Abbey Mansfield/3rd
Abby Mansfield Teacher, Grade 3
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Education
Seattle Pacific University, Bachelor of Arts in Education, Religious Education
Western Governors University, Certification in K-8 Education

Began as an assistant teacher in 2011 and became a faculty member in 2015

Favorite Subject
"As a child I really struggled in math.  The abstract concepts and paper/pencil techniques were not effective for me.  Even as a young adult I resisted numbers and anything that had to do with math.  As I began teaching I realized that math could be fun, engaging, and taught in a way that made it accessible to all students.  I love watching students engage with math and fall in love with numbers!"

Why I am a teacher
"I am one of the fortunate people who has had the opportunity to have a “second career”.  Although I have always worked around education it was not until the last few years that I was blessed to have a formal role in a school environment.  I love everything about teaching!  I love that I spend my nights learning new things and spend my days imparting that knowledge to young, curious minds.  Children are adventurous, curious, and innovative and I get to spend my time inspiring, engaging, and shaping their minds everyday.  It doesn’t get any better than that!"

What I love about St. John
"I began my relationship with the St. John family as a parent of a first grader.  St. John is a supportive, encouraging and accepting community, committed to serving the needs of a diverse group of learners.  When I decided to pursue teaching full time it was with the explicit intention of teaching here at St. John.  I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else."

Adrey Ocampo/Learning Specialist
Adrey Ocampo Learning Specialist
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Education
Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Special Education K-12
Seattle University, Masters of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction

Began teaching in 1998 and at St. John in 2002

Favorite Subject
"My favorite subject to teach is reading.  Books open the doors to many adventures. Students are so captivated with both fictional and non-fictional reading.  I feel fortunate to pass on my passion for reading to my students."

Why I am a teacher
"I am a teacher because I love making an impact on students' lives.   Teaching is a profession that offers great joy and satisfaction everyday.   Being a teacher also provides me with the opportunity to be a life long learner.   Each year my students teach me more than I have taught them."

What I like about teaching at St. John
"From the moment I walked in the door, St. John School felt like a strong community.  Parents, teachers, and administration work together to support and foster student learning and growth.  I feel very fortunate to be a part of this wonderful family!"

Annie Martin
Ann Martin Teacher, Grade 4
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Education
Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor Philosophy 
Gonzaga University, Masters in Teaching

Additional Training
Positive Discipline Certified Parent Educator
Certified Gottman Educator
National Science Foundation Lead Teacher
Developing Mathematical Ideas Program (DMI) trainer

Began teaching in 1995 and at St. John School in 2014

Why I am a teacher
I am a teacher because it is an absolute joy to share ideas and understanding with others.  Being with young people and watching them learn and grow in a classroom is incredible.  Students are inquisitive, creative and energetic. When students are learning in a classroom, an atmosphere of fun and meaningful creativity is present.  Every day I work with students I feel I learn along with them and that is a life enriching experience!

Favorite Subject
I honestly enjoy teaching all subjects.  Inevitably teaching any subject in a classroom full of young people brings discussion and questions that are new to me.  It is always an adventure!

What I love about teaching at St. John 
I love working at St, John because St John has become an important part of my family’s life.  My children have made positive connections to their teachers, friends and to the Catholic faith while attending this school.  My husband and I have developed a wonderful sense of community and our faith has deepened at St John.  I have a unique perspective as a parent and an employee of the school.  My insight has increased my respect and awe of the many wonderful and dedicated educators who devote themselves to all of our children.  This is a special community and I feel blessed my family is part of the St John family.

Becky Kelly Teacher, Intermediate Music
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Education
Seattle Pacific University, Masters in Teaching, Music Education
Thomas More College, Bachelor of Arts in Humanities
Shoreline Community College, Post-Baccalaureate studies in Music

Certified Musikgarten and Kindermusik Music Educator

Why I am a teacher

"Every child is unique and given special gifts by God; and music is one way to express those gifts. We are all musical and capable of enjoying and creating music, and it is a joy-filled experience for me to guide children in discovering their own musical gifts."

Favorite subject
"Choral and Instrumental Music"

What I like best about St. John
"The cheerful, enthusiastic, and motivated students and faculty!"

Bernadette O'Leary/Principal
Bernadette O’Leary Principal
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Began as Principal at St. John School in 2011

Education
University College, Cork, Ireland
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Geography and German; minor in psychology
Higher Diploma in Education
Seattle University, Masters of Education in Educational Administration

Career Experience
Taught middle school and high school for 17 years in Ireland and the U.S.  Subjects included English literature, geography, language arts, and social studies.  Served as vice-principal and then principal for 14 years at St. George School in Seattle.

Why I am educator and principal
"It is so satisfying to share a good book with someone, and to explore ideas and concepts with a group of students is a terrific experience, and then to have the opportunity to be a part of a community dedicated to preparing students for lives of compassion and service, that is an absolute thrill.  When I realized that the principal has opportunities to be in every classroom and to spend time with all the students, I decided that it was time to pursue another adventure, so I went into administration."

The best part of my day is........
"I enjoy interacting with the students – in the mornings when they arrive, full of smiles, in the classrooms, at recesses and at lunch."

What I like most about St. John School
"The big-hearted welcome I have received from the students and their parents.  This is a very warm community.   We are blessed with many volunteers who epitomize 'Many gifts, one spirit'."

Blanca DenAdel
Blanca Den Adel Teacher, Spanish K-8
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Education
Universidad Inca Garcilzo de la Vega, Lima Peru
Bachelor of Arts Economics

Spanish Interpreter, State of Washington

Began teaching in 1999 and began at St. John School in 2008

Favorite Subject
"My favorite subject is Spanish language with an emphasis on understanding Spanish culture."

Why I am a teacher
"I am a teacher because I love children and enjoy helping them.  I love seeing them learn and feel good about themselves."

What I like best about teaching at St. John School
"St. John is a wonderful community where we all work together.  The faculty and staff are very supportive of each other. I feel blessed to be part of this community."

Caitlin Todd/1st
Caitlin Todd Teacher, Grade 1
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Education
University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts Social Science
Seattle Pacific University, Master of Arts in Teaching

Began working at St. John in 2009 as a middle school aid
Began teaching career in 2011


Why I Am a Teacher
"I teach because I love kids.  I love to watch them grow, learn, and exceed their own expectations.  I do it for the "a-ha" moments when children light up because they figured out how to do something on their own.  I learn more from my students than I could possibly teach them."

Favorite Subject
"My favorite subject to teach is social studies followed closely by reading.  I am fascinated by different cultures and traditions and like to share the world with my students through units like Christmas Around the World and Habitats.  Watching first graders develop into fluent, confident readers at varying levels by the end of the year is incredibly rewarding."

Why I like working at St. John

"I love the supportive community at St. John.  The faculty, parents, and Fr. Crispin always make coming to work enjoyable."


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Carin Brown Assistant, Primary
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Carol Frazee/PK
Carol Frazee Teacher, Preschool
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Education
Western Washington University,  Bachelor of Arts in Education
Endorsement in Special Education

Began teaching in 1978 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Began teaching at St. John School in 2005.

Favorite Subject
"I love to teach beginning reading especially to young children.  It is a joy to experience their delight in literature and earnestness in learning to read!"

Why I am a teacher
"I enjoy learning new things, sharing, and helping.  The students are my best teacher!"

What I like best about teaching at St. John
"St. John School is the elementary school I attended as a child.  It is a welcoming, supportive, and spiritual community."

Catherine Dahlgren Playground Supervisor
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Education

Western Washington University, Russian Language and Literature
University of Washington, Chinese Language and Political Science


Bully Prevention Training, 2002


Playground supervisor since 1992


What I love about St. John

I have been associated with St John Parish since 1979, and with St John School since 1985 as a parent of a kindergartener. After many volunteer positions I was hired as the playground supervisor in the spring of 1992. I receive great satisfaction helping the children learn positive problem solving and navigating the intricacies of making friends. It is rewarding to watch the children grow and mature September to June, kindergarten through 8th grade graduation. I'm grateful to work in a caring, compassionate and supportive environment where we all can flourish.


 

Charlotte White/PK
Charlotte White Teacher, Preschool
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Education
University of Puget Sound, Montessori Certification

Began teaching career in 1992 at St. John

Favorite Subject
"I like doing art projects with preschoolers.  They are happy creating new things and they enjoy their accomplishments."

Why I am a teacher
"I have always enjoyed working with children and volunteered many hours at St. John as a parent.  I have worked at the Phinney Neighborhood Association doing art projects with young children as well."

What I like best about St. John
"St. John's is a loving, caring community."

Chrissy Murray/K
Chrissy Murray Teacher, Kindergarten
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Education
Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Fine Arts
Seattle Pacific University, Elementary Education Certification

Began teaching in 2008 and at St. John in 2011
 

Why I am a teacher
"I love making a difference in children's lives!"

Favorite subject
"My favorite subject to teach is writing. I love seeing the students' growth throughout the year!"

What I like about teaching at St. John
"I like teaching at St. John School because of the amazing support from fellow teachers and parents. It is an amazing community to be a part of!"

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Dana Barry Teacher, Kindergarten
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Education
Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts in Education, Elementary Education and ELL Endorsements

Began teaching in 2012 and at St. John School in 2013

Why I am a teacher
"I am a teacher because I think quality education is important. I teach to encourage naturally curious, flexible, confident and happy learners who are ready for whatever the world has in store. I teach for those moments
when something clicks – there is nothing more rewarding than the beautiful spark of cognition in the eyes of a student."

Favorite subject
Writing

Why I like St. John School
"I like how parents, teachers and community members all work together to encourage, support and teach the whole child."

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Denise Rousso Counselor
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Education

University of Houston, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Seattle University, Masters of Arts in School CounselingBegan counseling career in 2001 and at St. John in 2008


 

Favorite Subject

"I enjoy working with kids and teaching them friendship and problem-solving skills --

whatever their age might be.  It is rewarding to watch students connect more with themselves and others, especially as research continues to support how important emotional intelligence is in achieving a balanced and happy life!"

 

Why I'm a school counselor

"Being able to help kids to express themselves and to grow socially and emotionally is gratifying.  Plus, I get to absorb and watch all the hilarious and energetic things that kids say and do -- which usually makes my day pretty entertaining!"


What I like best about being at St. John

"Since I've been at  St. John, I've noticed it's a dedicated community with an excellent staff and caring parents.  I think it will be a great place to work and grow professionally."

Diane Crockett
Diane Crockett Business Manager
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Office Administrator since 1991 including school financial management and purchasing

Education
University of Hawai'i, Health Sciences

Why I love St. John School
St. John School provides professional challenge in a spirit-filled community.  The best part of my day is the children!  I feel blessed to be a part of this community.

Dottie Farewell Administrative Intern
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Ellen Pepin Cantionis Choir Director
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Education
University of Washington, Bachelor of Music in Music Education
University of Washington, Master of Public Administration, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

Began teaching in 2008 and at St. John in 2009

Why I am a teacher
"My involvement in music, throughout my childhood, has shaped who I am today. Besides being the foundation on which I built my musical career, my participation in choir and other musical endeavors played a role in building my self confidence, my appreciation for other cultures, my sense of compassion, my ability to lead…I could go on! Teaching affords me the opportunity to pass on my appreciation for the life-shaping power of music."

Favorite Subject
"Sight reading! It’s one thing to sing beautifully. It’s another to pick up a piece of music you’ve never seen before and translate all those lines, dots, sharps, and flats into a song. Musical notation is like another language, and I love watching my singers learn to speak that language."

What I like best about St. John
"The supportive, enthusiastic community!"

Frances Quevedo
Frances Quevedo (Mrs. Q) Administrative Assistant
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School Secretary/Receptionist since 1996

Education
 
Santa Barbara City College, Liberal Arts

What I love about St. John School:  Each day brings a new adventure in my position. I love interacting with the students and the parents, and working with such a loving and professional faculty.

 

 

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Gwynedd Rzegocki Teacher, Grade 7
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Education

Began teaching at St. John in 2016

Favorite Subject

Why I am a teacher

What I love about St. John School

Hazel Brumback/6th
Hazel Brumback Teacher, Middle School Math
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Education
Cambridge University, England, Bachelor of Education (Hons) with Mathematics
Grand Canyon University, Masters of  Education in Reading

Began teaching in 1999 and at St. John in 2002.

Favorite Subject
"For so many years mathematics has had such a negative image, but I love it!   It is so exciting to explore mathematics with students.  My favorite part of this subject is sharing all the different strategies that lead you to the same answer when solving a problem."

Why I am a teacher
"Whether teaching 5 year olds or 14 year olds, I love the opportunity to guide active and independent learners. No one can learn without confidence, or an open mind; I am so blessed to be able to foster this in students each day and watch their skills grow."

What I like about teaching at St. John
"To be able to be an individual within a strong community is a very special gift which St. John offers.  It is a wonderful experience to be supported and feel everyone is striving for excellence."

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Jody Desclos Art Specialist
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Education
Mt. St. Mary College, Bachelor of Arts in History
St. Bonaventure's Catholic University, Master of Arts in Religious Education

Additional training in art appreciation, pottery, charcoal, multi-cultural art, mask-making, calligraphy, and puppetry
Winner of the Sr. Miriam Joseph Farrell Award for Distinguished Teaching by the National Catholic Educational Association in 1988

Began teaching in 1963 and at St. John since 1976

On teaching art
"In my years of teaching core curriculum, I have always used art experiences to enhance student understanding of concepts and new ideas.  I am a strong believer in the findings of brain-based education that the brain learns best with art and music."

Why I am a teacher
"I love to coach students to discover the possibilities that they can master social studies, history, religion , and language arts."

Why I like teaching at St. John
"I teach at St. John because of the supportive community of staff, parents, and students.  I enjoy seeing students recognize God as the great Artist and  recognizing the ways in which God is constantly surrounding them with spoken and unspoken beauty."

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Jonna Skokan Teacher, Physical Education
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Education
Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Arts in Art and Education
Lesley University,  Masters of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Technology, Reading Endorsements

Began teaching in 1992 and at  St. John in 2009

Favorite Subject


Why I became a teacher
“I wanted to be an astronaut. Until I realized spinning didn’t feel that great and all the extra math was starting to make my head spin! However it was my math tutor who inspired me. My ‘Aha’ moment came when solving an ‘impossible’ simple equation. Thank you Mrs. Gell! I was so excited, I could do it. I felt like I had reached the stars! I knew then what was important, finding that success-- I wanted to share it.”

Why I like teaching at St. John
“Teaching here is like being part of a great big family. Teaching can be challenging at times, but the support, love and spirit of the community and staff here is abundant. We all want to be the best and want the best for our children.”

 

Joe Thomas/8th
Joseph Thomas Teacher, Grade 8
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Education
Western Washington University,  Bachelor of Arts  in History
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Certified in Early Adolescent English Language Arts

Began teaching in 2001 and at St. John in 2007

Favorite Subject

“My favorite subject is reading. I am a voracious reader myself and hope to help my students become life-long readers.”


Why I became a teacher

“Teaching is the greatest job in the world. You get to spend every day with some of the most amazing people in the world, and watch them discover themselves and the world around them. It’s wonderful to watch such outstanding young people achieve their goals and grow into men and women who will continue to make our world a better place.”

 

What I like best about teaching at St. John

“The community here has been incredibly welcoming and supportive. I love that the students receive such great family support and are exposed to a great variety of subjects, from core academic classes, to music and Spanish.”

Julie Lee Event Coordinator
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Event Coordinator at St. John School since 2013

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Career Experience

What I love about St. John School

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Julie Skinner Fundraising Administrator
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Fundraising Administrator at St. John School since 2014

Education
California State University, Northridge Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies 

What I love about St. John School
"The teachers at St. John are the best! Their dedication and flexibility have helped my children, all with differing learning styles, be successful students. The parish and school community models generosity on a daily basis."

Kathryn Chandler
Kathryn Chandler Assistant, Preschool
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Began teaching at St. John School in 2015

 

Education:

What I love about St. John School:

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Kerri McCarthy Reading Specialist
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Education
University of Washington,  Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Seattle University,  Masters in Teaching
Additional Training,  Slingerland Reading, Linguistic Remedies, Schools Attuned

Began her teaching career at St. John in 2004

Favorite Subject
"I love to teach reading.  I am passionate about reading and love books and language.  I love sharing this passion with students and motivating them to lead lives rich with literature."

Why I am a teacher
"Teaching is such an exciting profession; I am always learning and growing as I research, practice, and reflect on my teaching.  Most importantly, I love working with children and helping them reach their full potential academically and socially."

What I like best about teaching at St. John
"St. John's has a tight-knit community of wonderful people working together to ensure all students are learning."

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Kiley Purchio Teacher, Grade 4
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Education
University of Montana, BA in Elementary Education, minor in Special Education

Began teaching at St. John in 2016

Favorite Subject
One of my favorite subjects to teach is math.  I love getting hands-on with numbers.  Using manipulative tools and games to learn new math concepts is always fun and very rewarding!

Why I am a teacher
One of my favorite educational speakers, Rita Pierson, said it perfectly- “Every child deserves a champion –an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”  I want to be that person for my students.  I want to help them become the best that they can be, every day.

What I love about St. John School
From the moment I walked into St. John, I felt at home.  All of the teachers, administrators, and staff members that I have met since moving to Seattle this summer have made me feel incredibly welcome.  It is clear to me that St. John has a very strong parish and school community; I look forward to becoming a part of that community this year.

Kim Miller Assistant, Kindergarten
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Kris Suarez Assistant, Kindergarten
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Kristine Kelley/5th
Kristine Kelley Teacher, Grade 5
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Education
University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts History of Art
Eastern Michigan University, Masters in Elementary Education

Began teaching career at St. John since 2006.

Favorite Subject
“My favorite subject to teach is math. There is nothing quite like seeing the pride a student feels in mastering a new and challenging concept or the perseverance shown in solving a complex problem. I am excited about teaching the fundamentals of math while digging deeper to explore the reasoning behind the equations and math’s many real-life applications.”

Why I am a teacher
“I became a teacher because I love sharing my students’ educational journey. Helping children become the best learners, friends and citizens they can be is the best job in the world.”

What I like about teaching at St. John
“Without a doubt, the community! The kindness, dedication, and support present at St. John are palpable. It is a pleasure to be a part of the school’s mission to bring the best possible education to its students.”

Leigh Lunning Assistant, Primary
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Education

Began teaching at St. John in 2015

Favorite Subject

Why I am a teacher

What I love about St. John

 

 

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Lisa Castillo Teacher, Grade 3
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Education
Seattle University, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
Seattle University, Masters of Arts in Teaching

Began teaching in 1999 and at St. John in 2007.

Favorite Subject
"My favorite subjects are Literature and Language Arts. I enjoy teaching reading and writing about interesting books and encouraging students to be life-long readers."

Why I am a teacher
"I am a teacher because I want to affect students at the beginning of their lives. I want to foster a love of learning as well as service and compassion for others."

What I like best about teaching at St. John
"I immediately felt welcomed and a part of this supportive community. I appreciate the emphasis on giving teachers time and training to teach to the best of their ability."

 

Lisa McKenny Teacher, PK Assistant
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Mari Halley/8th
Mari Halley Teacher, Grade 8
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Education
Western Washington University, Bachelor of Arts in Special Education
Western Washington University, Bachelor of Arts in K-12 and Elementary Education
University of Washington, Fifth Year Dash Degree (Science)
Northwest Montessori School, Montessori Certification
Lesley University, Master in Reading and Writing Curriculum Design

Began teaching in 1982 and has been teaching at St. John since 1990.

Favorite Subject
"My favorite subject to teach is math. I know this might sound funny coming from a religion teacher but it is either right or wrong. Very concrete. I love teaching middle school religion because it allows me to share my faith with my students and guide them on their journey of faith and moral development."

Why I am a teacher
"I enjoy working with children, I love to see them grow.  I want to impact the future."

What I like best about teaching at St. John
"The entire St. John community!"

 

Mary VandePutte
Mary VandePutte Development Assistant
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Development Assistant St. John School since 2012

 

Education:
Seattle University,
BA in Business Administration and Marketing 


Work Experience:
I have a background in payroll and bookkeeping from 5 years spent working for a CPA.  Prior to that,
 I was self-employed with a desktop publishing business while raising my kids.


What I like best about St. John Parish & School:
"The community.  I work with wonderful people who support each other more than any other environment in which I’ve worked.  The parents and students are a joy to be around.”


 

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Meg Sullivan Teacher, Grade 6
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Education
Gonzaga University,  BA in Psychology
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Masters in Teaching

Began teaching in 2005 and began at St. John School in 2010.

Why did you become a teacher?
"I became a teacher because I love learning.  Each day you learn something new and I enjoy discovering that together with my students."

What is your favorite subject to teach? 

What do you like best about teaching at St. John?
"The community at St. John’s is very supportive, just like an extended family.  I have felt very welcomed and look forward to collaborating with the other teachers."

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Merrick Bodmer Librarian
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Education
Santa Clara University, Bachelor of Arts in Communications, minor in Spanish
Seattle University, Master of Arts in Teaching
Professional Certification

Began teaching career at St. John since 2006.

Favorite Subject

Why I am a teacher
“I am a teacher because I want to inspire each student to reach his or her best, both academically and personally.  Teaching is fun, exciting and rewarding and the special bond I share with my students is unparalleled.”

What I like about teaching at St. John
“The community at St. John is warm, compassionate and united.  It is wonderful to work in a school where the staff, students, families and parish all work together to better our community and the lives of our students.”

 

Michele Thornquist Dir. of Development & Admissions
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Director of Admissions & Development since 2001

Education
University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts in Communications

What I love about St. John School
St. John is a fantastic place to work and raise a family.  My family joined the parish when our daughter was 3 years old and have never felt more at home anywhere.  St. John excels not only in academics and extracurriculars, but also in providing families a welcoming, nurturing, and secure community.

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Molly Feeney Teacher, Grade 1
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Education
Western Washington University, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Endorsements in Child Development and Early Childhood Education (PK-3)
Lesley University, Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on literacy
Schools Attuned Training

Began teaching in 1999 and began teaching at St. John in 2001.

Favorite Subject
"I love to teach reading because it opens up a whole new world for a child.  A child can take a ride anywhere in the world, go back in time, or go to the future just by opening up a book."

Why I am a teacher
"I became a teacher because I wanted to help children learn to survive in this world and learn about God."

What I like best about teaching at St. John
"I like the close and supportive community at St. John."

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Morgan Ahern Teacher, Grade 5
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Education
Gonzaga University, BA in Psychology, minor in Philosophy
Seattle University, MA in Teaching, Elementary Education

Began teaching in 2015 and at St. John in 2016

Favorite Subject
If I had to choose, my favorite subject to teach is math because it is humbling to witness the amount of progress students make in a year. Students are able to see, explain, and manipulate numbers in a variety of ways which is rewarding to see.

Why I am a teacher
I believe every child deserves to feel loved and cared for each and every day. I feel I have truly been called to serve God through teaching in Catholic schools. Working with students and families together as a team to provide the best possible environment for academic, spiritual, and emotional growth for every child is a blessing!

What I love about St. John School
When I attended mass at St. John over four years ago, I felt the presence of God and knew that this parish  was the right fit for me. The strong faith-filled community, leadership, and love each person has for others is truly an inspiration. I couldn't feel more honored to have the opportunity to teach at St. John this year!

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Pat James Technology Specialist
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Education
University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Began teaching at St. John in 2013

Why I am a teacher
"I enjoy sharing my passion for technology and the creative process.  I find it rewarding to see the amazing games and other fun technology projects St. John students bring forth from their imaginations."

Favorite Subject
"I love teaching robotics because it brings students’ software projects and ideas into the physical world."

What I like best about St. John

"I really like the Habits of Mind program because it teaches the skills needed to be a successful lifelong learner."

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Pat Tsagalakis Music, Primary, Middle School & Schola Choir
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Education
University of Michigan, BMA in Music Arts  (vocal performance, piano, flute)
Holy Cross School of Theology, studied Byzantine Chant and Theology

Began teaching at St. John in 1998.  Youth Music Leader and Chanter at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Shoreline, WA.

Favorite Subject
"Music performance!  I enjoy preparing my students for our annual Christmas program and various shows throughout the year.  It is a joy to watch them transform into amazing performers and sing so beautifully!"

Why I am a Teacher
"I love children and I have a passion for empowering every student with the joy of creating music together."

What I like best about teaching at St. John School
"I appreciate the opportunity to teach in a school with a Christ-centered vision of helping to mold students -- body, mind, and spirit.  We are a close-knit supportive community with a great faculty and extraordinary students and families."

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Patricia Hendrickson Teacher, Grade 2
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Education
Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts in Child Studies
Grand Canyon University, Masters in  Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading
Schools Attuned Training

Began teaching in 1991 and began teaching at St. John in 1996.

Favorite Subjects
"I enjoy both reading and writing.  Reading is so important in second grade; it is the foundation for further success in other grades.  Writing gives students the opportunity to express and share their imagination in their own words."

Why I am a teacher
"I enjoy helping children to grow and expand their abilities."

What I like best about teaching at St. John School
"I love the Catholic community -- teachers, staff, parents and students. We are all a part of a caring family."

Pablo Kelley
Paul Kelley Assistant Principal
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Education
Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Journalism, minor in Latin American Studies.
St. Louis University, Madrid, Masters in Spanish Literature
Montana State University,Teacher Preparation Program

Began teaching in 1999 and at St. John since 2000.

Favorite Subject
"Spanish. The accessibility of the language in our immediate surroundings makes second language acquisition a reality for students."

Why I am a teacher/administrator
"To serve the mission of the parish school and to open the doors of enlightenment and awareness in students."

What I like best about St. John
"The strong community of faculty, students, and parents."

Sarah Brito-Bugge
Sarah Brito-Bugge Teaching Assistant, Primary & Intermediate
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Employed at St. John School since 2012

Position:  Teaching Assistant

Education:

What I love about St. John School:

 

Sarah Gudaitis/Math Specialist
Sarah Gudaitis Math Specialist
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Education
Providence College, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary/ Special Education , minor in Mathematics

Began her teaching career at St. John School in 2011

Why I am a teacher
"This is my first teaching position! I am very excited to start my teaching career here at St. John School. I have been very blessed to have been educated in Catholic Schools and want to share the gift that I have received."


Favorite subject

"My favorite subject is Math. I find math interesting because there are so many ways to solve a problem and still arrive at the correct answer.

 

 

Shannon Manley Assistant, Grade 3
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Education
Western Washington University, Bachelors of Arts Human Services
City University, Seattle, Masters of Education, Guidance and Counseling


Began teaching at St John in 2015


Favorite Subject
"I love to teach reading. It's a joy to see students connect to literature and get excited about books."


Why I am a teacher
"I am a teacher because every single day a teacher is given the opportunity to inspire others, laugh, learn, encourage perseverance, have fun, and lead. Teaching is a venue for me to help each and every child feel successful, smart, worthwhile, proud, and cared for."

What I love about St John
"The answer is same for me as a parent of alumni of St John and now part of the faculty- the community. The community of parents, teachers, staff and parish is what truly sets St. John apart."

Sue Gleeson Teaching Assistant, Primary
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Education

Began teaching at St. John in 2016

Favorite Subject

What I love about St. John

Sven
Sven Tice Teacher, Grade 7
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Education

Colorado State University, Bachelor of Arts in German Literature and Language
University of Colorado, Bachelor of Arts in English
University of Colorado, Teacher Education Certification
Lesley University, Masters of Education in Science Education

Began teaching in 1991 and at St. John since 2001

Favorite Subject
"My favorite subject is science! I like the other subjects as well, but science is special to me.  It allows me to explore the natural world with students…It's exciting to see the kids enjoying themselves in class."

Why I am a teacher
"I am a teacher because I wanted to do something with young people and I wanted to do something socially useful."

What I like best about teaching at St. John
"I really love the people here -- the students, staff and parents are wonderful."

Telia Oines
Telia Oines Teacher, Grade 2
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Education
Seattle Pacific University, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Sociology
Seattle University, Master’s in Literacy for Special Needs

Began teaching in 2003 and at St. John School in 2014

 

Why I am a teacher
"I enjoy reading aloud to build a love for reading and vocabulary growth, guiding children to choose good-fit books, integrating literacy in math, social studies and science, and finding the perfect book to teach a concept."

Favorite Subject
"It is a joy to teach children to read and enjoy books.  I love integrating reading in to all subjects.

Why I love St. John School


"I love the supportive and loving faith community, dedicated and talented teachers and staff, friendly students, joyful priest (Father Crispin) , and strong academics."

Thomas Breysse Inhouse Substitute
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Education
Eastern Washington University, Bachelor of Arts in History


Began teaching at St. John in 2015


Why I am a teacher
"I became a teacher because I truly enjoy those "light-bulb" moments when a student finally grasps an idea after lots of hard work. I am constantly learning new things from my students and it is always amazing to see what they can accomplish."


Favorite Subject
Writing and Social Studies


What I like best about St. John
"The community at St. John is strong, unified, and everyone truly looks out for the well-being of others. This strength is not found in every school and it makes St. John a strong example in the Seattle area."

Vanessa Castillo Teacher, Preschool
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Education
International University of the Americas, Costa Rica
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with endorsements in Bi-lingual Education and ESL

Began teaching in Costa Rica in 1994, New Mexico, and Texas in both public and private schools.  Began teaching for St. John in 2004.

Favorite Subject
"I love them all!  More than a favorite subject, I have favorite themes. I just love to integrate all the subjects with the theme of the week with fun, stimulating, creative activities."

Why I am a teacher
"My grandmother and mother were my biggest inspiration to become a teacher.   Since the age of fifteen, I use to spend my free time observing the wonders these ladies did with their students.  More than teaching, they touched the souls of their students, spoke 'their language,' understood their interests, followed their individual path of learning and development, and supported their parents in the most loving way."

Why I like teaching at St. John
"The beautiful sense of community and support within our faculty, staff, and families is incomparable!"