Maura Donegan began her extensive teaching career in 1983, focusing primarily on preschool and elementary-level students. This is her 18th year with our preschool. Maura follows the National Association for the Education of Young Children guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice. Her passion and love for teaching young children is evident in her upbeat attitude and innovative classroom activities and projects. Her personal hobbies include embroidery and handwork, reading, and traveling. She is the mother of three grown children.
Jennifer has been teaching parenting classes at Bellevue College since 1997. She is a certified Positive Discipline parenting educator. She has vast experience teaching researched-based curriculum focused on child development, temperament, emotion management and the Positive Discipline curriculum. She earned her parenting coaching certification in 2007 from Seattle Pacific University’s Parent Coaching Institute. This coaching approach influences her teaching style: class content is presenting in a way that helps parents to successfully use the positive parenting strategies they have learned. She is passionate about families, including her own. She and her husband are parents to two grown sons. They enjoy traveling and exploring Washington State.
Jennifer facilitates our monthly Parent Education classes alongside her co-educator Kerste, which includes lectures, discussions 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 twice yearly. She is also available for private, informal consultation.
I love teaching and helping parents and children learn more about themselves, their families and the world. I have been teaching children since 1993 and adults since 2009. I have a BA in Elementary Education & History and taught grades K-3 for 6 years before staying home for a few years with my own children. I became familiar with Bellevue College's Co-op Preschools when I enrolled my children and began attending parent education classes as a student. I fell in love with the program and have worked here ever since my youngest child began kindergarten.
Together with Jennifer we facilitate 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 child development, temperament and effective discipline techniques. We offer consultations ongoing and Parent/teacher conferences in the spring.
When I'm not at school I am active in my church and enjoy gardening, reading, and listening to podcasts. I love living in the Pacific Northwest and try to get out to the beaches, mountains, lakes and parks as much as possible. I live in Bellevue with my husband and dog and enjoy watching my children thrive in college and their individual pursuits.