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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

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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.

 

Serena Bell

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Afternoon Director, Atlas Preschool

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Serena is a loving mother of two wonderful daughters, and has been a Montessori preschool teacher for the past 6 years. She earned her BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington in 2013, but soon came to realize the best impact she could have for future generations was to teach them directly. Serena brings her passion for the natural world, art, music and poetry into the classroom with her each day. Serena has lived in the South King County area all of her life, and has a great love for the communities she has been involved in here. In her spare time Serena enjoys hiking, gardening, crocheting, writing poetry, and playing guitar. Serena aspires to not only educate her students, but more importantly bring them a joy of learning that will last a lifetime!

 

Toya Harris 

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Facilities Lead, Loving Advocate

Location: Federal Way

Arianna Rahman
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Assistant Teacher, Child Psychologist

Location: Seattle 
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Hi my name is Toya Harris 

Born and raised in Tacoma Washington. I moved to Seattle in 2004 to pursue a career in fashion. 

I graduated in 2008 from the Art Institute of Seattle with a bachelor's degree in fine art and fashion marketing.

 

I’ve always wanted to be a mom and have always loved being in the company of children. I'm an older sister, an Aunty and was the local babysitter while growing up. I started getting tired of retail and realized that the fashion industry wasn’t what I thought it was.

 

I started nannying and wanted to try out a classroom setting. In 2012 I started my career in teaching and have been teaching ever since. I’m in love with watching children become independent and excited about learning while their confidence builds. When I’m not teaching, I’m at home with my little one.

 

I love music, fashion and art. I DJ at local clubs and events in the city. I’m excited to be a part of the Cherish community!

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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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