MEET THE TEACHERS


REBECCA NORWOOD
Director and Teacher

It takes a village to raise a child”, felt especially true for Rebecca who was raised in Alaska by her grandparents and father. At an early age she developed a passion for children and the arts. Rebecca received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington where she developed ideas to encourage creativity in children. She then went on to earn her Master’s in Teaching from the University of Washington. Rebecca has 17+ years professional experience in education and taught Pre-K through second grade at Giddens, a school dedicated to anti-bias work and educating the whole child. Rebecca opened Sprout Preschool in her Columbia City home in 2009. She’s committed to creating a space where children love to learn. Rebecca lives with her husband and two daughters and spends her free time boxing and dancing.

LORRAINE LAU
Teacher

Lorraine Lau grew up in Silverdale, WA, and first experienced teaching children at age 14 as a ballet instructor. Since then, she continued following her love for working with children, through joy and gentleness. Lorraine has been a nanny, a preschool teacher at The Great Green Room Preschool in Rainier Beach, a creative movement teacher around Seattle, and an after-school programs coordinator for the Epiphany School. She currently lives in the Beacon Hill neighborhood with her partner, Jasmine, and their dog Christopher Robin. Lorraine is also a professional contemporary dancer who performs and collaborates throughout the city. Combining her love for children and art, she strives to create a safe preschool environment for creative, emotional, and intellectual discovery. In her free time, Lorraine delights in sunset walks with her family, eating delicious food, and painting illustrations.

MARIA ESTER
Teacher

Maria Ester moved to Seattle ten years ago from Mexico. She lives in the Othello neighborhood with her daughter, Abigail. Maria has nine years experience working with kids as a babysitter for the Columbia City and Beacon Hill Parents Group and the Rainier Valley Coop. One thing she really enjoys is teaching kids Spanish: "It's amazing to me how fast they learn at a young age." Through this work, Maria also discovered how much she enjoys supporting parents as well as children. She's excited for this new opportunity to work as an Assistant Teacher at Sprout! During her free time, Maria likes to go for a walk, enjoy nature, and go to the beach with her daughter.

KARA-LEE RUOTOLO
Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher

Kara-Lee Ruotolo has her roots in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia and is grateful to have lived in the PNW for the past 24 years. Kara-Lee began practicing and studying yoga when she moved to Seattle in 1995 and began teaching her young nephews and friends children. Her love of teaching inspired her to earn her Master’s degree in Education and Mental Health Counseling from Seattle University in 2000. Kara-Lee completed her 95 hour Registered Children’s Yoga School (RCYS) through Next Generation Yoga and is currently in the Mindful Teacher Certificate program through Mindful Schools and will graduate in 2020. She began Colibri Yoga and Mindfulness in 2016 and has been passionate about working in her business full time for the past two years. When she is not teaching Kara-Lee can be found in the garden, reading, swimming, running along the lake with her husband Andrew and enjoying the present moment. Find out more about Kara-Lee on her website.

LYN DILLMAN, M.A.

Lyn Dillman is a certified Parent Coach through PCI® of Bellevue and a Certified Positive Parenting Educator. She has 20 plus years of teaching experience including pre-school through 4th grade. Lyn has taught Positive Discipline classes at Sprout to both teachers and families. It’s great to have her as a support person for our community!

Find our more about Lyn on her website.

“Our son loved his time at Sprout. He gained confidence and social skills. We enjoyed the emphasis on play, sharing, and outdoor play. Rebecca is a patient, cheerful, upbeat teacher who makes one feel good about leaving their child with her.”