Michelle has been both an active parent and teacher in co-op for many years. She is an experienced teacher who specializes in children’s creative arts and self-expression. Michelle has been a practitioner of yoga for over 2 decades and is trained in kid’s yoga too! She is passionate about using physical movement to foster social, emotional and physical intelligence in young children. Michelle loves teaching kids and is an active participant in our Broadview Co-op community.
Michelle has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia in art education. She has been an assistant teacher for 7 years in addition to teaching art classes at Viewlands Elementary and serving on co-op boards and PTA.
Michelle’s teaching style combines emergent and play-based teaching curriculums. By observing children’s varied interests and incorporating them into a play-based approach, she is able to create meaningful learning experiences for each child. She is exploring mindfulness and other emotional development curriculums for young children to further enrich her teachings. Michelle is dedicated to cultivating a caring, enriching, supportive, and diverse classroom learning environment.
Michelle lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys foraging for mushrooms, gardening, hiking, yoga, sewing, cooking, paddle boarding, and dancing. She is excited to be part of the Broadview Co-op Preschool community.
Teacher Michelle teaches Broadview Co-op’s Toddler and Pre-3 class.
Vickie will be providing interim instruction at Broadview Co-op during Phases 2 and 3 of the Safe Start Washington COVID response plan. She is a teacher at Sandhurst Co-op and has graciously agreed to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with Broadview. The 3-5s parents, class and all school board will discuss hiring a permanent teacher later in fall 2020.
Vickie grew up in the Philippines. She taught high school English (at her own Catholic alma mater) before taking a master’s degree in child development, being one of the first teachers at The Little Gym in Manila, setting up a playgroup service and opening a pre-school. She and her husband moved to Massachusetts in 2002 for grad school and have since lived in DC, Baltimore, Brooklyn and Miami. They moved to Seattle in 2017.
Vickie has two kids, two giant boy kittens (but still misses her girl cats who lived to be 19 and 18), and way too many cookbooks and children’s books and craft supplies (paper crafts, Cricut and crochet are her jam) and not enough storage space!
Teacher Vickie teaches Broadview’s 3-5‘s class.