Burien Cooperative Preschool
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OUR TEACHERS

Gloria Witters is our beloved 3's and 4's teacher and Lindsay LaRowe is our amazing toddlers and 2's teacher. To learn more about them, please read their bios below:

imageTEACHER GLORIA

Hi! My name is Gloria Witters "Teacher Gloria" and I've been teaching here at Burien Co-op Preschool since 1991—from a cavernous church basement to the wonderful school we have today. There is a magic to this place. Every day when I open the door, everything else in the world just seems to melt away. I can almost hear the laughter from the hundreds of children who have passed through here.

I adopted a philosophy long before starting here at Burien and have never wavered for a moment, embracing it fully and passionately. It is difficult to sum up a philosophy in a short paragraph—there is so much to say about how children learn and grow—so to give you an idea of this passion that has filled me for so many years, I will make the following statements about what I believe children need:

  • Learning should be fun—never stressful or constricting.
  • The child is the curriculum. Children should be free to explore activities that interest them.
  • Children should be heard, listened to and validated.
  • Children need time. Children need space.
  • Children need "too much".
  • Children need repetition—practice, practice, practice—until they become masters!
  • Children need to take risks in order to grow.
  • Children need to tinker.
  • We are not preparing children for anything. We are here, now, today.
  • Children need to have real experiences, relevant to the child's interests.
  • Children cannot be ready before they are ready. All children develop in their own time.
  • Trust children. Have faith in the process.
  • Childhood is not a competition.
  • Creativity is just as important as literacy to the growing child.
  • Every child deserves respect and deserves to be loved.
  • All children need a sense of belonging.



imageTEACHER LINDSAY

I’m Teacher Lindsay and I'm over the moon with excitement for the coming years at Burien Cooperative Preschool and cannot wait to meet you and your amazing children!

I love this school with my core being and I’m honored that you are sharing your precious children with us. I have a 4.5 year old son, Anderson and an almost 8 month old daughter, Daisy. We are obsessed with being outside, sports, art, collecting things from nature, painting rocks, baking, and doing experiments. We have a six year old dog, a big garden, and two fishies.

    I grew up in Idaho where my love of the outdoors was born. I am a mother, wife, artist, project lover, adventure enthusiast, and life learner. I believe that using your imagination is such an important skill that children can develop at a very young age. My house is often filled with children from cousins to neighborhood kids and hearing them laugh and play and create while they develop those incredibly important social skills just completely fills my bucket. You’ll often find me smiling from ear to ear in the middle of the perceived chaos because I know this is where our kids get to truly express themselves.

    I believe that children are full of incredible ideas and sweet sentiments and I aim to provide an environment that allows you and your children to grow, explore, and interact confidently and effortlessly. When we throw away judgement and pride, together we can equip ourselves with the tools, resources, and tribe necessary to bring out the best in our parenting, our children, and our families.

    I want you to feel more confident in your parenting skills and gain a community of children and parents to lean on for support and friendship. So while we look at this as a play-based learning environment for our children, I hope to provide you with hands on tools, ideas, and resources to make parenting through those hard moments less of a struggle and more enjoyable.

    Children are amazing. I love listening to them. Not just hearing them. But gaining a deep understanding of who they are as a human: their deep thoughts, ideas, and plans. I believe each child is unique and wonderful and I aspire to see them grow and love the process of deep learning and innovating. I want them to have the confidence to try and fail with the freedom to make messes without the worry of cleaning up. Play is the most important work a child will do and at BCP your child can grow, explore, and thrive while indulging in the amazing world around them.

    I look forward to a wonderful year full of engaging fun days for each and every one of you. The learning and growth isn't just for the toddlers, it's for us as parents as well. My goal is that you leave our school year with a belt full of tools and new ways to interact, play, and grow with your child.

    Cheers to a new school year, new connections, and lots of fun!

The Burien Cooperative Preschool complies with all federal regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or religion.