Mary Endicott — Children’s Teacher

Mary has lived in the Seattle area for over 30 years and now lives in Renton with her husband and 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, a full-time mom, and she has been Assistant Teacher at Sunrise for the last 4 years.

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. Sunrise is thrilled to have Mary continue this year as Children’s Teacher.

Brianne Talmadge – Assistant Teacher

Brianne lives in Renton with her husband and their six children. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in Tacoma, WA and received a Master’s of Arts degree in Teaching from City University in Seattle, WA. Brianne has worked for many years in public education before working for 8 years as the Children’s Ministry Director at a local church where she created and implemented curriculum for children preschool through 5th grade.

Brianne currently serves as the PTA Secretary at her children’s elementary and middle schools. She enjoys traveling, playing games and taking walks with her family. Brianne spends time baking cakes, reading and playing pickleball.

Corvilia Thykkuttathil – Parent Educator

Corvilia “Corvie” Thykkuttathil proudly serves as an instructor, adjunct faculty, and Interim Director of 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.

Kristin Nasman – Bellevue College Parent Educator

Kristin Nasman, is a certified National Positive Discipline trainer (CPDT) and ICF certified coach. She enjoys teaching parenting classes, teacher workshops and working one on one with parents in her coaching practice to help them create the families they dream of. Kristin is an instructor at Bellevue College in the Parent Education Program where she teaches parents and preschoolers at Sunrise Cooperative Preschool, the Creative Arts Lab class, the Mercer Island Toddler class as well as Positive Discipline classes. Prior to coming to Bellevue College, she worked at Seattle Central Community College where she was a parent instructor in a toddler program and a co-op preschool. Teaching has always been a part of Kristin’s life from working as a tennis pro during and after college to teaching elementary school for many years in the Everett School District. She also worked as a supervisor and mentor of student teachers at the University of Washington in their teacher education program.

Kristin was born and grew up in the Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington where she returned to receive her teaching certificate and then her M Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. Her biggest learning has come from raising her own three children. Kristin’s fondest memories of raising her children were the ten years she spent as a parent in the BC Parent Education Program. Kristin mostly enjoys spending time with her family, playing competitive pickle ball and hacking around at golf. Hiking, gardening, cooking and reading (especially about parenting) are her other passions.