Park Highland Staff

Administrative Staff

Jade Brodie

Jade Brodie

Jade graduated from Lake Washington Technical College with a Certificate and Associates of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood. She has also earned her Associates Degree in Child Development and she takes at least ten hours of continuing education in ECE each year. Jade believes that children have the potential to do something great and must be supported. Jade also believes children learn best in an environment of fun. This will be Jade’s 12th year with Cedar Crest Academy.

Preprimary Staff

Donna Skinner
Preschool Teacher

Donna began her career in early childhood education at the early age of nineteen. She has fourteen years of experience working with toddlers to school aged children. She continues her professional development by attending trainings and workshops. Her greatest joy is teaching young children. Donna’s hobbies include painting, listening to music, and dancing! She loves spending time with her friends and family – especially her 2 ½-year-old son. This is her 3rd year at Cedar Crest Academy and she is looking forward to a great year of learning and making new friends!

Stephanie Edwards
Preschool  Teacher

This is my 2nd year at Cedar Crest Academy and I am looking forward to teaching at such a fantastic school. I have worked with children ranging from ages 1-5 since 2008. In 2006, I earned a certificate in Childcare Management and in 2008, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in English from Western Washington University. I love working with children because of how frequently they teach you things. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family, shopping, cooking, and watching the Seahawks. I recently took up painting and look forward to spending time developing this new skill.

Julissa Lizaola
Preschool  Teacher

I have been working in the education field since 2004. I am passionate about teaching and everything else that comes with it. My favorite part about being a teacher is seeing the all of the social and emotional growth a child achieves within a year.  Before coming to Cedar Crest, I worked as an art specialist, a preschool teacher, and a pre-k teacher. I have a BA in Early Childhood Education from Bellevue College and I continue to take classes throughout the year to strengthen my knowledge. I have a beautiful family of seven. I have three sisters, one brother, and a loving husband. During my free time, I enjoy traveling, shopping, and spending time with my family.  I’m excited to start my eighth school year here at Cedar Crest and I look forward to working with new families.



Mia Mian
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Mia started her career in 2005 and over these 12years, has gained rich experience in Training and Development through multinational companies. She has around 4 years of experienced in educational institutions. Mia has grown as a Trainer and Mentor by coaching Corporate Professionals and budding fresher’s in ESL, Interpersonal skills and Power of Positivity. Mia has also trained and upskilled aspiring Trainers in the Corporate sector. She is passionate about teaching and believes that teaching is a calling and passion, not a profession. Mia’s hobbies include sketching and Painting. She is a talented singer and a good cook.

Sara Cruz
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Sara has worked with children since she was 18-years-old, and it’s her heart and passion. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Children Studies and minor in Sociology as well as having her Associate’s degree in Arts. Sara has worked as an infant lead teacher, a toddler lead teacher, a preschool lead teacher, a Pre-K lead teacher, and a school-age lead teacher. This is her second year at Cedar Crest Academy, and she’s beyond grateful to be a part of this wonderful team as well as the children’s daily lives. She’s excited to work and help build a trusting and strong relationship with the students as well as their parents. Sara hopes that she can make a difference in the life of each child in her class.

Gilberto Guillen

Gilberto was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He studied Industrial Relations at the Pacific University in Lima. He then worked in the Jorge Chavez International Airport in the position of Communicator for 25 years. Gilberto has been in the United States for over 13 years, including 6 years in New Jersey and the past 8 years in Washington. During his time in the states he has also worked as a machine operator and then found his love for the kitchen at a local hotel working as a line cook.  This is Gilberto’s 7th year at Cedar Crest Academy and enjoys interacting with all the children, families, and staff.

Heather Carpenter
Executive Director

Heather brings close to twenty years of experience in private school elementary education, where she has served as a teacher, principal, mentor, trainer, and regional director.  Heather joined Cedar Crest Academy in 2013 as the Director of Curriculum Development.  As Director of Curriculum Development, Heather helped restructure Cedar Crest Academy’s elementary program to make certain Cedar Crest Academy’s students are achieving academic excellence through an individualized, academically rigorous program and are able to compete on an international level.      

As Cedar Crest Academy’s Executive Director, in addition to overseeing the elementary program, Heather will visit all campuses on a weekly basis, ensuring consistency and quality in curriculum implementation and that all preprimary programs are adhering to Cedar Crest Academy’s standard of excellence.  Heather will continue to hone in on Cedar Crest Academy’s Core Values and Mission, ensuring Cedar Crest Academy exceeds standards, individualizes programs, develops and embraces the whole child, and challenges students to believe in themselves and their limitless potential.      

Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Curriculum from the University of Victoria.  She adores spending time with her family and being active with her two children.  Skiing, cooking, and reading are just a few of her pastimes.