Susan Carroll | Director
In addition to being the Director of Woodinville Family Preschool, Susan Carroll teaches Toddler AM, 1-Day A, and 1-Day B. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Washington. She 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 their dance, music, and sports activities.
Heather Araki | Parent Educator
Heather Araki teaches the Toddler AM and PM classes. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BA in English and has a teaching certificate in elementary education with an endorsement in language arts. Heather has spent the last 15 years teaching parent education in co-op preschools and other early childhood education programs affiliated with Edmonds College. Before working as a parent educator, Heather taught first grade at Beacon Hill Elementary in Seattle. Heather attended Shoreline Community College affiliated Co-op preschools during both of her son’s preschool years. Her oldest son, Isaac, attended Lake Forest Park Co-op (now known as Bothell Family Co-op) and her youngest son, Alden, attended Woodinville Family Preschool.
Heather is passionate about the work of co-op preschool programs. She is excited and inspired by how families in co-ops create strong, supportive community environments for children and their families to learn and thrive.
Heather enjoys reading, going on walks and chatting people up. She is forever trying to improve her gardening skills and hopes to one day harvest enough vegetables out of her yard to make a proper meal. Above all, Heather loves spending time with her family. Her current mission is to find ways to connect with her 17 year old son before he eventually blazes off on his own path and to keep up with her 10 year old son’s book reading competition that he challenged her to.
Kelly Peterson | Outdoor Curriculum Specialist
Kelly Petersen grew up in the Pacific Northwest and is passionate about the outdoor environment. With her husband and two boys she enjoys hiking and exploring nature. Kelly also believes in physical fitness and is a CrossFit level 1 trainer. Kelly was a parent at Woodinville Family Preschool for 10 years and held jobs supporting both the indoor and outdoor curricula. Kelly has held professional positions where she provided leadership and supervised adults. We are thrilled to welcome her back as our Outdoor Curriculum Specialist.