Teachers

Meet The Kineo School Teachers

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Teacher Jodi 
Lead Teacher – K/2 cohort

Jodi went into the education field because she sees public education as the backbone of a healthy democracy. So of course, she helped to co-found a private school 🙂 She and Teacher Lindsey bonded over the belief that a school like Kineo should be available for every kid – a place where the child is understood, nurtured, challenged appropriately, and connected to something bigger than themselves. Jodi taught in the Edmonds School District and volunteered in Lake Washington School District before getting her Master degree in Special Education.


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Teacher Dave
Lead Teacher – 3/5 cohort

Dave grew up in San Francisco where Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach were his backyard. He studied music performance at San Francisco State University until establishing himself as a recording and touring musician. After several years working at Microsoft as part of the MSN Music editorial staff, Dave went back to school to complete his BA degree in early childhood development and education. Right after graduation from Western Washington, Dave taught in Burien within the Highline School District. He worked with emergent English language learners in grades 2-4. Eight years later, Dave joined Seattle’s Academy for Precision Learning where he taught a blended class of typical and special needs middle school learners. Dave values the relationships that are formed between teacher, students, and their families. He is excited to be part of a community of educators and learners who celebrate diverse learning styles and who greatly appreciate the social/emotional and experiential aspects of education.

 

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Teacher Zuzana
Assistant Teacher – K/2 cohort

Teacher Zuzana loves the concept of The Kineo School.  She believes every child is different and learns best in an environment that supports his/her learning style and does it in a fun and interesting way.  Zuzana has always tried to support individual needs of each of her students and she hopes to continue to do so as part of the Kineo community.  Zuzana has a Master’s degree in Special Education from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia.  During her studies, she volunteered at a center for children with autism where she worked 1:1 with children in after school care.  After receiving her Master’s degree, Zuzana worked as a special education teacher at an elementary school for children with developmental delays.

 

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Teacher Taylor
Assistant Teacher – 3/5 cohort

Taylor graduated from Seattle University with a BA in English Literature. After graduation, she
earned her Montessori teaching degree for grades 1 st – 3 rd , and for the past 12 years she has
been working in Montessori schools around the Pacific Northwest. Recently she began her
Master’s in Teaching, English Education (Secondary). Taylor believes in academic excellence,
global awareness and responsibility, and the power of literature to foster thoughtful dialogue
and critical thinking. She loves to spend her time with her rescue dogs Beaker and Barnaby and
her rescue cats Oliver and Calvin, as well as her husband and family. She enjoys a good cup of
tea, a great movie or book, gardening, the occasional adrenaline rush, refurbishing old furniture,
and she absolutely despises cooking! She is excited to be part of the Kineo team!

 

Teacher Michele
Director

Teacher Michele has been working in education for nearly twenty years. Before coming to The Kineo School, she taught in the Bellevue and Lake Washington School Districts as a special education teacher in preschool. Michele loves being part of the educational journey that children embark on. She believes that all children are capable of learning and believes in utilizing developmentally appropriate methods to teach. Michele is passionate about teaching social-emotional skills to students to help them build relationships with their peers and regulate their emotions so they can learn. Michele’s educational philosophy can be summed up by Margaret Mead: “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

 

Lindsey Yocum
Co-Founder

Before co-founding The Kineo School, Lindsey taught in the gifted and highly capable program in Lake Washington School District.  She founded Kineo because she wants to provide a place where students and teachers are free to explore the world and inspire one another, without limitations. Lindsey stepped back from Kineo in 2020 to spend more time with family. 


In Memory of Teacher Rhonda

 

Our beloved art teacher, mentor, and friend, passed away in November of 2017.  The staff at The Kineo School is working to create a fund that will honor Teacher Rhonda’s passion for art and education.  Stay tuned for more information.

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