Meet Jenny Tan. Owner, Head of School at Eastside Children's Academy. Originally from Shanghai, China, Jenny moved to the U.S. in the early 1990's where she met her husband, and they began to grow their family and careers. In addition to being a very involved owner, Jenny also volunteers within the community for local schools, the PTSA, Bellevue Club Swim Team, and the Bellevue High School Swim Team.
Jenny enjoys spending quality time with her own family by swimming some laps at the local club, playing tennis, and listening to classical piano music & classic Chinese songs. In addition, her own belief in the value of community and dedicating herself to ensuring that Eastside Children's Academy is not just a school in Bellevue, but a school FOR Bellevue, is the keystone to delivering the highest caliber of support as an early childhood education program. "This belief," Jenny says, "it pervades everything we do — from our partnerships with other organizations, to ensuring that each of our families feel valued and included in the collaborative culture of their child's classroom. We are committed to serving the families of Bellevue." She is so dedicated to achieving this belief that she has returned to school to pursue her Early Childhood Education degree.
With such a strong woman at "the helm of the ship" Eastside Children's Academy continues to thrive as an exceptional bilingual school here, in the heart of Bellevue.
The early childhood years are a precious time of growth and connection. It is our opportunity to help children begin to grow into the persons they will be throughout their lives. This time is a crucial time where children learn the social and emotional skills, they will need to develop lifelong relationships, as well as the executive functioning skills they will need to succeed in the school years ahead. It has always been my passion to create loving and safe environments where children grow, thrive, and shine. Here at Eastside Children's Academy, I have found a team of teachers and caregivers who are equally passionate about the care they provide. I look forward to growing as a part of this exceptional community of children, families, and educators.
LEAD TEACHING STAFF
Lead Infant Teacher
My name is Stephanie Trobaugh. I am very excited to be the lead teacher in the infant classroom at Eastside Children's Academy. I have over 10 years of experience working with children and love infants dearly. I have two children of my own, Chloe, and Kinsely. I also have three dogs, Oakley, Ollie and Genesis and two bunnies, Rue and Gracie. I spend my free time walking my dogs, going quadding, baking or scrapbooking, and I love photography . My goal is to provide a safe, warm, and happy environment for the little ones.
Lead Toddler Teacher
Hello, my name is Bolorerdene Shura. My friends and colleagues call me Bogi. I am originally from Mongolia; my family and I came to the U.S. in 1999. We lived in San Francisco for the first 7 years and moved to Washington 2006. We’ve been here ever since. I am a mother of two beautiful kids.
I have experience in the early childhood teaching for over a decade. I love teaching young children. Watching children grow gives me great joy. I also love incorporating fun learning activities into my lesson plan to keep them engaged and having fun. When I work with kids I try my best to give them my full support. I strive to foster a safe, warm, and happy environment.
Some of my hobbies and things I enjoy to do are spend time with my family, hike in the outdoors with friends, camping, traveling, doing make overs and beauty services to my friends, and watching movies with my daughter during girls night. I am happy to teach young children and be a part of the Eastside Children’s Academy team.
Lead Early Preschool Teacher
Hello! My name is Wendy Vang. I am from Minnesota and have recently relocated to Washington. I remember my first time visiting Washington and I just knew in my heart that I would one day move to WA. While in MN, I worked in a preschool for 6 years. I started off as a teacher assistant for 3 years, then was promoted to lead teacher in the pre-kindergarten room for another 3 years. Going into college, I knew I wanted to be a teacher because I saw the important role a teacher took in each individual’s life. After finishing school, I decided to further pursue my Bachelors degree in Social science. I hope to become a professor in the future.
Outside of work and school, I enjoy dancing. I have been dancing under a dance school called Dao Lan Dance School based in Minnesota for more than 15 years. After I stopped participating in competitive dancing, I started my own dance team in MN for 3 years before moving to WA.
I value and see great importance in developing a bond with each individual child to help them grow and maximize their learning. Therefore, I believe in spending time to guide and to prioritize the understanding of each child. I love to see children grow and enjoy teaching children of all age groups because as they learn from me, I have a lot to learn about them as well.
Lead Preschool Teacher
I am Julia Xu, coming from Shanghai China. I'm so pleased to be a lead teacher for the preschoolers of Eastside Children's Academy.
I used to be a facilitator of Kaleidoscope Play & Learn program at the library of Newcastle, Beacon Hill and Newport Way. Since 2018, I worked at CISC Aegis bilingual preschool as a co-lead teacher, focusing on Chinese language teaching.
Elicitation teaching is very important for preschoolers. I will help and encourage children to gain more interests in school and provide learning in a variety of ways. The art of education is to help students enjoy what you teach. I would like to grow up together with all our children.
很高兴能就职Eastside Children's Academy，做学前班孩子们的主导老师。
我曾担任Kaleidoscope儿童寓教于乐的导师，在西雅图和金县的Newcastle、Beacon Hill和Newport Way图书馆教学。2018年开始，我在仁仁服务社名下的乐叙之家双语幼儿园做合作主导老师，主要从事中文教学。
Lead Preschool Teacher
Hello, my name is A-Ryum Hong.I have worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 10 years. I found passion in this field after volunteering Awana program. I graduated with an Associates Degree in child Development in 2014. My Favorite thing about teaching is seeing the children smile and I love hearing the things they say while learning. In my free time I enjoy cooking, traveling and playing sports with my husband.
Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
My name is Yuxin Cheng. I am the Lead Bi-lingual Pre-K Teacher and ECA’s Chinese teaching specialist. I am originally from China, but I have been in the US since 2012. I moved from Oregon to Washington in early 2019.
I have a masters degree in Language Teaching Studies from the University of Oregon. While living in Eugene, Oregon I taught in an elementary school.
I am passionate about language immersion and I believe that children learn better while they are doing something that they are interested in. I also believe that teachers should change the level of support in order to meet the needs of each individual child.
Hi! My name is Jackielyn Fajardo. My friends call me "JACK". I’m a very quiet person. I loved Korean and Mexican Food. I have a Bachelor Degree of Majoring Hotel Restaurant and Management. I am originally from Philippines. I came to the U.S. in 2007. I lived with my family in CONCORD CA. near San Francisco for almost 3 years. And I moved Seattle WASHINGTON IN 2011 for a job Opportunity. I worked for Jollibee Corporation owned by Filipino Chinese. I opened their First Bakeshop in California in 2010 as a Store Supervisor. In 2011 I was their Store Supervisor again for their First Chinese Restaurant here in Seattle. In 2015 I worked for Intergenerational Learning Center in Providence Mt. St. Vincent in West Seattle my First 5 years extensive experienced in cooking for Child care Facilities. I joined Bright Horizons in Downtown Seattle in 2020 as their Chef.
Outside of work, I enjoy watching cooking shows, Horror movies, Criminal Minds. I love traveling and hiking. I am happy doing eating and karaoke with my friends. My favorite Children’s book DOCTOR DOLITTLE. I love Cooking because FOOD IS MY LOVE LANGUAGE.
"We love ECA so much. We have had our daughter enrolled since it’s inception. Our daughter LOVES her teachers and has grown so much in her time here. I attribute her early math and social skills to her teachers thoughtful lesson plans. Jenny has made us feel welcomed into the community and worked alongside us to resolve age appropriate behaviors that popped up. From those experiences, we have high trust in her leadership and vision for ECA. I highly recommend ECA if you’re considering enrolling your child."