Shannon Gardner (School Director)
Teacher Shannon has a real passion for building relationships with families and working as a team to nurture children and help them develop a love of learning. She graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Elementary Education with a concentration in psychology. She then moved to Seattle where she worked at a large, NAEYC accredited child care center for nearly 18 years. While at the center she worked with infants thru Pre-K, spending the majority of her time working with the two year olds. She held various positions while there, including assistant and lead teacher, program supervisor, and assistant director.
While not developing the minds of the young children she teaches, Shannon enjoys traveling, knitting, reading, playing games and spending time with friends.
Sally Olson (Parent Educator)
Sally Olson is a faculty member in the Department of Parent Education at North Seattle College. Since 2000, Sally has been working as a Parent Education Instructor, through the Seattle Colleges network and at King Street Co-op Preschool. She has taught the Roots of Empathy curriculum in the Seattle Public Schools and led children’s therapy groups for Divorce Lifeline.
Sally received her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 1987, where the focus of her clinical training was child psychotherapy and parent consultation. She spent the first 12 years of her career as a child and adult psychotherapist in Michigan and Seattle. In addition, Sally served as a Child Mental Health Consultant for Head Start and ECEAP preschools.
Sally believes in the preventive work of parent education and in the powerful impact of early learning programs on children, parents and communities.
Sally and her husband are the parents of two grown daughters. Outside of work, she enjoys being with family, walking her dog, reading, watching movies, practicing pilates and biking.
Blake Adams, LMFTA (Parent Educator)
Blake is a family therapist and parent educator who works to uplift young people by putting good supports underneath the adults who care for them. Formerly a high school choir teacher, Blake’s career trajectory changed when his daughter joined Teacher Shannon’s Twos class at MPCP, where he was inspired by both the young people and the parent education model.
Blake subsequently enrolled in the Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Antioch University. While in graduate school, he worked as an intern therapist at Navos’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Program where he helped families heal from trauma. He also became a Certified Instructor with Hand in Hand Parenting and has taught its connection-based tools to parents around the world.
After graduating from Antioch, Blake launched Blake Adams Counseling & Consulting PLLC to provide play-based psychotherapy to children and support to parents. Blake is excited to join the faculty of North Seattle College and to return to MPCP.
When he’s not working, Blake loves making music, cooking, and being goofy with family and friends.