Ballard Preschool Co-op: Teachers
Katie Grant, 2’s Teacher
My name is Katie Grant. I have been working in the early childhood education field for over 12 years, hold my Child Development Associate degree, and hold a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Western Governor’s University. I have taught all ages from one-year-olds through pre-k, spending a bulk of that time with my favorite age- 2’s. I also completed my student teaching in the elementary age program prior to giving birth to my daughter Sara in 2016. We joined the co-op community in 2018 as a way for my daughter to develop her independence, and further her social-emotional development, and fell in love with the supportive environment for both the children and the parents. My philosophy around teaching young children is that it should be fun and engaging, and geared towards fostering a love of learning and exploration. As a true Seattle-ite (4th generation in the same house in Greenwood!) I love being outdoors in all weather, gardening, and reading.
Louisa Jackson, 3-5’s Teacher
Greetings! My name is Louisa Jackson and I teach the vivacious 3-5’s class at BPC. In the 3 years I have worked at BPC I have relished in challenging and meeting the needs of a diverse age group and building community with the children and participating families! The BPC program allows for kids to explore with intention, try new concepts within literacy, science, and math, play creatively and gain collaboration skills, and be curious learners. I have taught preschool, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade over the last 14 years. I feel extremely fortunate to love my work and truly feel that working with children and families is my vocation. I grew up in Washington, on Bainbridge Island. I have lived in Seattle since 2005, after I graduated from Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. I began my teaching career teaching pre-K in Seattle in 2005. I graduated with a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University in 2008 and have been on the path of igniting young minds ever since! In my free time, I enjoy adventures outdoors, spending quality time with my family and friends, making art, reading, writing, dancing, and travel. Come grow with us at BPC!
Mary-Megan Linder, Parent Educator
Mary-Megan is an experienced facilitator, parent support group leader, teacher, and parent educator with over 25 years of experience. Mary-Megan holds an MS in Educational Psychology/Counseling from the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee. She believes in the power of community and the importance of social connections. BPC preschool co-op is a dynamic and supportive community. Parent education helps promote parental resilience and supports families to thrive. Mary-Megan and her husband raised three children in the Seattle area and now live in Edmonds. She loves to garden, spend time with family and continue to grow community.
Natalie Merry, Infant/Toddler Teacher
Natalie Merry has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past 18 years. Natalie has a background in Theatre and went through Seattle Children’s Theatre, teaching artist programs as well as graduating from Evergreen State College with a focus on Life Span Development and Performing Arts. Natalie is a 3rd generation Ballard resident and currently lives with her family in the Loyal Heights neighborhood. Singing and Messy art projects are some of her favorite things to do with Infants and Toddlers classes.