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.
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 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.
Hello! My name is Kennedy Porter and I have been working on and off at Mukilteo Academy since 2013. After years of working in our Academy Kids program and assisting in classrooms, I could not be more excited to be teaching my own Prekindergarten class this year. Coming from a family of educators, I spent most of my life in denial that I would ever be a teacher, but my love for children eventually got the best of me. I am passionate about providing and educational experience that is equitable and encouraging for all students. Though academics are an incredible aspect of schooling, my methods will always prioritize healthy and happy emotions.
I graduated from Kamiak High School in 2016. Immediately after, I attended the Seattle campus at the University of Washington for my freshman year of college. Without any real direction or plan in mind, I decided to take some time off and attend Churchome College. After two years, my heart was settled on teaching and I transferred to the Bothell campus at the University of Washington to pursue their education program. I am currently enrolled in this program and am working towards my bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies. After graduation in the spring, I will return to the university for a short period of time to obtain my Teaching Certificate.
Some “fun” facts about me include that I studied French for nearly six years, I love traveling, and my husband and I are looking forward to getting a new puppy.
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 traveling.
Hi all! My name is Darina Litvinchuk, friends and family often call me Dar. I am so grateful and excited to say that this is my third year working at Mukilteo Academy.
Surrounding myself with energetic little humans is nothing new to me; I come from a large, loving, and loud Ukrainian family. I am the youngest of eleven siblings and an auntie to eleven nieces and nephews. Spending time with friends and family is one of my absolute favorite things to do, and it helps me see the value in spending time with others. I speak both Ukrainian and Russian and love to practice these languages at home. I also love spending time in my church ministry as a choir director for kiddos ages nine through twelve—serving at my church has become a very important part of my life.
I believe working at Mukilteo Academy is great experience for the UW Bothell Elementary Education with Certification in Teaching program that I will begin in the spring. With help from this incredible staff and atmosphere, I am excited and positive about my career choice.
My time here flies by and I absolutely love serving here at this school! I hope to do all I can for the kiddos, parents, and the amazing family I found here. Thank you.
My name is Miranda Warner. I am excited, thankful, and eager to begin this new journey as a classroom assistant at Mukilteo Academy!
Growing up, my dad’s career had my family and I living somewhat of a, “nomadic” lifestyle. By the age of 18, my two younger sisters, mom, dad, and I had moved nine times – including three different countries – Thailand, South Korea, and Romania. From 4th to 10th grade, my passion for early childhood care blossomed. I jumped at the opportunity to volunteer with an orphanage aide organization in Thailand. Every Sunday we would bring food, supplies, toys, and unconditional love to surrounding orphanages. With each visit, my passion for children grew stronger and stronger. After moving from Thailand to South Korea, and then Romania, I continued to volunteer with a multitude of orphanage relief organizations. Throughout those six years, I saw the crucially important, and incomparably positive impact, that love, support, and compassion has on young children.
In 2012, I moved back home to Washington and graduated from Kennedy Catholic High School in 2015. That summer I headed off to Washington State University, pursuing a degree in business. However, after my freshman year, I knew business was not for me. I switched my major to my true calling – Human (Early Childhood) Development! With only one more semester of online classes left before the completion of my Bachelor’s degree, I have been enriched with extensive information regarding early childhood development, and am looking forward to applying that in the classroom. In my free time I love to hang out at the dog park with my Newfoundland mix, 110-pound fur baby, named, Mr. Monster! I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially if it includes being on the water or outdoors!
I cannot wait to help foster a compassionate, enthusiastic, encouraging, and confidence-building environment at Mukilteo Academy!
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.