Before starting a family with her husband Ed in 2009, Annie studied International Business with a focus on Latin America, Spanish, and Marking at the University of Washington. Annie spent four years working internationally, essentially commuting between San Pedro Sula, Honduras and the Seattle-area. It was an incredible opportunity, made possible by SanMar.
In 2015, Annie began looking for a safety and personal boundaries class in which she could enroll her three children. Seeing that radKIDS was the national leader, and was vastly under-represented in Washington State, she decided to act. With the support of her husband Ed, and partnership of a like-minded friend and educator, Bobye Turella, they headed to AZ to complete the 40-hour training to become certified radKIDS Instructors.
Annie and Bobye have taught radKIDS throughout the greater Seattle area annually ever since. In addition to teaching radKIDS, Annie currently teaches 2nd through 5th grade Spanish at Eastside Christian School. Annie uses class time to help students breathe, move, learn, listen, and draw - and tries to assure them that this will all be ok.
Annie has always believed in flexibility, open-mindedness, and open-heartedness, and 2020 has truly pushed the limits of these beliefs. Through supporting small-group learning at Teaching Hands, Annie has brought together educators and students who can safely learn and play and laugh together. Through a partnership with Rainier Athletes, Teaching Hands has been able to add scholarships as well.
Mr. J is an up and coming educator who has recently relocated to the Seattle-area and is always up for an adventure. Blake has experience leading before-and-after school programs through the Boy Scouts of America and partnering elementary schools. as well as a certification in yoga. Blake approaches his afternoon learning pod with a calm and patient presence, and students respond well to this leadership style. Blake does daily check-ins with his students, and encourages them to bring their best to each and every assignment. Blake works to ensure that in addition to completing assignments, students truly understand the concepts and are prepared to build on top of this knowledge.
Blake leads his Afternoon Pod through Washington State Geography after ensuring that each student is current on their assignments and school work. Blake's Afternoon Pod is currently serving students in the 2nd to 5th grade age range.
Every member of the Teaching Hands team is dedicated to the growth of the whole student. Teaching Hands recognizes that each of us are “works in progress” and meets students where they are in their learning journeys. The Teaching Hands team inspires students to bring their best efforts to each endeavor, while recognizing that the only path to mastery is defined by hard work, tenacity, and resilience.
Individual attention for students, integrity in leadership and teammates, and compassionate teaching are the distinguishing features of the Teaching Hands approach.