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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. Because there is a strong multi-age component to each school day, each child is known and supported by the entire faculty.

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Quynh Cao

Quynh Cao teaches the children in the North Room. Cao received a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Texas A & M. She also 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. Cao serves as the school's registrar.


Camille Hayward

Camille Hayward is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in English and Elementary Education.  Before founding the school is 2003, she taught at various independent schools in the Seattle area.  As well as being Head of School, she continues as a teacher working in the Beginning Room. 


Eileen Hynes

Eileen Hynes holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Bank Street College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Kenyon College. Hynes is the Director of Thematic Studies and the Admissions Director.  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 has been a faculty member since 2011.


Maudie James

Maudie James has held a variety of key positions at Lake and Park including initiating our aftercare program, teaching movement, supporting academic growth across the grades and teaching the Very Beginning class. She holds a Bachelor of Arts 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

Kim Martinson holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and the Teaching of Social Studies from Western Washington University. She joined the Lake and Park faculty in 2015.


Thomas Bain

Thomas Bain serves as an academic tutor, working with children across the grades.   Bain holds a B. A. a in Literature/ Cultural Studies from the  Evergreen State College. His prior experience includes assistant teaching at The Northwest Montessori School and the Bush School.


Marian Sheehan

Marian Sheehan holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Speech-Language Pathology. She works throughout the school as an academic support specialist. Sheehan joined the faculty at Lake and Park in 2015.


Bruce Baker

We are privileged to have Bruce Baker joining us in a variety of capacities throughout each month. He supports the musical program by playing instruments and leading singing during Sing Along sessions, helps small groups of children learn to play instruments when the opportunity arises, and works behind the scenes with regards to our technological needs. Bruce is a graduate of M.I.T. and the University of Washington and a retired Century Link engineer, having an avocation in musicianship and musical folklore. Baker has been involved in leadership roles with the Seattle Folklore Society for the past 35 years.


Leslie Adams

Leslie Adams holds a Master’s in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Washington, as well as a Certificate of Clinical Competence. Specializing in language/learning difficulties, she is trained in a variety of remedial reading programs which include those focused on working with children with dyslexia and dysgraphia. She brings to her current position at Lake and Park years of experience in both private tutoring and an established background in individual and small group instruction with children at various regional independent schools. Adams works closely in collaboration with classroom teachers.


Charlie Bolinger

Charlie Bolinger is the After Care teacher at Lake and Park, joining the school in the middle of each morning as he works throughout the day as a support teacher.  Bolinger has a background in childcare, working with preschoolers and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Texas A and M University and a certificate in Early Childhood Education. He joined Lake and Park in the fall of 2020.

Rebecca Flaherty

Rebecca Flaherty joins the faculty at Lake and Park in the fall of 2021 in the Big Room.  Most recently employed at The Meridian School, Flaherty began her work with children at Spruce Street School in 2016.  She has a BFA in Theatre Arts from Cornish College of the Arts. 

Samantha Silvestri

Samantha Silvestri joins the Lake and Park team as the Very Beginning room teacher in September 2021.  She holds a BA in English Education from San Francisco State University and most recently taught first grade at The Brandeis School of San Francisco.  Silvestri interned at 826 Valencia, a program focusing students on writing prior to her six years at Brandeis.