Julie Hannan

Julie Hannan is an experienced, passionate educator with over 20 years of teaching experience. She is both a certified K-8 teacher as well as a certified PCI Parent Coach. In 2011, Julie left the classroom to work individually with elementary aged kids and their families.

Her teaching experience includes many years in the classroom at both private and public schools. An avid learning enthusiast, she has taken countless classes, continuing to hone her craft by putting the latest research into practice. Creative and fun, Julie is a master at combining the art and science of teaching. Julie is married and the mother of 3 girls. Outside the classroom, she has been a Girl Scout leader, volunteered in schools and church, designed curriculum, facilitated PEPS groups, and coached many parents. Julie is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Psychology, K-8 teaching certificate, and a M.Ed in Learning and Technology. In 2013 she earned her Parent Coach Certification through the Parent Coaching Institute affiliated with Seattle Pacific University.

 Julie Gjording

Julie Gjording joins Sparkle Spot Learning as an Individual Learning Specialist, ready to work with students on literacy, math, and learning skills.

Julie is an experienced educator who is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of students. Her empathy, gentle nature and sense of humor help to create a safe learning environment, thus helping her students to be able to take risks and enjoy celebrating their successes. Working together with students to build on their strengths and interests, Julie helps motivate and empower her students.

Julie taught elementary students in Oregon for 15 years. She graduated from Portland State University with a B.A. in sociology and child & family studies. She later earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from University of Portland. Julie currently enjoys making connections on a personal level with students and families through her individual and small group learning sessions in Seattle. As a lifelong learner, Julie loves to grow professionally and to implement current educational practices into her work with students.

Liz Liz Huehnergarth

Liz Huehnergarth is a warm and talented teacher with 16 years of experience working in schools and with families. A career in education was inevitable for Liz, as she comes from a family of passionate teachers and administrators. She has two elementary aged daughters, who have attended both private and public schools.

Liz earned her BA in English with an Emphasis on Education from the University of Washington and  her Masters in Teaching (MiT) from City University. Liz taught 1st, 3rd and 4th grades for the Guilderland Central School District and the Mercer Island School District. After the birth of her two daughters, she served on the board for Postpartum Support International of Washington State, coordinating the crisis line and supporting new families.  She joined Sparkle Spot Learning in 2015. She has special training differentiating instruction for individual learners through Mel Levine’s All Kinds of Minds techniques and attended Writer’s Workshop training at Columbia Teacher’s College. Liz is passionate about individualized learning and building positive relationships with her students.

Cate and Claire Cate and Claire Hannan

Cate and Claire Hannan are two of Julie’s three daughters. They both work  as instructors for mother-daughter classes, summer camps, and work individually with students.

Cate Hannan is a 2014 graduate of Whitman College, majoring in Sociology. She has worked as a swim instructor and with a local pediatric occupational therapist. She currently works as a paraprofessional at the Experimental Education Unit (EEU), teaching kindergarten to a spirited bunch of diverse learners. She is trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Social Thinking, and has attended the Early Childhood Conference. Cate a contributing creator of Sparkle Spot Summer Camps and the new Sparkle Girl! Social Friendship Group. She also works individually with students in the areas of handwriting and spelling.

Claire Hannan is a 2016 graduate of Whitworth University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. She currently works for Mukilteo School District as a Behavioral Specialist. During the summer, Claire works at Sparkle Spot summer camps and individually with students in literacy and math. She is also the “daughter” in weekend Mother-Daughter workshops.