Meet Our Team
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.
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!
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.
I grew up on the east coast, mostly in Massachusetts, but I also spent some of my childhood in Virginia. I hold a B.A. from Virginia Tech in Interdisciplinary Studies and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. I moved to Washington State in 2010 to be an AmeriCorps volunteer at a Head Start in Port Angeles, WA. After completing my year of service, I realized that I was passionate about teaching in early childhood education and I moved to Seattle. I was a resident teacher at a private school in their Pre-K program before I began working at EELP.
My son, Sawyer, was born in 2014 and he’s in the Salmonberry classroom on the other campus. Outside of work I enjoy reading books, spending time with my family (Sawyer, my husband Ralph, and our dog), and being outside - our family loves exploring different parks in the Seattle area. I look forward to getting to know all of you and building a community of teachers, children, and parents.
My early life was out of pocket. I was adopted into a Jewish family who joined the U.S. Foreign Service and lived all over the world. We lived in Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Panama, New Orleans, Bangladesh, Washington DC and Thailand and traveled to many more. These early experiences with different cultures and religions was what set me on the path of working in education.
But my journey to early childhood education has been a long and windy road, with a few detours along the way. Yet everything I have ever done has prepared me to work with preschooler children and their families. Stating by attending the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC, then, The Evergreen State College in Olympia WA and got my B.A. Degree in Expressive Arts and Humanities. From working with international students to working with homeless and incarcerated youth. Then a detour happened and I started working in the movie and television industry. Back on track. From working as a Victim Advocate, to teaching HIV/AIDS, Sexuality Education in middle and high schools. Then worked with an Educational Theatre Program that focused on conflict resolution issues in elementary schools. Then, off I went to teach life skills through gardening to low income students. Another detour took me to a company that created and facilitated trainings on cultural diversity. Then back on the path. I started working at Giddens School with their Elementary and Preschool program. Then to Hamlin Robertson, the JCC and Jewish Day School. And finally I worked at Wellspring Family Services in their Early Learning Center. The school’s focus is providing services to families experiencing homeless and domestic violence. After two years of working at that amazing program, I received an unexpected call that there was an opening at EELP Interlaken.. I jumped at it! I am so excited to be a part of the EELP family and can’t wait to watch the children in my class grow and become themselves, I also can’t wait for all the new lessons they will teach me. Let the learning begin!