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Forest Friends Teachers

Corrah (Canoe) Gonzales

Director & Farm Frogs Team

Forest Friends has allowed me to fulfill my lifelong dream of having my own little place to teach and learn with littles. I have seven plus years of childcare experience as a playground supervisor, pre-k teacher's assistant, office worker, professional nanny, camp and preschool director. I have worked with newborn children all the way up to high school, but my absolute joy in life is getting to watch this age range grow and learn. I am currently enrolled in an Early Childhood Education program to earn my state certificate. After graduating from Carleton College with a degree in Classics, I spent the next year working with children and preparing to open Curious Cub Childcare & Forest Friends Preschool. I am very passionate and dedicated to creating the best facility and program for all of my students.


Trina Eichel

Assistant Director
& Lakemont Lichen Team

Hi all! Creating and working at Forest Friends has allowed me to combine my two passions of nature and teaching! I have an undergraduate minor in Educational Studies and BA in Environmental Studies from Carleton College as well as 8 years of experience working as a camp counselor, teacher, nanny, and tutor for infants to high schoolers. I love getting to watch my students grow and learn in their environment and getting to teach them valuable lessons about how to respect our earth and all the beings that inhabit it. I am so thrilled for another year of working with such an amazing community of teachers, students, and families.


Grace Andritsch

Busy Bees & Farm Frog Team

Hello everyone! My name is Grace Andritsch and I have nearly 10 years of varied experience working with children, and over two in the outdoor preschool setting specifically. I look forward to fostering a relationship built on trust and care with both you and your student over our time together, learning and growing together everyday! I have secondary educational experience in Human Development and Family Science as well as Sign Language Interpreting and am currently pursuing further education in Early Childhood Education. I aim to ensure that the precious hours we spend together outside each day are filled with love, compassion, and loads of laughter! I cannot wait to share in the joys of outdoor preschool together :-).


Taylor Dahl 

Farm Frog Team

I’m so excited and honored to join Forest Friends and explore learning with your children. I have a young daughter of my own, and I have done childcare for 8 years with children of all ages. I get so much joy out of watching children make connections and learn about their world, allowing their imagination and curiosity to lead their learning experiences. This joy has led me to where I am today. I’m very dedicated to determining the children’s own individual personalities and imaginations and use that to shape and inspire how I teach each one. I can’t wait to meet all of your wonderful littles and learn just as much from them as they will from me!


Lightner Callahan

Farm Frogs 

Howdy! My name is Lightner Callahan and I am from Austin, Texas. I have always been incredibly in love with and inspired by the outdoors…the beautifully tall Cedar Elm trees, the bright red prickly pears, and the blazing sun are where I find my energy. I’ve been working with kids my entire life, and can easily say there’s nothing more fulfilling. Children are so brilliant, and I adore working with them and this planet! I’m so stoked to work with the community that is Forest Friends, and get to know the flora and fauna of the Northwest. I’ve learned there’s nothing more powerful than gratitude, empathy, and kindness, and look forward to cultivating these things with my students, their parents, and this incredible staff.


Elizabeth Butcher

Farm Frogs & Froglets

Miss Elizabeth will be working with the farm froglets and farm frogs!


Anna Dickinson

Farm Frog Team

In addition to working for my associate degree at Bellevue College, I have plans to attend a university to pursue a degree in early childhood education and pediatric occupational therapy. Working with children has always played a significant role in my life, and I cherish the connections I can build with them. My goal is to leave a positive impact on every child's life and treat them with the love and respect they deserve so they can grow to be strong, independent, and confident individuals. I've had the pleasure of working as a nanny, camp counselor, daycare teacher, and gymnastics coach, which has helped me recognize how essential it is for kids to spend time outside experiencing nature. I can't wait to be a part of these kiddos' journeys!


Grace Musselman

Lakemont Lichen & Busy Bees Team

Hello! I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this amazing and muddy community! I have almost 10 years of experience working with children of all ages through professional nannying, facilitating camps for high schoolers, and teaching in a learning garden for elementary aged kiddos. After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in landscape architecture and environmental studies, I found myself drawn towards pursuing a career in outdoor education. I quickly fell in love with the world of forest preschool. I feel excited to foster their natural curiosity, and bring compassion, love, and joy with me every day to this amazing program.


Cassie Cunniff

Lakemont Lichen Team

I am currently working on my Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies, and am super excited to work in environmental education. I have worked at summer camps and I am so excited to continue working with kids, especially preschool-aged littles. I am originally from the East coast, but am excited to experience the PNW!


Jack Moran

Music Teacher

I have years of experience in childcare settings and have a love of teaching kiddos music! I play drums, guitar, ukulele, piano & the egg shakers! I am so excited to bring music to Forest Friends Preschool and dance with my students all year long :)

Our Teachers/Careers: Our Team

Are you interested in a Career with Forest Friends Preschool?

Learn more!

We care deeply about creating a professional career path for our early childhood educators. It is such important and intentional work that requires special skills and education. Therefore, we believe they should be compensated accordingly and have room to grow! 

We provide:

A competitive wage

ECE certification tuition reimbursements


Accrued Sick Time

and for our full-time employees:

Medical Insurance

401k Match Program

We love the small close-knit teaching team we have and take the time to support our teachers and nourish a warm working environment. 

Reach out to us at to learn more about joining the team! 

Kid Playing with Wooden Toys
Our Teachers/Careers: About Us
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