Meet Our Team

Katrina Alexander-Stern

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Team Teacher, Founder, Admin

Katrina has a joy and passion for early childhood learning. She has taught preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and Tinkergarten. Her twins, now 6 years old, were her inspiration for opening Sweet Honeybee. After the birth or her children, Katrina decided to take a break from teaching through her children's early childhood years. During that time she was trained as a postpartum doula at Bastyr and has been the Year One facilitator for the Seattle Families of Multiples Early Parent Support Program.

 

Until high school she attended the Seattle Waldorf School and in 2012 obtained her Masters in Teaching Elementary Education and English Language Learning from the Evergreen State College. Now she is thrilled to share the heart and soul of her experience with other families as the founder and team teacher at Sweet Honeybee Preschool.

Caitlin Hoy

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Team Teacher

Caitlin recently graduated North Seattle College with her BAS in Early Childhood Education. She has also nannied for a number of families and is a proud auntie. It is her niece and nephew who have inspired her to dedicate her career to early childhood education.

This is Caitlin's third year at Sweet Honeybee Preschool and we are thrilled to have her with us.

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Jana Martinez

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Team Teacher

Jana has been working with children for over 25 years. Her experiences with children include working as a gymnastics instructor, camp counselor/ trip leader, nanny, and teacher in both preschool and childcare center settings. She also has worked as a postpartum doula and during this time she sat on the Board of Directors for NAPS Doulas. Jana has a Bachelors of Science degree in Recreation Administration.

 

Her favorite part of early childhood is the immense growth that happens at this age and loves that she gets to be part of this amazing time in their lives. As a parent who had a child enrolled in a Waldorf preschool she is really looking forward to being a part of the Waldorf traditions again. In her spare time Jana enjoys spending time with her family, which consists of her husband, son and their dog.

Meet Our Specialists

Kechelle Jackson

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Dance/Movement Teacher

Kechelle Jackson was born in Seattle, Washington. She has an early childhood degree and taught preschool for about 5 years, taking on additional roles as mentor supervisor and enrichment teacher. After attending a Summer Dance Institute for Teachers, Kechelle became empowered to construct a unique program that specializes in providing quality experiences for young children by combining knowledge and expertise as Early Childhood Educator with BrainDance and Brain-Compatible Education. Emerald City Creative Arts (ECCA) was established in 2013 and now provides movement enrichment services in over 10 schools across the greater Seattle area.

 

Kechelle also teaches a variety of dance classes at the Creative Dance Center in North Seattle. She truly enjoys the work she does and we are so grateful to have her share the gift of movement with us at Sweet Honeybee Preschool.

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Mike and Carol Stern

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Sharing Stories and Music

Singer • Songwriter • Story Teller • Inspirational Speaker • Song Leader • Laughter Leader

 

Michael Stern (Mr. Mike) is a composer, folksinger and inspirational speaker who provides creative leadership for professional conferences, retreats, worship services and children’s programs.

 

Mr. Mike and Teacher Carol are also Katrina's (our founder) parents. They both enjoy visiting Sweet Honeybee to share songs, stories, and laughter with us.

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Carol Magallanes and Julie Graber

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Green Garage Art Studio Teachers

Beginning in 2018, Green Garage Art Studio has been busy teaching after school art classes to kids at BF Day Elementary. We’ve created classes geared to ages K-2nd grades and 3rd- 5th grades. This past year we also had the joy of working with a neighborhood preschool, Sweet Honeybee.

As working artists, we know that art is not always easy- new techniques, challenges of the mind as well as the skill can cause an artist to doubt oneself. But as teachers, we try to find ways to present the work and ideas so that the children leave the studio feeling successful. We adhere to the philosophy of “there are no mistakes”.

 

Julie Graber is a mother of three and professional photographer. Her favorite animal is a giraffe.

Carol Magallanes is a mother of two and professional pub trivia host. Her favorite animal is a blue whale.