Meet Our Staff

Administrative Staff:

Tessa Nelson, Acting

I am very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Interlake community! Working with young people is my passion and I am looking forward to supporting this program and helping to provide an environment of learning and fun where everyone belongs. I earned my teaching certificate from Western Washington University, and my Master’s in Urban Environmental Education from Antioch University, Seattle. I have over seven years of experience as an educator in different capacities, from classroom teaching to after school program management. On weekends, you can find me outside with my dogs looking for rocks or reading a good book.

Ellen Adams, Office Manager & Enrollment Coordinator

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 cats, Chaos and Destruction, and watching the boats go through the Ballard Locks.

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.