Executive Director: Clara Larco
Greetings! My name is Clara Larco, and I have the pleasure of working with TLCA's team of educators to provide families with the best education and care possible for their precious little ones.
My tenure in the field of education began in the late-90’s as I returned to school and decided to become a Kindergarten Teacher. It was only when I entered the world of school-age programming & early childhood education (YMCA 2001-2013) that I learned how much stronger and wider an impact I could have on children and their families as an administrator. Since then, I have continued my education and developed skills not only in working with children & families, but also creating strong, cohesive educator teams. After moving from individual programs to becoming a Regional Senior Director then beginning an Executive Director track with the YMCA, I realized my passion & happiness remained in working directly with teachers and families.
Since working for the YMCA, I have worked in school districts and franchises, all within early childhood education. I have a proven track record in management & organization, as well as training adults in education, communication and center-based management. I come to TLCA now with a broad scope and understanding of child development and an even stronger conviction that early learning experiences for children are invaluable and necessary for success later in life. My belief is that a true leader must have a genuine open-door policy and ability to build trust and collaboration. My goal is to always create leaders in us all, and what better way to do this than to work together to build brave, strong and compassionate leaders in our children.
Now a little about myself My family hails from California, but we are originally from Chile & Ecuador. My husband, Carlos, and I have a driven and courageous daughter, Elisa, who keeps us on our toes. We adore the outdoors and creating memories here in the Pacific Northwest.
Founders & Owners: Sunny & Eric Breeden
Hello! As the founders and owners of Totem Lake Children’s Academy, we assume tremendous responsibility and accountability in providing excellent care and education for your children. You have entrusted us with your biggest treasure, and we strive to build on that trust and partnership.
TLCA was built with the vision of being a gathering place for first-time and seasoned parents to trade parenting tips, share their joys as well as their concerns and a place for children to begin life-long friendships. We wanted to establish a school that offers the personal touch and customer appreciation of a small, locally owned business, but one that would outshine any corporate-based chain in terms of state-of-the-art facility and academic curriculum.
Most of all, the school's inspiration stems from our love and appreciation for children and belief that quality education is the key to successful and sustainable societies.
More about our backgrounds. Sunny consulted for the United Nations in Rome, Italy and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, before joining the financial markets industry in Asia. She left her banking career after meeting her husband, falling in love with him along with the natural backdrop of the Pacific Northwest. Sunny has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and her MBA from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Eric is an Anesthesiologist, having completed both medical school and residency training at the University of Washington. Eric works behind the scenes in advising the executive decisions of the school.
Sunny and Eric have a young toddler, Bryce, who is constantly on the move. He gives them more joy than they ever imagined possible but also reminds them of the incredible demands that their clients face as parents.