Staff

Mary-Pat Soukup is the co-founder and Director at Kaleidoscope School.  She fills the roles of  teacher-mentor-and-support, general classroom support, administrator, janitor, office manager, sub, and all-around friend and resource to teachers, kids, and parents.  She is also co-teaching the El Barco PreK Class for the 2021-22 School Year. Mary-Pat has a masters degree in child development from Wheelock College.  She started Kaleidoscope School in 1996 with Robin Anex in the basement of her mother’s house in Magnolia.   Mary-Pat’s background includes teaching, directing, and teacher training in a variety of settings.  She was raised as the only girl in a family with 6 brothers here in Magnolia.  She currently  lives with her wife (Terri), and two dogs (Bubbles and Cail) in the Ravenna neighborhood, and recently helped her grown daughter move into her first apartment.

Jen Davis is Kaleidoscope School’s Assistant Director, and also co-teaches in both the Eagles’ Nest and El Barco PreK classes. Jen was born and raised in Washington and currently lives in Kirkland with her husband (Don). Her daughter (Anya) has been a sub at Kaleidoscope School, and is currently a Junior at WWU. Jen has had several different paths through her life (administrative assistant, accounting, roofing and waterproofing inspector and clinic registrar at Bastyr University) but nothing that has fulfilled her as much as spending time with children.  “I had the privilege of being a stay at home mom for 17 years. I have loved all stages and ages of my daughters development (except for the learning to drive part) but as I got further along on my parenting path I realize the preschool age had taken a firm hold on me.  In my time at Kaleidoscope Preschool, I’ve been re-opened to the magical world of these little beings.”  Jen is also a student in the Early Childhood Education program at UW.

Janina Guity I’m the Co- teacher in the Bunny Burrow Preschool Class and  the Eagles’ Nest Pre-K class.  My husband and I are from Queens, New York and just recently, as of this summer, moved to Seattle. And so far, we really like it. I have more than 8 years experience working with families and children from all walks of life, and it makes me very happy that I can be a positive impact on the lives of children and help them engage in meaningful thinking and learning. In my free time, I enjoy a good charcuterie board, exploring Seattle, and family time 🙂 I’m super happy to be joining the Kaleidoscope team!

Nicki Stein has been teaching at Kaleidoscope since 2018. She is a co-teacher in the Upstairs Early Preschool and Preschool Classes. Nicki was born and raised in Seattle, and now lives in Magnolia with her husband (Chris), and her two kiddos (Mason and Maggie—both Kaleidoscope School graduates!).

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Shawna Rouse co-teaches the all-day PreK Class in the Ocean Room. Shawna has grown up in Seattle and completed the Elementary MIT program at the University of Washington. As a teenager, she tutored a neighbor’s foster daughter for two years and that experience sparked a desire to teach and work with children. Shawna believes in the power of positive relationships to foster learning and seeks to know and support each child in a way that is “just right” for them. Her favorite place to be at Kaleidoscope is creating in the art area – she is continually amazed at what can be built using only boxes, tape and imagination! Currently, Shawna lives in Shoreline with one cat, two fish and approximately 15 houseplants! In her free time, she enjoys crafting, photography, bird watching and long walks (or any combination of those).  Shawna has taught at Kaleidoscope School since 2012.

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Bonnie Berg
— co-teachers the all-day PreK Class in the Ocean Room. Bonnie grew up in Magnolia and she and her husband, Rob, live in Magnolia. They have three adult children. Bonnie graduated from the University of WA in psychology and elementary education. She taught 3rd grade and K-3 before taking a break to be home with children. She taught preschool at Creative Arts Preschool in Magnolia for 22 years before joining us at Kaleidoscope School in 2018. She appreciates spending time with children and loves to see their wonder and interest in the world around them. She enjoys facilitating their friendships and helping them grow socially and emotionally. She is very happy to be part of Kaleidoscope School!

Rachel Pearson co-teaches the Blaine After School Program, and the Morning PreK Classes. Rachel is originally from Argentina, and is bilingual. She is excited to bring her knowledge of Spanish into the classroom! Rachel has 8+ years of child care experience, including a year at Kaleidoscope School. She is working on completing her AA in business at Seattle Central College, and has taken classes in ECE at North College as well. In her free time, Rachel enjoys fashion, interior design, art, and traveling. She is thrilled to be part of the Kaleidoscope family!

Aaliyah Soukup-Stone is a co-teacher in the Lawton After School Program, and the Treehouse Early Preschool and Preschool classes. Aaliyah is an alumni of Kaleidoscope School!  After graduation from the PreK Class in 2006, Aaliyah went on to graduate from Nathan Hale HS in Seattle, and is currently working to complete her ECE degree at North Seattle College.  She has several years of experience as a nanny, camp counselor, and children’s voice teacher, as well as three years of teaching at Kaleidoscope School. We are delighted to have her high-energy, loving, fun personality on our staff at Kaleidoscope School.

Abby Cronley is a co-teacher in the Lawton Elementary after school program, as well as a morning Early Preschool and Preschool teacher, all in our new Treehouse Classroom. Abby completed a bachelors degree in Public Health at Ohio University in 2018. Abby is currently taking Early Childhood education courses, working towards an Associate Teacher Certificate from Merritt College. She recently relocated to Seattle from Oakland, California where she spent the past two years teaching preschool aged children. In her free time Abby enjoys hiking, camping, paddle boarding, practicing yoga and spending time with her dog. Abby is super excited to join the Kaleidoscope team. 

Lydia Brewer has worked with kids as long as she can remember. She was a babysitter in her teens, a preschool teacher / daycare provider in her 20’s and as a nanny / house manager in her 30’s. She also runs a full-time family portrait and wedding photography business. Lydia lives in Magnolia with her husband, teenage daughter and various pets. Aside from kids and cameras, her hobbies mostly involve roller skating, rabbits, holiday decorating, cross-stitch, all things 1960’s era, podcasts and David Bowie. She is very excited to join the Kaleidoscope team as an Early Preschool (2s) teacher.

Annique Green is a co-teacher in our After School Program. Although Annique was born and raised in Seattle, she graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 2017, where she got her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology. Annique is currently looking into attending grad school for school counseling in the near future. In her free time, Annique enjoys hiking, walking her dog, reading, exercise, and watching her favorite shows. 

Trina Edie is the Teacher Assistant for the Kindergarten/First Grade class. Trina recently relocated from Denver, Colorado and is originally from Fargo, North Dakota. As of now, she lives in the U District neighborhood with her fluffy calico cat (Sweetness). She is currently pursuing a degree in elementary education through Western Governors University. Trina has experience working with children in elementary schools, as a nanny, and as a behavioral technician. She loves working with children and their families from all walks of life. In her free time she enjoys reading, exploring the city, watching movies, cooking, and learning new things. Trina is delighted to be joining the Kaleidoscope family!

Julia Carvalho is a Pre-K teacher in El Barco Classroom, as well as an After school teacher in the Treehouse. She have been working with children for 10 years. Julia is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. Being born in São Paulo, Brazil and having lived in Hawaii, she brings cultural richness to the classroom. Julia is currently taking classes at Bellevue College, and aspires to be a kindergarten teacher.

Margaret Roe is a co-teacher in the Eagles Nest Early Preschool class. She was born and raised in Seattle, has been working with children her whole life, and first volunteered at a preschool when she was 13! Margaret is currently taking Early Childhood Education classes at North Seattle College and is most passionate about art for children and supporting neurodivergent students. In her free time Margaret likes to take nature walks, sing loudly in her car, and do art in all kinds of mediums. She is excited to be a part of the Kaleidoscope community!

Monique Guievara is a teacher in the Bunny Burrow Early Preschool Class, and the Magnolia ES After School Program. Ever since she wanted to stay with her little baby sister in her pre K class, Monique has been following her heart to help children grow. In just 6th grade she looked into taking a class that allowed her to spend part of her day with her baby sister, and fell in love with the idea of nurturing and learning through play, ironically not yet realizing just how important play can be in a young child’s life. She is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education and has had wonderful opportunities volunteering, working and training within superb child developmental programs for 20+ years. 

Grace Thompson will be joining Kaleidoscope in the Fall of 2022 as one of our Pre-K teachers.  She considers herself to be a lifelong learner and loves to share her curiosity and love of learning with her students. This intrigue motivated her decision to get a Master’s in Education at the University of Washington in the field of Learning Sciences and Human Development which she then coupled with her love of mathematics to study just how learners with disabilities engage with mathematics and its representations.  She believes that loving to learn starts when children are young, and that invested educators help kindle that fire for life.  She has brought this attitude to her extensive experience tutoring and working in preschool classrooms.

She lives in Magnolia with her husband (Kris), son, and two cats. In her free time you will find her playing in the sun (or rain, or snow!), hiking, weight training, and running. She LOVES books, so don’t be surprised if you run into her at the public library.

Emma Hayes  Emma teaches the Upstairs Blue Class (Early Preschool), the Upstairs Red Class (Preschool), and the Upstairs Purple Class (Pre-K). She was born and raised in Seattle. She graduated from the Magnolia Co-Op, Catherine Blaine K-8, Ballard High, then the University of Washington. At the University of Washington, she majored in Philosophy. She realized how much she enjoys teaching during an internship at the Center for Philosophy for Children, a program that brings philosophy to pre-college classrooms as young as Kindergarten. She started giving private guitar lessons to students of various ages in the spring of 2019. She has taught at Kaleidoscope since October 2019.

 

Jacque Tank is joining us from California. She earned her undergraduate degree and teaching credential from San Francisco State University. She has been teaching Kindergarten for 5 years in the Bay Area and is now moving here to be closer to friends and family in the PNW. She lives with her partner (Skye), dog (Falkor), and many, many plant babies. She loves sharing her passion for learning, reading, and science with kids and watching them develop their own passions and interests. She strives to have a classroom filled with smiles, laughter, questions, and books. She loves exploring new places (especially lighthouses, which Washington is full of!!!!), going on road trips, sewing, twirly dresses, glitter, dinosaurs, singing, and baking. She is very excited to be joining the Kaleidoscope family.