Exceptional Educator Award





Congratulations to AUI PATTA!

MIPA's 2020 Exceptional Educator



The Mercer Island Preschool Association is happy to announce that the winner of the 2020 Exceptional Educator Award is Aui Patta from the Creative Learning Center Montessori.  The award is presented to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to our preschool community. We were flooded with nearly 100 nomination letters for educators across the community, more than 3 times the normal. Letters of praise and love from families, colleagues, and administrators for our educators who take care of our sweetest and youngest population. After reading the letters nominating so many deserving candidates, it was clear that this year, such an extraordinary year, Miss Aui’s dedication and devotion to her students, her colleagues, and all the families she supports went above and beyond the extraordinary. Over and over again, letters from parents praised her passion for teaching, her love for her students who she always puts first, and her ability to transition challenging situations seamlessly and without skipping a beat. Miss Aui has been a real blessing to the families of CLC and is truly deserving of this recognition.





Past Winners:


2019 Winner - Elaine Soeun of the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood School

2018 Winner – Michele Saunders of Sunnybeam School

2017 Winner – Kathy Morey of Creative Learning Center

2016 Winner – Laura Selby of Stroum Jewish Community Center

2015 Winner – Jen Headrick of Pixie Hill Preschool

2014 Winner – Talina Birashk of St. Monica’s Parish School

2013 Winner – Alex Cruz of Patti’s Play Center

2012 Winner – David Weston of Sunnybeam School

2011 Winner – Lynn Ahringer of Early World Montessori

2010 Winner – Molly van der Burch of Pebble Preschool

2009 Winner – Lisa Given of Lisa’s Little School

2008 Winner – Rita Macomber of Emmanuel Day School

2007 Winner – Mary Ann Haney of Sunnybeam School

2006 Winner – Ann Connolly of Pixie Hill Preschool

2005 Winner – Judy Witmer of Mercer Island Learning Lab


MIPA is grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

JP Morgan

Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

Carrie K. York, DDS


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