About Us

Our History - Our Team
  • Engaging young minds through interactive learning, music and arts

    About Illumination Learning Studio

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    Since our first Illumination Learning Studio concept opened in the Greenwood/Phinney Ridge neighborhood in April 2013, it has been a privilege to share our business of educating school-age children in the arts within our local neighborhoods and communities. By presenting a fun and engaging cultural, performing and fine arts curriculum which includes instruction in music, drama, voice, and fine arts, we have had a positive influence in thousands of children’s lives.

    We are an independent family business, employing many specialty arts instructors and teaching staff who develop our proprietary arts curriculum to inspire students every day.  It is our mission to engage and enlighten young minds through our programs. We offer an exceptional mix of cultural arts and academic based learning to benefit a child in their social-emotional and educational development. Our team works hard to form strong and impressionable relationships with our students, encouraging a passion for learning that lasts many years to come.

    Community is important to us and that is why Illumination Learning is a member of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, serves on the small business advisory board and the Ballard Alliance of Businesses. We are active in Ballard, Greenwood, Green Lake, Phinney Ridge participating in community events year-round and taking part in charitable giving to help improve the lives of everyone living in our community. 

  • Affiliations

    ParentMap 2017 Golden Teddy FinalistRed Tricycle Totally Awesome Award Illumination Learning Studio   2016 Golden Teddy   golden-teddy-2015   golden-teddy-2014   pna   red-tricycle   seattle-good-business-network   think-local   family-works   seattle-art-museum

  • Our Founders - "The Piper Family"

    • CM Piper
      Business Director & Co-Founder

      CM Piper

      Business Director & Co-Founder

      Piper supports our team of educators with his vision of being the number one provider of high-quality cultural arts education programs for children in the Seattle area. He brings business acumen to set high standards of service and quality that is critical to our company’s mission. He is responsible for refining the success of our business and parent-teacher-student relationships.

    • Mike and Molli Piper
      Mike: Co-Founder, Molli: Program Director & Co-Founder

      Mike and Molli Piper

      Mike: Co-Founder, Molli: Program Director & Co-Founder

      Co-Founder, Mike Piper has spent a lifetime immersed in music and has trained in a variety of musical instruments, with a primary focus and passion for piano. With a degree in Early Childhood Education and Music, Mr. Mike worked for 17-years as a Music and Cultural Arts Instructor for the Chicago Parks District, expanding their programs across multiple parks and teaching music to large numbers of students in the community. Mr. Mike pushes to make a positive difference in the lives of his students by encouraging musical exploration through movement and delivers one-on-one private lessons as well as instructing our music staff.

      Co-founder and Program Director, Molli Piper follows the philosophy that Early Childhood teachers lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Molli holds a Type-04 Early Childhood Teaching Certificate and has over 15 years of experience teaching Preschool age children. The Early Childhood curriculum she has refined for her classroom promotes advanced reading, writing, math and language skill development in our youngest students. Her teaching strategy is to provide children with hands-on, engaging learning experiences, that are fun but also serve to challenge students to use their “higher order” thinking skills.

    • Will Piper
      Director of Operations

      Will Piper

      Director of Operations

      Will holds a BS in Organizational Leadership, from Arizona State University (ASU) and is currently enrolled in an MBA program with a focus on Human Resources. Will has over 7 years’ experience teaching music privately and has provided music lessons at Illumination Learning Studio since its opening in 2013. Will works to support all ILS staff as they create environments of learning that allow students the opportunity to explore and create in the different art forms. He strives to provide a structured environment of progression and creative exploration, in hopes that he can instill understanding, passion, and love for the cultural arts in the students at ILS.

  • Our Creative Arts Team

    • Taylor McKinnon
      Creative Arts Instructor - Drama

      Taylor McKinnon

      Creative Arts Instructor - Drama

      Taylor enjoys using the performing arts to provide a space for students to explore and express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. In drama class students get to explore a variety of creative topics such as: Improv, Shakespeare, film making, directing, ect. It is Ms. Taylor’s biggest goal for students to find their creativity and grow their confidence through these interactive lessons.

      “ILS’s Drama class allows students the opportunity to explore many different areas of the performing arts, and I enjoy encouraging them to explore these ideas and watching find their own ways of self-expression.”

    • Marijke Keyser
      Creative Arts Instructor - Art

      Marijke Keyser

      Creative Arts Instructor - Art

      Marijke earned her BFA in Painting & Drawing from University of Washington and went on to earn her MFA in Painting from the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Marijke has worked and exhibited widely, from Seattle to Lisbon to Thessaloniki. Marijke loves helping her students to unlock their potential through creative exploration in the fine arts.

      “When I make art with my students, we get our whole selves involved: not just our eyes and hands, but also our emotions, our memories, and our curiosity.”

    • Bridget Kirk
      Creative Arts Instructor - Dance

      Bridget Kirk

      Creative Arts Instructor - Dance

      Bridget holds a BFA and teaching license in Dance Education, as well as a teaching license in Special Education, from East Carolina University (ECU). With an additional background in Special Education, she has a true passion for cross-curricular integration – teaching writing, math, science, etc. through creative movement. Through her cultural dance classes she hopes to develop students’ motor skills, critical thinking skills, self-confidence, abilities to work in groups, and appreciation for what other people have to offer us through movement.

      “The space in which I teach is a safe space where risks are rewarded, not for their success, rather for their bravery of their attempts.”

  • Our Site Supervisors

    • Kayla Perconti
      Site Supervisor at Ballard Studio

      Kayla Perconti

      Site Supervisor at Ballard Studio

      Kayla holds a BS in Musical Theatre from Nazareth College, an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University, and is continuing her education in mental wellness, psychology, and human development to better understand the intersection between acting and cognitive science. Ms. Kayla believes that through patience and empathy, all children can grow to communicate with emotional intelligence. At ILS Ballard, Ms. Kayla works to encourage the practice of emotional intelligence through all student communication as well as artistic endeavors to better serve the needs of the whole child.

    • Kristin Hinnebusch
      Site Supervisor at Pipers Creek Studio

      Kristin Hinnebusch

      Site Supervisor at Pipers Creek Studio

      Kristin graduated with a BA at the University of Washington Bothell in Community Psychology. With experience working in the Seattle Public School district as a Paraprofessional Educator, with a focus in Elementary and Special Needs Education, Kristin strives to create a safe and fun environment for further learning, creativity, and deeper exploration in the arts. She takes joy in seeing self-confidence grow in each of her students throughout the daily enrichment art classes Illumination Learning Studio has to offer.

    • Jackson Schumacher
      Site Supervisor at Greenwood Studio

      Jackson Schumacher

      Site Supervisor at Greenwood Studio

      Greenwood Site Supervisor Biography coming soon!

    • Britt Servent
      Site Supervisor at Locks Studio

      Britt Servent

      Site Supervisor at Locks Studio

      Britt holds a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin, and with an additional 500 HR Yoga Alliance Certification and circus performing background, Britt brings a childlike curiosity to her classroom. She believes in creating a dynamic environment to allow her students to grow, in the mental and physical realms, through body movement and creative projects.

  • Our Business Office Team

    • Samantha Fleenor
      Assistant Business Director

      Samantha Fleenor

      Assistant Business Director

      Samantha holds a BS in Business Administration from Oregon State University and is currently working on her M.B.A. at Colorado State University. Samantha strives to uphold Illumination Learning Studio’s high standards for service and quality while ensuring the continued success of the business. She finds reward in knowing that children have a place to go to express their creativity and develop a passion for the arts.

    • Alex Moccia
      Business Office Administrator

      Alex Moccia

      Business Office Administrator

      Alex holds a BA in English Literature from Western Washington University and currently works to help support ILS students, families and staff behind the scenes at Illumination Learning Studio. She is passionate about working for a program that inspires students to embrace performing and fine arts and enjoys bringing new families into Illumination Learning Studio’s many wonderful programs.

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