Chiti Kompella, Lead Teacher
Chiti went to a Montessori school for her early childhood education and later received her Bachelor’s degree in Business in India. Later, when her children went to Montessori schools in Bellevue, she decided to assist in the classroom to see if she would like to take up teaching as a career. The following year she took the Early Childhood Montessori certification in 2005 from MEIPN, Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest which is accredited by the American Montessori Society and has been passionately teaching ever since. Chiti lives in Bellevue, Washington along with her husband and their third child. The other two are adults now and pursuing their careers in LA and Boston respectively. When she is not at school, Chiti can be found dancing, hiking, cooking, spending time with her family or teaching yoga and meditation. She also teaches Positive Discipline parenting classes at Eyas.
Jackie Dealy, Lead Teacher
Jackie Dealy was introduced to Montessori while attending high school and working part time as an afternoon helper. After graduation, she worked full time assisting in the classroom while completing her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Washington in 2006. During her college years while balancing school and work it became apparent to Jackie that teaching children is what brought her the most joy in life. She then completed her Early Childhood Montessori Teaching Credential though the Montessori Education Institution of the Pacific Northwest (MEIPN) in 2008. Jackie resides in Issaquah with her husband and two children: Wesley (born in 2013) and Riley (born in 2017). When Jackie is not at school she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, gardening and fitness.
Lily Jing, Chinese Teacher
Lily Jing was born and brought up in China. She has been a teacher for 20 years. She took her Montessori training in Beijing, China in the year 2012 and have been a Montessori teacher since then. She is fond of children and enjoys teaching early childhood. She is the lead Chinese teacher at Eyas and feels fortunate to be able to share Chinese culture with the students at Eyas.
Sharon Wang, Teacher
Sharon joined Eyas in September 2017. She began as an extended care Teacher’s assistant and soon discovered the joy in working with children. She took her Early Childhood Montessori Teaching Credential though the Montessori Education Institution of the Pacific Northwest (MEIPN) in the school year 2018-19. She also became National Geographic educator in July 2019. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering awarded in China. Prior to joining Eyas, she worked as a counselor and a Positive Discipline parent educator. She resides in Bellevue with her husband and son.
August Weimin Teng, Student Intern
August is an intern teacher at Eyas and is taking Montessori Teacher’s training at MEIPN in the school year 2019-20. She did her Associates in Computer Science at Bellevue College. While at Bellevue college, she began volunteering at Eyas to help after-school extended care. Soon she joined the Eyas team as an assistant teacher and moved on to become closing lead. She enjoyed working with children at Eyas and decided to take the Montessori teacher’s training. She also likes to travel and share those interesting experiences with Children.
Lori Flenniken, Teacher
Lori Flenniken grew up in Spokane, WA and moved to Seattle area when she was 18 where she did her early studies at Bellevue College. She then transferred to Western Washington University where she studied Spanish and Education. She has always had a passion for teaching and spent a lot of time volunteering in her children’s classrooms. She was a part of the creation of a startup charter school Explorer Elementary at Emily Dickinson Elementary. Lori took her Montessori Teacher’s certification at the Montessori Institute of the Pacific Northwest in 2005. She and her husband have two grown children with families of their own. She enjoys spending time with her growing family and her 4 grandchildren who are the joys of her life. She loves the creative process and likes crafting, flower arranging and creative cooking.
Andy Nazzal, Music Specialist