Jan Burnham, Director of Shorenorth Co-op Preschool and Teacher of Explorers, Toddlers and Movers Classes
Jan Burnham began her studies at Central Washington University, later earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and her teaching degree from Seattle Pacific University. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Integrated Curriculum from City University.
Jan taught in the Shoreline School District for 11 years before coming to Shorenorth, where she has been our beloved Director and Teacher for 15 years. “Who else has a job that they can hardly wait to get to?” she is known to say. After 25 years of working with parents and children, developmentally appropriate early childhood education is Jan’s primary focus and true passion. She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and teaches an online class at Shoreline Community College on Parent Education.
Jan and her husband Monte raised their two now grown daughters in Shoreline. When she’s not watching young families and precious children grow, you’ll find her at home in her garden, in her kitchen regularly testing out new recipes, and staying up way too late to read.
Missy Cornwell is a new addition to the staff and will be teaching the Groovers class. She is currently a substitute para educator in the Northshore School District, as well as a teacher in the Toddler class at Northshore Community Church. Missy recently went through a career transformation from digital marketing to working in Early Childhood Education.
Growing up locally in Lake Forest Park and a student in LFP coop preschool, as well as being a Northshore Cooperative parent and board member she knew that coop is where she wanted to be. Missy wants to share the importance of relationships in these early parenting years and encourage curiosity in learning. She is the mother to two wonderful children (Evie 13, Owen 9) and wife to Jeff (her high school sweetheart). When not at school you can usually find her on the soccer field sidelines or a baseball diamond with a camera in hand. She is excited to be a part of Shorenorth Cooperative Preschool and looking forward to getting to know the community.
Erin Middleton, Teacher for Baby ‘n Me
Erin Middleton teaches Baby n’ Me and is enrolled in the Movers class with her son. She taught outdoor preschool for 6 years through the city of Shoreline. She has been a parent at Shorenorth for three years and is serving her second year on the board. Erin spent two years teaching English and Environmental Education in Peace Corps Armenia and before that spent summers as a counselor at outdoor summer camps. Erin is passionate about play, outdoor education, and helping to build an inclusive community. Teacher Erin and her husband Adam have a young son and enjoy time on the beautiful Washington beaches.
Karen Kessinger is the Assistant Director and Shorenorth Alumna, having been a member of the Co-op for 9 years (spacing her children just right to do so). She is married to Tyler and they have two boys – Connor who is a student at Shorewood High School and Riley who goes to Echo Lake Elementary. In addition to Shorenorth, Karen is a para-educator at Echo Lake Elementary, leading small groups in reading and math support. She also works with large groups of students (about 150 at a time) as a recess supervisor. She recently let go of her job as volunteer coordinator for the Power of Own Volunteer Program, which matches people from the community with teachers and students at schools across the Shoreline School District. She’s passionate about Makerspaces for kids (and grownups) and is working to spread the joy of maker education at Echo Lake and beyond. For fun, Karen enjoys sorting Legos, reading, camping, and being creative and crafty with friends.