Our Teachers and Parent Educator

Sarah Schmidt – Sprouts/Lead Teacher

Sarah Schmidt Teacher Sarah has worked with children from birth to elementary age for 17 years, the last 10 of which have been focused on preschool age children. Her teaching philosophy is based on following the children’s lead for play and learning (emergent curriculum), positive guidance, and facilitating problem solving rather than solving problems for them. She views teaching as facilitating a love for learning using fun and positive tools. She uses a strength-based approach to learning by focusing on each child’s skills and using them as a foundation. She gives children tools appropriate for their individual personalities, temperaments, and needs to help them achieve their highest potential. In doing this, a positive and loving bond is created between the children and the caregivers, helping the children build trust in adults and their peers.

Teacher Sarah uses music and movement to address developmental needs in children 12 months to 5 years old. She is a strong proponent of learning and gaining confidence through creative outlets and through playing freely with positive modeling from adults. When children are having fun and being freely creative they absorb more from their every day interactions.

Teacher Sarah is also a singer-songwriter, musician (guitar and piano), and a very proud single parent to an 18 year old boy!

Nur A. Greene – Seedlings

2Teacher Nur is an emerging teacher who has been working with preschool age children on and off since she was a teenager, and more intensely this past year. She offers children the chance to enjoy self-directed play and exploration as a means of developing their cognitive abilities and cultivating their own styles of self-discipline. Her approach is to facilitate learning based on the child’s interests, expanding upon them as a class and individually through materials and fun activities. Teacher Nur provides a playful environment that allows children to be guided by their natural curiosity. Through movement, song, and theatre she hopes to weave an understanding of our world and our communities into something stimulating and developmentally appropriate. Social justice issues are an important part of her life and she seeks to share what wisdom she has gained, so that children can become aware of the choices we as a community are making and how it affects us all, apple, animal, and city. She believes in the power of experience to educate youth and wants to shower them with experiences that broaden their worldview from the tiny seed they are, into the shady tree they are becoming. Her personal philosophy includes an appreciation of those difficult moments that need extra problem solving, and that through struggle children do some of their most awesome developmental work. Through love and acceptance she strives to create a warm, honest, and respectful classroom.
Teacher Nur loves to learn just about anything and is excited to share that love of learning with others. No matter what differences in each child, she believes each brain, each body, each mind and heart are important masterpieces-in-progress. She hopes to encourage confidence in their creative expression. She feels that when we feel safe, loved, and honored for who we are, we can all be in a place of progress.
Teacher Nur is also a performance artist who uses movement & media to invoke a sense of healing in others.

 

Ximena Grollmus, M.Ed. – Parent Educator

I am from Concepción, Chile, but I moved to Seattle on 1997. In Chile, I worked as a teacher for 7 years.  Later in Seattle, I went to graduate school at the University of Washington in the School Psychology department and became a School Counselor. After graduating I spent some time raising my 2 children (now 14 and 11), I dedicated time to study more about Adlerian psychology and Positive Discipline. When I started working again, I was providing counseling services to children and their families in a local counseling agency.  I later, worked as a therapist doing FPS (Family Preservation Services) with families that have been reported to CPS.  I started teaching parenting classes in 2008 and I became a certified PD trainer on 2012. Since then I have been training people in Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica and Seattle area. I had worked with groups of parents from different cultures, in different countries, and with teachers and school personnel from the big Seattle area. The work with parents is one of my passions. The positive changes that I see families experiencing when they take small steps toward change gives me a lot of satisfaction.