Bellevue Discovery supports young gifted children through our preschool and parent education programs
10 Years of Bellevue Discovery!
Thank you to our teachers, Trustees, friends, and more than 100 preschool
families for showing your love for Bellevue Discovery Preschool.
Together we have raised more than $260,000 in donations and built an early
learning center that supports highly capable young children.
Here’s to a preschool filled with joy!
Founded in 2007 ~ Thriving in 2016
We are committed at Bellevue Discovery to creating a world of loving friendships,
creative problem solving and the joy of discovery for our preschoolers.
We want our children to thrive, and we believe at Bellevue Discovery that this takes a loving environment, a commitment to supporting individual learning styles, and a curriculum focused on in-depth project learning. The vast majority of our children move on to gifted programs – but we want more for our children than academics.
At Bellevue Discovery we teach our children to innovate: to be divergent thinkers, to work as part of a creative team, to solve problems, and to explore relationships between different realms of learning. As Tony Wagner writes in Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, we can either teach our children to be innovators or to be conformers.
We are not raising conformers at Bellevue Discovery.
If your family is seeking a preschool that celebrates original thinking, nurtures relationships, and encourages children to explore the complexity of our world, we hope you will visit Bellevue Discovery.
- Ren Cedar Fuller, Bellevue Discovery Preschool Founder
An Announcement from our Board of Trustees
We are happy to announce our new Head of School:
“Jeffrey Snow has the passion and experience needed to move us toward our vision while keeping the magic that is Bellevue Discovery Preschool. Jeff values our mission to serve highly capable young children, our amazing teachers, our creative curriculum, and our strong sense of community. Our teachers, parent advisory committee, Board of Trustees, and Bellevue Discovery’s founder, Ren Cedar Fuller, are united in believing Jeff is the right person to lead us forward. We are committed to working together to support young highly capable children and their families, growing the joy-filled experience of Bellevue Discovery Preschool for many families and many years to come!”
~ Jill Jackson, Bellevue Discovery Board President ~
B.S. Business Administration, M.S. Secondary Education, California and Washington Teaching Certificates with endorsements in Gifted and Talented Education, Early Childhood Education, Adult Education, Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development
Jeff began his career in the business world, moving from sales and operations to business management and organizational development at national chain stores. In 2006, pursuing his dream of working in education, Jeff returned to school to earn his teaching credential. He was fortunate to work in schools that supported professional learning teams – small groups of committed teachers who look at research and their students’ individual learning needs to develop and evaluate their work (at Bellevue Discovery, we call this “Child Study”). Jeff’s passion for project-based-learning grew from this teamwork, and he earned support at the district level to pilot middle school and high school PBL programs.
“Project-based learning kindles students’ joy for education and exploration. It adds depth and complexity to curriculum, presents meaningful challenge through inquiry and collaboration, and develops critical 21st-century knowledge and skills, while creating a passion for lifelong learning. I’ve witnessed PBL’s compelling results over a decade of teaching. Data clearly shows improved retention of information and academic performance, as well as enhanced creativity, engagement, and teamwork. In my experience, active project-based environments are a superior alternative to passive traditional classrooms.”
– Jeff Snow
Jeff taught middle school and high school for 10 years, working with gifted, regular, and special education students, including English Language Learners, in culturally and socio-economically diverse public schools. He loved teaching business, marketing, geography, world, and U.S. history courses. His other love was coaching varsity football. Jeff built a community of football players, their families and community supporters, taking the teams from winless seasons to the playoffs.
“Every season, I strove to honor players’ enormous commitment to football—the investment of their time, effort, and emotion. Teaching the game, providing academic support, and establishing family values were my top priorities. I saw extraordinary personal growth, collective achievement, and community pride. Through common goals, appreciation for individual contribution, and months of hard work, teams overcame doubt, lack of resources, academic struggles, and tough competition. The reactions of players who experience success for the first time are truly inspiring.” – Jeff Snow
Starting in January, Jeff will work closely with our teachers and leadership team (Michelle, our Administrative Director and Admissions Chair extraordinaire; Ren, Bellevue Discovery’s founder, who will move into the Educational Consultant role that is her passion; and Tracy, our Early Childhood Director and child-whisperer). He is tasked with sustaining our current amazing program while moving us toward a program expansion that will allow Bellevue Discovery to serve more children and families.
“Voting to hire Jeff as our new Head of School is the best gift our Trustees can give Bellevue Discovery. I will be proud and excited to turn over the leadership reigns to him – I find Jeff visionary, creative, and passionate about education. I didn’t expect to walk away from the job interviews feeling inspired, but that’s what it is like to talk with Jeff about education. He won’t just maintain our wonderful little preschool, he will help us grow as a community that nurtures and challenges young gifted children.” ~ Ren Cedar Fuller
“Every day I walk away from school knowing that my daughter is in great hands … better than even mine!
That is something I doubt many parents feel and I cannot stress enough the happiness it brings me. It makes me want to be a better mom.
To be as open and accepting, to encourage and not stifle while being firm when required … what a TALL order!!! And you all
manage to do it with humor and panache! I fall way short. So I take my hat off and take a bow to the
best set of teachers I know and love. Thank you!”
What makes Bellevue Discovery unique?
Each of our homerooms has twelve children with three highly qualified teachers. All of our teachers have experience and training in early childhood and gifted education and have attained at least a Bachelor’s degree.
“The 1:4 teacher child ratio is absolutely unparalleled. And that, coupled with the true caring and personal involvement of the teachers with each child on an individual level, provides a feeling of safety and comfort for the shyest of the kids. This comfort in turn translates to the children’s openness to participate, which helps them develop the feeling of belonging and facilitates learning on a completely different level.” – 2012-2013 Family Learn More
“We feel that our daughter’s creativity and expression has just soared this year because she has space and encouragement (without pressure) to go deep in so many new ways. All the special art at Bellevue Discovery has added so much to her life and ours.” -2012-2013 Family Learn More
“We sent our two daughters to Bellevue Discovery and we firmly believe in Bellevue Discovery as community of entrusted advisors and friends. We feel so blessed having Bellevue Discovery as part of our family’s life that we want to make sure other kids in our community have a chance to share the experience as well.” -2012-2013 Family Learn More
“We were ecstatic about our child being accepted into SCDS and we firmly believe Bellevue Discovery enabled both our children to be able to attend SCDS. We want to help Bellevue Discovery continue to grow in helping other fortunate families as well.” – 2012-2013 Family
“What an amazing program you create at Bellevue Discovery! The kids have great hands-on experiences and we love all the projects that our child did the past 2 years. He has grown so much, learned so much, and become a much more confident person. Thank you for everything!”
“We are absolutely thrilled with the supportive, nurturing, challenging and encouraging environment that Bellevue Discovery provides.
All of the teachers are warm, caring, patient, creative and energetic. They have helped our children build self-confidence with their peers,
encouraged them to take intellectual and social risks and to think creatively, and celebrated their every milestone.
The Preschool Director was extraordinarily helpful when we were choosing a kindergarten for our oldest.”
~ Bellevue Discovery parent ~