Marilyn Esterly ~ PreSchool and PreKindergarten teacher
I graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Elementary Education. I taught third grade in three different states for several years in each state. Each state had different requirements for obtaining a teaching certificate. One required a second degree, another a Masters, and when I got back to Washington they gave me two endorsements and a permanent teaching certificate. So I am probably overly certified and degreed. Three of my four children went through this preschool. The oldest did not because we were living in Colorado during his preschool years. When my youngest went off to kindergarten the preschool teacher at this school was relieved of her job and I was asked to fill in. At that time it was only a morning class and worked perfectly with my young son’s schedule. That was twenty-six years ago. We have expanded to two sessions by adding a Pre-K which I feel has been very successful.
Arlinda Quillan ~ Toddler teacher
I graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1972. When my son turned three I enrolled him in the Mukilteo/Everett Coop Preschool (which is now F.A.L.L.S.), where he attended for two years. We enrolled my daughter at the Preschool at 17 months and she attended for four years. I loved those years and my family had an amazing time.
When the Compass Cooperative Elementary program began (now Lighthouse) my son had already started school, but I was able to enroll my daughter into the program and we had a wonderful time from kindergarten through 5th grade.
As my daughter’s last year in preschool was coming to an end, I was approached with the opportunity to become the Toddler Children’s Preschool Teacher, due to my Co-op experience. I had enjoyed my time as a Co-op parent and knew I would love to be a teacher, not knowing that I would still be teaching 14 years later and loving every minute. The Co-op Preschool and Co-op Elementary School programs are such a wonderful experience for both children and parents, as we learn together and take pride in our achievements.
I have also worked for 14 years in the Everett School District as a substitute Para Educator and Health Room Assistant from elementary through high school, including special needs. My husband and I were also band parent chaperones for the Cascade High School Marching Band for seven years. I’m looking forward to another great year with the wonderful children and parents of the F.A.L.L.S. Co-op Preschool.
Leslie Foss ~ Parent Educator
I was a Family Life instructor with Everett Community College for 12 years; 10 of those years as a Director/Parent instructor for ECEAP, (Early Childhood Education Assistance Program) and the other two as Family Life Instructor for F.A.L.L.S. Preschool. When the college severed their Family Life Dept., I formed my own business, Parent to Parents, and have continued to teach Parent Education with the FALLS Preschool. My educational background is in Psychology and Early Childhood Education and I am currently certified in several educational curriculums, including DECA (Devereux Early Childhood Assessment), a social emotional assessment that we use at F.A.L.L.S. preschool. My belief is that children are here to teach you what you never learned and that they need you most when they are at their very worst.