Cecile Culp Mielenz | Director
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.
Jodi Spitalli | Parent Educator
Jodi Spitalli teaches the multi-day classes for 3-5 year olds. She holds a degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Education, Psychology and Art from St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame. Jodi attended WFP with her children, was previously on staff as the Outdoor Curriculum Specialist and is delighted to be back as Parent Educator!
She also has experience teaching kindergarten, where she created a strong parent volunteer program and hands-on curriculum. She is certified through IBREA (International Brain Education Association) and taught holistic yoga classes for adults and children, children’s art, has instructed teachers in curriculum development and did private tutoring.
Jodi has three adult children and lives on Orcas Island with her husband. They own and operate Eagle Ridge Guesthouse on the island. She also designs and creates custom silver and semiprecious gemstone jewelry in her island studio. In her spare time you will find her gardening, hiking, traveling, and enjoying Island Life!
Susan Carroll | Parent Educator
Susan Carroll teaches the following classes: Prenatal-Infant, Pre-Toddler, Toddler AM, and 1-Day A and B. 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 dance, music, and sports activities.
Maggie Homer | Parent Educator
Maggie Homer teaches the Toddler PM (evening) class. She graduated from the University of Washington with an undergraduate degree in Spanish and International Studies. Maggie received her Master’s degree in Education. In addition to having worked with parents, she has experience in teaching early childhood, early childhood special education, kindergarten, and first grade. Maggie attended Woodinville Family Preschool as a child, returned as a parent, and is enjoying now being a staff member.
Maggie is interested in the effects of social media on parenting and the family dynamic. She and her husband, Paul, have one daughter. Maggie enjoys spending time with family, reading, journaling, bonfires year round, and any and all sports.
Kelly Petersen | 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.