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PFM Staff & Specialists

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Teddi blades

Owner & Director


Teddi has been at Pacific First Montessori since 2006 and has over 15 years of experience working with children. She taught Preschool at PFM before becoming the Director in 2011, and then purchased the school in 2016. Teddi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Western Washington University, is a Montessori Certified teacher for ages 3-6 and received her Postbaccalaureate degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies in 2018 from the University of Washington.  When she is not working, Teddi enjoys hiking, adventuring around the city, visiting family in White Salmon, Washington, and having lazy days with her cat, Maui.  



Keja taylor

Assistant Director


Keja has worked in Early Education for more than 15 years and has been at PFM for three years. Keja has has held various positions, including afternoon Preschool Lead, Art Specialist, Preschool Assistant and is currently the Assistant Director at PFM. She began her Early Childhood and Family Studies degree at the University of Washington this Fall. When Keja is not at work or spending time with her teen daughter, she enjoys traveling, going to art shows, and pursuing photography.


ben podawiltz

School Chef


Ben has been the chef at PFM for two years.  He is from St. Cloud, Minnesota. Ben enjoys making the children healthy and creative lunches. He likes introducing children to new flavors in a friendly way for them to try. Ben received his Bachelors degree in English from the University of Colorado. When Ben is not cooking for the kids, he spends his time hiking, mountain climbing, and snowboarding.  


sosina alem

Infant Lead Teacher


Sosina has been a teacher at PFM since 1998.  She is originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Sosina has her certification in the RIE method (Resources for Infant Educarers) and is continually improving her skills by attending RIE conferences and trainings each year.  Sosina is also currently in the process of obtaining her Child Development Associate (CDA) certification.  When she is not working, Sosina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.  Sosi works each day from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm


bua Sengkham

 Infant Assistant


Bua has been at PFM since 2010 and is from Thailand. When Bua is not working with the babies here at school, she enjoys spending time with her own little girl, Nyla!   Bua is also a fabulous cook and is generous in sharing her yummy food with staff. Bua works each day from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.


teresa fomich

Afternoon Infant Lead: Art & Movement Specialist



Teresa has been at PFM since June 2014.  She is from Tacoma, WA. Teresa has her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies from the University of Washington.  When Teresa is not at work, she enjoys hiking and playing with her adorable cats. Teresa works each day from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. 

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brenda figueroa

Afternoon Infant Assistant


Brenda began working at PFM in June of 2017.  Brenda is from Cuautitlan, Mexico and recently moved to Seattle from Tempe, Arizona.  She is enjoying her time here in Seattle and likes running and spending time with her big dog, Meera. Brenda works each day from 2:00 to 6:30 pm.


Katie kleeman

Toddler Assistant


Katie (likes to be called Rin) has been at PFM since March of 2017.  She is from Hunter, North Dakota and attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.  Tashi has previous experience in working with toddler age children before she came to PFM and is now learning more and more about the Montessori Philosophy each day she is in the classroom assisting the children. Rin works each day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Tashi lhadon

Afternoon Toddler Lead Assistant


Tashi began working at PFM in June 2017.  Tashi is from Gangtok - Sikkim, India.  Tashi has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from North Seattle College.  She has been working with toddler age children for over two years and is inspired by the Montessori Philosophy that we have here at PFM! Tashi works each day from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. 

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Madysen dillman

Afternoon Preschool Assistant


Madysen (likes to be called Mady) has experience working with younger elementary students in a classroom setting and has even worked with a volunteer program teaching children in South Africa. Mady's goal is to go to get a degree in Special Education and she plans to take some college coursework soon in this area of study. Mady works each day from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm.

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Hope Koon

North Preschool Lead


Hope began at PFM in November of 2013 as a preschool afternoon assistant and is now the Lead  teacher in North Preschool.  Hope is from Minneapolis Minnesota and attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where she received a Storytelling degree.  Hope completed her Montessori training (ages 3-6) at Spring Valley Montessori. When she is not working she loves to go to shows in the city and hike and camp with her fiance. Hope works each day from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. 


Mimi demelash

Infant Assistant


Mimi began here at PFM in December of 2011 and is a wonderful assistant in our infant room. Her daughter Melat is a student in our toddler classroom and is now a big sister to baby Michael. Mimi is originally from Ethiopia. She has a quiet grace and positive attitude that we love around here! Mimi works each day from 8:45 am to 4:45 pm.




erika arechiga

North Preschool Assistant


Erika joined the PFM community in March of 2017. She was born in the state of Jalisco in Mexico, but grew up primarily in Lake Chelan, Washington since the age of 5. She went to Washington State University and earned her degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. She loves to eat pizza and explore new Seattle restaurants and parks. Erika works each day from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.



kelsey allen

Toddler & South Preschool Assistant


Kelsey is from the Seattle area and joined PFM in July of 2016. She lives in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. She loves to travel and enjoys being an auntie. Kelsey loves working and playing with the children here at PFM. She begins her Montessori Preschool Teacher Training this fall! Kelsey works each day from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Liz mahoney

Afternoon Preschool Co-Lead


Liz is from Washington and came to PFM in May of 2017. She lived in the Philippines for a few years where she earned her CNA certification and bachelors degree. Liz is a co-lead teacher in the afternoon program and thinks up great dramatic play ideas for the kids each afternoon! Liz works each day from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. 

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jaimie lyon 

Afernoon Preschool Assistant


Jaimie has a degree in Psychology and Studio Arts from the University of Colorado-Boulder and she is now studying art therapy at Antioch University. Jaimie has experience working with groups of children and leading them in play and even outdoor wilderness activities. Jaimie works each day from 12:00 to 6:30 pm


Linnea Gabriel

South Preschool Lead Teacher



Linnea is originally from Elgin, Illinois and moved to Seattle in 2005. She worked in the healthcare industry before realizing that her passion was in working with children. Linnea joined PFM in January 2018 and is currently pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education. In her free time she loves to be at the beach and truly loves to sing.  Linnea works each day from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

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