Co-Founder | Head of school
2018 Lead Teacher
Early 2016, Sue arrived to Seattle determined to bring a Quaker Friends School to students and families in the Pacific Northwest. A native of Wyoming, Sue first moved to China in 1975 with her parents in the diplomatic corp and siblings in tow, but has also lived in Nepal, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Prague and Mexico City. With a first career in media and television; education and children grew into a professional passion that has spanned three continents and three languages. In 2006, Sue founded a premier early childhood center in Shanghai, but after a decade with her school and her parents and two grown daughters resettled in the United States, a move to the West Coast came calling. In her free time Sue is pursuing an EdD in Educational Leadership and escaping to the mountains for a hike.
Co-Founder | Head of Growth and Expansion
The mother of two young daughters, Alli has worked in schools for over 20 years. From an overcrowded, cacophonous, urban public high school to a private K-8 girl’s school and many public and private K-12 schools in between. Alli has been a teacher, curriculum leader, coach, college counselor, assistant head of school, sometimes pastor, often mayor, and de facto parent therapist in California and Washington. A graduate of Cornell University (BA) and Stanford University (MA), Alli has served on boards and committees in the Bay Area and Seattle that are dedicated to youth literacy and the arts. In her free time Alli is a middle grade novelist, a healthy living enthusiast, a snow sports expert and a dedicated reader.
Jin Chen (Vicky)
2018 Lead Teacher
Jin is a Chinese professor teaching at both Bellevue College and City University of Seattle. Before moving to Bellevue a few years ago, Jen received her Multi-Age (PK-12) Chinese Language Teacher Certificate from Ohio State as part of her Masters in Education. She also has a BA in Education from Sichuan University. Jin has taught in both in public and private schools from kindergarten to middle school as a Chinese language teacher and as a lead teacher. An avid fan of teaching her native language, Jin has been the Seattle Public High Schools lead teacher in Mandarin in both years 2016 and 2017 during the Immersion STARTALK Summer Program. The International Friends School is proud to sponsor her as Jin has just been chosen as one of ten top Chinese teachers in the USA to be a recipient of a national scholarship to participate in the 2018 University of Hawaii STARTALK Teacher Training Institute. When Jin is not continually learning how to become a better teacher in an immersive environment, she loves playing the guitar and illustrating and designing childrens' learning materials.
Ye Tao (Teddy)
2018 Assistant Teacher
Originally from Chongqing, Teddy has been working in education both in the Seattle area, but also in China. He has a BA from Chongqing University in education and since living in the US has worked on educating American students about Chinese culture and language. Working with the Confucius Institute, Teddy has been responsible for teaching, organizing workshops and coordinating cultural events. Teddy has also taught Middle School Chinese. Of all of the age groups that Teddy has worked with, his heart remains with early childhood.
Brenda is a native of the Pacific Northwest. She holds a BA (English Literature) from the University of Washington and an MBA from the UW Foster School of Business. She is a Certified Public Accountant. Brenda brings nearly three decades of financial and executive leadership experience to her role at IFS. Brenda is the owner of Stonecipher Consulting Group LLC, where she assists nonprofit organizations with financial and operational management support to ensure they are able to fulfill their missions. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hiking, skiing, writing, visiting her two grown children, and hanging out with her husband and golden retriever.
Marketing & Communications
Amanda Kelly is the principal of Sound Strategic, a development and communications agency in Seattle. She is focused on delivering creative strategies, extraordinary service and meaningful results with a collaborative and fully-integrated approach to educational and not-for-profit development projects. Amanda has worked with educational, not for profit and and corporate clients, including Seattle University and the University of Washington, to provide consultative support for enrollment and communications strategy.Amanda Kelly is the principal of Sound Strategic, a development and communications agency in Seattle. She is focused on delivering creative strategies, extraordinary service and meaningful results with a collaborative and fully-integrated approach to educational and not-for-profit development projects. Amanda has worked with educational, not for profit and and corporate clients, including Seattle University and the University of Washington, to provide consultative support for enrollment and communications strategy.