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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.

Capture4 Melissa Cornwell, Teacher for Groovers

 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.

Capture2 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.



Capture  Karen Kessinger, Assistant Director

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.