Carolyn Aguilar, Teacher 3-5
Merill Becker, Spanish Specialist K-2
Sandy Buchner, Instrumental Music Specilist
Kyra Canfield, Teacher 3-5
Jeanne Garland, Operations Manager
Nick Glomb, Teaching Assistant
Charlotte Gottienkienny, Teaching Assistant
John Ervin, 3-5 Teacher
Molly Hall, Drama and Dance Specialist
Claire Heineman, Art Teacher
Randi Hutchins, Teacher K-2
Carolina Leon, Spanish Specialist 3-5
Mary K. McNeill, Vocal Music Specialist
Adam Pearlstein, EDP Teacher
Jim Riley,Instructional Program Lead
Emily Schwartz, EDP Teacher
Emily Varner,Teacher K-2
Josie Warner, Teacher K-2
Claire has a B.S. in design and commercial photography.
She earned a master's degree in art therapy and counseling
and worked as an art therapist at public elementary
schools and homeless shelters in San Francisco and
Seattle. Her favorite part of the job was doing art with
elementary-aged kids. Says Claire, “I feel that art should
be about how the child feels when creating and not about
how others judge the finished product.” Claire enjoys
painting and getting messy outside with her two children
and also works in black-and-white portrait photography.
Josie has been teaching Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade
students for the past 12 years. She is passionate about
creating respectful, creative environments which center
around children's thoughts, ideas, and questions. Josie
received her degree in elementary education from Pacific
Oaks College and has also attended two summer literacy
intensives at Columbia Teachers College. When she
isn't teaching, Josie enjoys spending time with her family
hiking and riding bikes. She also enjoys taking quiet time
for herself to read, think, and write.
Jim has been teaching for twenty years. He started the
third through fifth grade program at University Co-op in
2000. Prior to that, Jim taught in the Shoreline school
district for ten years and started the multi-age
4th-5th-6th-grade program at Shoreline. Jim worked in
advertising and social work before pursuing teaching. He
has a degree in communications from Gonzaga and a master’s
degree in elementary education from the College of St.
Rose in New York. He has two sons who attended University
Co-op. During his free time, Jim coaches soccer and enjoys
traveling, fishing, birding, and the outdoors with his
Kyra began teaching at University Co-op in 2005, after
five years of teaching in California. Kyra has a master’s
in teaching and an undergraduate degree in physical
anthropology from San Francisco State University. Prior to
teaching, she worked as a primate keeper at the San
Francisco Zoo. Kyra has two children who attended
University Co-op. She enjoys reading, music, and good
John Ervin, 3-5 Teacher
Although John attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania,
he grew up less than two miles from U Coop and is excited
to be teaching so close to home. He has taught science
through Pacific Science Center, Woodland Park Zoo, Camp
Orkila, and the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery; and general
subjects in South Korea, Spain, and here in Washington.
You can catch him many evenings by Greenlake running,
reading, or playing board games.
Mary K. McNeill
Mary K. has been teaching singing at University Co-op
since 2004. She is a “song catcher” in the true sense of
the word with a special knack for selecting songs that
engage children’s hearts, minds and spirits. In addition
to directing youth choirs at several Seattle area schools
and El Centro de la Raza, Mary K. runs the Children of
Peace Choir which performs intergenerational concerts with
groups like the Raging Grannies. Mary K. teaches each
summer at the Middle East Peace Camp. Her true passion is
giving children a voice through music to spread the
message of peace.
, Instrumental Music
Sandy has been described in the 2005 book, A Day in the
Life of the American Woman
,as the rock star of the under-seven set.
Sandy, a Kansas native, has lived and worked as a musician, children’s entertainer,
recording artist, music specialist, and clinician in Seattle since 1990.
Currently she facilitates a before-school choir and after-school programs in
Seattle Public Schools, as well as a handful of area childcare centers.
She is also engaged as a working musician in the local music scene, performing on guitar,
stand-up bass, and ukulele in both her band and a solo project.
Jeanne joined the University Co-op staff in 2007. She has
worked in non-profit management for nearly 20 years.
Jeanne was the director of the PAWS Wildlife Center. She
has also worked as a grant writer, program manager, and
has served on several non-profit boards. She has a degree
in Communications and Journalism from Michigan State
University. In her spare time she enjoys traveling,
reading, and spending time on the beach with her family.