Meet Broadview Co-op’s Parent Education Instructors


Irene Wagner  – Broadview’s Toddler Parent Educator
Irene holds a Master of Social Work degree, with post-graduate training in Family Systems. She has worked with children and families for many years.  Irene joined the Parent Education faculty at North Seattle Community College in 1995, and provides Parent Education to parents of infants and toddlers. She also is the registrar and coordinator for the North Seattle Infant Cooperative. In addition, Irene maintains a part-time clinical private practice in Seattle. 

Irene has three daughters, and she and her husband have enjoyed raising them in the Ravenna neighborhood.  Irene’s favorite activities are participating in Rotary service projects with her family, attending her monthly book club, and singing with the Enzian Swiss Ladies Singing Society.




Lauren Leiker – Broadview’s Pre-3 Parent Educator

Lauren has worked for almost 20 years with children and their families in a variety of roles including, but not limited to, nanny, teacher, preschool director, and parent educator.  She has a BA in Liberal Studies and a Master’s of Education from Seattle University.  She has also completed the graduate level parent coach certification program through the Parent Coaching Institute.  


In addition to her role as Parent Educator for North Seattle Community College, Lauren has her own parent coaching practice, ParentingAware.

Lauren lives with her husband and 2 children in Lynnwood. She enjoys reading, walking, and spending quality time with her family.




Becky Callahan – Broadview’s 3-5 Parent Educator
I have been fortunate to have worked in the early childhood profession for over 35 years and 20+ of those have been spent as a Parent Education instructor in the Parent Cooperative Programs.  This field has also given me other delightful opportunities to work as a kindergarten teacher, a child care director and teacher trainer, the coordinator for the Recreational Therapy Playroom at Children’s Hospital, a Washington STARS trainer and, a co-op classroom teacher with children infants to five years.  My educational background includes an M.A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and a B.A. in Education from Washington State University. 

We raised our children in Seattle, live near the zoo and enjoy the involvement in activities with the Phinney Neighborhood Center and the Greenwood community.  Our oldest daughter lives near us and works in the higher education field supporting students with disabilities.  Our youngest daughter recently moved to Atlanta where she is working on a 3 year fellowship at The Center for Disease Control.  

Some of my favorite things are our area’s salt water beaches (I walk Alki beach a lot), quilting, gardening, line dancing (and now Zydeco dancing), exploring children’s picture book literature, being a block captain and some volunteer work. 


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