Our Teacher - Marissa Webberley
Marissa Webberley is our teacher at Loyal Heights Cooperative Preschool. A definite Seattleite, Marissa grew up right here in Ballard/Loyal Heights. In fact she attended Loyal Heights Elementary school (across the street from our preschool) and went on to graduate from the University of Washington. Although she loves to travel, she is happy to call Seattle her home. Marissa brings 17 years of experience working with children, 10 of those years were working in Head Start preschool classrooms. She is excited about her role as a co-op preschool teacher, since she believes the cooperative model creates a supportive learning environment for both children and parents. As a former co-op parent herself, she knows co-op helps create community and develop meaningful social relationships, some that can last years. She loves that while the children play and learn about their world, parents are able to get a window into their child’s discoveries and be an active participant in their early education. Marissa considers herself a life long learner and appreciates the opportunities to grow as a teacher through workshops, courses in early childhood development, and other training opportunities.
Marissa brings an enthusiasm for exploring the world to our program. Through dance, music, art, lessons that explore cultures and traditions, she introduces children to the diverse global community that they are a part of. She encourages cooperative and respectful interactions that help children to navigate everyday challenges and prepare them for their future as students and community citizens.
In addition to her work at the preschool, Marissa tutors students in math and enjoys sharing her passion for dancing, especially her love of hula. She is a mother of two young kids and enjoyed her experience as a co-op parent with both.
“One of the best things about preschoolers is the curiosity and wonder in their eyes, it just can’t be beat. My goal is to always encourage that natural love of learning about their world.”