Burien Cooperative Preschool

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


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.

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.