About Us

Southwest Early Learning Bilingual Preschool (SWEL) is a great Bilingual (English & Spanish) preschool for three to four year olds.

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- Prepare your child for Kindergarten

- High quality, culturally enriched early
childhood education with a strong focus on early literacy

- Lots of experiential learning with field trips, outdoor adventures and multi-stage science projects

- Bilingual programming helps your child learn Spanish/English

- Our Dual Language program includes music, books, and labels.

- Curriculum is delivered in English & Spanish making it easy for your child to learn the language.

Our Four Core Values

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  1. Collaborative Relationships: We value mutual respect, reciprocity and collaborative decision-making among children, families, staff and educators. We believe this builds strong and equitable communities.
  2. Social Justice: We value cultural democracy, overcoming bias, and undoing racism. We believe that children and adults can only thrive in a world where inequities are noticed and actively challenged.
  3. Engaged Learning: We value curiosity and reflection for adults and children. We believe this leads to a journey of life-long teaching and learning.
  4. Joyful Work: We value playfulness, purpose, and passion in the classroom as well as the office. We believe that adults can draw inspiration from children's lively minds

Our Community Partners

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  • City of Seattle- Seattle Preschool Program 
  • ECEAP
  • Southwest Youth & Families Services 
  • Delridge Neighborhood Development Association
  • United Way of King County
  • Seattle Les Dames d'Escoffier 
  • Raising A Reader
  • Good Food Bag

Our Staff

Karina Rojas Rodriguez - Director

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Hello my name is Karina Rojas Rodriguez - I was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico and immigrated here in the early 90's. I have lived in the Tukwila/SeaTac area for about 28 years. Being here in the early 90's and growing up in a very diverse community helped my passion for working with a diverse community like Delridge! After receiving a scholarship through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-Achievers Scholars, I was able to follow my dreams of becoming a culturally relevant teacher and attend Washington State University; there I received my undergrad in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Spanish. Being a first generation student and away from my family for the first time, I wanted to make an impact there at WSU, during my last year in 2008, six women of color and myself started the first multicultural sorority in the state of Washingto - Alpha Nu Multicultural Sorority, Inc. In 2011, I received my Master of Arts from Goddard College in Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis in Adult Child Interactions. I have been in the ECE field for 12 years and would not change it, this is where my passion lives and I hope to continue this until I find my next itch in life. I have experience working with a wide range of regulations, guidelines and City/State contracts like Head Start, ECEAP and the Seattle Preschool Program. During my career I have been a classroom teacher, a mentor teacher/program supervisor, coach, STARS Merit approved trainer and center director. During my "free time", I am an instructor for Highline College working with adults earning their AAS or BA in ECE. As an Educator, I love to surround myself with like-minded individuals who like to chat about the pedagogy of the children; I believe children are truly their very own protagonist in their learning and we need to honor that! When I am not teaching or working with children, I am a full time mother to my very own bi cultural and bilingual young ones, Maximiliano Donatello who is three and Esme Paloma  who is one. I have been married to my other half for 6 years, also an educator. I do not know where I find time to do things, but I do; I make sure that I spend enough time with my children/husband/family, do plenty of self-care like yoga, baking, walking, traveling, and lots of pinteresting! 

Javier Casio - Assistant Director

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 My summoned name is Javier Israel Casio-Gomez, however to everyone else at Southwest Early Learning Bilingual Preschool, I am simply known as Teacher Javie. I was born in the city of Durango, which is also the name of the state of Mexico I was so humbly given birth to, some odd years ago. I’ve been part of the SWEL team for many, many years and enjoyed every moment of it before transitioning to Assistant Director. Although, I haven’t always been part of such an amazing organization, I did however, serve and form part of an equally life changing AmeriCorps organization called City Year. 
As a City Year member, I spent two years serving middle school students hands-on, supporting them both inside and outside of the classroom. I played a fundamental role in helping them reach their educational goals and potential. Once I completed my 22-month commitment with City Year, and served more than 3,400 hours, I figured it was time to get a “real job”, as I worked some odd jobs for about a year, then I was granted the opportunity to work in a childcare center. I was there for about a year when I was given the opportunity to come SWEL. My life goal has always been around trying to help people or work in human services (social work) however; through my time in early childhood education I changed that slightly. I got my AA at Seattle Central Community College, preceded to pursue my Bachelor of Arts in Community Organizing and Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Goddard College.
I have committed my life to changing the course of history, by fostering and developing young idealist everyday during my tenure here at SWEL & RIFC.  My commitment to the children has been to provide and foster an experience like no other before they have to go into the real world. I strive to document the children’s milestones and the essence of their play every day.
 On a personal note, I have two loving parents, whom also gave birth to two more children of the Casio-Gomez clan. I am married and have two wonderful children. 

Areli Enriquez - Office Manager

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 Hello my name is Areli Enriquez Perez, I was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to the state of Washington when I was five years old with my parents and younger brother. I was raised in Western Washington, and currently reside in Federal Way, Washington where I attended middle and high school. I graduated from Washington State University in December 2015, with my BA in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. Throughout my undergrad career I worked at the university's Children's Center as a teacher's assistant for two and a half years and have always loved working with children and learning how they learn and communicate among themselves and those older than them.  My whole life I have had very positive role models and was always taught to be patient with children and learn from them. Traits that have become useful in my past couple years working and learning among children. I hope to make positive connections with the parents and children where I may impact them either big or small as they continue to grow and learn and play! In my free time I love to spend my time with my family, go on walks around my neighborhood, go to the movies and go dancing. I love attending concerts, going to cultural events and exploring around West  Seattle. I'm happy where I'm at and enjoying planning all the events we have at our school!

Our Staff

Karla Gomez - Creekside Class

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My name is Karla Yadira Gomez Leon originally from Durango, Mexico. After finishing my career (BA in Educational Sciences), I had the opportunity to share and be a part of the diversity of cultures, color prejudices and languages that exist in this beautiful community. 

My mother was a great inspiration to me when finishing my studies, her persistence in believing in me and making my weaknesses my talents influenced my decision of trying to understand the impact that educators can make for children and their families. Supporting them to discover their multiple talents and strengthening their skills in a positive way.  

The people who compliment my life after my experiences in preschool are my children Joshua (18 months) and Issac (7 years), my husband Martin, my parents who are my support pride Gilberto and Guadalupe. They're my example to overcome and work hard every day. My three brothers Gilberto, Alan and Sergio, my best friends, enemies, and confidantes. We enjoy spending time with my family, eating, watching movies, vacationing,  celebrating holidays and most importantly having quality time when we are together.

 Some of my hobbies are reading, reflecting or just having a cup of tea at night. 

Karen Martinez - Creekside Class

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 Hello! My name is Karen Martinez, I was born in El Salvador on ugust 20th, 1987. I have been living in Seattle for a very short time, a little over a year to be exact. I am very happy to be here and start a new life with my husband. I also cannot deny that I miss my family a lot, along with the delicious foods of my country specially our main dish called Pupusas. My mother tongue is Spanish and I am in the process to improve my English skills. I like English and Spanish languages so much, in the future I would like to learn French. I would like to say that I am very kind and positive person, who likes to create strong bonds with the people around me. I received a degree of Nursery Education Teaching from The Pedagogical University of El Salvador, I attended many training classes in order to develop my teaching skills. I got a scholarship to attend an English Academy, I completed it two years later. I have been working with children during the past nine years in preschool, first, second and third levels. I had worked as a teacher and coordinator on the preschool level. My favorite part of being a teacher is to guide, help and support students and parents and overcome any difficulty or challenge. I like to share with my students and learn from them, at the same time. Their love is so pure!! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and his family, also my duty of being a Sunday School Teacher is very pleasant and fulfilling. Every day I try to be in touch with my family in El Salvador, that keeps my heart warm and cozy. In this new school year, I will be doing my best to succeed and reach our goals!

Claudia Garcia-SalmonCreek Class

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 Hello! My name is Claudia Garcia, I was born and raised in Washington state and have lived in Shoreline for the majority of my life. My first language is Spanish but since I am the youngest of 3 I learned English early on and quickly so I could keep up with my siblings. I graduated from Washington State University December 2016 with a degree in Human Development and a certificate in Early Childhood Education. I have prior work experience in a Montessori school with children between the ages od 2.5-7 (student teaching at the WSU children center). Besides work experience I had always been my families go to for when they needed child care, which is when I realized how much I enjoy interacting with children.

In my free time I love to watch movies, read, and cook/bake as well as spending time with my friends and family. I especially enjoy spending time with my 2 nieces who are 7 and 3 years old, they're a lot of fun and keep me busy when I'm at home. They have also helped inspire me and give me ideas that I can bring to the classroom. I have a go with the flow personality and like to think of myself as adventurous in trying and creating new things!

Cynthia Gutierrez-SalmonCreek Class

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Hello,  my name is Cynthia Gutierrez 

I was born in Chula Vista California.

I have double nationality; American Citizen and Mexican. My parents are Mexicans, I have a little sister, my first language is Spanish and my second language is English. I am super excited and look forward to have a great time this year! My Passion is working with children! 

I am a really social person and very positive. I love to interact with children because I want to make a positive impact in their lives. My goal this year is to be a very intentional Teacher so children can learn and have fun.

My favorite color is red and I love Chocolate. My hobbies are  hiking and going out with friends and family to visit new places. 

If you and your family would like to know a little more about me feel free to ask.

I know for sure this is going to be a great school year see you around! 

Deyanira Rojas - Bridgeway Class

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Hi, my name is Deyanira Rojas I am originally from the Mexico City. My family is made up of a husband. son, a brother and wonderful parents. I had the opportunity to study Actuarial Sciences in the Faculty of Sciences of the UNAM. Later on, I came to the city of Seattle where I studied Child Development Associates (CDA), Associate Degree in ECE and at the moment I am focused on continuing my studies of finally obtaining my bachelor’s degree in ECE. I enjoy my studies and the work I do, my inspiration for sharing and enjoying each moment with the students and getting to know them as well as their families, as well as working together with colleagues I have here at SWEL. 

Sheyla Rodriguez - Bridgeway Class

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Hello, my name is Sheyla Rodriguez. I was born in Piura, Peru, I migrated to the US in 2005, and have lived in Seattle for 2 years. This will be my first year at SWEL and I couldn't be happier to be a part of this wonderful community. My passion is working with children; I have been working with children for six years from preschool to 6th grade. I consider myself to be very social, and a positive person. My goal for the school year is to have the most fun with all the children, help them in any way possible, and make an impact in their lives.

My favorite color is purple, I love vanilla ice cream, and I have two beautiful dogs by the names of Roxy (13 years old) and Lulu (2 years old). My hobbies are dancig, spedning quality time with friends and family and traveling.