Pictured: Cara Kovac, Jane-Ellen Seymour, Donna Cook Misner,Brook Steussy-Edfeldt,Bonnie Steussy and Cari Kovats (substitute teacher)
Bonnie Steussy, Founder, Director Emeritus
BA in Education, University of Puget Sound 1965; Certificate d’Etudes, Sorbonne, Paris, France, 1970; MAT Foreign Language Education, University of South Carolina, 1973; Certificate in Leadership Training/Adlerian Parent Education, University of Miami Medical school, 1974; TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Certification, Seattle University, 2011. Bonnie founded The Children’s Garden
Jane-Ellen Seymour, Operations Director
BA in Elementary Education; Minor in Child and Family Studies, Washington State University. Graduate studies in Organization Development, LIOS-Saybrook University. Licensed Transition Consulting, Essence of Accomplishment and Leadership Development, Contegrity Program Designs. Community Leadership Program, Pomegranate Center. Has worked and served in and around schools for over 20 years.
Mother of a Garden Grad.
Brook Steussy-Edfeldt, Teacher
BA in a self-designed major combining cultural studies, communication and the expressive arts from Western Washington University, 2005; MA in Human Development with a specialization in leadership in education, Pacific Oaks College, 2009. Brook graduated from the Children’s Garden as a student in 1986 and returned to teach here in the fall of 2010.
Cara Kovac, Teacher
BA in Psychology, University of California, Irvine 1990. Montessori Teaching Certificate from MEIPN Washington. Cara has been teaching in Issaquah since 2006.
Donna Cook Misner, Teacher
BA in Psychology, Education, MA in Education with a specialization in Special Education for gifted and challenged children, York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1984. Donna has been teaching at The Children’s Garden and working in the office since 2004.
Julie Spangler, Parent Education Specialist
Julie offers parent education courses through the year. She is a WA Licensed Certified Counselor and mother of four (all Children’s Garden graduates). Julie has been with The Children’s Garden since 1997.
Kathi Lightstone-Matanovic, Storyteller
Kathi trained as an actress at Los Angeles City College and is a well known Northwest storyteller and recording artist. Kathi has taught and shared her craft at The Children’s Garden since 2001.