Meet Our Staff

Administrative Staff:

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Marna Towle, Executive Director

I have a Masters in Education with a specialization in early learning and have been in the early learning field since 1975. I find it very gratifying to partner with teachers and families in fostering children’s curiosity about the world around them, and confidence in themselves as valued and capable human beings. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, home improvement projects, and being outside, in the garden, on a mountain or beach, and when exploring new places.
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Kristen Deskin, Program Supervisor

Hi, I am Kristen Deskin and I am super excited to join the team as Progm Supervisor. I have been working with children and families for 15 years and I have a bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education. Supporting teachers while ensuring quality care is my passion. I enjoy building up teachers and students to better bring out their best selves. I am a nerdy mom of two who enjoys Star Wars, Harry Potter, Magic the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons in my spare time. As a family we love to hike, camp, and explore diverse cuisine.
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Ellen Adams, Office Manager 

I attended Ohio University and received a B.A. in Linguistics and Classical Greek, with a certificate to teach English (TESOL). I taught adults English in college and have worked at summer and year round camps for over 7 years, where I learned that emergent curriculum is a wonderful way to learn and teach. Interlake has become my home over the past few years. The support of the staff, families, and children when I am having any big feelings has been out of this world since my first days here. Some of my favorite things to do when I am not at work are snuggling with my cat, Clementine and watching the boats go through the Ballard Locks.
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Heidi Modin, Office Support

I graduated from Washington State University in 2014 with a BA in Human Development specializing in Early Childhood Education. I love the tremendous friendliness and silliness of these children, and the privilege to watch them thrive with social-emotional development! I’ve been at Interlake since 2015, though recently am only here part-time as I’m back in school for speech pathology.  When I’m not at Interlake, I enjoy reading, hiking, music, and game nights in my free time!


Our Mentor Teachers:

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KJ Sims, Preschool Mentor Teacher

I received my degree in elementary education from the University of Montana in 2011 and taught preschool for four years in Missoula. I moved to Seattle from Montana and started working at ICC in August 2015. I agree with Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget, Vivian Paley, Mr. Rogers, and anyone else who is credited with saying, “play is the work of childhood.” I have been very impressed with the workers I’ve met at ICC thus far!

Natalie DeLeon, Toddler Mentor 
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Cassie Bray, Leadership & Enrichment Coordinator

Hello! Interlake has been my home-away-from-home for 4 years now. In my time here, I’ve served as a Lead Teacher, Preschool Mentor Coordinator, and just about everything in between! My B.A. is in Theatre and Secondary Education, so I spent my first few years out of college teaching Speech and Theatre in a high school setting. I began my work in Early Childhood Education in 2012, and have been working with ages 0-5 ever since! I have a great passion for enriching classroom environments for children and teachers alike, and bring my love of music, puppetry and social-emotional role-playing into everything I do.

Our Food Program Coordinator:

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Brooke Foss, Food Program Coordinator

I have several college classes in Early Childhood Education and Nutrition science from North Seattle College and completed an AAS in Accounting in 2013 from Kaplan University; I spent 6 years working in all classrooms as teaching staff while attending night classes. My interest in cooking and baking began with a child’s cookbook and peanut butter cookies. My mother remembers losing her shelled peanuts because I decided to unshell them all and put them in the blender to make peanut butter (without asking!).As a young adult, I developed a vegetarian cooking hobby after being introduced to the cuisine at Interlake. I take great delight in whole foods cooking and learning from others. When I’m not cooking, I love gardening and service work.