Meet Our Staff

Administrative Staff:

Amruta Mane, Executive Director

Early education lays the foundation for an individual’s life and I am devoted to providing high-quality learning experiences for all our children. I hold a Master’s in Education from University of Washington as well as a Master’s degree in Economics from Pune University, India. With almost 10 years of professional experience as a teacher, I have taught in diverse educational systems and hope to best practices from each to Interlake. I believe in supporting our teachers as they guide each child’s educational journey through excellence in care and in an anti-bias environment.
Thank you for helping us become one of the best childcare providers in the area and I look forward to welcoming you to the Interlake family!

Ellen Adams, Temporary Assistant Executive Director

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.

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.