Karen Vegors — Children’s Teacher
Karen has been interested in teaching since she was a child, and it was after being a co-op parent for 5 years with her two children that she stepped into her “perfect-for-her” career. She’s been teaching in co-ops since then, having completed her Early Childhood Education certificate. She believes strongly in the co-op model where parents and caregivers learn alongside their children, and that co-op schools empower the whole community. In the classroom she derives great joy from watching children discover new things, and challenging them to try, grow, and explore. The classroom may look messy when kids are actively learning; Karen believes this whole-bodied investigation invites collaborative, fun play, and fosters a love of learning that lasts. Each child’s individual interests will be acknowledged and honored, often guiding some of the learning projects. She keeps safety concerns uppermost, and teaches classroom safety as a responsibility of children and adults. Parents will be guided to assist in classroom activities so that each day is valuable to child and adult alike. Karen lives in West Seattle with her husband and two children, and finds time to be a Girl Scout leader and summer camp counselor.
Mary Endicott — Children’s Teacher
Mary has lived in the Seattle area for 30 years and now lives in Renton with her husband and 6-year-old daughter, Willow. She earned her Associates degree from Bellevue Community College and a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu Seattle. She began her life in childcare in the early 2000’s as a co-teacher and then as a lead teacher at a preschool in Bellevue and later had the wonderful opportunity to be a nanny for the same family for over 10 years. Since then she has been a cook, a part time nanny, a co-teacher at a preschool in Issaquah, and most recently a stay at home mom.
Mary believes in and has seen the many benefits of play-based learning and has really enjoyed experiencing the co-op preschool model with her own daughter. She is very excited to get back to working with kids in a preschool environment.
Janelle Durham – Parent Education Instructor – Preschool 3’s & 4’s
Janelle facilitates our monthly Parent Education classes. She is in the classroom once each week observing and interacting with the children, as well as consulting with the parents who are working in the classroom. She offers parent/caregiver conferences during winter quarter and is also available for one-on-one consultation at any time.
Janelle has been teaching childbirth and parenting classes and leading parent support groups for over 25 years. She has taught for Bellevue College Parent Education since 2013, working with parents of children aged 1 to 9. To get a sense of the topics she covers in parent education, check out her blog, www.GoodDaysWithKids.com. Here’s how she summarizes her approach:
We are all trying hard to be the very best parents to our children. Some days we triumph. Other days… not so much. We forgive ourselves, we get support and we learn how to do better, and then we keep moving forward.
Janelle is delighted to teach in a program where she gets to interact with both parents and children. She loves to engage in child-led play, read stories, sing songs, and make playdough snakes. As the instructor for Family Inventors’ Lab and Discovery Science Lab, she especially loves connecting on STEM topics.
Janelle has three children, ages 28, 24, and 11. (When her older kids were teenagers, she and her partner decided they loved parenting young kids too much to be almost done, so they decided to start over!) She participated in Bellevue College’s infant and toddler classes, co-op preschool, and art & science labs with all three children and credits the Parent Education Program with helping her become both the parent she is, and the parent educator that she is.
Corvilia Thykkuttathil – Parent Educator – Monday 2s Class
Corvilia “Corvie” Thykkuttathil proudly serves as an instructor and adjunct faculty in the Parent Education program at Bellevue College. Corvie earned her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Before becoming an instructor, Corvie worked in non-profit education, adult education, corporate training and as a high school teacher. As a parent education instructor, she enjoys helping caregivers to replenish their “parenting tool kits” and to embrace the joy of parenting. Corvie is the mother of two school-aged children, a girl and a boy who both attended numerous Bellevue College Parent Education classes. Corvie served on the Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) Board for 8 years and the Seattle Children’s Family Advisory Council for four years. Currently, she serves as PTA President and Booster Club President at her children’s schools simultaneously. She volunteers for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington and for the Boy Scouts of America. Baking, knitting, reading, attending art classes and travelling with her family are counted among her most favorite activities. She also has won several cooking contests and was a finalist in the 42nd Pillsbury Bake-Off. Corvie delights in being an educator, as well as being a native Washingtonian, a wife, a mother, a devoted daughter and a world traveler.