Welcome

Mission Statement

 

Cherish sets a new standard in early learning education offering a wholistic approach that deeply considers each childs mind, heart, culture & interests. With an emphasis on relationships, we engage a village model, we consider ALL of life and nature. We hope to inspire children to be life-long learners, stewards of the environment & each other, creating a better world for future generations. 

Our Village Leaders

Infinite Milam

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Director, Social Entrepenuar

Giselle 

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Assistant Teacher, Loving Advocate

Location: Seattle

Arianna Rahman
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Assistant Teacher, Child Psychologist

Location: Seattle 
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Infinite is the Founder of Cherish Academy. She is a social change maker & educator dedicated to creating equitable systems, bridging communities and inspiring and uplifting people through impactful experiences. Her legacy is tethered to her love & dedication to children and her community engagement work.

In 2010, after a decade of adult & youth Education & Mentoring, Infinite was hired as a stand in Director for a Preschool.  She immediately fell in love with the classroom & her work with young children in early learning began. Infinite Spent 5years as a Montessori Teacher, & also earned certification as a Child Yoga Instructor. Her aim is to create the world she wants to see INSIDE the classroom.

 

Ola Idowu
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Lead Teacher, Science

I am so excited to be part of this great team. I grew up in New York City, I graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Social Work.  

 

I have been in the educational field for over six-years. I have been a home educator, learning coach, tutor, and Spanish translator.  I am pursuing a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I love teaching because I have a passion for development and growth. I am dedicated to the rights and the education of our citizens. I am particularly interested in the play-based, child-centered, and holistic aspects of the program.

 

I am the type of person who cares, has empathy, and wants to help others. I have a great deal of love and care for children and their academic journey.

Throughout my experiences, I have engaged, advocated, supported minorities, families, children, and communities with cultural competency. I am a strong believer in an educated society with equitable opportunities.  I strive for children to expand their thoughts and understanding.

I am so excited to get this year started and learn more about YOU!

This past year I relocated to Seattle during the pandemic to pursue a masters degree in child psychology. I grew up in Portland, Oregon and completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at Portland State University.  I am pursing child psychology because I believe that every child’s voice deserves to be heard. Early prevention of behavioral and emotional issues is possible with empathy, understanding and support. I have always loved working with children and am so happy to be part of the team at Cherish Academy. I believe that supporting children to be creative, curious, and happy is the key to a successful future. My goal at Cherish is to foster a warm and loving environment between students and teachers. I hope to make an impact here by making sure every child’s feelings and needs are cared for.  I am very excited to see what this year holds! 

Ames Zocchi

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Assistant Teacher, 

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I have been working in education in various forms most of my life. I come from a family of teachers, and have always been part of a classroom. I’ve worked with children and students from newborn to college age. Creating spaces that are welcoming, kind, holistic, and community based is very important to me. I am passionate about education, and always practice to bring intention and my best self to the classroom !

 

Before living in Seattle, I grew up in the Bay Area in California with my two younger brothers and younger sister. I moved here in 2015, and now live with my beautiful chosen family, and our pets. I’m excited to continue my own learning, and delighted to teach here at Cherish 

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