University Cooperative School

5601 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105


Jim Riley

Jim founded the third through fifth grade program at University Cooperative School in 2000, and now serves as Instructional Program Lead. He has been teaching for 29 years in public and private schools. 

He believes that school should be a place where kids are given the freedom and skills to explore their passions, and the support to develop their potential. His goal is to work with the gifts and challenges each student brings to the table, so when they are ready to move on to middle school they are prepared, confident and feeling successful – intellectually, academically, emotionally, and physically.

Jim is enthusiastic, playful, funny, and naturally connects with kids and parents alike. Parents call him the Pied Piper because kids follow him, drawn like a magnet to his positive energy.

He believes laughter, play, and curiosity go hand-in-hand in a learning environment that is meaningful, interesting, and challenging. He encourages students to take educational risks, and challenges them to develop as individuals – ever exploring, and widening their abilities and interests. He is especially passionate in helping students connect with and appreciate the world and environment around them.

When Jim is not in school, he most loves spending time with his wife and two grown sons , both of whom attended U Co-op. Jim is an avid woodworker and outdoorsman.  He loves hiking, camping, travelling, soccer, skiing, biking, fishing and most anything that has to do with outdoor adventures.  He enjoys spending time with friends, reading a good novel, and taking long walks with his dog (his pig can’t walk very far or fast!).