Teaching Staff

Abigail Wandanda

Hello, my name is Abby, I grew up in Kenya and I have dedicated the last seven years I have been in Seattle taking care of kids and I must say I have loved every minute of it. I am RIE certified and so excited to keep learning more about kids in the Sea Turtle classroom. In my free time I enjoy camping and reading.


Amanda began working at Hutch Kids as a classroom teacher in July 2015.



An Kids in the winter of 2017.na grew up in San Francisco, California and earned a bachelor’s degree in Education and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Davis and is currently working on her Master’s in Social Justice and Human Rights. She has been working with youth for ten years in different setting from infant to high school age. She has been a teacher and support staff at Hutch Kids since 2011 primarily in the infant room


Before coming to Hutch Kids, Anne was a Special Education teacher and early intervention educator. She has also taught English in Taiwan, Japan and Latvia and has been a Peace Corps volunteer twice. She has a Masters in Deaf Education from Lewis and Clark College. Anne has worked at Hutch Kids since November 2008.


Student Staff

Hello! My name is Aspen Bosco, I’m 19 years old and a freshman at the University of Washington. I am majoring in Early childhood and Family Studies and hope to one day become a full-time pre-school teacher! I grew up in a small town in eastern Washington where the town’s population is mostly cows. I love sunny weather, anything Disney, hiking, dancing, hot chocolate, and baking. I am a firm believer in never growing up too much and I cannot wait to work at Hutch Kids with all your amazing children!

Becca E.

Becca recently moved to Seattle from the Chicago area and has spent her summer working at Woodland Park Zoo. She is very excited to be part of the Hutch Kids team and looks forward to meeting all of you!

Becca J.

Becca joined Hutch Kids in January 2018.


Hello, my name is Catherine and I believe that early childhood education is the first critical component in lifelong learning. It is such a joy to watch children learn and grow, and to aide in their development as responsible and respectful people. I have been working with young children for the past three years as I am working toward my Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. I have lived in the greater Seattle area for my whole life and my hobbies include hiking, yoga and reading.


I am a native of the Seattle area and have my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I started working at Hutch Kids in 1999.  I have worked with infants, waddlers,  toddlers and two’s, and am always amazed at how fast they grow from babies to big kids.

Chelsea E.

Chelsea joined the Hutch Kids team in February of 2014.

Chelsea S.

Hello, my name is Chelsea Smith and I have been working with kids for over ten years in various roles (working in schools, camps, and as a full time nanny). I have incredible patience and a true passion for accommodating the growth of children. In my free time I enjoy taking my dog on hikes and spending time with my family.


Hello! My name is Christine and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Washington, majoring in psychology and minoring in disability studies and American Sign Language. My goal is to eventually get my masters in Deaf education and a PhD in child psychology, then work as a psychologist for Deaf children. I enjoy spending time painting, listening to music, and being around my friends. I’m very excited to be a part of the Hutch Kids crew!


Hello, my name is Earnestine. I’m super excited to be a Co-Teacher in the Sea Turtle Classroom for the 2014-2015 school year! I grew up in a small town, Clarksdale, Mississippi and attended Coahoma Junior College in Friar Point, majoring in Elementary Education. After moving to Seattle in 1989, I worked at Mercer Island Child Care Center for 11 years in many capacities (Infant & Toddler Teacher, as well as Assistant Director and Director), while also attending Seattle Central Community College, majoring in Early Childhood Education. I joined Hutch Kids Child Care Center in 2002 and have worked primarily as an Infant Teacher during my time here. Coming from a large family, I enjoy working with and taking care of children. Children are a gift. They have the ability to always bring laughter to those around them. In my free time, I enjoy making gift baskets and flower arrangements; quilting; cooking; and spending time with my children, grandchildren, husband, and church friends.


Emmalea joined Hutch Kids in November 2017.


Erica started at Hutch Kids in December of 2015.


Erin started at Hutch Kids on June 17, 2015. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. Erin has worked with children for the last four years in certified preschool settings and as a nanny. She grew up in the Seattle area and now lives in the city.



Ghadah started as a part time float teacher at Hutch Kids in June 2016.


I am excited to join the wonderful staff at Hutch kids and to be able to spend my days playing, laughing and learning with your children. As a recent transplants from the East coast my husband, Ken, and I are having fun exploring Seattle and all of the PNW. I am a native New Englander and lifelong Red Sox fan. Before moving to Seattle, I lived in Warren Vermont and worked as a paraeducator and speech-language pathology assistant(SLPA) at the local elementary school. I miss being able to cross country ski after school; though I don’t miss the bone chilling temps or having to shovel feet of snow to let the dog out. After graduating with a BA in Economics from University of Arizona I worked in the finance industry. While my 2 children were in elementary school I returned to working in a variety of positions in the public school system. I traded the hectic world of numbers and spreadsheets for a world of little chairs, glues sticks and rounded scissors! It was the best career choice ever. In addition to exploring the PNW with Ken and Harold, our 3 year old English Springer Spaniel, I am excited to learn to sail on Puget sound this spring. Also, I love to cook, read and travel.


Heather K.

Heather joined Hutch Kids as an Assistant Teacher in August 2016.

Heather S.

Hi. I’m Heather. I started my career in child care after graduating from The Pennsylvania State University with a  B.S in Human Development and Family Studies. I have worked with infants for about 10 years. I then began working with preschoolers and school age children. I enjoy working with children and watching them grow and develop their personalities. I also love listening to their conversations. I find it fascinating to hear what the children have to say.


Library Manager/Scholastic Books Coordinator

Jessica is the mother of two young men, ages 18 and 19, and has one granddaughter, age 2 months. She has been a teacher at Hutch Kids since March, 2008. Her time spent at HK in mixed age preschool classrooms has added to her 14 years of teaching experience. She is currently attending North Seattle Community College, working to earn her degree in early childhood education. Jessica has experience working with children ages 2-5 and feels that she shines best in a preschool age classroom. Her teaching philosophy is child-centered and focuses on aspects of social and emotional development, as Jessica believes that harnessing social and emotional skills early will prepare the children for success in many areas as they build new skills, face new challenges, and learn to become productive community members.


Hello! My name is Jiwon and I just earned my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies from the University of Washington. I have worked with various age range children in different settings such as summer camp, after school programs, and schools. Teaching and working with children always make me happy and inspired. I am planning to apply for a Master in Teaching degree. I hope I can make a positive impact on children.


Joanna joined Hutch Kids in November 2017.


Waddler Mentor Teacher

I have been working at Hutch Kids since 1991. During my time at Hutch Kids, I have worked with preschoolers, toddlers and infants. I am currently teaching in the Sea Turtle classroom with older infants/young waddlers. I have a BA degree in Child Development.


Katie joined Hutch Kids as a part time student worker in June of 2017.


Student Staff

Hello! My name is Kayla and I am currently a freshman at the University of Washington with plans to major in biology and minor in music. My goal is to one day attend medical school and very hopefully fulfill my dream of working in pediatrics. In my free time I enjoy spending time outside, playing/listening to good music, and hanging out with my friends and family. I am thrilled to be working with Hutch Kids, and am so very excited to be a part of this organization!


I’ve been in this field of Early Childhood Education for 15 years. I’ve taught children from infancy to elementary school. My experience in early childhood field has been an amazing journey. I’ve worked in public schools (in Colorado Springs, Colorado) as a paraeducator, preschool teacher, nanny, babysitter, prekindergarten teacher. I have taught with a co-teacher and been a lead teacher too. I have my CDA in preschool. I’m working on my BA at Bellevue Collage for my Early Childhood Education degree.

I’m from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa. I lived there until I was 6 years. My parents adopted 3 girls from Ethiopia. I’ve lived in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and now Washington State.  I love the Pacific Northwest. This state is beautiful. I enjoy all the parks here. I love going to the beaches. I’m truly likely to call this place my home. When I’m not at work, I take the time to relax. I enjoy going out to dinner with others or by myself. I watch movies, shows, and documentaries. I do enjoy cooking and cleaning too.

Lauren G.

This is Lauren’s 14th year working in child care. She holds an AAS in Early Childhood Education and is going to continue her pursuit in higher education and get a BAS in  ECE. She believes the early years are crucial to building an excitement and foundation for learning. You can naturally find math, science, writing, etc. in any kind of life experiences. Her favorite parts of the day are imaginative free play, movement, and reading time- anything that gets the body and mind going, one will be able to make connections and learn organically. She is in the process of publishing her first fictional children’s book starring her and her brothers.

Lauren L.

Hi, my name is Lauren. I grew up in the Greater Seattle area and went to high school at Holy Names Academy on Capitol Hill and graduated from Gonzaga University with my B.A in Psychology. After graduation I worked at Seattle Children’s Research Institute on the Walking School Bus study which promoted children’s physical activity by encouraging children to walk to school. In May of 2016 I returned to Seattle after receiving my M.S in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee and I am thrilled to be back in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Promoting children’s healthy development and early learning has always been a passion of mine. I have experience working at various early childhood education centers including a Reggio Emilia inspired center and a center specializing in caring for young children who were prenatally substance exposed. I believe parents and early learning professionals working as a team best supports children’s growth and development. When I am not working with children and families, I enjoy hiking, sailing, cheering on my favorite sports teams, and enjoying life with my family and friends.


Hello, my name is Maddie . I recently graduated with a degree in Education from Principia  College.  This is my first year in Seattle and I just finished a teaching position at the Woodland Park Zoo with their summer camp program. Working with kids is my passion, which is evident from my many years volunteering with 4-H, after-school mentoring, and working as a camp counselor. When I’m not teaching I love to travel, hike, read, and explore new coffee shops.


Marie has worked with young children in a variety of positions, including after school care assistant, toddler music teacher, and nanny. She loves to sing and dance with kiddos and watch them grow! When she is not teaching, Marie sings opera, musical theater and choral music in the Seattle area.


I have grown up in the greater Seattle area and love everything about this city. I have been working with children for the past eight years in different aged class rooms. In my free time I like to be active outside and read. I cant’t wait to start the 2017 school year with Hutch Kids.


Toddler 1 Mentor Teacher

I am originally from Montgomery, Alabama.  I’m a wife, the mother of three awesome children; Ashley, Allen and Terrance and a proud “Glam Ma” of 3 beautiful grandchildren, Au’ Brielle, Aydnn and Braylon. I have been employed with the Hutch Kids family for almost 6 years. Through the years, I’ve gained a tremendous amount knowledge and understanding of how wonderful and unique a “Hutch” kid really is. I also have the honor of being the Toddler Mentor teacher—supervising and coaching the toddler support staff at HK.  I am very proud to be a part of such a great community.  I have been in the child care profession for over 19 years. Along with experience, I completed Early Childhood Education courses at Alabama State University, and additionally obtained my Early Childhood Education certification from North Seattle Community College.  I also have extensive child care training hours, via various workshops and seminars. I have a genuine love and passion for working with children and I can hardly wait to share fun, loving and great experiences with your child.

Patty H.

I’ve been in the field of Early Child Education for about 20 years, and have been at Hutch Kids since 1996.  I’m a true believer in lifelong learning!  I’ve been going to school (on and off) since starting kindergarten in 1960!  Why Early Childhood Education? Because to me there is nothing more beautiful than a child’s smile or the sound of their laughter.

Sharon H.

My name is Sharon, but everyone here knows me as Sharon H. I have been working with young children since 1987 and have been working at Hutch Kids since 2011. For my first two years at Hutch Kids I worked as an Infant/Toddler Support Staff. This year will be my second year teaching with Pamela Murrell in the Seahorse classroom. I have a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Seattle University, as well as ECE credits from North Seattle Community College. I also have extensive training through various workshops and seminars. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading and participating in church activities. What I enjoy the most about working at Hutch Kids is the feeling of community that I see everyday between parents, children and staff.

Sharyn S.

My name is Sharyn. I have worked full-time in child care centers with children 1 month through 10 years old since moving to Seattle in 1985.  I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying French and Women’s Studies.  I have been part of the Hutch Kids staff since 2004, working as Support Staff, Starfish Teacher and, since 2013, as Assistant Teacher in the Sunshine Kids class. I enjoy supporting children as they grow and am always amazed how much they teach me. As a three-time cancer survivor, I appreciate the opportunity to support the Hutchinson Center mission by being part of Hutch Kids. I am an avid reader, artist and nature lover.


Preschool Mentor Teacher

Susie joined Hutch Kids as a teacher in our preschool program in July of 2016.

Tanya T.

Infant Mentor Teacher and New Hire Coordinator

My name is Tanya. I have been working at Hutch Kids since 2005. I have a Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate. I have been devoted to this field for many years and I’m looking forward to building great relationships with you and your children. I’m delighted to be working at a center that reflects my personal values and philosophies.


My name is Toni. I’m newly married and live happily in Auburn, WA. We share a love for our 10-year old Westie, exploring Seattle, photography, and spending time with family. I so enjoy being a “groupie” for my husband who plays piano like a pro by ear! I have been working in Early Childhood Education for 24-years. At an early age, I discovered a passion for children while helping my mother care for foster children in our home. I took courses in high school and college specializing in Child Development. In early 2002, Hutch Kids Child Care Center was introduced to me, where I happily joined on. 12-years later, I look back on my experiences as both support staff and classroom teacher roles with peace and joy in my heart knowing I’ve made a positive difference in the lives of the young people I’ve worked with.


Valerie began working at Hutch Kids in December 2017.


My name is Vivian I am from Guatemala Central America, I speak my dialect called Garifuna, English and Spanish. I grew up in Bronx, New York, I’m a wife the mother of one amazing 20-year-old son Maxwell. I worked at the YWCA for eight years and with Kinder Care for six years as a young toddle teacher Coming from such a big family is were I realized that teaching and helping others is my passion. I have a Child Development Associate (CDA), in my free time I enjoy cooking, listening to music while dancing with my husband Ty.

“Nothing Is More Important Than FAMILY.”


I grew up in Seattle, Washington and have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 15 years, working with children of all ages. I have been at Hutch Kids since 2005, working primarily in the infant rooms. My hobbies are reading and attending the symphony.