Children and Parents Learning Together

Our Teacher


Ellen Carleson

Head Teacher & Preschool Director

My name is Ellen Carleson and I am the Director and Head Teacher at ICP. I am also an adjunct faculty member at Olympic College and serve as the Parent Educator for the preschool.

I have been teaching at ICP since 1989. My background is in music and drama, from performing professionally to teaching small groups of children. I believe in continuing education and attend classes and workshops, staying current in early childhood education practices.

The principles that guide my teaching are respect, listening, relationships from the heart, creative expression, and lots of fun. My goal is to help children learn the foundation skills for future learning: asking questions, finding answers, expressing thoughts and ideas, developing hypotheses and then testing them, and learning and understanding more about themselves and their world.