CDSA is pleased to be able to offer you school-age childcare on site at Kimball Elementary.
Jo – Kimball Center Director
Jo Hamer was born in Spokane WA and grew up all over the continental United States including Colorado, Virginia, and Texas. Growing up all over the country gave Jo the opportunity to meet a wide range of friends, and understand different inter-cultures and communities across the U.S. 7 years ago she took an opportunity to work with a non-profit Childcare organization and found how rewarding the work was. Jo has been a center director for various nonprofits for almost 7 years and is bringing an immense amount of experience to her position. She recently completed her CDA in Childcare and is looking to learn Spanish this year. Always looking for more opportunities to learn and grow, Jo tries to incorporate her experiences into the programs she is involved in!
Outside of her work, Jo spends time with her dog Kona Kai, who she rescued this past year, and her family including her 3 year old niece and 17 year old nephew. She also enjoys a wide variety of activities including singing, soccer, cooking, photography, dodgeball, skiing and traveling, in particular road trips!
Rainer – Enrichment Teacher
Rainer (pronounced “Ry-ner”) has been teaching children and adults for many years, with a focus in art. He is committed to teaching any topic holistically, with an understanding of how it connects with other subjects and disciplines.
In addition to being an Enrichment Teacher for CDSA at Kimball Elementary School, Rainer is a freelance artist and part-time Community Programs Director for Kadima Reconstructionist Community. Rainer is the Western Washington chairperson and a member of the national advisory board for J Street, an advocacy organization dedicated to Middle East peace, for which he often visits Washington DC.
Rainer loves to hike, cook, read, see good films, and music. He is currently undertaking the remodeling of his 1906 home. Rainer is an extremely diverse artist, working in many fields and is working to preserve and promote 50 years of the artistic legacy of his mother, Selma Waldman, an accomplished and powerful artist.
Emily – Enrichment Teacher
Emily Gripp is a student at Seattle Central Community College studying Elementary Education and Art. She has six years of experience working with kids at summer camps and in year-round environmental education programs. Before that, Emily worked as a Program Coordinator for a non-profit organization seeking to curb youth drug and alcohol abuse, leading alternative activities like concerts, mural painting, and poetry slams. Emily lives at Camp Sealth on Vashon Island, the island she grew up on, where she volunteers on the weekends to do things like teach archery, work in the kitchen, and lead arts and crafts activities with students in exchange for room and board.
In her free time, Emily likes to go hiking, garden, kayak, play alto saxophone and piano, sing, read, paint, and draw new pieces of art for her graphic art business ‘Starshine Art’. Emily is an entrepreneur, working on starting another small business, an online public transportation information business called ‘BUSIT’. Most of all, Emily loves to take her four-year-old nephew, Odin, on adventures!
Feven – Enrichment Teacher
Feven Kidane, a Sudan native was raised in the United States. A graduate of West Seattle High school, she now attends South Seattle Community College. She has been involved with a wide range of community service work at the Seattle Center House, and has volunteered in an after school program at Highland Park & Roxhill Elementary and later landing her first job at Alki Community Center.
Outside of work, she enjoys working with children, reading, participatinging in arts & crafts and enjoying the company of her nieces and nephews.