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Jan Burnham, Director of Shorenorth Co-op Preschool and Teacher of Baby ‘N Me, 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 14 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.

Susie Gallin LaClergue, Teacher of Groovers Class

Susie Gallin LaClergue teaches our Groovers/Pre-K class. She earned her BA in English from Carleton College, MA in Education from UC Berkeley, and teaching certificate from California State University, East Bay.  She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Susie blends the intellectual, analytical side of education with the down-to-earth, dress-for-mess, sing-a-long, make-way-for-ducklings side of teaching.  As a longtime co-op parent herself and an educator for 10+ years, she believes in encouraging children to take the time to be kids – to learn through play and exploration, to get comfortable in their own skin, to problem-solve with increasing independence, and to be respectful of others.  Susie guides parents in supporting one another and acquiring lifelong skills to raise self-sufficient, curious, resilient, compassionate people.

In her free time, Susie loves to read, run, and spend time with her husband and children.