Victoria Carhart, Executive Director
Victoria comes from an Army family, so she is kind of from everywhere, but mostly from Alaska. She started working with children when she was a teenager as an orchestra/band teaching assistant for a middle school. She quickly realized that she loved teaching and after switching to teach preschool students, has never looked back! She is passionate about helping children learn meaningful life skills, and dedicated to education policy. Victoria brings over 9 years of experience working with children, endless fun energy (she lets students vote on which color to dye her hair) and is excited to provide an artsy, warm, and inspiring space for students at The Makers Club.
Fun Facts: I own two cats (Shadowcat and Captain Kathryn Janeway) and one husband (Chris). I collect children's books, have lived in Germany and Italy, and I have 8 brothers and sisters.
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.
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.
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.
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.