Co-Founder | Head of school
2019 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.
Lead Teacher 2019-2020
Fan has a BA degree in teaching and working on her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She taught children English in China for 3.5 years and was rated the Most Popular Teacher in her school for 2 years. Fan started teaching immersion Chinese in the U.S. since 2015. She fully believes in the immersion program where a multi-cultural curriculum teaches respect and appreciation for different cultures, and to better prepare children for the future. She is also an expert at teaching early math, science and coding and values the strong foundation for these that can be built in early childhood. In her spare time, Fan loves playing Ultimate Frisbee, cooking, and gardening.
2019 Assistant Teacher
Sophia graduated from the University of Washington with two degrees, a B.A. in Early Education and a B.S. in Psychology, and is now acquiring Information Technology (IT) certificates at North Seattle College in order to integrate technology into early education. Sophia fully understands the importance of being multilingual and culturally adaptive through her diverse educational journey in Shanghai, Hong Kong and the United States. She is proficient in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, and well regarded in cultural humility. With her passion in early education, Sophia had always volunteered, babysat, and taught children in many settings since her childhood. In her leisure time, Sophia loves exploring different cuisines, watching movies, adventurous traveling and very much enjoying a beauty sleep.
Ye Tao (Teddy)
2019 Head 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.