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Fran Keown
Fran is the co-director of Kidspace and started working there in 1998. She has more than 5 years experience as a lead toddler teacher and over 15 years experience working with children. Fran moved to Seattle from New York in 1994 where she managed a group home for developmentally disabled adults for many years. Fran has a BA in political science and has taken many early childhood education classes. She loves the daily challenges and rewards of being a director. In her spare time she enjoys music, sports, nature, and spending time with her daughter and husband.

Michelle Bretz
Michelle is the co-director and a lead preschool teacher at Kidspace. She began working at Kidspace in 1990. She has an AA in ECE from Seattle Central and has a mentor teacher certificate through SCC. Her favorite things about Kidspace are the hip staff, wonderful parents, and amazing children. Michelle has a deep interest in adoption as she was adopted at a young age. Her other interests include baking, hiking, working out, shopping, politics, and spending time with her daughter, Mackenzie.

Kim Kleeh
Kim has been Kidspace’s Mentor Teacher since 2010.  She has worked in ECE for 25 years as a teacher, program director, and a parent educator. She grew up in sunny southern California and earned her BA at Cal State Fullerton. She and her family lived in San Francisco and Berkeley until moving to Seattle in 2005. She holds an AA in Early Childhood Ed from NSCC and is active in NAEYC. Kim loves Kidspace for its dedicated staff and amazing families, and especially enjoys conversing with the children.  Her interests include live music, textile arts, and exploring cities through the lens of a camera.

Christian Ortiz
Christian is the Kidspace chef/kitchen manager.  He began working at Kidspace in 2016. Christian most previously worked as a Culinary Supervisor at the Verizon Lounge (Premium Restaurant) at Century Link Field. He is originally from Mexico where he earned a degree in Associate of Arts: Culinary Arts from Banderas Bay Technological College in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Christian was also an owner and Head Chef of a restaurant in San Patricio Melaque, Mexico.

Kelly Esterberg
Kelly is the Kidspace office administrator. She began working at Kidspace in 1999 and left a few years later to raise her children. Kelly covered many maternity leaves and vacation over the interim and permanently returned to Kidspace in 2014. Kelly has a BA in History from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and a Masters in Education from Boston University. She loves to be outdoors (especially in the garden) and enjoys chauffeuring her two children all over the city.

Helen Froissart
Helen is the infant lead teacher and has been working at Kidspace since February 1992. Helen has worked with infants for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Humanities, Elementary Education teaching credentials, over 1,000 hours of ECE coursework and more than one year of classes towards an MA in education. The things she loves about Kidspace are the educated staff and the commitment Kidspace has to continually improving the program and state of early childhood education. Helen’s interests include textile arts, traveling, languages and other cultures, food, and music. Helen’s 22 year-old son, Elliott, is a graduate of Kidspace.

Olivia Hutton
Olivia is the assistant teacher in the infant (Sequoia) room. She began working at Kidspace in 2014 while she was a student at SPU. Olivia graduated from SPU with a degree in Individual and Family Development (with a minor in Women’s Studies) in March 2016.

Paulie Harris
Pauline Harris is the lead teacher in the Waddler (Willow) Room and has been working at Kidspace since 1996. She has more than 16 years of experience working with infants through school-age children. Pauline likes the warm, nurturing environment, low ratios, great benefits, great cook, and the male teacher role models at Kidspace. She is also happy about getting the chance to be with her adorable son during his early childhood years. Pauline’s interests include dancing, writing, and helping others.

Zakarrah McCullouch
Zakarrah is the full-time assistant teacher in the Waddler (Willow) Room. She began working at Kidspace in 2015.

Catalina Velasquez
Catalina is the full-time lead teacher in the Toddler (Apple) Room. She started working at Kidspace in 2005. After working almost 10 years as the assistant teacher in the infant room she was promoted to the lead toddler teacher in 2015. Catalina moved to Seattle from Bogota, Colombia, where she was born and raised. She has previous experience working as an elementary school teacher as well as teaching Spanish to young children. She is also the proud parent of two daughters.

Mary Neymeyer
Mary is the full-time assistant teacher in the Toddler (Apple) Room. She began working at Kidspace in June 2016.

Jennifer Brown
Jennifer is the lead teacher in the Young Preschool (Treefrog) Room and has been working at Kidspace since 2001. She previously worked with children as a nanny and as an assistant teacher in Alaska. Jennifer has an AA in visual communications from the Art Institute of Seattle. She enjoys the community-oriented atmosphere and the high level of parent involvement at Kidspace. She also likes that children are treated as individuals and with respect. Jennifer’s interests include anything arts-oriented, music, hiking, camping, snow boarding, and exploring Seattle.

Tamelia Cormier
Tamelia is the full-time assistant teacher in the Young Preschool (Treefrog) Room and has been working at Kidspace since August 2008. She has three years previous teaching experience, including a year spent as a toddler teacher in a Montessori program. Tamelia has taken several ECE classes at Green River Community College.

Keara Garcia Stubbs
Keara is the Lead teacher in the Young Preschool (Dino) Room.  She started working at Kidspace as a part-time teacher in January of 2010 while she was a student at SPU. Keara graduated from SPU with a BA in Psychology and has completed some courses towards a Masters degree in Education.

Tan Lo Saeteurn
Tan Lo is the full-time assistant teacher in the Young Preschool (Dino) Room. She began working at Kidspace in 2011 while she was a student at SPU.

Patrick Durbin
Pat is the lead teacher in the Preschool (Aspen) Room and started working at Kidspace in 2007. Previously he worked at Able Child Children’s Center for 17 years. While at Able, Pat worked for several years as a lead teacher in the infant and toddler classrooms, then a lead teacher in the preschool classroom. Over the years he has been a very active and well-known member of the Seattle early childhood community. Pat has 32 credits in ECE from North Seattle Community as well as a BA in Biology from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Toya Harris
Toya is the assistant teacher in the Preschool (Aspen) Room and started working at Kidspace in 2016.

Simone Coffer
Simone is the assistant teacher in the Preschool (Maple) Room and started working at Kidspace in 2016.

Carter LeBlanc
Carter is a full-time float teacher (works in multiple rooms giving teacher breaks and plan time)and has worked at Kidspace since August 2012

Nancy Wagner
Nancy is a full-time float teacher (works in multiple rooms giving teacher breaks and plan time) who began working at Kidspace in 2016.

Audra Howerton
Audra  is a full-time float teacher (works in multiple rooms giving teacher breaks and plan time) who began working at Kidspace in 2016.