Amy’s approach to education is born from her professional experience working with children in the mental health field for over 15 years. Her experience to date has elicited a deeply held respect for the innate desire of children to explore where their curiosity is aroused when their felt experience is one of safety and security. She trusts children's propensity for expansion and growth and appreciates their expressed ideas that drive the emergent curriculum she strives to develop. She aims to create a learning space where each child has moments of feeling seen, understood, respected, and nurtured as they learn about themselves, their BOCP community, and the world.
Amy received her master’s degree in Counseling from George Fox University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist in Washington state. She is also a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy.
As a former board member and parent in the BOCP community, she both admires and understands the community effort to provide a nurturing and inspiring environment for young children's intrinsic desire for growth to be roused and expanded into rich learning experiences. Although her professional development lies in the field of psychology, she has more recently focused her energies on mothering her two young children, which has increased her interest in early childhood education. Amy is passionate about all things pertaining to healing and the bonds between human beings - as well as living out a life of transformation of herself and her world. Amy also loves connecting to nature and enjoys hiking, yoga, dance, and cheering on the Sounders.
Kerste truly loves teaching and helping parents and children learn more about themselves, their families and the world. She has been teaching children for over 20 years and adults for the past four years. Before having a family of her own, she taught elementary school and coached track at Bellevue High School. Later Kerste became familiar with Bellevue College's Co-op Preschools when she enrolled her own children and began attending co-op parent education classes at Bellevue (Community) College (BC). Kerste also currently teaches children ages 3-5 at the Creative Development lab (a.k.a. CDL) on the BC campus.
Kerste facilitates our monthly Parent Education classes, which include lecture, discussion, and problem-solving components. Topics are determined by the needs of the parents, but always include normal child development and effective discipline techniques. Parent conferences are offered in the Spring.
Kerste is also available for private, informal consultation. She is an amazing resource for the parents at Bellevue Overlake Cooperative Preschool.