Nicole Bennett, Owner & Director

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Simone is a very silly grown up who prefers to live her life in the lovely, loving chaos of little ones. She hails from Los Angeles but over the years has slowly made her way North to get out of the heat! Along the way she earned a degree in German Language and Literature and has since spent 4 years caring for and loving on infants through preschool children! She feels that helping children identify their emotions, express themselves through art and play, and find their voice in their social group is a cherished opportunity that helps bring a little more joy into the world!"

Fun Facts: She lives in Magnolia with her boyfriend Josh and their extremely wonderful dog Joey. They love to wander Discovery Park with hot apple cider on chilly days. Silly socks are her must-have item!

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Lizzy Clements, Lead Preschool Teacher
Lizzy moved to Seattle about five years ago, after graduating college with degrees in Design Arts and Theatre with a minor in Global Studies. Before moving, her experience with children was largely in children's theater and performance, but since relocating she's moved into preschool teaching and TEFL. She has classroom experience with infants through preschoolers, but preschool and Pre-K are her absolute favorite! Her goals for the program are to be another loving adult figure in your children's lives with whom they can grow and learn while incorporating themes of diversity, social justice, and inclusivity to a well-rounded curriculum that encompasses STEM and creative play. When not working, Lizzy enjoys cosplay, bouldering and antique shopping!

Fun Facts: I have a cat named Zelda, named after the video game princess and Zelda Fitzgerald, and I enjoy writing! I'm currently working on a Batman fan film. 

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Pantea Hatefi, Assistant Preschool Teacher & School-Age Teacher

Pantea (known as Paany, pronounced like Bonnie with a P:) was born in Italy, to an Iranian family, but grew up in Phoenix. After going to school for art, she moved to Seattle to work with children and bring her love for creativity to their lives. Paany believes that every single person is simply looking for love and happiness and that children are the truest form of both.  

Fun Facts: I am fluent in Farsi, play the guitar, and pride myself in fabulous rollerblading skills.


Katie Mielens, Lead School-Age Teacher
Katie is from Bay City, Michigan and has recently moved to Seattle. She studied Studio Art, Art History, and Museum Studies in college, and has worked at a variety of places nationally and internationally. Katie has lead art camps, worked in educational programs in museums and schools, as well as served as an AmeriCorps member for a year in a third grade classroom. She believes art making is a great way for kids to practice problem solving, explore identity, express abstract ideas, build confidence, and connect with others and their community. She is excited to be a part of The Makers Club and engage in meaningful art experiences with children. Katie loves watching movies, reading, drinking tea, visiting museums, and trying new activities. Her most recent hobby is

Fun Facts: I love traveling, and my biggest adventure was backpacking Europe by myself for three months, as well as teaching English in Italy.

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Elliot Thorsen, School-Age Teacher

Elliot was born and raised in Bremerton and loves everything the PNW has to offer. You'll often find him outside hiking, camping, rock climbing and playing baseball. He has extensive experience working with children in an after school program and has helped raise his 5 year old niece, Nancy. He is lovingly referred to simply as "uncle" by her and all of her friends. Elliot is a talented photographer and writer and is excited to be a part of The Makers Club team!

Fun Facts: I played college baseball, and I am currently in 7 fantasy football leagues.

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Margot Allison, Head Chef/Handylady/Assistant Preschool Teacher/Organizing Consultant/Groundskeeper & Keeper of Keys/Karaoke Enthusiast/DJ/Leo
Born and raised in NYC, Margot attended art school before moving to Japan as an English teacher. She returned to America in September to be close to her little sister. Margot still makes art and sells her work in Pike Place Market.

Fun Facts: I absolutely love competition reality TV, elephants, and kickboxing.

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