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!
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.