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.
Quynh Cao teaches the children in the North Room. Cao 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.
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 at Epiphany School in 1984 and also taught at Bush School and Bertschi School in the 1990's before leaving NWAIS to teach at The Hutch School for eleven years. 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 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 works alongside Quynh Cao in the North Room. She joined the Lake and Park faculty in 2015. 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.
Thomas Bain serves as a Support Teacher in the Beginning classroom. He has a BA Literature/cultural studies from Evergreen State College. His experience spans fourteen years working in schools with elementary aged children; beginning with the YMCA, the Northwest Montessori School, the Bush School, and now Lake and Park.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.