Teaching at Lake and Park is collaborative as themes are shared across the grades and among the teachers. We believe that children benefit from learning art (and sports and music) from a teacher whom they also learn to read and write and do mathematics with; each teacher operates as a generalist. Our one specialist, Sofia Garcia-Beyaert, teaches world languages to all the grades throughout the school. Because there is a strong multi-age component to each school day, each child is known and supported by the entire faculty.
Quynh Cao teaches the children in the North Room. Quynh received a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Texas A & M. She holds a degree from Del Mar College in Digital Media. She joined our faculty in September of 2013, having taught in the Texas public schools before moving to Seattle.
Sofía García-Beyaert leads our world language program. A native of Spain, she is fluent in Spanish, French, Catalan and English. Garcia-Beyaert holds a Maîtrise en Langues Étrangères Appliquées from the Université de Provence – Aix-Marseille and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Andy Gregory works across the grades. He holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts in Ecological Studies from Seattle University. Gregory taught at the preschool level in the Seattle Public Schools and has been with Lake and Park School since 2014.
Camille Hayward, as director, also teaches the Beginning Class. Her experience includes a decade at Seattle Country Day School in the 1980’s and another decade at The Valley School of Seattle in the 1990’s. Directly before beginning her current work at Lake and Park, she taught second grade at The Seattle Jewish Community School from 2001-2003. Hayward is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in English and Elementary Education.
Eileen Hynes is the Director of Thematic Studies and the Admissions Director at Lake and Park School. She began her career in NWAIS schools in 1984 and taught for an extensive period at The Hutch School. Nationally Board Certified in 2006, Hynes is a National Geographic Teacher Fellow and a NOAA Climate Steward. She was named the Seattle World Affairs Council World Educator in 2016. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Bank Street College, New York and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Kenyon College. She has been a faculty member since 2011.
Maudie James, Director of Lake and Park’s After School Care Program, works throughout the school as a support teacher. James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a minor in Environmental Education. She worked as a para-educator in the Seattle Public Schools. She began working at Lake and Park School in 2015.
Kim Martinson joins us as a co-teacher in both the Beginning and Very Beginning rooms. Martinson has been a child care provider in home settings and worked in schools and recreational facilities since 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and the Teaching of Social Studies from Western Washington University.
Morgan Padgett teaches children ages six through eight. having taught at both The Oregon Episcopal School and The Torah Community School, prior to teaching at Lake and Park. She has been with the school since 2013. Padgett holds a Master’s degree in Education from Concordia University and Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Art History from Lewis & Clark College.
Marian Sheehan works throughout the school as our academic support specialist. She brings years of experience at Children’s Hospital in Seattle and Gillette Hospital in St. Paul, MN. and over twenty years in private practice. Sheehan earned her PhD in 1981 from the University of Minnesota majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and minoring in Child Psychology. Marian joined the faculty at Lake and Park in 2015.