Exceptional Educator Award





Congratulations to Elaine Soeun!

MIPA's 2019 Exceptional Educator



The Mercer Island Preschool Association is happy to announce that the winner of the 2019 Exceptional Educator Award is Elaine Soeun from the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood School.  The award is presented to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to our preschool community. We were flooded with letters of praise and love from families, colleagues, and administrators for this educator who has dedicated 30 years to children and families on the island. Her community praised her calm demeanor, patience, and natural gift with children.  




















Past Winners:

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

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