Our Teachers

Charlotte Wallstrom

Broadview Co-op Preschool

When you first meet Teacher Charlotte, she is quick to tell anyone over 3-feet-tall that it might take a little time to remember their name. If you’re a child, she’s likely to remember your name on the first try. If you watch her a little longer you’ll realize why she’s been teaching co-op preschool at Broadview for 18 years, where she currently instructs our younger age groups. Her passion for the children’s growth is evident in everything she does. She paraphrases Will Rogers with her own line that states, “I never met a child I didn’t like.”

Charlotte was first interested in the co-op system when she came to Seattle to earn her Master’s Degree in Education, with an emphasis on Special Education and Early Childhood Education. She has worked with preschoolers since the middle 1970s on the East Coast and in Seattle. She was so impressed with the way the co-op system supports families and children that she attended co-op with her own two children. She couldn’t tear herself away, so when the time came to return to teaching, she became a co-op preschool teacher.

Charlotte works with parents in the classroom to foster self-esteem, independence and learning for both them and their children. She provides an environment rich in activities like art, dramatic play, singing and climbing. She also introduces our youngest students to age-appropriate science experiments and early math activities.

Teacher Charlotte teaches Broadview’s Toddler and Pre-3 classes. 

Erin Knapton

Erin has a passion for co-op because of the supportive community that it provides kids and families. She is an experienced and certified teacher and comes to us with many years as a co-op parent herself. Erin is great with kids and has many strengths that she’s eager to share with our co-op community, starting September 2015.

Erin has a Bachelor of Science degree from UW in Urban Forestry (with a specialty in Environmental Education) and a Masters in Teaching from UW. She’s a WA State certified teacher with endorsements in Elementary Education and Special Education. Erin taught 1st and 2nd grades in Highline School District, has worked closely with Kindergarten classes, and has experience working with ELL and students with Special Needs. Erin’s also been a Lead Naturalist through Seattle Parks where she taught Environmental Education to Preschool-Grade 5 kids.

Erin went to co-op preschool herself as a kid and, more recently, has 6 years experience accompanying her two daughters through North Seattle College Co-ops, (including Broadview 3-5 with her younger daughter).

Erin believes that “Teaching is creating experiences for students to construct meaning.” Erin loves helping kids learn through discovery. She provides opportunities for kids to explore, create, discover and reason. She creates explorations in literacy, math, science, art, gross motor and more. Play provides the learning that preschoolers need to discover their world and learn to interact in a social setting. These experiences help kids construct meaning and gain the skills they need in preschool and beyond.

Erin lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, walks with friends, riding bikes, gardening, sewing and reading. She is thrilled to be working with the families at Broadview Co-op Preschool.

Teacher Erin teaches Broadview’s 3-5 and Pre-K classes.

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