Our Children's Teachers

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Kim Hagen – 3's and Arts & Sciences Lab

Kim has 11 years experience in the Bellevue College program, as teacher, as parent educator and parent. She holds a B.A. in Home Economics with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. As a teacher she enjoys working with both the children and the parents.

“I want to provide an enriching environment with fun and positive experiences to help facilitate that Co-op experience for everyone.”

Ardis Mortenson – 4's and Pre-K

Ardis has a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. This is her 18th year teaching 2-6-year-olds. She has experience working in numerous Bellevue College programs and several preschool/elementary programs. She truly believes teachers should be guides to learning, providing children with meaningful experiences based on exploration, discovery and wonder.

“I’m thrilled to be part of a team that values and supports young children. I love the co-op spirit!”

Parent Educators

Barbara Hill – 3's and Arts & Sciences Lab

Barb has worked with young children and their families since graduating with a BA in Elementary Education with emphasis in Child and Family Studies from WSU. She has done some graduate work studying Human Development with Pacific Oaks College Northwest. Barb has been with Bellevue College Parent Education since 1998 and is a big fan of the cooperative preschool model.

“When families with diverse backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, economic status, family make-up, schedules and values come together to actively participate in their child’s early learning experience they find more in common, build connections, and grow and learn together. Good things are happening when we laugh together through the challenges and joys of raising children.”

Mary Gentry – 4's and PreK

Mary has a Master's Degree in Social Work. Professional work experience includes: work with infants, wobblers, toddlers, preschoolers (3-5 years old); program development and direct service for new parents at the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS); parent education instructor for Seattle Central Community College and Bellevue College programs; career and life planning with adults.

“A unifying theme throughout my career is a deep interest in stages of personal development/learning across the lifespan. I have worked with all age groups, infants through retirees. I especially enjoy working with young families. My first parent education experience was as a mom with my own children (now 29 and 25) at Seattle Central Community College. My passion comes from my experiences as a parent and this belief, "Parenting is the GREAT WORK of our lives."