• Karen King
    Karen King Preschool Music Teacher

    kking@ecswa.org

    Bachelor of Music: University of the Pacific; Chapman University
    Washington and California State Teaching Certificates
    Began Teaching: 1996
    Joined ECS: 1999

    My hobby is growing indoor plants and my passion is reading God’s word. I also love flowers and children’s music!

  • Anna Choi
    Anna Choi All-Day Preschool (4's)

    achoi@ecswa.org

    Bachelor of Arts: University of California, Los Angeles
    Began Teaching: 1997
    Joined ECS: 2013

    I moved to Bellevue in August 2013 from Southern California. My husband, two daughters, and I attend the Community Church of Seattle. I’ve taught little children at my church since I was in college and also taught three years in an elementary school. I am very blessed to be called to be here at Eastside Christian School. My favorite activities are fellowshipping with my church friends, hiking with my family, and doing art with my children.

  • Amy Olthouse
    Amy Olthouse Preschool Director

    aolthouse@ecswa.org

    Bachelor of Arts: Washington State University
    Child Development Associate Credential
    Began Teaching: 2006
    Joined ECS: 2017

    I am excited and honored to serve on the ECS team! My love for teaching little ones began in Bellevue more than 25 years ago, and I have served in children’s ministry ever since!  I have enjoyed ­­teaching Sunday school, leading VBS, homeschooling my children, serving as a children’s ministry director, teaching preschool and kindergarten, and most recently serving as a preschool director. 

    I feel blessed to work in a Christian school where I can encourage families of young children in their faith and to trust the Lord in raising their children.  As a mother of three grown children and a teenager, I have always drawn strength from the verse, “Apart from me, you can do nothing,” John 15:5.  When we abide in Him, we bear much fruit.

    When I’m not teaching, I enjoy hiking with my husband, Steven, and family (including my chocolate lab), gardening, watching my boys play soccer, drinking coffee, and reading historical fiction.

     

  • Emily Fennell
    Emily Fennell Half Day (3's) Preschool Teacher

    efennell@ecswa.org

    Bachelor of Arts
    : Central Washington University
    Joined ECS: 2017

    I am a Seattle native living with my husband and our two daughters in Bellevue where we serve the Lord with Crossroads Bible Church. I think of ECS as my second church and consider working with children a ministry that God has blessed me to do. I earned my bachelor’s degree through Central Washington University. I am also credentialed with my Child Development Associate. I love helping children grow socially, emotionally and spiritually! I am honored to partner with parents as we guide children to become lifelong learners and lovers of Jesus!

     

  • Merry Burdick
    Merry Burdick Half-Day (3's) Preschool Teacher

    mburdick@ecswa.org

    Bachelor of Arts
    :
    Joined ECS: 2018

    Bio coming soon!

  • Lindsey Dilworth
    Lindsey Dilworth Preschool Teacher

    ldilworth@ecswa.org

    Bachelor of Science: Lake Superior State University
    Began Teaching: 2010
    Joined ECS: 2018

    I grew up in small, northern Michigan town. I earned a degree in Early Childhood Education, with minor in Creative Movement and Dance. I complete 10 hours of STARS training every year, am First-Aid and CPR Certified, and certified as a Kids Yoga instructor too!

    In 2013, after my husband and I were married, we took a big leap of faith, and moved to the Seattle area. Where God guides, he provides.

    I really enjoy traveling, volunteering, yoga, backpacking and trying new foods and restaurants. I especially love being outdoors in nature.

    I feel very blessed to be part of the ECS family.

  • Becky Ittig
    Becky Ittig Half Day (4's) Preschool Teacher

    rittig@ecswa.org

    Bachelor of Arts: University of Montana
    Joined ECS: 2014

    The Pacific Northwest has been my home for nine years. My husband and I have two teenage daughters and we love living in this beautiful area. I truly enjoy every moment I get to spend in my classroom with my students learning about our Savior and our world! When I’m not teaching I enjoy traveling with my family, reading, cooking and walking our mini dachshund. One of my passions is serving on the Missions team at Faith Church.

  • Beth Vogel
    Beth Vogel All Day Preschool Teacher

    bvogel@ecswa.org

    Bachelor of Science, Education: Baylor University, Waco TX
    WA State Early Childhood Education Certification, birth – 8 yrs.
    Began Teaching: 2015
    Joined ECS: 2013

    I am excited to be back at Eastside Christian School as the new 3 – 4 year old all day preschool teacher. We are going to have fun-filled learning, developing important social and emotional skills needed for school readiness through plenty of active play, creativity and exploration.

    Two things I am passionate about is teaching and sharing God’s love to young children. I truly believe God has me right where I belong and I love learning from the children I serve. “Children are a gift from the Lord; offspring a reward from Him.” Psalm 127:3

    I am married to my wonderful husband of 20 years, Brock. We have a lively daughter Bailey, who is 11 years old and in the fifth grade. We also have a feline family member, Silly Silver.

    I previously co-taught at Eastside Christian Preschool in the half-day 3 and 4 year old class. I have also worked for the past three years in Early Childhood Education as a substitute at ECS and with the Bellevue School District Early Learning Program.

    My teaching philosophy is simple, to help each child have positive experiences with learning. I look forward to establishing a meaningful relationship not only with your child, but with each of you! We are partners in this together.