Picture of Cara Anderson-Ahrens

New Executive Director

Dear FCC families/staff,

We are thrilled to share with you that Cara Anderson-Ahrens will be joining FCC/FCSA as our new Executive Director starting Wednesday, December 9th.

Cara was most recently a regional director with Kids Country Early Learning Centers, overseeing five childcare centers north of Seattle. Before that, she spent eight years with Sweet Pea Cottage in various leadership roles, including opening and leading the preschool’s West Seattle branch. An interesting bit of shared history: when it opened in 2010, Sweet Pea Cottage was located for a short time in the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Cara shared that she remembered her preschoolers participating in trick-or-treating with the FCC classrooms, and her memories of the warm and welcoming community within the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse was a factor in her pursuing this role. Cara has also worked for the Seattle World School and the Southern Sudanese Community of Washington, supporting children of immigrant and refugee families in the Seattle area. She holds dual master’s of education degrees in Education Administration and Curriculum Development from Seattle University and bachelor’s degrees in Education and Theater from Indiana University.

For the past 40 years, Kim Sheridan has led our organization with dedication, warmth, and a true passion for her work. We believe that in Cara, we have found a worthy successor. Cara and Kim will transition leadership duties through December, as we count down to Kim’s retirement at the end of the year. Along with changeover activities, we will also be planning some recognition events to honor Kim. Stay tuned for more on this soon!

Thank you in advance for your patience and assistance as, amid this pandemic, we move through this transition in leadership.

These are challenging times, but we will persevere. With Cara’s new energy and Kim’s strong legacy, we have much to celebrate, and I am confident that Fauntleroy Children’s Center and the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse have a very bright future.  


Kirsty Grainger & the FCSA Board

Here is a short note from Cara:

I am thrilled to be joining FCC/FCSA as Executive Director. I believe that early education is foundational. It is where we build our first friendships and a lifelong love of learning. My family and I will enjoy meeting you and are looking forward to becoming a part of this community. I am a native of Nebraska, a member of the Seattle Women’s Chorus, a member of the acapella ensemble the Supertonics, and a former roller derby girl. My husband Matt and I have an eight year old son who loves to sing too and enjoy sharing a house with Matt’s mom. What a joyous season to come aboard!