Our Teachers

Annika ZumBrunnen , Classroom Teacher

Annika grew up in the Bellevue-Redmond area and has been involved with the Bellevue College Parent Education Program since 2017. She has participated in toddler classes as a student and an assistant children's teacher.  Annika has been a parent at Sunrise Co-Op Preschool in Renton for the past four years where she served on the board as Chair and Class Chair. She also served as Chair on the Parents Advisory Committee for the past year, raising funds for scholarships for families in the Bellevue College Parent Education Program. 

Annika enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, Odin (7) and Hudson (5). She loves reading, cooking, travel, music, photography, volunteering in the community, nature and all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. 

My Philosophy:

I love working alongside children and their families. I fully believe in the play-based model of instruction. My goal is to provide a well-rounded and diverse curriculum while fostering a safe and nurturing learning environment that also challenges each child to stretch, grow and learn. I seek to discover what sparks each child's interests and find what they love and enjoy. 

 My teaching philosophy and mission is to develop a welcoming and accepting community with positive discipline and a well rounded, diverse curriculum. I strive to ensure that each child, parent and caregiver feels safe and accepted in the classroom by focusing on equity and inclusion.  

Every child is unique and beautiful. They learn at their own pace, needing love, support and encouragement throughout their journey.  

Now Hiring! 

2024-2025 Teacher Job Description

Preschool Teacher for the 2024 – 25 school year

Part-Time: Wednesday through Friday; 16-19 hours per week

Summary of Responsibilities

About Eastgate Cooperative Preschool

Who: Eastgate Co-op has been meeting at our current site since 1965. We are part of the Bellevue College Parent Education Program. As a cooperative preschool, we are led by our Board, which is composed of parent volunteers. Parents also work in the classroom and attend parent education sessions. 

What: We are a play-based preschool, where children learn by hands-on experiences. Choice activities include: art exploration, craft projects, sensory activities, imaginary play, science exploration, games and learning tools, building with blocks, large motor challenges, and more.

Where: 15318 SE Newport Way, Bellevue

Students: We will enroll up to 22 children, age 3 – 5. Children who are three years old on 8/31 are called Bears. Children who are four or five years old are called Dinos.

When: Our classes meet on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Bears meet 9:30 – 12. Dinos meet from 9:30 – 1. Our first day of school is typically the second Wednesday in September.

Staffing: We employ one classroom teacher. Our parent education instructor attends one day a week and functions as an additional teacher. As a co-op, all parents also work in the classroom a few shifts each month. (They help with set-up and clean-up and help supervise and engage with children during class.) Our adult child ratio is typically 1:4.

Meetings and Events: The lead teacher also is expected to:

Schedule and Responsibility Details for Lead Teacher Role:

The lead teacher is present in the classroom on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from approx. 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Additional hours for set up, clean up and prep time are determined at time of contract negotiation with an optimal range of working hours of 16-18 per week.

The contract year starts at the beginning of September 2024 and ends at the end of May 2025. Our break schedule follows the Bellevue School District.

A typical day’s schedule for the teacher is:

Arrive for set-up at contracted time

9:10 Open door for arrival of Apron parents (volunteer parents working in the classroom)

9:20 Greet children as they arrive, help them with sign-in (a writing skills practice time)

9:35 – 9:45 Lead group time covering: calendar, weather, introducing the day’s activities

9:45 – 11:10 Free Choice Time – play with children, assist them with activities, supervise for safety, guide parent volunteers in how to best support learning

11:10 – 11:15 Clean-Up – help the children clean the classroom

11:15 – 11:30 Gathering Time - lead a group time which works on music skills, literacy, turn-taking, show and tell, and so on

11:30 – 12:00 Supervise Outdoor Play

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch Time for Dinos –supervise,  assist as needed, help them practice social skills

12:30 – 1:00 Lead Dino pre-k learning activities

1:00 – 2:00 Clean the Classroom and Prepare Activities for the next day.

Qualities sought: 




Annual salary for September to May is approximately $18,900-$25,300 DOE, which is equivalent to approximately $30 - $40 hourly rate per scheduled hour.

Benefits: 16-19 hours of PTO during the year, up to $300 reimbursement for continuing education.

Job Requirements:

To Apply:

Janelle Durham, MSW. Parent Educator 

Janelle has been teaching childbirth and parenting classes and leading support groups for over 25 years. She has taught for Bellevue College Parent Education since 2013, working with parents of children aged birth to 9. To get a preview of the range of topics she covers in parent education, check out her blog, www.GoodDaysWithKids.com. Here's how Janelle summarizes her approach: 

We are all trying hard to be the very best parents to our children. Some days we triumph. Other days... not so much. We forgive ourselves, we learn how to do better, and we keep moving forward, learning and growing alongside our children.

Janelle is delighted to teach in a program where she gets to interact with both parents and children. She loves to engage in child-led play, read stories, sing songs, and make playdough snakes. As the instructor for Family Inventors' Lab and Discovery Science Lab, she especially loves connecting on STEM topics. 

Janelle has three children, ages 30, 27, and 13. (When her older kids were teenagers, she and her partner decided they loved parenting young kids too much to be almost done, so they decided to start over!) She participated in Bellevue College's infant and toddler classes, co-op preschool, and art & science labs with all three children and credits the Parent Education Program with helping her become both the parent she is, and the parent educator that she is.