Lasting legacy

December 10, 2013

Children’s Garden School founder retires after 36 years

It all started with three $20 travelers checks and a contract written on construction paper.

The year was 1977. That summer, Bonnie Steussy and her husband David Edfeldt traveled from South Carolina to Steussy’s home state of Washington. At the behest of her sister, Steussy went to an open house for a small property across the street from where she lived in Issaquah.

Steussy and Edfeldt were both teachers. Steussy said education was a lifelong passion.

Contributed Bonnie Steussy brings out her hand puppet Belle Amie, who visits a class of Children’s Garden preschoolers to ask how they are feeling.

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Bonnie Steussy brings out her hand puppet Belle Amie, who visits a class of Children’s Garden preschoolers to ask how they are feeling.

“I can remember sitting in my bedroom, dreaming about being a teacher” as a child, she said.

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