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.
Melissa Benaroya (Parent Educator)
Melissa is a licensed clinical social worker with 20+ years of experience working with children and families. Melissa has a Masters degree in Social Work, is a Credentialed School Counselor and is trained in Positive Discipline. She is also a Certified Gottman Educator offering the Bringing Baby Home Program for families with young children and workshops on Emotion Coaching. Melissa practices as a parenting consultant, coach and speaker to groups and individuals by blending her clinical training with her knowledge of child development and discipline. In 2011 she co-authored the book The Childproof Parent.
Melissa lives in the Seattle area with her husband and two children and keeps her sanity with an active lifestyle of running and yoga!