Staff

Leadership

Tulalip Early Learning Academy Marcilena Vela, Birth to Three Administrator
Marcilena Vela
Birth to Three Administrator

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.

Sheryl Fryberg
Sheryl Fryberg
Executive 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.

Image of TELA staff member Tami Burdett, Preschool Manager
Tami Burdett
Preschool 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.

Image of TELA staff member AJ Parrish
AJ Parrish
Montessori Teacher

AJ has worked for Tulalip Early Learning since 2010. She moved up from a part-time cook, teacher assistant and finally a teacher. She is absolutely HONORED to teach the beautiful children in the Tulalip community and feels a great duty to help guide and develop them into lifelong learners.

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.

Health Safety & Nutrition Coordinator
Allie Taylor
Health Safety & 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 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.

Image of TELA staff member Annie Enick
Annie Enick
Family Advocate

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.

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.

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.

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.

Image of teacher assistant Isabel Gomez
Isabel Gomez
Teacher Assistant

Isabel has worked in childhood education for almost a year and loves working with kids. She loves getting to know them and watching them 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.

Image of teacher assistant Jamila Zahir
Jamila Zahir
Teacher Assistant

Jamila has worked in childhood education for over a year and loves working with kids.

Image of teacher Jasmin James
Jasmin James
Teacher

Jasmin is working towards completing her AA in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in childhood education for over four years and loves building relationships with the children and helping them learn new things.

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

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 Jessyca Tsoodle, Teacher.
Jessyca Tsoodle
Teacher

Jessyca has worked at TELA for over three years. She completed her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in early learning as a teacher assistant. She loves seeing the innocence in children and enjoys watching them thrive.

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 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.

Image of TELA staff member Katrina Lane
Katrina Lane
Family & Community Engagement Coordinator

Katrina is a Tulalip Tribal Member and has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in the early learning field since 1998. Katrina enjoys being an advocate for children and a positive influence in family’s lives.

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.

Image of teacher assistant Laurissa Chavez
Laurissa Chavez
Teacher Assistant

Laurissa has a CDA (Child Development Associate) from Northwest Indian College. She has worked in childhood education for over six years and loves building relationships with the children and helping them learn new things.

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 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, Preschool Teacher.
Mary Sewell
Preschool 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.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy staff member Mekyla Fryberg, ERSEA/Grants Administrator.
Mekyla Fryberg
ERSEA/Grants Administrator

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 Coach.
Molly Hatch
Birth-3 Teacher Coach

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 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.

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.

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.

image of teacher assistant Selina Michell
Selina Michell
Teacher Assistant

Selina has worked in early childhood education for over two years. She loves seeing the smiling happy kiddos.

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, Preschool Teacher.
Shoshanna Haskett
Preschool 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 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 Taylor Burdett, Education, Disabilities Administrator.
Taylor Burdett
Education, Disabilities Administrator

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.

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.

Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy (BJTELA) Zandria Velazquez teacher.
Zandria Velazquez
Teacher

Zandria has an AA in Arts and Sciences. She has worked at TELA for over a year. She loves working with the children and helping them learn new things.