Cecile Culp Mielenz | Director And Parent Educator
Since 1982, Cecile has valued the opportunity to support both children and parents through her role as director and teacher for the multi-day classes. Cecile delights in the children, appreciates the mindfulness that the adults bring to their parenting role, and enjoys the sense of community that WFP families contribute to the program. Cecile holds a Ph.D. in Child Development and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. She has also served as the state-wide consultant for children’s programs for the Florida Division of Mental Health. In 1976 she became a Professor of Child Development and Head of the Department of Home Economics at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. While at N.S.U., Cecile developed a program for infants and toddlers that was presented as a model for 13 states. In 1993 Cecile began a private parenting education practice through which she counsels parents individually and/or in small groups and also works with children. She is a licensed mental health counselor, practicing as an independent practitioner at Sunridge Professional Center in Woodinville. Cecile has presented seminars to thousands of preschool and kindergarten teachers in cities throughout the United States and Canada. Her areas of expertise include emergent literacy, early math, and developmentally appropriate practice.
Throughout her career, Cecile has been a contributing author to professional books and journals in child development, children’s art, infant stimulation and early childhood education. She also serves as a consultant and speaker on these topics to professional and parent groups. In 2001, Cecile received recognition as an Outstanding National Educator from the Bureau of Education and Research. More recently, Cecile co-authored the book Mentor Manager, Mentor Parent: How to Develop Responsible People and Build Successful Relationships. Cecile’s strategies and ideas for effective parenting that are described in the book are also presented in the parenting education classes she teaches.
Cecile and her husband have two adult daughters, one granddaughter, and one grandson. Cecile delights in her role as Nana.
Susan Carroll | Parent Educator
Susan Carroll received her Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University, Chicago and her teaching certification from The University of Washington. Susan has taught children at both the preschool and elementary school levels, as well as working as a Parent Education Instructor. Susan and her husband, Derek, attended Woodinville Family Preschool for 12 years with their three children.
As an advocate of cooperative education, Susan has participated in the PACE program (Parents Active in Cooperative Education) in the Northshore School District. She has also worked with co-ops and Head Start Programs as a Parent Education Instructor in the Snohomish and Edmonds school districts. In her spare time, Susan enjoys reading, hiking, volunteering in her children’s classrooms, and supporting her children in dance, music, and sports activities.
Tami Cobb | Parent Educator and Outdoor Curriculum Specialist
Tami received her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Washington and her Master’s degree from Concordia University in Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood. Tami has developed research-based projects detailing the value of outdoor nature play for children of all ages (that means adults too). Tami and her husband Tom, have three grown children, Laura, Cynthia and Chris, and five grandchildren, Selena, Allie, Selah, Isaac, and Micah. She enjoys being grandma and family gatherings, cooking, reading, knitting and crocheting, and being outside – at the beach and in the forest.
For 16 years Tami was fortunate enough to teach and supervise preschool programs in a 68-acre forested park with a small animal farm. She also developed and supervised parent-child nature programs and an all outdoor preschool program for the City of Redmond. This experience directly influenced her viewpoint on the importance of nature play and allowing children first hand experiences not only to explore the world they live in but also to develop their own sense of stewardship and environmental appreciation.