Teacher Bios

Amber Sterland

In what seems like a lifetime ago, I earned my undergraduate degrees in psychology and in biology. I have had the opportunity to serve as adjunct faculty at a community college in biology as well as intro to human anatomy and physiology.  In my spare time, I run an Irish dance school where my students are ages 4 to adult.

Harmoney Dawn

Harmoney Dawn is certified at the 500 hour level of Purna Yoga. She has been continuing her education with ongoing trainings since her graduation in 2008. She has been joyfully teaching children ranging in ages from 3-13 since 2011.  Harmoney is very skilled with blending safety with laughter, balance with imagination and meditation with movement.  Focusing on cooperation over competition.

Anne Zanatta-Kline

I have worked with and taught children for over thirty years, beginning at Western Washington University where I majored in theatre with an emphasis in Children’s theatre. I graduated from the American Branch of the Drama Studio London. I have worked as an actress, director and educator including serving as the Education Director of Open Door Theatre and as a founding member of T.A.L.K. Theatre, Take Action, Listen to Kids!
I have taught drama classes for kindergarten to high school at The Renton H.O.M.E. Program, Kelsey Creek Homeschool, Eastside Homeschool Co-op, The Hi-Liners, and KidsQuest Children’s Museum.
I have also taught preschool at Sunrise Co-op Preschool, developed the Junior Kindergarten Program at Sunrise and currently teach early learning classes at The H.O.M.E. Program and the Eastside Homeschool Co-op.
I am a homeschool mom, my daughter Chiara 18 currently attends Bellevue College and my son Matteo 14 is a freshman at the Renton H.O.M.E. Program. My husband David is the drama teacher at Bellevue High School and I like to help him with his shows.
In our free time we love to travel as family, favorite trips include our yearly trip to Lake Chelan, a Washington road trip, discovering London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and especially last year’s trip to my grandparents’ homeland, ITALY!!

Charity Stratton

Hi there. I’m Charity. I’m a homeschool graduate and now a homeschool mom and love every minute of it. I did my undergraduate and graduate work in molecular biology, and on the side I dabbled in various creative pursuits. I am passionate about learning and art. And believe strongly in the ability of art to enhance any subject. Currently I spend most of my time teaching my own children. When I’m not doing that I work part time as a child and family photographer. I look forward to getting to know your student and helping them to expand their own interests and passions.

Kelly Goscinski

This is my fourth year as a teacher for Eastside Homeschool PTSA and I’m thrilled to be back discovering all the wonderful things our children can accomplish.

I grew up on the East Coast and moved to Washington with my husband almost 14 years ago. Together, we have three daughters; the two younger are starting their fifth year at EH PTSA. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a passion for continued learning. Before moving to Washington, I worked as a contracts analyst for IBM.

When I’m not in the classroom, I’m usually found on the ice, playing and coaching hockey or cheering at a swim meet.

Looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish this year at Eastside Homeschool PTSA.

Krista Holmes

I grew up in the Seattle area and earned a BA in Math Education and MS in Information Management from the University of Washington. I did a short stint as a substitute teacher before going to work at Boeing Computing Services. While at Boeing, I earned a pilot’s license and also volunteered at local schools as a tutor.  After working at Boeing for 10 years, I decided to take on the role of mother and teacher full-time at home with my 3 children. I still work as an Information Technology consultant part-time and am currently the Coordinator for the Tools4School program at the Issaquah School Foundation. I am always on the go and my plate is always full of the things I love most.

Manon McPeters

Manon has been involved with 8-Shields, nature based programs since she was a teenager. After attending the Wilderness Awareness School’s weekly teen program for two years, she attended Evergreen State College where she studied botany and environmental education, and interned at the Puyallup-based nature education program, Wolf Camp. She is a graduate of Wilderness Awareness School’s Anake Outdoor School and Leadership programs and has worked in WAS’s summer camp programs for kids of all ages. She has also mentored youth, teens, and adults at Quiet Heart, and with Rite of Passage Journeys. She is currently a youth programs instructor at Vashon Wilderness Program, and teaches yoga.

Mariana Alvarez- Tostado

I was born in Mexico City and I got a degree in Applied Mathematics from ITAM. I have a MIT (Master in Teaching) from Seattle University. I have several years of teaching experience, mostly at the high school level, but also middle school and homeschool students. Over the last several years I have developed an interest in gifted children and in particular those who are 2E (twice exceptional). I love teaching homeschool students because of their diverse backgrounds and interests, and the multiage groupings.
As a math teacher, I hope students get to learn different approaches to problem solving and that they develop a solid conceptual understanding. Sharing how and why math is cool is a priority for me.I love reading and playing board games, in particular word games; I am especially obsessed with Words with Friends right now. In our family we like to do art projects and try new things.

Quinn Bailey

I am a 2013 graduate of Wilderness Awareness School’s 9 month Anake Outdoor School and a 2014 graduate of the Anake leadership program. A Washington native I grew up on Orcas Island where I spent my childhood exploring the natural world. As an adult I really enjoy wildlife tracking, bird watching (and listening), primitive archery, sleeping outside, bike touring, and helping others discover their connection to their food and to the world around them.

Jennifer Harris

I have a lot of interests like art, science, and the study of life-especially human life. I write poetry, prose, plays, and have a strong love for history.

I am a licensed and practicing Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Bellevue. I am a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and 20 years of experience mentoring, counseling, and teaching children. I have studied yoga for 25 years, with a long ago history of dance and gymnastics. I have strong teaching influences from Montessori and Alfred Adler, but I also come from academia (and I really love learning). With the belief that everyone has many things to learn and teach, I tend to teach in a collaborative way. My goals in teaching are fun, clarity, building community, and honoring the individual’s journey.

Tara Brouwer

I have an eclectic background. I worked in the Silicon Valley for ten years at a fortune 500 as a Project Manager and then in the training department, converting engineer speak into on line training seminars. In my spare time I got a Bachelors in World History and volunteered with at risk teenagers. I have always loved writing but only really embraced it once I had Henry. Since moving to Washington I have published my first novel, taught my first series of workshops aimed at helping the budding novelist publish their first novel, and home schooled my son. It’s been fun and busy. In my “spare” time I yoga, hike, and paint by numbers.

Willow Foster

A mother to one unschooling child, Willow has enjoyed creative endeavors and working with her hands since she was a kid. As an adult, she discovered a joy for performing arts as well, learning how to do circus-style aerial arts and taking singing lessons. In addition to experiencing the thrill of creating personally, she enjoys seeing the creative spark grow into an expressive flame in the kids with which she gets to work at the co-op.

Patty Spear

My name is Patty Spear. I have homeschooled my four children since the oldest started kindergarten. All four of them are now in college (see, it really does work!).  I have a passion for teaching, and I am excited to share my passion with the Eastside community.

I have volunteered extensively with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for over 15 years, and you can often find me out on an adventure with my various Scout groups.  Long ago, in my former life, I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in accounting, and worked as a Certified Public Accountant for 12 years. I happily left my career behind to raise my family and homeschool.

I love being with my family, practicing yoga, and going for long walks. And chocolate.

Jen Harms Wilson

Before I had kids and moved to the PNW, I taught art classes at a community center for several years in Provo, Utah.  I like to make useful things, and make them beautiful.  I’m pretty good at making many kinds of things – cups and cupcakes, dresses and donuts, pictures and pizza, and so on – but I especially love helping other people become good at making things, too.

Katy Nickerson

Katy began studying piano at the age of nine, and when she was in high school, would often procrastinate writing papers by practicing the piano. It became her respite. She studied piano at The Masters College, graduating with a Bachelors degree in 2008. Her instructors graduated from Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, University of Southern California and more.
She, unfortunately, developed a tendon injury and has spent years relearning how to play with correct technique using the Taubman approach to prevent and actually help heal her injury.
She taught piano lessons before having kids and is excited to start teaching again! She focuses on beginning and intermediate students, helping them with sight reading, music theory and proper technique, but most importantly having fun. Music should bring enjoyment to our lives!