Patricia Valentine Benson, School Director
Patricia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English: Literature and Language, and a Masters degree in K-12 Education from the University of Southern California. She received a K-12 teaching credential as well. Patricia spent her first few post-graduate years teaching in a Jewish day school, Sinai Akiba Academy, and in a Catholic school, Mayfield Junior School, in the Los Angeles area. Patricia’s private school career continued at secular institutions: The Buckley School and Brentwood School. Patricia has experience in sales, marketing and management. She managed two retail stores in the craft industry – one independently-owned, and the other corporate-owned. She also gained office management experience working in dental offices. Patricia returned to teaching after she and her family moved to Snoqualmie, Washington. She most recently taught at the Soundview School, an International Baccalaureate school, in Lynnwood. Patricia and her husband, who is also a teacher, have three children: ages twelve, eight, and eighteen months. Patricia served as the Service Unit Manager of the Northeast Texas Girl Scouts, which included over fifty troops and their leaders. She has also been a Girl Scout troop leader and a cheerleading coach. She has experience in theater and art, and is
passionate about integrating the arts into children’s daily lives.
Jennifer Sorenson Ward, School Director
After earning two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Southern California, one in Psychology and one in History, Jennifer earned her Masters degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Jennifer taught first grade at The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland, kindergarten at The Open Window School in Bellevue, and kindergarten and first grade at Seattle Country Day School. Most recently, Jennifer developed and taught the founding kindergarten program at an independent school in Dallas, Texas. She holds an Early Childhood-Grade 8 Washington state credential. Jennifer is a native of Snoqualmie Valley, and grew up on her family’s small farm in North Bend. Being an alumnus of North Bend Elementary and Mount Si High School, she is in tune with the culture and history of the community. Jennifer and her husband have three children: ages eleven, eight, and four. Jennifer has a dedication to lifelong learning and has strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills. She is an active community member who has served a Girl Scout leader, cheerleading coach, PTA board member, and Sunday school teacher.