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Jen Belcourt, Director

Jen Belcourt collaborates with the Shorenorth Board of Directors and members to accomplish the business of the co-op that gets us into the classroom, learning with our children and one another. Joining Shorenorth as a parent in 2016, she has served on the Shorenorth Board in various capacities and was recruited by her fellow parents to the Director role in 2021.

Growing up in Seattle, she wanted to be a teacher and gravitated toward life-long learning opportunities. Prior to working in nonprofit business development, she served as a leadership consultant for college students and an AmeriCorps Member running intergenerational programming for local classrooms and afterschool programs. At Shorenorth, Jen brings together her experience collaborating with nonprofit boards, love of community building and desire to support play-based learning in early childhood education.

Jen is passionate about building connections between people and loves getting to know the unique skills and interests each family brings to the Shorenorth community. When not at preschool, she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring outdoors, reading, baking and traveling.

Erin Middleton, Lead Teacher

Erin Middleton teaches the Movers, Explorers and Baby n’ Me classes and has been a parent at Shorenorth for six years and served two terms on the board. She attended Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University and earned a BA in Environmental Education with a focus in Outdoor Education.

Erin taught outdoor preschool for 6 years through the city of Shoreline as well as spent two years teaching English and Environmental Education in Peace Corps Armenia. Before that she spent summers as a counselor at outdoor summer camps.

Erin is passionate about play, outdoor education, and helping to build an inclusive community. She is mother to Angus and Emilia and wife to Adam (met in the Peace Corps). Together they enjoy family time biking, camping, and exploring the woods and the beautiful Washington beaches.

Gloriann Harrigan, Teacher

Gloriann Harrigan teaches the Groovers and Toddlers classes.  She began her career in education after graduating from UW with a degree in Anthropology working as a museum educator at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture; a place where she first discovered her passion for early childhood education.

Born and raised in Seattle, WA she had her first cooperative preschool experience as a student herself at the Phinney Ridge Co-op, where she made lifelong friendships that are still going strong today.  Gloriann is also a former Shorenorth parent where she rediscovered her love of the cooperative and play-based preschool learning model.  All experiences that have shaped her into the creative and caring educator she is today.

Gloriann truly believes the more you contribute to your community, the stronger it becomes.  She and her husband live in Kenmore, WA with their two kids and a cat.  They are active members of their community, volunteering in their kids’ school and supporting their kids as little league coaches and sideline youth soccer fans.  She loves living in the PNW and enjoys shopping at the local farmers market, cheering on all the Seattle sports teams and enjoying the variety of beautiful hiking and camping options Washington State has to offer!