Charlotte Skeffington
Teacher: Toddler Class & Spanish
Parent Education Instructor: Two’s Class

Teacher Charlotte is a PNW native; she grew up on Vashon Island and now resides in Fauntleroy, West Seattle.  She completed undergraduate studies in International Affairs and Latin American Studies at Lewis & Clark College and spent the following 2 years in El Salvador serving in the Peace Corps. Upon completion of Peace Corps Service, Charlotte returned to Seattle and worked in community based social services with New Futures—A Branch of  Southwest Youth and Family Services. Her interest in Early Learning and Parent Education developed while working as a Home Visitor in The Parent Child Home Program. Charlotte found both the child’s development and parent’s growth in recognizing and embracing themselves as their child’s first teachers during those years remarkable. 

Charlotte naturally recognizes potential in others and it brings her great joy to support families in Cooperative Preschool classrooms. She is driven by the idea that each child deserves access to learning environments and services that set them, families, and communities up to thrive.  When she’s not in the classroom she likes to be outside, play tennis, and spend time with her friends and family.

Tami Adlin
Teacher: Two’s & Three’s Class

I have been involved with coop preschool since 2007; both of my children attended Lincoln Park Coop Preschool. I have enjoyed being in the classroom with enthusiastic learners and amazing teachers. Coop was a great way for me to find my way as a teacher. As an empathetic, fun-loving parent, I bring a nurturing energy to the classroom. I am committed to provide wonderful learning experiences for my students. The part of my job that I enjoy the most is connecting with my students.

Outside the classroom, I’m currently working towards my degree in early childhood education. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, gardening, photography, crafting, camping, and being a Girl Scout Troop Leader! Most of all, I love spending time with my family.

Dori Shnelz
Teacher: Pre-K Class

Teacher Dori began her preschool career when her 12-month-old daughter in a One-Day Toddler class. She continued as a Co-op parent with both her children until they all graduated on to Kindgergarten. She began teaching the Pre-K program at Lincoln Park Cooperative Preschool in the fall of 2007. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic preschool teacher, committed to providing a nurturing, fun-filled learning environment where children are encouraged to explore and engage in social interactions that are developmentally appropriate. Throughout our day, children have many opportunities to practice taking turns, listening to others, learning, and talking about many interesting topics.

Her specialties and loves are science and recess/gym time. She says, “I want my graduates to be prepared to ask important questions in the classroom and manage the structured and unstructured time during grade school gym and on the playground.”

Dori graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration and then worked as an Account Executive for 4 years. It was there she learned the importance of organization and planning, very applicable also in preschool. She says,“It takes a lot of organization to run a classroom that offers children choices within structure and engages parents in meaningful roles as assistant teachers. I have never found a more rewarding position, than working in the Cooperative Preschool program.”

Jen Giomi
Parent Education Instructor: Pre-K Class

Jen’s life is a testament to her lifelong fascination with people. As a young adult, she traveled extensively motivated by the desire to see the world, know who else lives here, and appreciate the similarities as well as the differences. With her own children (4) she witnesses firsthand the joy and complexity of growing up. She felt fortunate to learn of Positive Discipline early on as a parent and its ability to change the way people interact with others, beginning with the most intimate and powerful relationship between a parent/caregiver and child. Driven by this understanding Jen started working in parenting education, sharing the information and tools she had learned with other families. She also guides the Parent Education at South Seattle College in the role of Faculty Coordinator. And she has expanded her reach, serving as a facilitator with Sound Discipline for the past several years.

In those rare instances when Jen is afforded some down time, she enjoys quality time with her friends and family. Together, she enjoys walking or running, going to book club, and going dancing and hosting parties.

Dawn Franklin
Parent Education Instructor: Threes Class

Dawn Franklin grew up in the Detroit area, moving to Seattle in 1995 to pursue a degree in Zoology at the University of Washington. She continued on at UW, earning a Master’s Degree in elementary education and spent the next seven years teaching 5th grade in the Renton School District, before making the decision to stay home with her own children.

As a new (overwhelmed and lonely) stay-at-home-parent of a 2 year-old and a 4 month-old, Dawn found herself drawn toward co-op. She secured her son a spot at Alki Co-op and was soon surrounded by passionate preschool teachers, knowledgeable parent educators, and a welcoming community. Dawn spent the next nine years leading each of her four children through a wonderfully rich co-op preschool experience, in which she became deeply invested, taking on roles such as board president at Alki and PAC Equity Committee member.

In addition to Parent Education, Dawn is also an ACE certified group fitness instructor and has taught a variety of formats including dance fitness, cardio kickboxing, circuit training, HIIT, and barre classes.

Kylene Ushimaru
Parent Education Instructor: Toddler Class

Kylene began teaching 4 and 5-year-olds in 1986 at the Arbor Heights Co-op Preschool (now White Center Co-op Preschool) and has loved it ever since. She studied Early Childhood education through Central Washington University, and continues to enjoy learning through professional seminars and conferences throughout the school year. In addition to teaching a 4 and 5-year old’s class at the White Center Co-op Preschool, Kylene supports our program as a Parent Education Instructor, which she has done for over 20 years. She is fondly reveered by many as the fairy godmother of West Seattle.