Academy Teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic educators. Their goal is to build each student’s self confidence, while providing them with the tools necessary to continue their education in a confident and positive manner.
MORNING PRESCHOOL TEACHER
Hi, my name is McKenna Southey and I have worked at Mukilteo Academy since 2015. I’m currently the all-day preschool teacher and enjoy every minute of it. I graduated from Kamiak High School in 2012, and graduated from Edmonds Community College with an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2019. I plan on attending an online university program in the near future to earn my bachelor degree.
I have always had a love for children even when I was young. Though education wasn’t my first choice as a career path, I quickly fell in love with teaching. After hearing stories from my Nana who was a special education teacher and getting to experience firsthand how much of an impact teachers have on a child’s growth and development, I realized I wanted to pursue a degree in teaching and help shape the young minds of the future.
Outside of work and school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and my especially my dogs Stella & Henry. I’m always up for a new adventure, that’s usually when the best memories are made. I also enjoy walking, getting lost in a book, and the beach.
I feel very blessed to be able to work with children every day. They touch my life in more ways than one. At the start of each new school year, I look forward to the new and exciting experiences the year will bring.
Hello, my name is Kristi Gilbert and I am one of the All Day Prekindergarten Teachers at Mukilteo Academy. I have been teaching here since 2005 and am so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful team!
Prekindergarten is such an exciting year of growing and learning. The goal of Prekindergarten is to give the children all of the tools they need to be successful Kindergartners. We focus on a letter of the week through activities, math, science, art, pre-reading and sign language. Also, each month we have a special art docent project. I have always had a love for children! Even in high school I worked at a childcare center after school. I then moved to Japan where I worked at Camp Zama preschool and childcare center. After having my first child and moving back to the U.S, I was a stay at home mom for 7 years.
I am married to a wonderful man named Mike and have 3 children: Louden, Madison and Mackenzie. We love to travel, being outdoors, and spending time with our family and friends.
I look forward to being a part of your child’s educational life.
My name is Nicole Mayville and I have been teaching at Mukilteo Academy since 2013. I graduated from University of Montreal, Canada (Arts and Sciences) in 1995. I also hold a Bachelor’s Degree of Special Education from University of Montreal, Canada, and graduated in 1998. After teaching 5th grade for 8 years with children with behavioral issues and learning disabilities, I decided to stop teaching and start my family. During that time, I kept myself engaged through an online education program and graduated in 2005 from University of Quebec, Canada, and have a Diploma of College Studies with a specialty in Psychology. We moved to the Seattle area in 2005 and decided it was a great place to start a family.
Philosophy about Teaching and Classroom Goals
Teaching is my passion. I embrace every challenge given to me and love to see children grow socially, emotionally and academically. I teach the “whole” child to ensure a good solid foundation. It is my responsibility to empower children to become confident individuals. My range of skills and attributes emphasizes empathy and all aspects of interpersonal relationships. I consider myself to be a kind, helpful, patient, and enthusiastic teacher. I enjoy having fun during lessons and have a great sense of humor that promotes exciting learnings. I motivate and sustain children’s interests through active learning and play. I am strongly committed to continuous improvement, based upon a fundamental motivation to inspire student success.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also love running, exercising and travelling.
My name is Braden Hansen and I have worked in Academy Kids before and aftercare program at Mukilteo Academy for 3 years. I graduated from Kamiak High School in 2016, and I am currently enrolled at EvCC. I hope to continue and pursue my education further at the University of Washington. I am so thankful to have gotten the opportunity to work with such an amazing staff, and an incredible group of kids over the last couple of years. What I love most about working at the Mukilteo Academy is being able to learn from your kids. I feel like they have taught me so much about myself that I never would have known without working with them. In my free time I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family. Mukilteo Academy has given me a whole new perspective on teaching and I am excited to see where it will take me in life.
My name is Darina Litvinchuk, friends and family often call me Dar. I am grateful and excited to introduce myself as a member of Mukilteo Academy. Surrounding myself with energetic little humans is nothing new for me. I come from of large, loving, and loud Slavic family of eleven siblings. In addition, I also enjoy my ministry as a choir director for kiddos at my church. I am challenged to work as part of a team that makes it a possible and joyful experience. On the weekends, I look after a three-year-old fun, energetic, and sassy little lady. I believe that working here will give me an opportunity to gain experience working within a pediatrics population in which I am looking to progress through my career.
I come from a family that has a heart to serve. Over the past three years, I have gone to four missionary trips including two locations in Mexico, Ensenada and Juarez. During these trips my goal is to bring hope to people who are far less fortunate. I can honestly say that nothing brings me more joy than being able to influence and bring a source of happiness to others. This summer I will be involved in a larger project in Ukraine, where I was born. The group I will be serving with is very excited to do amazing things. I hope to share the same willingness to serve whatever way I can.
Thank you for taking the time my brief introduction. I hope to offer a unique way to be a valuable member within this family.
Ms. Kennedy is a returning former Academy Kids staff member working in 2013-2014 while attending Kamiak high school. Kennedy graduated from Kamiak High School in 2016 and then attended the University of WA. She is currently taking a GAP year and attending Churchome College and recently finished a minor in French at UW. Kennedy is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education and is interested in teaching Kindergarten. She is assisting in Kindergarten on Mondays and Fridays.
My name is Heather Dunston, or better known as Ms. Heather around the halls of MA+. I have had the privilege of being a part of Mukilteo Academy since 2006. I have my Associates of Arts from Peninsula College and Bachelor’s degree from CWU. The early childhood age group is my absolute favorite population to work with. As a mother of two amazing kids who love school, I realized how important their early years were and the positive impact Mukilteo Academy hand on their growth. After my own children attended Mukilteo Academy, I was offered and excited to take a position as the Administrative Assistant and Classroom Support Assistant. I feel that I am the luckiest staff at MA+ because my position at school begins with enrolling new families and allows me to get to know each and every one of our students and families from the beginning experience with our Mukilteo Academy family through to the end of their enrollment at our school. Together with our team of amazing and creative teachers, I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning. At Mukilteo Academy, we know that play is a child’s most important work, and we strive to create and maintain an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them. Thank you for sharing your precious children with us.