Staff

Administration

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Jeanne Dengate, Birth to Three Manager.
Jeanne Dengate
B–3 Manager

Jeanne has worked in early childhood education for over 38 years and has been a Montessori teacher and manager for over 30 years. She loves children and believes they are a gift and special in every way.

Sheryl Fryberg
Sheryl Fryberg
TELA Director

Sheryl is a Tulalip Tribal member and has lived on the Tulalip Indian Reservation her entire life. She has been in leadership positions since 1990, and involved in cultural activities for over 35 years. Her passion is to revitalize tribal language and culture. Sheryl’s goal is for the children to know the Lushootseed language, their history, and their cultural ways of life. Research tells us that if our children are well grounded in their language and cultural way of life they will be more successful in their academics, their careers and their life.

Stephanie Arnesen-Pitman
Stephanie Arnesen-Pitman
Preschool Manager

Stephanie began working as a teacher assistant for Tulalip ECEAP in 2003. She moved to lead teacher position when TELA was opened, and then became a Family Advocate. Stephanie currently serves as TELA ECEAP manager. She can honestly say that she truly loves coming to work each day. She is proud of the impact TELA makes on young children and their families.

Tami Burdett
Tami Burdett
Program Manager

Staff

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Absyde Ann Dacoscos, Teacher Assistant.
Absyde Ann Dacoscos
Teacher Assistant

Absyde has worked for TELA for over two years and loves hearing the funny things that kids say.

AJ Parrish
AJ Parrish
Teacher

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Alexandra Barton-Galusha, Teacher.
Alexandra Barton-Galusha
Teacher

Alexandra has worked for TELA for over a year and loves watching the children grow and learn.

Alicia Carlisle B-3 Family Advocate
Alicia Carlisle
B-3 Family Advocate

Alicia has worked at TELA for over six years and has been in early childhood education since 2011. She is currently working towards a BA in Human Services from WWU. She loves working with families and helping them achieve their goals.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Alixandria McKiernan, Teacher.
Alixandria McKiernan
Teacher

Alixandria has worked for TELA for over two years and loves spending time with her kids.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Allena Radford, Teacher Assistant.
Allena Radford
Teacher Assistant

Allena has worked for TELA for over a year and loves watching the children grow and helping them in the beginning stages of learning.

Health Safety & Nutrition Coordinator
Allie Taylor
Health Safety and Nutrition Coordinator

Allie has been working at TELA for over five years and loves watching the children grow and develop over the years.

Alondra Velador Teacher
Alondra Velador
Teacher

Alondra has over 12 years experience in early childhood education. She strives every day to provide a safe and loving environment for the children she cares for.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Angelica Jones-Robinson, Teacher Assistant.
Angelica Jones-Robinson
Teacher Assistant

Angelica has worked for TELA for almost one year and enjoys creating art with the kids and listening to the stories behind their creations.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Angelina Reeves, Teacher Assistant.
Angelina Reeves
Teacher Assistant

Angelina started working at the Tulalip Montessori when she was 14 as a Summer Youth Worker. She completed her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in early learning and Montessori training as a teacher assistant. She loves working with children, watching and helping them learn and grow their personalities and education.

Anita Buxton Teacher
Anita Buxton
Teacher

Anita has over 27 years experience working with in early childhood education. She has a CDA and Early Childhood Education certificate. She enjoys working at TELA because she is able to be a part of a team that helps Tulalip children learn, play, and achieve.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Anna Foldesi, Teacher Assistant.
Anna Foldesi
Teacher Assistant

Anna has worked for TELA for over three years and she has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hesser College in Manchester, NH. I have been in Early Childhood Education field since 1990. She believes in teaching the Whole Child philosophy, it is an approach that values the cultural values and the development of the whole child---physical, social, emotional, cognitive. Our young ones are the future.

Britney Craig Teacher Assistant
Britney Craig
Teacher Assistant

Britney has been working at TELA since 2006 and loves seeing the kids grow and learn each day.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Cailee Taylor-Peltier, Teacher.
Cailee Taylor-Peltier
Teacher

Cailee has worked for TELA for over two years and loves watching the children grow and supporting their families.

Carlie Blatchford
Carlie Blatchford
Teacher Assistant

Carlie is a Tulalip Tribal Member and has been at TELA for over three years. She loves working with children and helping them achieve developmental milestones in the classroom.

ECEAP Family Advocate
Carmel Savoie
ECEAP Family Advocate

Carmel has been working for TELA for over 12 years and in early childhood education for the tribe for over 18 years. She loves helping the families she serves.

Casey Woods Teacher Assistant
Casey Woods
Teacher Assistant

Casey has over two years experience in early childhood education. She loves seeing the smiling faces of the kids each day.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Chantel Lemp, Family Advocate.
Chantel Lemp
Family Advocate

Chantel has been working with children for over 18 years. She was an ECEAP assistant and a B-3 teacher before becoming the TELA Family Advocate. She has an AA in early childhood education and in general studies. Chantel is looking forward to being part of the team that will help you and your child achieve your educational goals.

Cheryl Chuckulnaskit Teacher Assistant
Cheryl Chuckulnaskit
Teacher Assistant

Cheryl has been working at TELA for over two years. She enjoys working with the children and helping to build the foundation for a healthy and happy childhood.

Christina Hayes Teacher Assistant
Christina Hayes
Teacher Assistant

Christina has two years experience in Early Childhood Education. She loves working at TELA because she enjoys building relationships with the families in the community and watching the kids grow into amazing people.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Cindi Howard, Teacher.
Cindi Howard
Teacher

Cindi has worked for TELA for over two years and loves spending time with the babies. She has her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and is working towards an AA in early childhood education. Cindi has worked in childcare for over 20 years and loves seeing the kids smile and discover new things each day. She believes that each child is a blessing and deserves individual love and care.

Courtney Burdett Teacher Assistant
Courtney Burdett
Teacher Assistant

Courtney Burdett is an enrolled Tulalip Tribes member. She started working at Tulalip Montessori as a Childcare Assistant when she was 16. She has a BA from WSU. Courtney is excited to be back at the preschool and working with children again.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Dana Jones, Teacher Assistant.
Dana Jones
Teacher Assistant

Dana has worked for TELA for 18 years and loves following children to help them grow their knowledge from within.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Darla Davis, Teacher.
Darla Davis
Teacher

Darla is an Alaskan Native and has been working in early childhood education for over 24 years. She is currently working towards her BA in early childhood education and has worked for TELA for over three years. Darla loves watching the children grow and learn.

Curriculum Specialist & Trainer
Deb Scott
Curriculum Specialist and Trainer

Deb has been working for TELA for over three years and loves engaging with children as they explore their learning environment and seeing the delight when they discover something new.

Family Advocate Mental Health Coordinator B-3
Desiree Williams
Family Advocate Mental Health Coordinator B-3

Desiree has been working at TELA for over three years and in the field for over 10 years. She has a BA in Child Psychology and a Masters in Social Work. She loves working at TELA and being able to give back to her community, and is honored to help make a positive impact on the families she works with.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Elisa Stolcis, Teacher.
Elisa Stolcis
Teacher

Elisa has worked for TELA for over 17 years and loves that every day is different, and can be very rewarding watching the children learn.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Erin Smith, Teacher.
Erin Smith
Teacher

Erin has worked for TELA for over four years and loves the children who make every day an adventure.

Francine Ike Teacher
Francine Ike
Teacher

Francine has over 11 years experience in early childhood education. She loves working at TELA and seeing the children learn and grow.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Jamie Sycks, Teacher.
Jamie Sycks
Teacher

Jamie has worked for TELA for over five years and loves watching the children grow and learn.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Jennifer Romer, Teacher Assistant.
Jennifer Romer
Teacher Assistant

Jeniffer has worked for TELA for over three years and holds an AA in early childhood education. She has been working in the Early Childhood field for over 15 years, and is currently pursuing her BA in Human Development in Early Childhood. She strives to help children understand that just like them; she learns something new every day. Her goal is to help children navigate their own path in life culturally, emotionally, and socially.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Juli Sotomayer, Teacher.
Juli Sotomayer
Teacher

Juli is going into her third year as a lead teacher at TELA. Juli attended college at Brigham Young University-Idaho where she received a BS and AA degree in early childhood education. Her passion for working with children began long ago when she would ask to babysit kids in the neighborhood, teach dance classes to younger age groups, and play with littles every chance she got. Her philosophy behind teaching is that children should be able to learn, grow, and explore all through play; the early years of a child’s life are the most precious and powerful for their later years in life. She strives to create her classroom like another home for the children where they can interact, experience new things, feel comfortable and safe, all while growing their minds at a developmentally appropriate level.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Julie Dompier, Teacher.
Julie Dompier
Teacher

Julie started out as a parent volunteer in the ECEAP classroom in 2001. She has an AA from Northwest Indian College in Native American Studies with an Emphasis on Early Childhood Education. She loves building relationships with the children and helping them learn new things. Julie looks forward to growing and learning alongside your child as they prepare for the next steps in their educational journey.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Kaitlyn Bombach, Teacher Assistant.
Kaitlyn Bombach
Teacher Assistant

Kaitlyn has worked for TELA for over one year and loves that she gets to see her students grow and develop as learners.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Kara Hoskins, Teacher Assistant.
Kara Hoskins
Teacher

Kara has worked for TELA for over 12 years and enjoys supporting families and helping children grow and learn new skills.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Katherine Hoffman, Teacher.
Katherine Hoffman
Teacher

Katherine has worked for TELA for over eight years and loves the wonderful families and culture.

Kathryn Smith  Teacher Assistant
Kathryn Smith
Teacher Assistant

Kathryn has an AA and Early Childhood Education certificate. She is about to earn her bachelor’s degree and plans to go on to her master’s in Early Childhood Special Education. She enjoys how the Tulalip culture is incorporated into the curriculum and loves seeing the kids learning Lushootseed.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Kelly Lute, Teacher.
Kelly Lute
Teacher

Kelly has worked for TELA for over three years and graduated with a BA in Elementary Education. After graduating, she completed her Montessori Early Childhood Certification. She has been teaching early childhood education since 2003. She is passionate about teaching and her goal is to ensure that young children receive the loving, nurturing, educational environment they need to thrive and be successful.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Kira Swanson, Teacher Assistant.
Kira Swanson
Teacher Assistant

Kira has worked for TELA for almost a year and loves when the children are excited to see her.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Kristin Brown, Teacher Assistant.
Kristin Brown
Teacher Assistant

Kristin has worked for TELA for over three years and loves working beside amazing teachers and being a positive role model for the kids.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Kristina Reeves, Teacher.
Kristina Reeves
Teacher

Kristina has worked for TELA for over 17 years, she holds an AA in early childhood education for Montessori. She believes that knowledge is power and that the earlier learning begins the better for the child. Kristina loves witnessing the groundbreaking moments or “firsts” for the children and seeing their face light up because they “got it”. She is proud to be given the opportunity to watch her students grow.

Kristy Chuckulnaskit Teacher Assistant
Kristy Chuckulnaskit
Teacher Assistant

Kristy has been working at TELA for a year. She loves watching the kids grow and learn.

Lakrista Vantrece, Teacher
Lakrista Vantrece
Teacher

LaKrista has two Bachelor’s degrees and a certificate in child development, she has worked for TELA for over three years. She loves working with children and helping them develop skills necessary to be successful in the future.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Laura Delisle, Lead Teacher.
Laura Delisle
Lead Teacher

Laura has worked for TELA for over three years and loves watching the children grow and supporting her staff and children. She loves what visiting the rooms and seeing the kiddos happy!

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Leah Williams, Teacher.
Leah Williams
Teacher

Leah has worked for TELA for over three years and enjoys building relationships with children and their families.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Lynn Armstrong, Teacher Assistant.
Lynn Armstrong
Teacher Assistant

Lynn has worked for TELA for over three years, and has been volunteering with children in the classroom for the past 30 years. She has an AA in Administration and a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. She is currently working on her AA in early childhood education. Her goal has always been to show kids how much fun learning is and how much they are capable of. She believes that empowering children to have pride in themselves and what they can accomplish will ignite them into becoming lifetime learners. Lynn loves that every day she has the honor and opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life.

Education Disabilities Coordinator
Marci Vela
TELA Assistant Manager

Marci has over 17 years experience in early childhood education and 7 years experience at TELA. She enjoys giving back to her community by setting a positive educational foundation for the youth of Tulalip.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Marissa Reeves, Teacher Assistant.
Marissa Reeves
Teacher Assistant

Marissa has worked for TELA for over four years and loves watching the children grow.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Mary Sewell, Teacher.
Mary Sewell
Teacher

Mary has worked for TELA for over 14 years and enjoys building relationships with kiddos/families and providing a nurturing, consistent environment. She holds a BA in Elementary Education. Mary completed training and received her certification to become a Montessori teacher.

ERSEA Advocate
Mekyla Fryberg
ERSEA Advocate

Mekyla has worked for TELA for over three years and loves seeing the children learn and grown and building relationships with the families.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Melissa Salinas, Teacher.
Melissa Salinas
Teacher

Melissa has worked for TELA for over three years and loves watching the children grow.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Michelle Cooper, Education Coordinator Birth to Three.
Michelle Cooper
Education Coordinator B–3

Michelle has worked for TELA for over six years. She holds a BA in Special Education from Western WA University. Her goal is to ensure that our young children are getting the love, nurturing, education, and life experiences that they deserve to help them be successful in their life’s journey, wherever that takes them.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Mitena Matta, Teacher Assistant.
Mitena Matta
Teacher Assistant

Mitena has worked for TELA for one year and loves watching the children grow and learn.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Molly Hatch, Teacher.
Molly Hatch
Teacher

Molly has worked for TELA for over ten years and enjoys being with the kids and watching them learn and grow.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Mona LaFlore, Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
Mona LaFlore
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Mona has a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance and has been working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families for over 17 years. She has worked for Tulalip Behavioral Health for over nine years and with the memorable toddlers at TELA for almost two years. Mona provides Reflective Network Therapy in the classrooms and loves seeing the little ones as they progress into healthy individuals.

Nicole has an AA in early childhood education and has worked at TELA for over a year.
Nicole Crandall
Teacher

Nicole has an AA in early childhood education and has worked at TELA for over a year. She loves spending time with children and watching them achieve their goals.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Paris Verda, Teacher Assistant.
Paris Verda
Teacher Assistant

Paris has worked for TELA for over three years and loves that the kids are such a blast.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Rainey Singer, Teacher Assistant.
Rainey Singer
Teacher Assistant

Rainey has worked at TELA for over two years and is working on her certificate in Early Childhood Development. She enjoys working at TELA because she has always wanted to be a preschool teacher.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Rica Carson, Teacher Assistant.
Rica Carson
Teacher Assistant

Rica has worked for TELA for over three years and loves watching the children learn and all the love they have to share.

Roxane Osborn Teacher
Roxane Osborn
Teacher

Roxane has over 46 years experience working with children in the field of early childhood education. She has an AA in EDE and an AA in Social Services. She enjoys working at TELA and experiencing the Tulalip culture and community.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Samantha Marteney, Teacher Assistant.
Samantha Marteney
Teacher Assistant

Samantha has worked for TELA for two years and loves getting to know and spend time with all the kiddos.

Samantha Trevino
Samantha Trevino
Teacher

Samantha has an AA degree in early childhood education and has worked in the field for over 15 years. She loves watching the children grow and learn.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Sandra Dominguez, Teacher Assistant.
Sandra Dominguez
Teacher Assistant

Sandra has worked for TELA for almost a year and has been in the early learning field for over 25 years. She is currently working on achieving her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development. She won a Lifetime Achievement Award for her previous work with children. Watching a child’s “light bulb” moment is her most worthwhile thing about the job.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Sarah Cleveland, Teacher.
Sarah Cleveland
Teacher

Sarah has worked for TELA for over three years.

Shala Douglas Teacher
Shala Douglas
Teacher

Shala has worked for TELA for over eight years. She loves watching them learn and grow through the program.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Sheila Pierre, Teacher.
Sheila Pierre
Teacher

Sheila has worked for TELA for over eight years and loves all of the children she works with.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Sherry Boone, Teacher.
Sherry Boone
Teacher

Sherry has over 5 years of experience in childcare and an AA in early childhood education, graduating with honors. She is currently pursuing her BA. Sherry was honored when she was asked to work at TELA and she enjoys the different cultures, personalities, and working with parents.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Shoshanna Haskett, Teacher.
Shoshanna Haskett
Teacher

Shoshanna started as a volunteer with ECEAP during her senior year of high school and this experience helped her find her passion as a preschool teacher. She has an AA in early childhood education and is working towards a BA in early care and education. Shoshanna loves seeing the children learn new things and seeing the happy/excited expressions they have!

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Stacie Naweli, Teacher.
Stacie Naweli
Teacher

Stacie has worked for TELA for over four years and loves watching the children grow and learn.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Stacy Miranda, Teacher.
Stacy Miranda
Teacher

Stacy has worked for TELA for over three years and loves watching the children grow and learn.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Stella Moreno, Teacher.
Stella Moreno
Teacher

Stella has worked for TELA for over eight years and enjoys seeing the kids get excited when they learn something new.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Sydney Napeahi, Teacher Assistant.
Sydney Napeahi
Teacher Assistant

Sydney has worked for TELA for over four years and loves watching the children grow and learn being able to support them.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Taylor Burdett, Teacher.
Taylor Burdett
Teacher

Taylor is a Tulalip Tribal Member. She has a BA from Western Washington University in Sociology, and an MA in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy. She has been working in the preschool field since she was 15, where she started as an aftercare assistant in the Montessori program. Taylor has been a Lead ECEAP Teacher at TELA for over five years. She enjoys seeing the children grasp new concepts and strengthen their skills as they learn in fun and exciting environment.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Teresa Frane, Teacher.
Teresa Frane
Teacher

Teresa has worked for TELA for over three years. Teresa feels a teacher takes a hand, opens a mind touches a heart and shapes the future.

Toni-Jo Sykes Teacher Assistant
Toni-Jo Sykes
Teacher Assistant

Toni-Jo has worked for head start for over 35 years. She enjoys working with children and their families as well as learning about the Tulalip culture and language.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Wanda Campos, Teacher Assistant.
Wanda Campos
Teacher Assistant

Wanda has worked for TELA for over three years and she enjoys assisting children in exploring new concepts and ideas. She grew up in San Jose, California with four sisters. She loves the outdoors and the beauty it brings. When she was a child, she always knew she wanted to become a teacher and help children develop their strengths and become the best they can be. She believes each child is unique and special. She believes building a relationship with children is key to their success in school. Before she joined the Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy, she had over twenty years working in the field of Early Childhood Education. She has also taught kindergarten in the private sector in California. She has worked at the BJT Early Learning Academy for three years. She earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential which helps her to be a better preschool teacher. He goal is to continuously grow professionally to support children’s learning and development.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Yunidia Oropeza, Assistant Teacher.
Yunidia Oropeza
Teacher Assistant

Yunidia has worked at TELA for two years and holds a BA in Education. She worked for seven years as an elementary school teacher in Mexico and for seven years for Volunteer of America (ECEAP Program) as a Teacher Assistant. She loves working at TELA and enjoys seeing the children and their smiles. Her philosophy is to guide and allow children to explore while they learn from their own experiences.