Lead Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten
Capitol Hill Campus DIRECTOR
Andrea Wallner is the lead teacher in the Pre-K program. She was born and raised in the Seattle area. Andrea attended CWU's teaching program, receiving a double Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She later obtained her Masters Degree in Curriculum Development & Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Andrea has also had extensive training in special education, gifted & talented learners.
Andrea W. has enjoyed teaching children for the past fifteen years. Much of her experience has been in a multi-age K-3 program, teaching in the Kitsap Peninsula area. She and her family returned to the Seattle area to become part of the Harvard Avenue School community. Andrea began teaching at Harvard Avenue School in fall 2003.
Assistant Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten
Daniel teaches in the Pre-K program and also teaches music and French throughout our community. Having spent his first 25 years in Quebec where French was his first language, he teaches French to both the Pre-K and Preschool programs on a weekly basis. He received a Bachelors degree in Mass Communication and Law from Carleton University and spent several years working at a Seattle-based newspaper before coming to the Harvard Avenue School. Daniel is the father of two children Maxence and Pablo, both graduates of our preschool/pre-kindergarten programs. Daniel has worked in our school since fall 2006.
Assistant Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten
Bailey has been working in the Pre-K program at HAS since 2014. Previously Bailey worked in multiple early education environments coast to coast, most recently being a Reggio Emilia style school on capitol hill in Washington, DC. Bailey also enjoyed working in many kids fitness programs at the YMCA, in various after school programs, and in many summer camps over the years.
Bailey strives to find fun ways to incorporate big ideas into age appropriate activities. She enjoys creating fun science and kitchen 101 after-school classes for all to enjoy! In her spare time, Bailey enjoys creating art, making music, & spending time with her dog!
Lead Teacher, Preschool
Kaitlin Lawler (Miss Kait) loves teaching in the preschool program and enjoys exploring language with young learners through her introductory Korean lessons. Originally from California, she graduated from University of California Santa Barbara with a B.A. in English Literature. She earned her TESOL certification in Seattle to follow her passion for teaching and understanding language, and has returned to Seattle after 2 years in Seoul, Korea, where she taught both Kindergarten and elementary students. Kaitlin recently earned her professional certification in K-6 elementary education and is excited to continue working with children in early childhood.
Kaitlin began teaching at Harvard Avenue School in summer 2015. She believes when teachers model their own creativity, curiosity, and enthusiasm for our world, they foster the same in their students. Outside the classroom, Kaitlin enjoys traveling, writing, running, listening to music, making art, and making memories with her fiancé, friends, and family.
Assistant Teacher Preschool
Katelyn has been working with our growing learners in the preschool classroom since 2014. You can find her somewhere around the art table usually covered in paint, as she loves to see those creative wheels turning and fun ideas coming to life!
Katelyn grew up in the Seattle area and always knew that she wanted to teach in some capacity. She attended the University of Washington where she completed a degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies. While in school she maintained a position as a nanny for a preschooler at the time and immediately knew she loved working with this exciting and sometimes challenging age. She could never get tired of seeing the wonder and excitement young learners bring.
In her spare time Ms. Katelyn likes to continue her search for the perfect brunch spot and find anything creative to do, especially painting!
Assistant Teacher Preschool
Kate received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and has a great appreciation of world cultures, languages, and traditions. She enriched her education with volunteer journeys to Tanzania and the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, and has been TEFL certified (Teaching English as a Foreign Language.) Kate is also a classical musician. She teaches piano to all ages throughout the community, in addition to performing as a violinist in a local symphony.
This is Kate’s first year working in the preschool classroom at Harvard Avenue School. She formally worked several years in another small local preschool. She loves to encourage young learners to ask questions, try new things, and take on challenges. It is a truly rewarding moment when a young person’s “I can’t” becomes “I did it!”
In her free time Kate enjoys hiking, travel, reading historical fiction, and visiting her family. She is a coffee enthusiast and will try any food at least once!
Madison Valley Staff
Lead Teacher, Preschool
Madison Valley Campus DIRECTOR
Natasha is the lead teacher in the toddler program. After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Natasha attended the University of Washington where she majored in Psychology and Political Science. She went on to earn her Montessori certification for ages 0-3 years and has loved working with toddlers ever since!
In addition to Montessori teaching experience, Natasha also has experience in emergent curriculum, outdoor education, and play-based education. By drawing from numerous philosophies, Natasha is able to create a unique, child-driven, beautiful environment for the children in her class. Special attention is paid to fostering independence, self-confidence, language, and social skills.
Most of all, Natasha loves teaching and having a great time learning alongside kids
assistant Teacher, Preschool
Laura has taught as an assistant teacher at Harvard Avenue School since fall 2012. Her own education includes a degree in Social and Human Services with an emphasis in drug prevention in at risk youth. Laura interned at several elementary schools and Head Start programs were she had the opportunity to guide young people about positive social behaviors, conflict resolution, and feeling confident. After graduating from college Laura worked for Dale Turner Family YMCA where she taught in the Preschool to 4th grade programs. Laura feels teaching children is an amazing journey. She enjoys providing children with a positive environment to explore, develop, and learn.
assistant Teacher, Preschool
Emily has been assisting Ms. Natasha in the preschool classroom at Madison Valley since 2014. Emily earned her B.A at Whitman College in 2011 and soon moved to Seattle, where she began assisting in a Pre-K classroom at the Evergreen Academy in Kirkland.
Emily loves bringing stories to life, and helping children learn kinesthetically through yoga and dance! She also teaches yoga to adults at studios around the city.
In her free time you will surely find Emily somewhere in the mountains: skiing, hiking, rock climbing or mountain biking. She also loves to spend time in the kitchen and in her garden.
Lead Teacher, Pre-kindergarten
Delilah has been an early childhood educator for seven years, working with infants through pre-K. In her role as lead Pre K teacher at Madison Valley she works to ensure children are prepared for kindergarten by creating a fun, nurturing, creative environment where students develop confidence, compassion and community. Her curriculum incorporates a variety of learning styles recognizing that, no matter how old you are, we all absorb information in our own unique way.
Delilah grew up in rural Oregon and attended the University of Oregon where she earned a degree in Journalism. A life-long learner, she later moved to Seattle and earned a certificate in multi- media production from the University of Washington and worked in advertising and marketing for many years. During that time she volunteered at the Wallingford Boys and Girls Club eventually serving two terms as President of their Board of Directors. Her experience tutoring and creating an enriching environment for children and teens led her to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education at North Seattle College. She and her husband of 23 years raised two children, now 19 and 21. She enjoys traveling the world, gardening, doing anything around water and messing around with clay.
Assistant Teacher, Pre-kindergarten
Chrissy is an energetic art enthusiast who loves to explore, create and play with the youngest of learners. She joined Harvard Avenue School after lead teaching in the Madison Park Co-op Tots program the 2010-2011 school year. Her passion for education was ignited during the six years she spent as a teaching parent in the cooperative preschool her own three daughters attended. She loved the interaction with her children and gained a wonderful education from the teachers and parent educators. She has spent recent years as an active volunteer in her daughters' elementary school. She always looks forward to working with new families while bringing her creative talents, love of children, and passion for education to the classroom.
Chrissy grew up in Bellevue and graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in psychology with an emphasis in education and art history. Before she began raising her children she was a legal assistant working in the high tech banking and real estate industries. In her spare time she loves reading, running, playing tennis and enjoying time with her husband and daughters.
assistant Teacher, Pre-kindergarten
Ellie is excited to be teaching as an assistant in the Madison Valley pre-K classroom for her first year at Harvard Avenue School. She has four years of informal education experience working as an educator and program instructor at Seattle non-profits such as the Environmental Science Center, the Seattle Aquarium, Pacific Marine Research, and the Pacific Science Center. Ellie discovered a love of marine life and the natural world while attending the University of Washington, where she earned a degree in Environmental Studies. Shortly after, she discovered that she loves sharing her knowledge almost as much as she loves gaining it. Ellie finds joy in seeing her pre-k students learn and grow in many different ways. She thrives on the challenge of finding new and interesting methods to teach lessons to accommodate all students.
Ellie grew up in a suburb of Chicago and has been living in Seattle for over seven years. She spends her free time outside, taking every opportunity to explore Washington trails and the Puget Sound. She also enjoys playing the banjolele and guitar.
Lead Teacher, Toddler
Jennie is originally from South Carolina and has been living in Seattle for the past 3 years. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with an Education Specialist degree (masters plus thirty). While earning her Masters Jennie worked as a toddler teacher and a nanny.
Jennie has been teaching toddlers for 8 years and this is her second year at Harvard Avenue. Toddlers are Jennie's favorite age to work with and she loves watching them grow up so much during their time together. In her spare time, Jennie enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 dogs, Thomas and James.
assistant Teacher, Toddler
Julia Leichman enjoys watching and helping the toddlers learn and grow during their first year at Harvard Avenue School. She has been assisting in the toddler classroom since the summer of 2014. A love of French language has evolved into teaching basic vocabulary to the class during afternoon circle twice a week (which has also been a fun excuse to break out her many toy animals collected during years of working in locally owned educational toy stores). She also loves being able to take time getting to know each student: reading a book with them, creating creatures out of play dough, or making them laugh.
Julia grew up in Eastern and Western Washington and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Drama. In her free time she loves to travel, practice yoga, take long walks, sing, write, draw, dance, walk a tightrope, listen to music, and spend time with her new husband, family, and friends.
assistant Teacher, Toddler
Kate loves getting to know each toddlers personality and watching them develop over the year, and as they move onto other classes at the school. After subbing in all of the classrooms for a few years, she is now working full time. She loves bringing movement to the classroom through yoga or dancing to fun music.
Born and raised in Portage/Kalamazoo, Michigan; Kate moved to Seattle in 2011 and has since graduated from University of Washington Bothell with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Psychology. She continues to nanny for previous HAS families after school and has always loved working with children of all ages. When she is not working; Kate loves to travel, read, do art/craft projects, and spend time with family.
Kirsten can be seen at both of our campuses, talking with families, supporting teachers and helping in the classrooms. She also is in charge of Admissions. Kirsten graduated from Brown University with a degree in Educational Studies and holds a Masters in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College in New York. A native New Yorker, she spent nine years working at The Chapin School in Manhattan, seven as a Kindergarten teacher and two as the Director of Lower School Admissions. Kirsten's two daughters have attended Harvard Avenue and loved every minute of their years there!
Andrea is the Director and founder of Harvard Avenue School. Andrea is a Seattle native. After graduating from Seattle Preparatory School Andrea attended Santa Clara University where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in English Literature and also studied studio art. She then taught preschool in a Portola Valley, California program while attending the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California for her Masters of Early Childhood Education and Montessori Teaching Certification. Andrea has taught various preschool philosophies and methodologies. Andrea was the Director of a California preschool program before moving home to Seattle to open Harvard Avenue School.
Andrea acts as a substitute teacher as needed in the toddler, preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms as well as assisting in special classes that are offered at the school. Andrea opened Harvard Avenue School in winter 2003. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Chris, and their three children.