Natural Start Preschool

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"Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as
one of the most important events in their lives."
-Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth







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Natural Start Preschool At South Bellevue Community Center



The goal of Natural Start Preschool’s teachers and staff is to create a warm, nurturing learning environment that offers young children daily opportunities to explore nature and provides them with a unique, hands-on learning program designed to build a solid foundation for future school experiences. Our staff are certified in First Aid and CPR and have passed a Washington State background check. Our student/teacher ratios are typically 1:7 and never less than 1:10. 
 

Natural Start Preschool Teachers

2013-14 School Year

 

Stephanie Hoener

Preschool Director and Co-Founder

Teacher, Explorers & Junior Explorers Classrooms

Stephanie is a Naturopathic Physician specializing in pediatrics and family medicine. She has spent the last 15 years working with children and teaching families about health and nutrition. She has extensive training in childhood health and safety, and has completed additional training in early childhood education and development. Stephanie has a lifelong interest in nature and is an avid hiker, bicycler, gardener, and birdwatcher. In her spare time, she loves reading, knitting, practicing archery, cooking healthy meals, spending time with family and friends, and going for long nature walks with her son.

 

Mollie Bahner

Co-Lead Teacher, Junior Explorers Classroom

Mollie is a University of Washington graduate with a Master’s Degree in teaching. She has three children, Carmen, Andrew and Daniel. Mollie and her kids love to fish, hike, camp, and explore the great outdoors. 

Jenny Chandra

Co-Lead Teacher, Explorers Classroom

Jenny is a certified Elementary Education teacher with a background in primary education. She has worked with children, as both a teacher and a nanny, for the last seven years. Jenny is passionate about age-appropriate teaching practices that meet children where they are. In her spare time, she loves to read, cook, create (especially scrapbooking, soap making, and knitting!) and spend time with her friends and family. She enjoys working in her yard, visiting bookstores, and going on as many picnics as possible. She lives in Redmond with her husband and one very precocious cat, named Mazie.

Victoria Remer

Co-Lead Teacher, Junior Explorers Classroom

Victoria grew up in Michigan, where she developed an appreciation for the outdoors throughout the four seasons. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and has teaching experience from preschool up through the Middle School level. Victoria enjoys volunteering at her boys’ elementary school, and her favorite activities include hiking, traveling with her sons and husband, and gardening.

 

Priya Santhana Vannan

Co-Lead Teacher, Explorers Class

Priya is a certified Montessori teacher and has been teaching both at the preschool level and in the Lake Washington School District. She was a software engineer by profession but moved to teaching preschool because that is where her true passion lies. Priya has two daughters ages 3 and 7. In her free time, she likes to play tennis, watch movies, listen to music, and have fun with her daughters. Her favorite quote is, “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”


Kelly Butler

Business Manager and Co-Founder

Teacher, Explorers & Junior Explorers Classrooms

Kelly has a variety of experience that includes being a mother, owning a flower shop, and working for the federal government as an International Trade Specialist. She has a BA in Business Administration and has completed additional training in child development, child guidance and behavior, and health and safety. She loves the outdoors and has been an avid camper, hiker, cyclist, mountain climber, rock climber, and cross country skier. She is married and has a daughter, a dog and a cat.

 
                 

Natural Start Preschool
Bellevue, Washington


Natural Start Preschool focuses on the whole child through
creative explorations in nature, art, music, play and emergent learning.