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Our Staff


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Our Staff


Our staff consists of experienced early childhood educators trained in Anti-Bias work, and all share a conviction for Social Justice.


Jasen Frelot, Founder/Director

Jasen Frelot, Founder/Community Outreach

Jasen is a community organizer, father, early childhood educator, and social justice advocate based in Seattle. Along with directing Columbia City Preschool of Arts and Culture, he is the co-founder of  Kids & Race Seattle, which has been featured in Parent Map Magazine and on NPR's Seattle affiliate KUOW; the program has served over 500 people to date, and rising every month. His various actions around race and social justice have made front page news in Seattle and have been featured on the local news on numerous occasions. He has 15 years of experience working with children in various capacities.

Benjamin Conrad Gore, Director/Co-Founder

For over a decade, Benjamin has worked with human beings ranging in age from newborns to seniors in a variety of settings: teaching English as a Foreign Language in Nong Khai, Thailand, and later at The Evergreen State College; counseling at a group home for teenage foster boys in Lacey, Washington; organizing activities for a day shelter in London, England; as well as five years of classroom experience as a preschool teacher here in Seattle. Education is a passion, be it teaching or learning (sometimes it's hard to tell the difference). Other passions include music, art, conversation, imagination, and a good old fashioned game of baseball. He studied Educational Practice, Developmental Psychology, and Consciousness Studies at The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington.


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Partnerships


Partnerships


An important piece of our program is the continuing service to our community through local non-profit organizations.


Each month we partner with a different organization and give our time and energy through service projects. We work with these non-profits to find how we, as a preschool community, can best offer a beneficial action. This takes the form of drives, direct interaction, physical projects like cleaning or building, and raising awareness through community action. We invite and encourage our students' families to join us in these partnerships, as well as the greater community.