"It takes a village to raise a child", felt especially true for Rebecca who was raised in Alaska by her grandparents and father. At an early age she developed a strong interest in teaching. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington where she developed ideas to encourage creativity in children. Rebecca then went on to earn her Master's in Teaching from the University of Washington. She has 13+ years professional experience in childcare and taught Pre-K and first and second grade at Giddens, a school dedicated to educating the whole child and specializing in anti-bias education. Rebecca has two daughters and enjoys being with her family outdoors. She is enthusiastic, loves children, and is committed to creating a space where kids love to learn.
Desireé González is a caring and energetic part of the Sprout community. Originally from Puerto Rico, where she completed a BA in Preschool Education. Desi has been in Seattle for the past six years where she now lives in the wonderful neighborhood of Columbia City with her husband and two Chihuahuas. During her free time she practices yoga and the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She also loves to hike with her family, garden and cook. With eight years of early childhood education under her belt, she’s worked in a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool, as a nanny, in a speech and language pathology clinic, and is a yoga teacher for kids. Now she’s having fun sharing her skills and developing relationships based on respect and trust with the kids and families that form Sprout.
Maria Ester moved to Seattle ten years ago from Mexico. She lives in the Othello neighborhood with her daughter, Abigail. Maria has nine years experience working with kids as a babysitter for the Columbia City and Beacon Hill Parents Group and the Rainier Valley Coop. One thing she really enjoys is teaching kids Spanish: "It's amazing to me how fast they learn at a young age." Through this work, Maria also discovered how much she enjoys supporting parents as well as children. She's excited for this new opportunity to work as an Assistant Teacher at Sprout! During her free time, Maria likes to go for a walk, enjoy nature, and go to the beach with her daughter.
Music and Spanish teacher, Eli Rosenblatt has been working with children since the age of 14. His love for music and language has led him in travels throughout the world. Eli speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese, plays guitar, and sings in a variety of different styles from around the world. Through his experience with children at Pacific Crest Montessori in Ballard, Eli became convinced of the child based form of education that Maria Montessori pioneered and he continues to find great joy and fulfillment in facilitating self-discovery and growth in children.
Find our more about Eli on his website.
Lyn Dillman is a certified Parent Coach through PCI® of Bellevue and a Certified Positive Parenting Educator. She has 20 plus years of teaching experience including pre-school through 4th grade. Lyn has taught Positive Discipline classes at Sprout to both teachers and families. It's great to have her as a support person for our community!
Find our more about Lyn on her website.