Greetings from Director
Hello, my name is Jennifer Kim, and I am excited to announce the opening of Avocado Montessori Academy in this beautiful city of Bellevue.
I am a certified Montessori teacher/teacher trainer of 19 years. Since becoming licensed in 2003, my Montessori journey has taken me to unique adventures and unexpected discoveries in Canada, California, and Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Maria Montessori was a keen observer, and all of her knowledge and wisdom about children came from her day-to-day observations. I believe each child holds the key to unlocking their potential when we let them.
I also believe in partnership with the parents because we are the most critical environment for children's cognitive and social-emotional development.
I enjoy gardening, running, and reading when I am not at school.
I am grateful to be part of the new journey AMA embarks on and ready to grow with the children and families I will meet!
1998 BA in Linguistics, BS in Speech and Hearing Science /University of Washington, Seattle
2003 Montessori Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood (MACTE Accredited)
2009-2017 Directorm director / Parent Educator
2018 -Current Montessori Teacher Preparation of Washington Field Supervisor
Avocado Montessori Academy Director
Greetings! I am Coco, the founder of Avocado Montessori. Hailing from the coastal city of Tianjin in northern China, I moved to Seattle in 2010. My profound Montessori journey took flight with the arrival of my first daughter, as I sought to build a deeper connection with her as a person, transcending the traditional role of a mother. In my quest for guidance, I stumbled upon the Montessori method and was captivated by its transformative philosophy.
In 2018, driven by my passion and commitment, I embarked on a rigorous training course, earning the AMS certification from the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest. This training solidified my dedication to observing and nurturing young minds, tailored to their individual needs and interests.
At Avocado Montessori, we warmly welcome parents to join our community. It is an honor to be entrusted with the opportunity to spend invaluable moments with your children, fostering their growth and embarking on a shared journey of exploration and learning.
Hi, my name is August Teng. I am an AMS 0-3 & 3-6 trained Montessori teacher and have been working in Montessori schools since 2018. In 2021, I moved back to Shanghai from Seattle and had worked as a Montessori toddler lead teacher in Shanghai Montessori schools.
By guiding students to help them reach their potential at their own pace, I have continually used my inherent passion for fostering collaborative and engaging environments to nurture productive, thoughtful, and self-motivated young students. Through encouraging independence and a love of learning, I am amazed and humbled by the transformations that happen in young children.
It is truly my pleasure to join AMA.
Hello! My name is Emily Chan and I am very excited to be a part of the team at Avocado Montessori Academy. I was born and raised in Hong Kong and I graduated from the University of Washington in 2018 with a BA in Communications and a minor in Education. I am also a certified Montessori teacher holding both AMS (0-3 Years) and AMS (3-6Y) Montessori Teacher Certification from MEIPN.
I enjoy working with children and I have over 5 years of experience teaching in a Montessori environment in Seattle and Hong Kong. I believe through careful observation and well-prepared environment, children can thrive and develop to their full potential. I strive to encourage independence and a love of learning in my classroom and I am very excited to work with in the Toddler class in AMA!
我是Sunny Wang．我在North Seattle College学习早期儿童教育与发展，并获得了ECE证书。我非常喜爱孩子，在我心中每个孩子都是独一无二的宝贝。我很享受跟孩子们在一起的时光。我很高兴能够成为孩子们的良师益友。我很荣幸加入AMA团队！
I'm Sunny Wang! I studied Early Childhood Education and Development at North Seattle College and obtained an ECE certificate. I have a deep affection for children, valuing each one as a precious and distinct individual. Engaging with children brings me immense joy, and I eagerly anticipate the role of being both a teacher and a supportive friend to them. It is a privilege for me to become a part of the AMA team.
Hi everyone! My name is Hannah, I’m an AMI 0-3 &3-6 trained Montessori educator, I’ve been a part of Montessori since 2016. The first time that I discovered the Montessori approach when I was doing an observation in a school and became passionate about this philosophy, so I decided to devote myself to my passion since then. I’ve always enjoyed working with children over the last 6 years. I’m very excited to join our Avocado family this year, to share both language and cultured with our little ones, providing them with positive and meaningful experience in the environment.
In my spare time, I enjoy outdoors, cooking, knitting, and exploring nature with my family and my dog Juju!
Hello, My name is Joy, and I am excited to join Avocado Montessori Academy. I'm originally from South Korea, where I used to work as a social worker. After I moved to Seattle 5 years ago, I decided to pursue my passion in early childhood education. While taking the Montessori teacher training, I fell in love with the Montessori method. I have been working in a Montessori classroom for three years now, including two years as a lead teacher. I love observing each child and figuring out what they need to be successful. I believe that all children deserve to be happy and enjoy learning independently. The Montessori method respects and guides children differently from traditional education.
I'm confident that your children will benefit from their experiences here at AMA, and I look forward to working with them.
Ao Zhang, primary class Co-Lead Teacher in Avocado Class.
With a degree in broadcasting and an early childhood Montessori credential, Ao Zhang works in our primary Avocado classroom. “As the mom of two young kids, I understand what children need, how they think, and how they feel,” she said. Before joining AMA, Ao worked at a Montessori school for five years; even earlier than that, she was a correspondent for a Beijing TV station. Her favorite part of AMA is that it feels like a family. Outside of the classroom, Ao enjoys playing the piano and doing photography. With family on two different continents, Ao loves to travel and camp around the Seattle area.
My name is Jay. I have BA degree in Piano Education from Catholic University in South Korea. I have owned and directed Preschool Art Center in Korea for 12 years before I came to USA with my family. That experience gave me a fundamental understanding of the children education. As a mother of a college student, I had another 20 years’ experience of nurturing him. That experience also provided me deeper understanding of the child’s potential development. Now, as an AMA assistant teacher, I am utilizing those experiences to nurture and guide the children develop their potential to the fullest. I truly love AMA children.
Hello, my name is Caity and I am very excited to begin my journey at AMA. I graduated from Oregon State University in June 2023 with a BA in science. I majored in biology with a pre-education option. Previously, I worked at Linn-Benton Community College where I was an assistant volleyball coach and a tutor in psychology, chemistry, and biology. I have always loved working with kids and I am passionate about supporting the development of their purpose, identity, and self-regulation. Outside of the classroom I enjoy playing volleyball, making puzzles, and gardening.
I am Maggie, a graduate of the University of Washington with a major in Communication and Education. I volunteered extensively at two public elementary schools in Seattle during my undergraduate years. After gaining work experience, I pursued a Master's in Teaching at Seattle University to further my passion for education. I now hold a graduate diploma in education and a teacher's certificate in Washington state. I am thrilled to be a part of AMA, where I can learn and grow alongside my students and colleagues in the Montessori environment.
Ms. Youngju Kim
I was born and raised in South Korea and graduated from Sogang University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. After working in the finance sector for five years, I started my own clothing export business in New Jersey. Upon moving to Seattle, I found my passion in Early Childhood Education and now, I am excitedly embarking on a new chapter at Avocado Montessori Academy. Outside of work, I am happily married for 13 years and a proud mother of two children. We love traveling and spending quality time together.
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We look forward to meeting you in person soon!