
2016-17 will be Anna's 7th year running Little Nest.
Caitlin Ewing, Co-Teacher
Caitlin received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art with a concentration in printmaking from Guilford College in North Carolina. Born and raised in New York and Philadelphia, Caitlin has been pleased to call Seattle home since 1999. She has taught all ages in a wide variety of settings, including art studios, galleries, classrooms and nature camps. Caitlin strives to instill confidence and joy in her students and nurtures the desire to learn and create. She places great value on the cultivation of compassion and respect in the young child. Caitlin enjoys making art, sewing, reading, outdoor activities and having fun with her family.
This is Caitlin's 4th year with the Little Nest team.
Christi Karlsgodt, Co-Teacher
Christi is a Registered Dietitian with a B.A. in Food and Nutrition from Florida State University. Recently, she completed her Early Childhood Education Assistant Teacher Certificate from North Seattle Community College. Christi has worked in her daughters' cooperative preschools for the past 4 years. She has enjoyed the classroom setting and building relationships within the preschool community. Christi combines her experience with nutrition and her passion for working with children. She enjoys being outdoors helping the garden grow as the kids pick, smell and taste their way to new discoveries. Christi is the mother of two adventurous daughters and the owner of a pet chicken.
This will be Christi's third year teaching at Little Nest.
Emma Hughes, Co-Teacher
Emma was born and raised in the Caribbean on the little island of Antigua. Her life long dream of being a teacher became a reality when she joined the Little Nest team in January 2011. In June 2012 Emma graduated from the North Seattle Community College with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Emma also holds a certificate of training for the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum used in our Pre-K classroom. Emma brings her leadership in organization, planning and creative art ideas to our teaching team.
Emma has been with the Little Nest team since our first year of operation: 2010-11. This will be her 7th year.
Kelly McIntyre, Co-Teacher
Kelly has been working with children for over 15 years. While earning a BA in the Humanities at Western Washington University, she began working with young children in a classroom setting, and hasn't looked back. She has taught summer camps, kindergarten-enrichment, Montessori, and preschool and nannied and worked in a co-op setting with both of her children. Kelly started helping with at Little Nest when her son was attending and is thrilled to be more involved now that her daughter is a student there. She loves the child-centered, nurturing environment and the wonderful community of teachers and parents.
Kelly has been subbing and teaching at Little Nest for five years.
Tracy Koehler, Co-Teacher
Tracy received a Bachelor's Degree in Family Studies and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on Child Development. She has worked with children ages 3-5 for 10 years. Tracy believes that the process of art is very important, how the children make their artwork and add new ideas of their own to it. Messy projects are her favorite! She loves to teach children about the world around them through hands on activities. Tracy enjoys drawing, photography, hiking, and being outdoors. She is the mom of 2 fun loving active boys.
Tracy joined Little Nest in the Winter of 2014-15.
Amin Tesfasilasie, Co-Teacher
Amin was born and raised in Asmara, Eritrea. She spent many years running a childcare in her home. After relocating to the Seattle Area with her family, Amin attended North Seattle Community College and recently earned her Early Childhood Education Certificate. During her time at school, Amin also volunteered in the College daycare. Amin has 5 wonderful children of her own and is enjoying life here in Seattle.
Amin joined Little Nest in February 2015 and is looking forward to another year of community and fun!