Jan Burnham, Director
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 for over 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 a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
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.
Melissa Cornwell, Teacher for Groovers and Toddlers
Missy Cornwell is in her second year at Shorenorth and teaches the Groovers and Toddlers classes. In addition, she is a substitute para educator in the Northshore School District, as well as a Roots of Empathy Instructor.
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 and Owen) 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/softball diamond with a camera in hand. She loves being a part of Shorenorth Cooperative Preschool and the amazing community.
Erin Middleton, Teacher for Movers, Explorers and Baby ‘n Me
Erin Middleton teaches Movers, Explorers and Baby n’ Me classes and is enrolled in the Grovers class with her son. She taught outdoor preschool for 6 years through the city of Shoreline. She has been a parent at Shorenorth for four years and served two terms 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.