Our Teachers

QACP employs professional teachers who develop lesson plans and lead the classes. Teachers and parents alike share responsibilities within each class to ensure that children are engaged in learning and having fun.

A Parent Educator is also assigned to each class. These childhood experts observe the children and parents during the classes and offer guidance and support. In addition, Parent Educators lead discussions on a variety of related topics during the monthly parent meetings.

Main Classroom Teachers

Kristine Gilmore


Teaches: Tots and Twos

I am so happy to be joining the QACP family!  I began teaching in California in 1999, as an elementary school teacher.  Through my career I taught most of the grade levels 1-5th, a few combo classes, served as a resource specialist, and even taught at a private school in a one-room school house!  In 2010 I moved from California to Seattle with my husband and after my daughter Harper was born in 2011, spent a few years at home. In looking at different preschool options for my daughter I became interested in Montessori schools and began to work as a preschool assistant at Woodinville Montessori, here in Woodinville, WA.  After a few years as a preschool assistant I became certified in infant and toddler education. From there I was the co- lead teacher in a toddler classroom and loved every minute. 

Once my daughter turned 5 and was ready to start Kindergarten, the commute to Woodinville  from Ballard didn’t make sense and I’ve been home with her for the past few years. I have been keeping busy though, volunteering at my daughters school, leading her daisy scout troop, and subbing on occasion in my old toddler classroom.  I am so excited to get back in the classroom sharing in the development of your child and working as a team to make the most of your co-operative preschool experience.

Nanci Murphy

Teaches: Threes and Pre-K

QACP was thrilled to welcome Nanci Murphy, a co-op alum, as a teacher in 2017. Nanci grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and attended Tufts University in Boston, where she graduated with a degree in Child Area Studies and German. Nanci is a certified teacher in Nursery through 3rd grade. She taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes in Cali, Colombia after graduating college. Upon returning to the States, she attended a post-baccalaureate science program at the University of Pennsylvania while deciding whether to continue teaching or to pursue medical school.

Teaching won her heart and she decided to continue working with children in a school setting. After moving to Seattle, Nanci taught an enrichment program for kindergartners for two years at Kimball Elementary School, a Seattle Public School on Beacon Hill. She also taught kindergarten and then second grade for five years in the Seattle Public Schools District. After the birth of her first daughter, Nanci decided to stay home with her children. Her three daughters and friends have provided many teaching opportunities. She also spent numerous hours in classrooms assisting and tutoring at Coe Elementary.

Nanci lives in Queen Anne with her husband, Erik, and their three daughters. The family attended QACP for nine years. At the time, Nanci thought that teaching at the co-op would be a great job, but life was busy with volunteering at the elementary school, coaching, and leading Girl Scout troops. When a teaching position at the co-op opened up, with her girls growing up, Nanci thought this was her opportunity to join the staff of a place that has meant so much to her and her family. She feels honored to be entrusted with the care of these children. It is her joy to watch their wonder and pride as they learn and create. She thinks singing silly songs and dancing every day is awesome too!

Parent Educators

Kate Calhoun

I grew up in Pennsylvania, moved to the Pacific Northwest after college and raised three daughters in the Seattle area. I joined a co-op preschool affiliated with North Seattle CC when my youngest child was two. Being in a co-op helped me learn lots of practical information about child development and feel well-supported in my parenting role.

For nearly 20 years I worked at the University of Washington Parenting Clinic as a Research Study Supervisor. I observed parent/child interactions in the home environment, and also facilitated research-based parenting classes in locations throughout the Puget Sound area.

For my faculty Parenting Education assignment @ Seattle Central College I work with the Pre-K class at QACP and three classes at the Magnolia Co-op.  My assignment through Edmonds CC takes me to co-op preschools located in areas of Mill Creek, Edmonds, Alderwood and Lynnwood.

I love meeting all the parents and children in my classes. It’s fun watching the kids change and grow throughout the year. I believe in the value of group learning and the need for inspiration and support while parenting.

Raising children can be quite challenging at times. It helps to understand the basics of early childhood development. Child-rearing definitely goes easier when parents learn a variety of effective parenting strategies for clear communication, careful guidance, appropriate limit-setting and developing a healthy lifelong relationship with your child.

Being in a co-op community is an excellent place to have fun, get to know other parents and practice new parenting ideas together. It’s always a privilege for me to be part of the lives of so many wonderful families.

~”While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt~

Jamie Cho

Jamie grew up in Orange County CA. She attended UC Berkeley for undergraduate studies in Psychology and then completed her doctorate in Special Education in a joint program between UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Her research focused on parenting and home-school partnerships in the context of disability. She has experience in educational research as well as in teacher education through credential programs in the California State Universities.

She and her family recently moved to Bellevue WA. Jamie has three children: two boys and one girl aged 9, 6 and 3. She and her children have been involved in cooperative preschools in California and her youngest will continue in a cooperative preschool in Bellevue.

Jamie strongly believes in the importance of family involvement especially in early childhood. She emphasizes research-based practices and inclusive education. Jamie very much enjoys working with young children and their families and is looking forward to contributing to the QACP community.

MAC Teachers

Rikie Boebel

Hello! My name is Rikie, and this is my first year at QACP. I have always had a passion for working with children. Throughout my teenage years, I did a lot of babysitting and was also active in my church. I was a Sunday school teacher for preschool aged children, and enjoyed every minute of it.

I am married, have a teenage son and was a stay at home mom for many years. Throughout my son’s school years, I have been active in the schools through volunteer work. In 2013, my husband, son and I moved from Minneapolis to Seattle, and we have lived in the Queen Anne neighborhood since. As a family, we love to read, travel and enjoy the outdoors.

Being a parent, I understand the importance of early childhood development. I know that play is a child’s most important work, and together with amazing parents and creative teachers, we strive to create and maintain a safe environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them.

Claire Overly

Bio coming soon!

Please note: QACP Teachers and Parent Education Instructors must follow the mandated abuse reporting laws of the State of Washington regarding the reporting of child abuse and neglect. QACP members are encouraged to inform the teacher or parent education instructors of their concerns or observations.