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Preschool Faculty2020-01-17T14:13:46-08:00

AMY OLTHOUSE
Preschool Director

aolthouse@ecswa.org
425-641-5570 Ext #116

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.

ANNA CHOI
Pre-K 4/5 Teacher

achoi@ecswa.org
425-641-5570 Ext #121

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.

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SHELLY CHOI
Preschool 3’s Teacher

schoi@ecswa.org
425-641-5570 Ext #117

Joined ECS: 2019

Bio coming soon!

LINDSEY DILWORTH
Preschool 3’s Teacher

ldilworth@ecswa.org
425-641-5570 Ext #119

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
Preschool 4/5’s Teacher

rittig@ecswa.org
425-641-5570 Ext #118

Bachelor of Arts: University of Montana
CDA Child Development Associate Certification
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.

KAREN KING
Preschool Music Teacher

425-641-5570 Ext #116

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!

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MONA TU
Pre-K 4/5 Teacher

mtu@ecswa.org
425-641-5570 Ext #117

Bachelor of Arts: University of California, Irvine
Master of Education: Claremont Graduate University
California State Teaching Certificate
Washington State Teaching Certificate
Began Teaching: 1999
Joined ECS: 2019

Originally I am from Southern California.  I’ve always had a fond interest working with children.  The opportunity to serve as a teacher assistant in a Sunday School class came at my home church in LA. With that love of teaching, I earned a Master of Education in 2000. I’ve taught public school education in Southern California, Washington DC Metro area, Bellevue and Seattle. Most of my experience have been with students in grades Kindergarten and 1st and working with students of limited English. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, baking, creating, building and concocting cool things with my kids. I am glad to join the ECS family. My two children attend and love ECS!

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