Meet Our Team 

Director

My name is Cassie Worley.  I would like to start by saying how excited I am about my new Directorship at Interlaken Preschool.  I am very eager to meet you all.  I come to you with a MA degree from Arizona State University.  Most recently I was the Director of Little Eagle’s Child Development Center, a Chapter of Sound Child Care Solutions and I am currently a Mentor in our Community of Reflective Practice.  I am a training and development professional with more than eleven years of experience providing strength-based mentoring, technical support and training to various educational programs, much of my experience was also spent as a classroom teacher.  It has been so beneficial and a privilege for me to have held many different roles in the education field.  I feel that it keeps me grounded and allows for a well-rounded way of looking at things.  Although I have held different positions in the past, the goal was always the same, to do what’s best for kids.  I strive to live our organizational values and feel as though my work reflects that.  I am happy to be a part of a team that appreciates children's early childhood experiences. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my two daughters who are 6 and 7 years old, they are truly the loves of my life.  I enjoy playing soccer, reading when time permits and being outdoors.  I look forward to getting to know you all as we embark on this new journey together.

 Teacher 
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Hello! My name is Lauren Tran. I’m very pleased to be working with you and your children.  I have been working in the early childhood field, in various contexts, for over 13 years. I acquired my B.A from Western Washington University in an Interdisciplinary Concentration that involved Child Development, Sociology, Cultural Studies and Psychology with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. 

I am a Seattle-born, first generation Vietnamese American woman with a passion for learning, taking care of others, travel, and for cooking and eating delectable bites. I practice yoga and appreciate stress-relieving runs. I am a Seattle Animal Shelter Foster Mom, often with a foster dog at home to keep my silly Cat company. I live in North Seattle with my partner, Zane. We enjoy venturing around the city, exploring the vast and beautiful nature-scapes we’re privy to here in the Pacific Northwest, volunteering in our good friend’s 5th grade classroom at Dunlap Elementary and we practice eating out way more than we should. My favorite dish is the Eggs Benedict at Mount Bakery Café in Bellingham, WA. If you’ve eaten it, I must speak with you!

There are many aspects of working with children that never cease to inspire me – their resiliency, their hunger for knowledge, their thirst for compassion, and their unalloyed joy of being and learningin the moment. Fascinated by brain development, bodywork and the ways in which interpersonal relationships contribute to growth, I’m all about ‘controlling those impulses,’ taking deep breathes to activate prefrontal cortexes, yoga and gymnastics in the classroom, and building community. 

 

I look forward to meeting you and learning with you and yours!

Teacher

I began my career and adventure in early childhood education when my own son Jason began preschool 10 years ago (wow…time sure does fly). Initially studying the methods of Maria Montessori, and expanding my knowledge of the Reggio Emilia approach and experiential learning ever since.

Over the past 5 years I have continued my teaching efforts, first as Program Coordinator for Powerful Schools at Hawthorne Elementary where our mission was to primarily promote the arts as tool for learning and empowerment, and on the Sound Child Care Solution’s “Relief Squad” supporting preschool classrooms at multiple sites around the Seattle area.

I embrace this same spirit of discovery in my daily life.  Whether it be biking, rafting, skiing, skydiving, or adventures around the city (or chasing eclipses J). One hobby that has been close to my heart ever since I was a kid is photography. Mainly sunsets and nature, but really anything that catches my eye. I enjoy stopping to capture those moments of light, and changing perspectives.

It is with that joy, those moments of “ah ha” and discovery, that I strive to teach.

Teacher

My name is Ashli Joelle Tiller and I find it to be an honor to be your child’s teacher. I have my B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University Northridge and I have worked in the Early Childhood Education setting for over a decade. Working with small children is my passion and you, as a parent, trusting me with your treasure is something I don’t take lightly. When any child steps into my classroom I want them to have the space to learn, explore, and feel safe and secure. I also love music and I do like to have that element in my classroom. What I love most about this age group is how they also push you to continue to learn about the world around you. When I’m not in the classroom I usually enjoy spending time with my loved ones. As I bring this to a close I want to take this time to say thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be your child’s teacher and being a part of the most crucial part of their development. Oh also, my favorite color is purple and my favorite animal is an elephant. I know that’s random, but trust me that means something to preschool classroom.

Teacher

My name is Jesly Morales and I am proud to call Seattle my new home. I have taught and enjoyed teaching in Reggio-inspired schools for more than 15 years now. I love helping children learn and grow, and have experience working with multi aged groups. I believe it is important to know each Childs learning methods to help them achieve their goals. I am so thankful to be  working with families who are involved in their children’s learning through the early years. I am happy to join a dedicated community of educators who are constantly learning.

 

 

When I am not teaching, I enjoy running, cooking, spending time with family, and hiking with my dog. I am an open minded, positive, motivating, energetic, and enthusiastic team member. 

 

I can’t wait to meet you!

Teacher

Hello, my name is Jamie. I am thrilled to be joining the Interlaken Preschool team.  I have recently moved back to the Northwest after living in Rhode Island for twelve years.

I first began working with children  when I was volunteering in Ghana in 2007. I was teaching these children English, as well as a bit of music. I knew I was connecting well with them and it was at that time that I knew I wanted to work with children. Since then, I have worked with school age kids; but it's been in the past three years where I've found my niche working with preschoolers. I have such a wonderful connection with this age range, and delight in watching them grow and succeed. Playing music with and for them is the icing on the cake. 

 

My image of children is working as a team. Helping one another; learning through play, but also working through conflict. Solving problems together. 

 

I think of myself as a caring, compassionate, fun and down to earth teacher. I love making the children feel that they're important, as well being listened to. I also enjoy making them laugh.