Lead Teacher – Pre-K
Marcelle Waldman grew up right here on Mercer Island. She comes to us with considerable teaching experience. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Marcelle taught Kindergarten at Lakeridge Elementary School for eight years. She stepped away from teaching full-time after having two of her own children. After putting both children through Pixie Hill Preschool and serving on the Parent Board, she came on as a lead teacher. Marcelle values the importance of social and emotional development and explicitly teaches these skills on a daily basis. Marcelle, her husband Tom, and their two children enjoy family game nights, playing outdoors and attending family sporting events.
Lead Teacher - 3's Class
Sarah Shero joins Pixie this year as the lead 3's teacher with an immense background in teaching. Sarah has a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Western Washington University, as well as a Masters in Teaching. She started her career as the Youth & Recreation Assistant Director at the SJCC. She then taught 3rd and 4th grade in the Issaquah School District for 8 years before staying home with her 2 daughters. Sarah loves bringing her theatre background to the classroom and utilizes dramatic play to demonstrate emotions and feelings, imitate characters, and respond to stories. When she’s not at Pixie, you will find Sarah volunteering as Art Docent and PTA Treasurer at her daughter’s school or working out at the gym!
Assistant 3's and Pre-K Teacher
Annie Graber joins Pixie this year as assistant teacher in the 3's and Pre-K programs. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she has resided in Issaquah for the last 11 years. She has a bachelor's degree in educational studies and social studies with an emphasis in early childhood education from Vanderbilt University. For the past 17 years she has been home with her two children along with doing some part time nannying. Annie has always had a passion for working with young children so she is delighted to join the Pixie Hill community. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and traveling.
Lead Teacher - Enrichment
After spending many years as a Pixie Hill parent, Mickey joined the school as a teacher in 2011. She graduated from Augustana College with a dual degree in elementary education and psychology and brings a wealth of experience to the Pixie classroom from her six years of teaching second and third grade in Chicago. Mickey and her family are very active with several non-profits and charity groups including Wellspring Family Services and St. Therese Church. Mickey, her husband, Christian, and their three Pixie alums, love to spend time hiking and playing at the beach.
Our administrator, Beth Christofferson, grew up right here on Mercer Island. Beth comes to us with a teaching background having worked with social/emotional behavior needs kindergarten students for two years at Island Park Elementary then taking on teaching first grade there for five years. After serving on the Parent Board and putting her first child through Pixie Hill, Beth is delighted to join and support a fabulous team of teachers. Beth, and her husband, Dane, enjoy spending time with their two children, traveling, playing sports, and spending time with family.