Enormous Progress

    My child has made an enormous progress this year! We are very happy with how much he learned and how much he progressed.

    Preschool Parent
    Park Highlands campus

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Park Highland Staff

Administrative Staff

Natalie DeWitt
Director 

Natalie@cedarcrestacademy.org

Natalie DeWitt has been working with children and families for the past 13 years as a teacher, in a nursery, as a nanny, and in an administrative role. Natalie recently graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Central Washington University. Natalie received her Child Development Associate while working in Early Childhood Development as a toddler teacher. She is coming to Cedar Crest after working with families at an Early Intervention center on the Eastside for children with developmental disabilities and delays. She has a passion for Early Childhood and working with teachers and families to best nurture young learners. Natalie was raised in Washington and she currently resides in Redmond. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, friends, family, and two cats.

 

Preprimary Staff

Donna Skinner
Preschool Teacher

Donna@cedarcrestacademy.org

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 second year at Cedar Crest Academy and she is looking forward to a great year of learning and making new friends!

Stephanie Edwards
Preschool  Teacher

stephanie@cedarcrestacademy.org

This is my first 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

Julissa@cedarcrestacademy.org

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.

Jordan White
Preschool Teacher

Jordan@cedarcrestacademy.org

I am a Seattle native who loves music, computers, and the outdoors. Whether I’m skateboarding, hiking, or building a new computer, I always have a playlist going. I have been working with children for the past eight years in many different capacities. Watching children have new experiences and learning from them is a great passion of mine. I recently started here at Cedar Crest Academy and have been blown away by their staff, facilities, and most of all, the community. I could not be more excited to get to know everyone and to be a part of contributing to this wonderful community.

Faith Eini
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher 

Faith@cedarcrestacademy.org

Faith has six years of experience working with an early learning center, and almost nine years of working with children, in general. She believes that child education is the most valuable thing in the world. Knowledge is power, and she recognized that the earlier it begins, the better it is for the child. She is very excited to be teaching her students, this year, and to be given the opportunity to see them grow. This is her second year with Cedar Crest Academy, and she’s very excited to see what this year brings.

Dani Palunchuk
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher 

Daniella@cedarcrestacademy.org

Dani graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education & Family Studies. This will be her third year with Cedar Crest Academy. Before joining CCA, she volunteered and worked in various childcare settings for four years. She deeply enjoys the curiosity, enthusiasm, and passion that students bring into the classroom each day. Outside of teaching, Dani loves to travel, spend time with her dog, Rocco, and hike the beautiful trails of Washington.

Jade Brodie
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher 

Jade@cedarcrestacademy.org

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 10th year with Cedar Crest Academy.

Sara Cruz
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

SaraC@cedarcrestacademy.org

Sara graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Children Studies and minor in Sociology. She’s worked with children since she was 18-years-old, and it’s her heart and passion. This is her first year at Cedar Crest Academy, and she is very enthusiastic to learn all she can, and do things the Cedar Crest way. 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 alongside each and every one of you this year and in future years to come.

Gilberto Guillen
Chef

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.  Gilberto enjoys working  at Cedar Crest Academy and especially enjoys interacting with all the children, families, and staff.

Heather Carpenter
HeatherC@cedarcrestacademy.org
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.