Parent Education Instructors
Pre K Class Parent Education Instructor
Gayne began as an Instructor for Bellevue College’s Parent Education Program in 1989. In addition, she was a children’s teacher in a variety of Bellevue College’s Parent Education preschool programs for 14 years. That experience enables her to effectively assist the teacher, the children, and the working parents when she attends our preschool class each week. This is her first year with the 4’s class here at Issaquah. She teaches three other Parent Education classes.
Gayne holds two degrees from Washington State University; a B.A. in Home Economics from the Child & Family Studies Department, and an M.A. in Child Development. She is the mother of two grown daughters, and first became associated with BC Parent Education as a parent herself, in 1981.
Gayne facilitates our monthly Parent Education classes, which include lecture, discussion, and problem-solving components. Topics are determined by the needs of the parents, but always include normal child development, and effective discipline techniques. Parent conferences are offered in the spring. She is also available for private, informal consultation.
“I feel honored to be a part of this terrific Parent Ed program. Working with dedicated, hard-working parents always inspires and invigorates me! We couldn’t be the program that we are without dedicated, committed parents and children’s teachers!”
3s Class Parent Education Instructor
Barb has been working with 3s class parents at Issaquah Cooperative Preschool since 2001 and has been a Parent Education Instructor with Bellevue College since 1998. Barb holds a BA in Elementary Education/Child and Family Studies from WSU and has completed post-graduate studies in Human Development through Pacific Oaks College Northwest. When she is in the classroom lab she loves interacting with and getting to know the children in the classroom. Barb teaches our monthly parent education classes, which include lecture, discussion, and problem-solving components. Topics are determined by the needs of the parents, but always include child development, individual differences in children, and effective discipline techniques. Barb views parenting as an opportunity for adults to learn more about themselves as they strengthen their relationship with their child. She hopes to help parents grow into advocates for all children.
Barb and her family live in Duvall. Both of her young adult children are graduates of BC’s cooperative preschool programs. She spends as much time as she can outside, whether poking around the yard or walking local trails with her dog. She’s an avid reader of fiction and watches lots of movies with her family.
“I feel privileged to work with co-op families. They take their work as parents seriously enough to have sought out a place where they can learn more about their child and themselves. I feel proud to be a part of this learning community. It’s when we laugh together that I know great things are happening.”
Toddler (2s) Class Parent Education Instructor
Cubba has been with the Parent Education Program since 1999. She began as a Children’s Teacher and shifted to her role as Parent Educator in 2004. She completed her Master’s in Clinical Social Work in 1982 at University of Michigan specializing in Families and Children. Her background prior to the Parent Ed program includes working with at-risk adolescents and families.
Cubba Reese and her husband have lived on Mercer Island since 1999; born and raised in Detroit, she considers herself a Midwest girl at heart. Their three children are grown and launched (yes, it happens!). When she is not buried in a book, she is hiking in the mountains or riding.
She enjoys watching the growth of the toddlers in the classroom: each child is unique and comes with her or his special gifts and abilities. They are “learning about learning” and their enthusiasm is infectious. She sees her role in the Parent Education discussions as facilitating and encouraging the wisdom of the group, as well as providing the latest information and research about child development and parenting in ways that translate into practical strategies for families.
“The strength of our Parent Education classes is the amazing families that participate. Everyone comes with so much wisdom, and there is always willingness to share and to learn. It is a privilege to be a part of this program.”