About Us

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

    About Illumination Learning Studio


    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, formerly serving 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

    • 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.

  • Our Business Office

    • 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

    • Ashley Grammer
      Creative Arts Instructor - Fine Arts

      Ashley Grammer

      Creative Arts Instructor - Fine Arts

      Ashley is a mixed media artist who holds a BFA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts. Ashley absolutely loves to share her artistic knowledge with her students and encourages them to express themselves, use their imagination and step out of their comfort zone when creating art. In class, students have the opportunity to learn about the fundamental elements of art, such as line, shape, texture, form, space, color and value. Through the creation of a safe and fun environment, Ashley’s goal is to build the confidence of her students, help them break free of misconceptions revolving around what constitutes “good art” versus “bad art”, and squash the fear of making mistakes.

      “ILS’s Visual Art class encourages students to think outside of the box, enjoy the processes of creation and solidify their understanding of art as a whole. It brings me such joy and fulfillment to see my students express their individuality through their art projects!”

    • 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, etc. 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.”

    • 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

    • Yi Lin Naumman
      Site Supervisor at Greenwood Studio

      Yi Lin Naumman

      Site Supervisor at Greenwood Studio

      Yi Lin studied Computer Information Systems at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Originally from Beijing China, Yin Lin currently lives in Ballard with her husband, two sons and dog Paulie. She is passionate about children and education, and strives to create a fun, supportive and safe environment for her students.

    • Kristin Hinnebusch
      Site Supervisor at Ballard Studio

      Kristin Hinnebusch

      Site Supervisor at Ballard 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.

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