Our Educators

Our talented Bothell Family Cooperative Preschool staff provides a warm, caring, inclusive environment for both children and their caregivers. All of them have been cooperative preschool parents, which broadens their understanding of the cooperative preschool experience. 

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Kathy Foster

co-Director, 3/4 and Pre-K Educator

Kathy is the 3/4 and Pre-K class instructor and parent educator. She also serves as the preschool’s co-director. Kathy has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland. Before coming to the preschool she taught Head Start, Migrant Education, English As a Second Language, and Pre-K in the public schools. She first came to the co-op in 1990, where as a parent she served on several committees and held board positions during the six years she attended with her three children. She began teaching at the preschool in 2001. 

When she is not teaching, Kathy likes to camp, cook, garden, read, knit, travel and have tea parties with her friends. She lives in Lake Forest Park with her husband, Don, and their cat. She has a passionate commitment to family and community based education programs for all children. 

Kathy enjoys the Science/Discovery stations of the preschool. Children wonder about so many things and it brings her joy to watch kids ask their own questions, discover answers, and then share their “Aha!” moment with the children and parents in class. 

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Beth Edwards

co-director, Toddler and 2/3 Educator

Beth is the Toddler and 2/3 class instructor and parent educator. She also serves as the preschool's assistant director. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, as well as an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bellevue College. Beth has been supporting and educating children and families in a cooperative preschool environment since 2001. Most recently, Beth has focused on mindfulness and meditation in working with children and families through the UW Center for Child and Family Welfare. She has also volunteered extensively at Sorenson Early Childhood Center, supporting teachers in their work with children with extra needs.

In her free time, Beth loves to read and cook, and spends time every day outdoors walking and in the garden. She values every opportunity to learn new things and to share her skills and knowledge. Beth lives with her husband, Terry, and her old cat, Mindy, in Woodinville. She has two daughters in college, Anna and Kelsey.

Her favorite thing about teaching toddlers is having the opportunity to facilitate the exploration of the world and foster independence and self-identity from the very beginning experiences. 

Jamie Elzea

Parent & Baby Educator

Jamie is the Parent & Baby Class instructor and parent educator. Outside of our preschool she is a perinatal/parenting counselor and the Executive Director of a non-profit called ConnecT1D. She has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and Masters in Public Health (MPH) from University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Psychology from Whitman College. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and has done post-graduate studies in Infant Mental Health at UW. Jamie is passionate about supporting infant development and relationships while empowering families to carve their own unique parenting path. 
As a mom of a current preschooler, she has been a member of the preschool since 2012 and has served on the board. Outside of work, you can find her playing board games, camping, and adventuring at local parks with her family. Jamie lives in Lynnwood with her husband Wesley, three sons Ewan, Beckett, & Dylan, and their two pups.

Jamie's favorite part of class is free play: watching babies become increasingly mobile from Fall to Spring and seeing where they choose to play is a real joy. 

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Angela La Tourette

Outdoor Instructor (3/4 & Pre-K)

Angela is the Outdoor Instructor for the 3/4 and Pre-K classes. She first started with Bothell Family Cooperative Preschool in high school, when our school was known as Lake Forest Park Cooperative Preschool. She then returned to the preschool as both parent and operations chair from 2014 to 2016. Her previous experience as a gymnastics instructor for parent/tot classes through age five is perfectly suited to overseeing the outdoor curriculum in the 3/4 and Pre-K classes. She grew up in Lake Forest Park and Bothell, and currently lives in Woodinville with her husband, Jason, children Greyson and Elora, and a flock of backyard chickens. Her step-daughter, Desiree, is currently attending Western. 

Angela enjoys working on her sewing skills, playing board games and gardening. She loves to meet up with parents she met during her time as a parent at BFCP, and is also active in cooperative education outside of the preschool through her participation in Northshore School District’s PACE program. 

Though rainy days may not be her personal favorite, Angela loves watching the children stomp in rain puddles.

"Our Educators" Photos by BFCP Member and Photographer Katharina Esteves