Meet our teachers

Cassie

  Hello, my name is Cassie, and I am the owner of Evergreen Learning Center. Working in the childcare industry has always been my passion and something that I absolutely love doing. Straight out of high school I became a preschool teacher and continued that path for the next ten years followed by two and a half years as a nanny. In 2021 I decided to take the next step in my journey and open my own center. I am so excited for this new venture and will strive to be the best that I can be. Thank you all so much for joining our Evergreen family and entrusting my staff and I to care for your babies every day.

Jen

My name is Jen Ingersoll, and I am so excited to be part of the family here at Evergreen Learning Center as the assistant director. I have worked in Early Childhood Education since 2012 when I graduated from the Evergreen State College, the same year my son Isaak was born. I have a lifelong passion for education, the arts, and music. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your children and to nurture their growth and development.

Marie

HI, my name is Marie and I have CDA in Early Childhood education. I have been working with kids since I was 23 years old, and I love it! Over the last few years, I have worked primarily with Preschool and School-aged children, but love kids of all ages. I am an enthusiastic and responsible person and look forward to meeting you and your kids.

Betsy

Welcome Amazing Infant Families! My name is Betsy, I’m a local mom of a 10-year son and a 7-year-old daughter.  I believe strong communities are built from the ground up and am so happy to see that those connections are already happening in our classroom.  I’ll be working diligently every day to meet the physical, social, and emotional needs of your children.  I especially enjoy working with infants as so many milestones happen within the first year.  We’ll be practicing basic sign language, reading lots of books, dancing to jazz, playing with age-appropriate toys to build fine motor skills, making friends, and having fun!

Athena

Hi! I’m Athena Kusunoki and I’m happy to say that I’m the T1 teacher here at Evergreen Learning Center! When I first became an early childhood educator, it fell in my lap and 10 years and a certification in Early Childhood Education later, I’ve never looked back. I look forward to working with you and your family! A few fun things to know about me:

Name: Athena Kusunoki

Birthday: March 3rd

Favorite Food: Hawaiian, Asian, & Mexican

Favorite Dessert: Carrot Cake & Tres Leches

Favorite Music: All kinds but recently ‘Talking Heads’ has been on repeat

Favorite Movie and/or Book: John Hughes Movies

Hobbies: Cooking, Dancing, and feeding squirrels & crows with my husband.

You Might Not Know That…

I make a mean ceviche and decent spam musubis!

Danielle

Hello everyone, my Name is Danielle Randleman, and I am so happy to be a part of the Evergreen Learning Center Family. A little about me I am 38, My husband Daniel and I have 3 beautiful kids by the ages of 18,16 and 11. I was born in Ohio but raised in Everett, WA. I only just recently realized what my passion was once I took a position for Seattle Public Schools and now that I am here with you all, I am extremely excited to begin my new journey. So far it has been a joy to meet you and your kiddos. I can’t wait to see what else is in store in this new adventure with you all. Thank you for your warm welcoming.

Sam

  Hi all! My name is Samantha. I’m so excited to be teaching and playing with your preschoolers. I have been teaching for the last 5 years and have my teachings certificate from North Seattle community college. This is my favorite age group to work with and watch them grow into strong independent humans. I live with my husband and our five cats. 

Fun favorites:

Color – blue 

Food – pad thai

Hobby – camping or exploring 

Sports – baseball

Animal – Fox 

Sandra

Hello T2, 

My name is Sandra and I’ve been working in Child Care early learning for six years now! My favorite part about working with children is seeing the growth and progress throughout the time I’ve worked with them. I’m thrilled to be working at Evergreen Learning Center and can’t wait to help your child grow. 

Kayia

Hello ELC families, my name is Kayia. I am a floater/cook here at Evergreen, mainly taking care of snacks and filling in where I’m needed. Previously before coming here, I was the lunchroom supervisor at St. Francis for 3 years. Outside of the school, I’m an outdoor enthusiast who tries to concur the WA trails in my free time. I love working around kids and seeing their smiles every day. I’m looking forward to taking care of your kiddos!

Di

  Hi, my name is Diana, known to my little ones as Ms. Di. I am a mother and grandmother to four. I get to spend my days with all of the classes as a floater here at ELC. The kids sure keep me busy, but I feel so fortunate to care for them. I get to see them grow and become their own little person every day. Thanking you in advance for your trust in caring for your babies.

Emma

Hello all, my name is Emma! My journey working with children began in 2016, volunteering with a nonprofit organization that provides daycare and counseling for at-risk youth. This experience changed my life and because of it, I wanted to continue working with children of all ages and backgrounds. I’m a recent graduate of Seattle University with a double major in humanities and criminal justice-forensic psychology. My goal is to one day work in child mental health and help the youth in our society who are often overlooked. I have worked with children as young as two and as old as fourteen. I’ve worked in after-school programs, I’ve been a summer camp counselor, and I’ve worked in private and public schools as both a teacher’s assistant and tutor. My favorite aspect of working with children is watching them grow mentally and aiding them with various problem-solving and coping skills. I look forward to providing and facilitating an inclusive, fun environment for your children here at E.L.C.!

Angela

Hello, my name is Angela Harrison,

I have been working in Early childhood for 30 plus years. I am very excited to be a part of the Evergreen Leaning Center family. I look forward to growing and exploring the young minds of the Preschool 2 Room. I’m also very happy to work with some of the younger siblings of past student that I have had. Fun fact about me if there’s a mess that means fun is happening. I look forward to getting to know your child and family. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. 

Mara

Hello! My name is Mara Young.

A little about me…I was born in the PNW and grew up in Olympia, WA. I’ve lived in West Seattle for the last 14 years, and have loved being a part of this community, it is my home. I was a florist for 4 ½ years before I began my journey working with children as a Paraprofessional Instructional Assistant with Seattle Public Schools for 8 years. I worked with children in preschool up to 5th grade, and it was a joy being with students from so many grade levels. I’m excited for this new chapter working with kiddos in their early years now with ELC! It has been incredible to see how much they learn and grow so quickly, and I’m looking forward to witnessing more of this magic and learning from them and my team. Things I love most in this world…making memories with family & friends, being with animals and nature, tending to my plants, working in the garden, roaming a nursery with a yummy coffee, watching movies and shows, reading fiction books, writing, quiet walks, traveling, and taking care of my home. I am so grateful to be joining the ELC Community! Thank you! 😊