Meet Jenny Tan, the 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.
Hello. My name is Jill Whitehouse. I am very excited to join the team of wonderful educators at Eastside Children’s Academy. I started in the Early Childhood Education field in 1995 and obtained a degree in Child Development. The best part of working with young children is giving the children experiences and new ways to explore and learn.
I am a firm believer that children learn through play. Offering children this opportunity helps them experience learning ideas through trial and error, learning social and emotional skills and using their brain and imagination to complete tasks. I love watching the moment when a child learns a new idea or concept and to see their excitement when mastering a task.
A little more about me, my family I are native Hoosiers from Indiana. My family moved to Washington State in 2013. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband exploring the PNW and hanging out with my 3 adult children.
I am looking forward to meeting you and your child!
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 Kinsley. 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 over a decade of experience early childhood education. I love teaching young children. Watching children grow gives me great joy. I also love incorporating fun learning activities into my lesson plans 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 doing are spending time with my family, hiking in the outdoors with friends, camping, traveling, doing makeovers and beauty services for 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 Early Preschool Teacher
Hello, my name is Zoe Han. I enjoy being at Eastside Children's Academy because the school promotes creativity in learning as well as social, cognitive, and emotional development. It is the perfect place and environment to let children regularly engage and socialize with their peers. As their teacher, there's never a dull moment for my class. I like to be entertaining, engaging, and creative with my lessons. I try to make every day unique. Children learn best when they are having fun. Preschool is often a child’s first time away from their parents for an extended period. It can be intimidating for young children; however, as a positive and calm preschool teacher, I can help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety often associated with this milestone. My favorite children's story is 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf', I like the moral of the story because liars will not be rewarded; even if they tell the truth, no one will believe them.
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 Daisy Cho. I’m originally from Taiwan, but I have been living in the Seattle area for over 20 years. I have been a Mandarin Language teacher for more than 12 years and have taught children from ages 2-6. I really enjoy teaching young minds because of the curiosity and wonder they have, and the enthusiasm they show for exploring new things. My philosophy on teaching is: Strive to bring out the best in each child and make learning an adventure and not a chore. In my spare time, I like to garden, cook, and go nice relaxing walks in nature. My favorite children’s story book is “We are going on a bear hunt” which encourages children to explore and take risks.
Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
I am Jun Wang and have been in USA for almost 20 years. In China, I got my BA degree in Chinese language and was a middle school Chinese teacher. After moving to USA, I pursued the Master of Education and taught Chinese at several language schools/daycares for many years.
I love to work with children. Singing songs, playing games, reading stories and rhymes and Chinese classic poems, making crafts with children always make me happy. My favorite children book is “Leo the Late Bloomer”. Every kid is a shining star. As a teacher, I would like to offer kids’ a joyful and safe environment fulfilled with love and to grow their potential with stimulating their emotional, physical, language and cognitive development.
Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Hello, my name is Ping Wu. I am very glad to be a teacher here at ECA. I come from Shanghai, China. My major was Instrument and Meter Engineering.
I came to States in 1994 and have been working in childcare industry since then. I love kids, hand craft and science.
As a mother, I believe that every child should have wonderful memories of their childhood. As an early education teacher, I will do my best to teach every child to be kind to others and to help them become the best that they can be.
"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."