Look, Listen and Learn (LLL) is a new concept in public access television. As an early learning educational program, LLL helps bridge the achievement gap by featuring local enrichment venues and applying brain development knowledge to foster learning and enhance caregiver-child relationships.
At LLL, we want to ensure that children enter school ready to learn and able to succeed. The achievement gap in Washington state continues to be “led” by children of color. Meanwhile, children of color also lead in television and media consumption. By showcasing Black and Indigenous people and people of color learning, teaching, and exploring, television becomes a tool to provide positive media representation of diversity as well as greater access to early learning principles in more homes.
Meet the People of LLL
Val Thomas-Matson, Founder/Producer. Val is a community organizer/activist with deep experience in media. In addition to early work at KING TV, she created, produced, and hosted the daily community affairs talk show Communities in Action for King County Government TV for three years. She has also worked extensively with the multi-award-winning production company North by Northwest, serving as co-host on Washington Grown, and managing video production elements for educational, nonprofit and government video campaigns. Hattie McDaniel and Fred Rogers serve as primary sources of inspiration.
Amy Eng, Project Coordinator. Amy is a seasoned marketing/communications professional and has worked at notable companies to include: KOMO-TV, Seattle Repertory Theatre and most recently in healthcare marketing, advocating for Asian seniors at Kin On. She also loves to learn and grow! Holding a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Washington, she recently added another degree to her accomplishments, receiving her AA in Digital Media Arts. She is looking forward to using her project management/administration skills to invest back into her passions: community, learning and media.
Joan Sharp, Brand Manager/Segment Producer. Joan worked in the field of family support and early childhood development for over three decades. As a part of this work, she was responsible for a number of media projects, including the federal government’s Building Community, Building Hope film series and Washington State’s Speak Up When You’re Down and Have a Plan campaigns. She spent the early years of her career in journalism and public relations, including serving as public information officer for Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market. She holds a Master’s in Non Profit Leadership from Seattle University.
Kayla Fisher, Production Assistant. Kayla is a young professional with an educational background in neuroscience and extensive experience in radio broadcast production. In 2017 she moved to Seattle from New England to pursue the beginnings of a career that combines her interests in research and popular media. She has worked and volunteered as a producer at local nonprofit radio stations such as KEXP-FM, KVRU-FM and KBCS-FM. LLL immediately resonated with her strong belief in the power of media and science to address pressing issues within our communities. She is excited for both the professional and personal growth that this opportunity will bring.
Ebony Arunga, Event Coordinator. Ebony is an event specialist with a passion for the arts and education. She holds a BFA in Theatre Stage Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. As an Event Manager on the development team at Technology Access Foundation (TAF), she managed, streamlined, and documented TAF's unique and rigorous event process. As a Project Manager at Shunpike, she produced the inaugural ACES: Artists of Color Expo and Symposium, which served as a platform for artists to showcase their work and as an access point for funding, commissions, residencies and other resources. As a mother of three young children and a lifelong learner, Ebony resonates with Look, Listen and Learn's mission and intends to create memorable events that last in the hearts and minds of our supportive community.
Sohroosh Hashemi, Marketing Manager. Sohroosh is a parent, spouse, baker, and community organizer with over 7 years of professional marketing experience. As an enthusiastic learner and creator, he enjoys social and experiential work environments that challenge him to grow as a whole person. He loves reading, gardening, and exploring the world with his toddler. He is excited for the balance, growth, and curiosity that Look, Listen and Learn brings to his personal and professional identities. You can find Sohroosh’s bakery at www.nushejan.com.
Our mission is to inspire and advance early learning in young children of color by offering a locally-produced television show and related programming that is anchored in research about what works best to promote school readiness and success.
Who We Serve
With this in mind, we serve:
- BIPOC children (Black, Indigenous and people of color) in King County ages 3-6
- Parents and caregivers looking to enrich their children's school readiness
- English language learners