Our Teachers

Columbia Kids Preschool

This year our lead preschool teacher is Shyanne Cohagen. She has a background in early childhood education and has been a part of the Columbia Kids community since 2019.

Shyanne loves teaching preschoolers and believes in the importance of learning through play and creative activities.

She and her family live in Battle Ground and enjoy exploring the United States and Mexico in their RV. Shyanne has two daughters, two sheep, chickens and a dog.

Sprouting Seeds School

Two teachers guide our enrichment program for K-5 students and their parents: Virginia Triplett (see above) and Janine Carr.

Virginia Triplett (right) has been a teacher at Columbia Kids and Sprouting Seeds for more than 20 years.

Hundreds of families have benefited from her guidance and support in the challenging, rewarding, but not always intuitive work of raising creative, curious, responsible citizens.

Virgina has three adult children and a dozen or so other “kids” — the goats she raises on her small farm in Hockinson, Washington.

Janine (left) has more than 20 years of primary school teaching experience and is a literacy consultant for local public schools.

She specializes in teaching reading and writing and is the author of “A Child Went Forth: Reflective Teaching With Young Readers and Writers.”

Her husband Michael is also a teacher, and their two children are almuni of the Sprouting Seeds program.

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