Teachers

Dr. Meera Shin


Director
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Dr. Meera Shin received her Ph.D. in child development and family studies with a concentration in early childhood education from Syracuse University. In addition to teaching at Syracuse University as an adjunct instructor, she has taught early childhood education programs at Bellevue College and Eastern Washington University and was an assistant professor at Kean University before moving to Washington. Kean University is the oldest higher education institute in New Jersey and currently produces the largest number of teachers in the state.

Since 1988, Dr. Shin has comprehensively researched early childhood education in Korea and in the United States, and has written numerous scholarly publications—covering language development from infancy to primary grades, teaching strategies for young children and cultural issues in parenting and education that have appeared in books and professional journals.

Dr. Shin has extensive experience testing children for gifted program placements and early kindergarten entrance for private schools and public school districts. She is a founder of BKPlay Academy and is actively involved in its operations—teaching, overseeing planning and curriculum development, and administering admissions assessments. Dr. Shin has over 20 years of teaching experience and holds a Washington State teaching certificate with an Early Childhood Education endorsement. She is a proud mother of a gifted child.

Click for a list of Dr. Shin’s publications and presentations.

Mrs. Krista Clowers


Teacher
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Mrs. Krista Clowers has returned to teaching at BKPlay!! After a year-and-a-half hiatus of being a stay-at-home mom and pursuing her secondary passion to become a writer, Mrs. Krista is excited to return to the unique learning environment that BKPlay has to offer. It is not only the small class sizes and gifted population at BKPlay that coaxed her back into the classroom, but BKPlay’s education that gives her the opportunity to create and implement student-centered, inquiry-based lessons that truly benefit each and every student as a learner and as an individual.
Mrs. Krista has 17 years of teaching experience all grades PK-8th and all subject areas. Mrs. Clowers has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and holds a Washington State teaching certificate with a Middle Humanities endorsement (reading, writing and social studies) and an English as a Second Language endorsement. She herself is a former gifted student in the Bellevue School District. She continues to write for a variety of clients in the education market. When Mrs. Clowers is not teaching or writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and her granddaughter, as well as running, weight training and doing yoga.

Ms. Ashley Mitchell


Teacher
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Ms. Ashley Mitchell has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies, as well as an Associate’s degree in Education, Learning, and Societies from the University of Washington. She has over 8 years of experience in working with adolescents and children, investing in their future, and preparing them for school readiness. She has past experience of performing the responsibilities as a “Lead” Preschool, Toddler, and School-age teacher, supervising students, tracking academic development, and coaching them in a nurturing, safe, and fun environment. She has worked in family and government owned Educational Learning Centers throughout the city of Seattle and Bellevue. In her field of work she has promoted family events that motivated parents to get involved in Early Learning, while researching causes of the awareness gap between the community and preparing for the youth for school. She has mentored at risk teens by encouraging them to engage in extracurricular health and fitness activities, reshaping their road to success, and tutoring them in school subjects.