Manuela SLYE
KCTS 2010 Exceptional Caregiver Award Winner

Manuela (owner and lead teacher at Cometa Playschool ) is a native Spanish speaker originally from Mexico. Not only is she fluent in Spanish, but she had also mastered English and French before finishing elementary school. She knows first hand that childhood is the best time to begin learning a second language. Manuela is raising her own four children in a Spanish/English bilingual home.

Her dedication to bilingualism does not stop with her own children. In recent years, Manuela has taken her "show on the road" playing her guitar and singing Spanish tunes to children all around the community. Places such as the YMCA, Childhaven's Therapeutic Program and Alki Elementary School. As her interest in childhood education grew, she decided to pursue formal training so that she could bring things under one roof--and the concept for Cometa Playschool was born.

Manuela has received her Early Childhood Education Training through the North Seattle Community College under the instruction of Tom Drummond. It was Tom who inspired Manuela to guide and support children's natural ability to learn and to make the best of the early childhood profession.

Manuela's belief that childhood should be a time of play and discovery is what shapes the environment at Cometa Playschool The curriculum encompasses all aspects of early childhood development: cognitive, physical, social and emotional, while giving children the opportunity to learn Spanish too.

Idalia LAGOS
Idalia is a graduate of the Bussines Institute of Honduras and  Green River Community College with an Early childhood Education degree. Idalia has received training on GLAD Reading Strategies through ESD  (Puget Sound Educational  Service District). She holds a Child Development Associates Degree with a bilingual endorsement.  Idalia's extensive experience teaching children in both Honduras and the US along with her passion for bilingual education is a great asset for our school community.

Nicolet ARANO
Nicolet Arano was born and raised in Ensenada, Mexico. She has a Marine Science degree from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. Nicolet loves working with children and had the opportunity to teach scuba diving and yoga to young kids in her native Mexico. Nicolet has a very positive, nurturing personality and enjoys watching children grow and learn through fun, hands on activities.

Karoline HAFFNER
Karoline Haffner was born in Lima and has lived in Peru, Germany and the USA, Karoline grew up immersed in three languages.  After graduating from the Alexander v. Humboldt Peruvian/German school, she went on to study Audio/Visual Communications at the Instituto Peruano de Publicidad. Karoline moved to Munich, Germany in 2003  to teach Spanish and ESL at the Inlingua Language School and Linguarama School. A few years later Karoline moved to Seattle, WA and began working for Rosetta Stone as a language coach. Karoline has more than 12 years of experience with different methods of language teaching and has taught learners of all ages and different nationalities and she is commited to help future generations partake in the many benefits of bilingualism.