About the Preschool Teachers

Even though we take great pride in our curriculum, utilizing emergent curriculum and using the environment as an integral part of our teaching, we recognize that the factor which outweighs all of the above are our teachers.

All of our preschool teachers have trained under Dee Ann’s tutelage and have learned the language and intricacies of how to make the child feel they are not only a learner, but a teacher; where their ideas and thoughts will and can be heard and implemented into the curriculum. This process is difficult to assimilate for the majority of teachers, especially if they have come from a traditional education or teaching environment where the teacher is taught to stand in front, give information, and expect the children to learn it and then repeat it back. Understanding that learning is a journey of discovery and a hands on approach of trial and error takes practice, commitment, and passion.

It is truly remarkable when you see the learning/teaching that takes place when a teacher becomes a facilitator, knowing when to step in with a question or idea that gets the child/children to think about alternatives, and when to let the children solve their own problems.  Even the adult teachers are amazed at the solutions and learning that takes place.


Dee Ann Perea – Director/Owner/Teacher

Towers and Structures and City Builders Classes

Started the Children’s Studio in 2003 with Bethany Still.

Founding member of the Governor’s Commission on Early Learning, nominated by Melinda Gates and then Governor’s wife Mona Locke.

34 years teaching Early Childhood Education

18 years teaching Parent Education at Bellevue College

Guest speaker at various venues and was a speaker for BER (Bureau of Education and Research)

Member of the North American Reggio Alliance and a founding member of  the local Reggio affiliation. She has traveled and studied extensively at various Reggio based teaching facilities and attended multiple Reggio conferences.

Bethany Still

The Beginning Builders Class

Bethany was our first teacher and opened the school in 2003 with Dee Ann.

Early Childhood Education Degree – BC

21 years Teaching Experience – Bellevue College/The Children’s Studio

Responsible for Curriculum Development

Elke Maas-Westen 

Towers and Structures and City Builders Classes

Associates Degree: Early Childhood Education

Masters: Secondary Education/Mathematics/Visual Arts

PhD: Art History

Elke teaches our science and art classes in our after school enrichment program.

Lynn Marquis

Information coming soon

Shoko Sluis

The Beginning Builders Class

BA Degree in English – Kansai Foreign Language University

ESL – Seattle University

Early Childhood Certificate – BC

Worked 5 years at the Asian Pacific Language School

Erin Perea

The Structures and City Builders Class

 Erin has nine years of experience teaching lower elementary in the Issaquah school district.  She obtained her degree in Interdisciplinary Child Development (with a minor in Spanish) and a Master’s Degree in Technology Curriculum and Instruction. She has Washington state certification in K-8 education, National Board Certification, and advanced coursework toward a Reading Endorsement.