Roaring Mouse was founded by Lassie Webster, who envisioned a place where all people could learn about the joy, freedom and power of embracing the creative spirit. A cornerstone of our philosophy is the link between creativity and play. Our studio provides connected art and play areas which allow for a free flow of ideas, from play to art, and art to play. Through creative exploration, we encourage our students to follow their thoughts and curiosities into other forms of expression, and to experiment with combining ideas in new ways.
At Roaring Mouse, we respect and understand different learning styles, and support the unique process and growth of each student. Our mission is to provide opportunities to develop self confidence and awareness through artistic and creative experiences, and to enhance communication and understanding between people. All of the teachers at Roaring Mouse are committed to giving our students the best chance to discover and develop their own creative potential and to find ways to share those gifts with the world.
Lassie Webster, Founder and Director
Lassie has devoted her life to working with people of all ages in the creative arts. In addition to developing and leading several programs in Seattle and California, Lassie has acted as a consultant to parents, teachers, counselors, and school districts for her expertise in the arts and social emotional development. Lassie received her training at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where she studied with Anna Deveare Smith. She went on to study the visual arts, music, dance, and childhood development, and has her B.A. in Arts and Literature from Antioch University. She taught an arts- and social-emotional development-based kindergarten program in the Seattle Public Schools for 19 years, and opened Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio in 1997.
Darrah Parker, Managing Director
Having spent most of her life immersed in the world of art, theatre, and music, few things bring Darrah more joy than fostering creativity in the next generation. She has extensive experience working both in front and behind the scenes of arts management. She has a BFA in Theatre from the University of Florida and an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She has taught for Seattle Children's Theatre and Youth Theatre Northwest as well as managed programs for the EMP (now MoPOP). Most recently, she was the Program Manager at Seattle ReCreative where she oversaw programs for adults, children, and families.
Darrah has always felt most at home around artists and creative people. Her mom and brother both teach art, her grandfather created found object sculptures, and her husband is a musician. She herself has dabbled in drawing and painting, and in recent years has found her artistic home as a family photographer.
Darrah lives in Ravenna with her husband and two daughters. She is thrilled to be a part of the Roaring Mouse family.
Jessica Lord, Education Director and Teacher
Jessica is an early childhood educator with over 15 years experience working with diverse populations of young children and families. Her Reggio-inspired classes are always child-centered, with a strong emphasis on the creative process, child development and, of course, good old-fashioned silly fun! In addition to art, Jessica also teaches Nurturing Pathways® Creative Dance and hosts Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds in the community. She lives in Broadview with her husband and two young children.
Jessica will be teaching Artists of the Heart beginning in the fall of 2019. In addition, she co-teaches several classes and mentors our teaching team.
Jesse Fallahi, Preschool Teacher
Jesse recently returned to Seattle after teaching at Preschool of the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin. PTA is a Reggio-Emilia school at the forefront of preschool education, creative expression and instilling a joy of learning in children. In addition to teaching at PTA, Jesse spent a year of service in Thailand as a teacher in a grade school. Because of the language barrier, Jesse discovered art, expression and love were powerful forms of communication. Jesse is a passionate teacher who develops inspiring relationships with her students and their families. In addition to teaching, Jesse is an interior designer with a love of art, design, travel, being immersed in other cultures, and learning about people. Jesse loved the time she spent working as a preschool teacher, and has always wanted to teach again. She is excited to get to know the Roaring Mouse students and families!
Jesse teaches Preschool and Creative Arts at Roaring Mouse, as well as leads many of our birthday parties.
Sayuri’s love for art started long before she can remember. Her favorite thing to draw as a child was the seed-head of a dandelion. Since then, Sayuri graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Studio Art. She was also a long time Art Docent for Sacajawea Elementary School, and sent the seeds of her childhood dandelion doodles to bloom in the utmost beauty for others. She really takes great pleasure in teaching and creating art with young people who are ready to explore their own creative possibilities. Of course, Sayuri relishes all forms of art but admits that print making and abstract expressionism painting are at the top of the list.
Sayuri teaches our gift making classes and several of our summer camps.
Raven Juarez, Preschool Teacher
Raven is a local artist, teacher, and presenter. She attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York and graduated with concentrations in Child Psychology and Visual Arts. Raven spent a full scholastic year abroad in Florence Italy, studying drawing, painting, and printmaking. She began her preschool career at Sarah Lawrence College Early Education Center. Raven has maintained a presence in the art community with shows displaying her work in Brooklyn, NY, Seattle and Tacoma, WA. Raven has been working in early childhood over the last seven years in various capacities, most recently holding a full-time lead teacher position at a local Reggio-Emilia inspired early learning center. As an educator, she believes that expressions in the arts provide opportunities for children to practice learning to communicate with themselves, construct bridges between the inner-self and the outer world, and develop a strong sense of identity as individuals, members of their communities, and citizens of the world.
Raven teaches Preschool and Creative Arts at Roaring Mouse.
Karen Knutson, Accounts Manager
Karen has been with Roaring Mouse since 1999. She loves her role in connecting children and families with our teachers and programs. Being part of the Roaring Mouse community has encouraged her to remain creative: she makes semi-precious stone jewelry, which she sells at local craft fairs. Karen grew up in Tacoma and studied English Literature at the University of Washington. She has two beautiful daughters, Marit and Anna, who are both in graduate school. Karen and her husband recently moved to Bellingham, and we’re thrilled that she is continuing to work with us remotely.
Diana Shirley Litman, Teacher
Diana Shirley is a mixed-media artist. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied Architecture, Graphic design, Aesthetics and Creativity, Pottery and Sculpture. Some of her mediums include acrylic painting, collage, clay, stained glass.
Enthusiastic about sharing her passion for the arts, she has travelled around South America and the US. She worked as a “Child and Youth adviser” in Bolivia, leading creative activities for children and adults. In Florida, she worked as an art specialist and organized art shows and educational events for non-profit organizations. She enjoys working with other people in collaborative art fundraisers and visiting museums where she can attend stimulating lectures and courses. Some of her hobbies include going to concerts, going for long walks, and spending time with friends and family.