Our Teachers

Sara Bennett has taught at Creative Preschool  for three years. Her philosophy of early education is to create playful connections between learning standards, personal experiences, and interests.

Sara graduated from the University of Washington (Tacoma) in 2011 with a Masters in Education, K-8 and Special Education. Since then, she has shared her love of learning with many of the island’s children through school and play.

Sara lives on a small farm with her family, and enjoys kayaking, camping, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Anna Shomsky earned a MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Simmons College in 2005. Since then, she taught English and Math to immigrants, refugees, and international students. She also taught high school English in Germany on a Fulbright grant.

She became involved in Creative Preschool in 2015 when her daughter Iduna attended. Now, her younger daughter Opal is in her second year here. Over the years that her children have attended Creative Preschool, she enjoyed volunteering and became part of the community of families. She always loved how the school fosters a loving environment where children learn social and emotional skills, express themselves through art and play, and make lasting friendships. She looks forward to working with the children on their math and pre-literacy skills and guiding them in their social and emotional growth!

 

Abby Antonelis has lived on Vashon Since 2014. She currently serves on the Vashon Park District Board and is proud to be serving her community.

She has a bachelor of science in geology. She is eager to share her love of studying and observing our world with children. She looks forward to exploring, creating, and observing with the Creative Preschool.

Abby also has a small farm that consists of a yearly pumpkin patch, pigs, dogs, chickens, ducks, and turkeys. A highlight for her is the yearly preschool field trip to the pumpkin patch.

 

THE BOARD AND VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
As a nonprofit organization, Creative Preschool is run by a board of directors; the board members are volunteer elected positions. Board members are responsible for the leadership, development, budgeting and financial management of the preschool. Responsibilities include service to the school, attendance at approximately six Board meetings a year, and providing ideas and support.

Parents do not participate in the classroom on a regular basis; however, we value the involvement of parents in our program, both through the Board of Directors, special projects, and field trips. We encourage parents to share their own talents and interests whenever possible. The School relies on parent volunteers, community members, and its dedicated teachers to keep the school running.