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, and a full-time mom, prior to teaching at Sunrise since 2018.
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.
Brianne Talmadge – Children’s 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 on the PTA 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.
Louise Sneath – Parent Educator
Originally from the UK, Louise and her family moved here 20 years ago and has found a home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Louise has worked with families for all of her professional career, beginning as a Children’s Nurse in Nottingham (England) and then becoming a Health Visitor before starting her family. After moving here, Louise created and taught a successful New Parents’ Class in Seattle for over a decade and then completed her graduate program from Seattle University in 2020.
Louise adores being the parent educator for the Infant and Wobbler classes at Bellevue College, but there is also something special about the wonder and delight of pre-school aged children. Consequently, she jumped at the chance to join the Sunrise team when she was offered the opportunity. Her goal as a parent educator is to support families where they are at, building confidence and strong community networks. Her catchphrase is “parenting is an art, not a science” which reminds parents that there is no one right way to parent. Louise hopes to encourage families to extend grace and understanding to themselves and others as they embark on this parenting journey together.
Louise is now learning how to parent young adults as both her daughters are in college, leaving just her son at home! Whilst she misses the hustle and bustle of having 3 children at home, she enjoys having extra time with her husband to explore art, music and the many hikes in the area. When not working, Louise serves as a ‘mentor mom’ for a local organization and loves to bake, go on a daily walk, and catch up with friends.
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.