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

Began as an assistant teacher at St. John 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 every day. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Why I like teaching at 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.

Ocampo, Adrey 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 every day.   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.

Why I like 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!

Marquez, Andrea Fundraising Administrator
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Education
Washington State University, Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Began working at St. John in 2018.

Andrea has worked in auditing for Moss Adams and wealth management for Pioneer Square Advisors.  For the last several years, Andrea has assisted in welcoming new families to St. John through the “Buddy Family” program and the summer play dates for Preschool and Kindergarten families. She is currently the Fundraising Administrator and on the planning team for the annual Jog-a-thon.  Andrea and her husband, Matt are parents to Ella and Rachel.

Martin, Ann 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

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!

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!

What I like 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.

Williamson, Anna Teacher, Kindergarten
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Education
Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts in Education, Elementary Education and ELL Endorsements

Began her teaching career at St. John in 2019.

Favorite subject
Teaching students how to write is rewarding and exciting to me. I love seeing how creative students are once they learn how to express the ideas they are thinking on paper. Learning how to write is an incredibly valuable skill, and I feel fortunate to be a part of the progress students make toward it.

Why I am a teacher
I am passionate about creating a career where I am fostering relationships with students, making a lasting difference in their lives and creating an experience where they can enjoy learning.

Why I like teaching at St. John
St. John is a supportive community that works together in order to accomplish its mission of supporting its students. Being an alumna of St. John, it is incredibly special for me to now have my own classroom here. I can’t wait to serve as the teacher and role model that I had during my elementary school experience.

Jones, Ava Teacher, Intermediate Music
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Education
Ohio University

Began teaching in 2018 and at St. John in 2019.

Favorite subject
Music - especially playing and learning new instruments! My favorite thing about being a music teacher is doing what I love every day!

Why I am a teacher/counselor
I am a music teacher because I believe that every child deserves a musical education. Music is something that can connect people all over the world from various walks of life, and I love being able to facilitate and promote musical experiences for all children who come into my classroom. 

Why I like teaching at St. John 
I chose St. John because I want to be part of a community that cares about each other, and cares about students.

Baber, Ali Preschool Teacher
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Education
Unversity of Puget Sound, Bachelor of Arts in Teaching
Unversity of Puget Sound, Master of Arts in Teaching

Ms. Baber has several years of Early Childhood teaching experience having taught students from preschool to first grade.

Began as a preschool teacher at St. John in 2020.

O’Leary, Bernadette Principal
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Education
University College, Cork, Ireland, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Geography and German and 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.

Began as Principal at St. John in 2011.

Why I am an 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.

What I like most about St. John
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'.

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

Spanish Interpreter, State of Washington

Began teaching in 1999 and at St. John 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.

Why I like teaching at St. John
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.

Boldon, Tasha Preschool Teacher
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206-783-0337

Education
Winona State University, Bachelor of Arts

Began as a preschool teacher at St. John in 2020.

Traywick, Campbell Teacher, Grade 3
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Education
Eckerd College, Bachelor of Arts in Business Management with a Spanish minor
Mercer University, Masters of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education PK-5
University of Georgia, Masters of Education Concentration: Sports Administration

Additional training in Handwriting Without Tears, Orton-Gillingham Training, Lucy Calkins Reading & Writing Workshop

Began teaching in 2013 and at St. John in 2019

Favorite Subject
Writing is my favorite subject to teach. I love to see students writing in all subjects, and I encourage all students to record and illustrate their experiences, wonders and goals in a writing journal. I love watching a single idea from a writer's brainstorm list grow into a meaningful published writing piece to treasure forever and look back on.

Why I am a teacher
Teaching brings me great joy and peace. Each new school year is a journey, and it is so rewarding to be a guide for a community of students as they transform spiritually and academically each year.

Dahlgren, Catherine Playground Supervisor
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206-783-0337

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

Bully Prevention Training, 2002

Began as Playground Supervisor at St. John in 1992.

Catherine has 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, she was hired as the Playground Supervisor in the Spring of 1992.  Our Lady of Perpetual Ashphat loves her role as a playground monitor, sharing, "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."

Shaw, Chloe Counselor
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Education
Quest University, Canada, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Seattle University, Masters of Education in School Counseling

Began as a school counselor at St. John in 2019.

Favorite subject or what you like best about your career
I love the relationships that I develop with students over time and getting to support them as they develop skills to be successful students and citizens of the world.


Why I am a teacher/counselor
I am a School Counselor because I believe that every child deserves to have someone in their life, supporting them and cheering them on. It gives me so much meaning to be able to play this small role in a child’s life. 

Why I like teaching at St. John 
The community at St. John is truly unique:  from the students to the teachers and staff—everyone was just so welcoming and genuinely happy to be here.  This is what originally made me want to teach here.  From the moment I first walked on the campus, I could just feel the warmth and spirit of the community.

Murray, Chrissy 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.

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

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

Why I like 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!

Edwards, Dana Teacher, Grade 3
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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 in 2013.

Favorite subject
Writing

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.

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

Tran, Di Administrative Assistant
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206-783-0337 ext. 324

Education
Claremont McKenna College, Bachelor of Arts in Government and Literature
University of California, Irvine, Master of Arts in English

Began working at St. John in 2019.

Di's background includes teaching ninth-grade English and working as an admissions representative and a high school college counselor. She has two children at St. John and is profoundly appreciative of the education that her children are receiving, "I am grateful that St. John teachers encourage students to be life-long learners, and I cherish the relationships that we've made in this wonderful community."

Crockett, Diane Business Manager
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206-783-0337 ext. 324

Education
University of Hawai'i, Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences

Began working at St. John in 1991.

Diane began working with the faculty and staff in 1991 and, as such, has extensive institutional knowledge of the school.  Currently, she is the Business Manager, which includes financial management, purchasing, website, and communications.  Diane shares that she loves working at St. John because it "provides a 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."

Quevedo, Frances (Mrs. Q) Administrative Assistant
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Education
Santa Barbara City College, Liberal Arts

Began working as the School Secretary/Receptionist at St. John in 1996.

Mrs. Q. share that she greatly enjoys her time at 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."

Rzegocki, Gwynedd Teacher, Grade 7
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Education
Princeton University, Bachelor of Arts in Art History & Archeology
Seattle University, Masters in Teaching

Began teaching in 2013 and at St. John in 2016.

Favorite Subject
Picking a favorite subject is similar to picking a favorite student - it changes on a daily basis.  Right now, I love teaching Literature because it encourages meaningful discussions and activities that apply to students' everyday lives outside the classroom. Also, I love to tell and listen to stories. 

Why I am a teacher
I have always loved to learn, and I want to help students find that within themselves.  In addition, I feel that education provides individuals with the necessary skills to be independent, critically-thinking, contributing members of society.  I am very interested in providing students with opportunities to build those skills.

Why I like teaching at St. John
I love our mission statement, particularly the last piece which states that we are 'committed to inspiring...the courage to act for the common good.'  I love that we are a community that encourages all members to speak up and act for themselves, one another, and anyone in need.

Halley, Roisin Preschool Teacher
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206-783-0337

Began as a preschool teacher at St. John in 2020.

Brumback, Hazel 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.

Why I 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.

Skokan, Jonna Dir. of Admissions & Development
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206-783-0337 ext 323

Education
Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Arts in Art and Education
Lesley University,  Masters of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Technology and Reading Endorsements

Began teaching in 1992 and at St. John in 2009.

Thomas, Joseph 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.”

Sandstrom, Josh Teacher, Grade 5
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Lee, Julie Event Coordinator
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Began working as the Event Coordinator at St. John School in 2013.

Chandler, Kathryn Extended Day Care (XDC) Co Director
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Began teaching at St. John School in 2015.

McCarthy, Kerri Reading Specialist
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000-000-0030

Education
University of Washington,  Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Seattle University,  Masters of Education in Teaching

Additional Training,  Slingerland Reading, Linguistic Remedies, Schools Attuned

Began teaching 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.

Why I like teaching at St. John
St. John has a tight-knit community of wonderful people working together to ensure all students are learning.

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

Began teaching at St. John in 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.

Why I like 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.

Jang, Kyoungmi (Mrs. Kay) Art Program, K-8
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McDonell, Lawrence Cantionis Director
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Education
The University of Washington, currently studying Vocal Performance

Began as a director of Cantionis Choir at St. John in 2019.

Lawrence has worked for the Archdiocese of Seattle as a liturgical musician and cantor for the past six years.  A proficient jazz pianist and singer, currently studying Vocal Performance at the University of Washington, he is excited to share his love of music with the St. John Catholic School community. Lawrence is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to create beautiful music with the voices of the Cantionis Choir.

Morris, Amy Assistant, Primary
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Longton, Lisa Librarian
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Education
University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
University of Washington, Masters in Teaching

Began teaching kindergarten in 2006 at St. John; returned to teaching part-time in 2016 and is currently the librarian.

Favorite subject
My favorite subject to teach is writing. I love seeing the development and progress of student writing over the course of a school year.

Why I am a teacher
I am a teacher because I enjoy learning new things!  I want to share my excitement about learning new things with students and enjoy seeing students actively engaged with their own learning.

Why I like teaching at St. John
I love the St. John community!  There is a connection between the families, teachers and staff that I don’t think can be found at every school.

Kuypers, Margarita Teacher, Grade 2
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000-000-0023

Education
San Francisco State University, Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development and Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential
Notre Dame de Namur University, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading Certificate

Began teaching at St. John in 2020.

Favorite subject to teach
I love teaching all subjects!  With every lesson I teach, the students and I learn something new together that makes every day exciting!

Why I am a teacher
I am a teacher because I love to help all students discover joy and love for learning that lead them to be motivated life-long learners, as well as to become compassionate contributing members of our society.

Why I like teaching at St. John
I first became part of St. John as a parishioner when my family and I moved to Seattle.  I knew from attending the mass and touring the school that it is a special place where my family would find a sense of belonging, and a place where I would be proud to teach.  I love the community, the positive and supportive environment, the dedicated teachers and administrators, and Fr. Crispin’s joyful spirit. I feel very blessed to be part of the St. John parish and school community.

Halley, Mari Teacher, Grade 4
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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 at St. John in 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.

Why I like teaching at St. John
The entire St. John community!

Arruela, Maria In-house Substitute Teacher
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Education
University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Seattle University, Masters in Teaching

Began teaching in 1998. Started at St. John in 1999 and again in 2018

Favorite subject
My passion is teaching Spanish.  This began with my “abuelita.”  My Mexican grandmother was my first Spanish teacher.  She planted a seed in my life that started my journey to learn the language and ultimately teach it.

Why I am a teacher
I teach because I believe that knowledge is a gift that no one can take away from you.  Learning new things each and every day changes the way you see the world, which in turn opens your mind to new ways of thinking and of living your life.

Why I like teaching at St. John
My first full-time job after college was here at St. John in 1999 as the K-8th grade Spanish teacher.  My early years at St. John always felt like home to me.  When it was time to choose a school for my three kids, it was an easy choice.  The St. John community has always felt like family.  Now that all my kids are in school, I am happy to be back where I started.  I am a product of Catholic school education, and my faith journey continues to grow here at St. John.

Tsagalakis, Maria Teacher, PE
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Education
Washington State University, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Began teaching at St. John in 2015 and again 2019.

Favorite subject
My favorite subject to teach is PE because students can express themselves in another way than in the classroom. PE gives different students a chance to shine! I enjoy engaging students in fun games and sports activities - instilling the importance of being active and healthy for a lifetime.

Why I am a teacher
I am a teacher because I love working with kids; they bring joy into my life every day. I enjoy creating meaningful relationships with my students and helping them navigate through the challenges of life.

Why I like teaching at St. John
What I love about teaching at St. John is the lovely faculty and staff. There is a special sense of community here that feels like family. Also, I can’t wait to work side by side with my mom!

VandePutte, Mary Development Assistant
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Education
Seattle University, BA in Business Administration and Marketing 

Began working as the Development Assistant at St. John in 2012.

Mary has a background in payroll and bookkeeping from five years spent working for a CPA.  Prior to that, she was self-employed with a desktop publishing business while raising her children.  Mary loves the community at St. John School and Parish, sharing, "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.

Sullivan, Meg 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."

Costa, Megan Teacher, Grade 1
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Education
Seattle University, Bachelor of Arts in Humanities for Teaching
Seattle University, Master in Teaching with an Elementary Education K-8 Endorsement

Worked as an aide at St. John in 2012. Began teaching full time in 2014 and at St. John in 2019.

Favorite subject
One of my favorite subjects to teach is reading. I love to help students grow in their reading skills and reach their reading goals by the end of the school year. Building a foundation and love for reading at an early age can help open the doors to so many possibilities in the years ahead.

Why I am a teacher
I am a teacher because I find joy in what I do each day! I love to create engaging, challenging and purposeful learning experiences for my students. As a teacher, I am continuously learning new things from my students and I love to see them learn and grow throughout the school year and beyond the classroom.

Why I like teaching at St. John
St. John has always held a special place in my heart.  As a graduate from St. John, to return to serve as a teacher is a dream come true. I am grateful to the supportive, faith-filled community that St. John has provided for me throughout my entire life. I am thrilled to be here as a part of the teaching staff.

Jessup, Molly Teacher, Grade 1
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000-000-0019

Education
Western Washington University, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Lesley University, Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on Literacy

Endorsements in Child Development and Early Childhood Education (PK-3)
Schools Attuned Training

Began teaching in 1999 and 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.

Why I like teaching at St. John
I like the close and supportive community at St. John.

Tsagalakis, Pat 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."

Kelley, Paul Assistant Principal
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000-000-0026

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 in 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 and an administrator
To serve the mission of the parish school and to open the doors of enlightenment and awareness in students.

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

Overby, Rachelle Extended Day Care (XDC) Director
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Brito-Bugge, Sarah Teaching Assistant, Primary
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Began at St. John in 2012.

 

 

Gudaitis, Sarah 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.

 

 

Manley, Shannon Assistant, Grade 3
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Education
Western Washington University,Bachelors of Arts in Human Services
City University, Seattle, Masters of Education in 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.

Why I like teaching at 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.

Gleeson, Susan Teaching Assistant, Primary
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Education
North Sydney Institute, NSW, Australia
Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management

Began teaching at St. John in 2016.

Why I like teaching at St. John
Relocating our family from Sydney, Australia to Seattle in 2006, we were so fortunate to choose St John. It immediately provided us with quality and caring education, which made for an easy transition for our boys who were 11 and 8 at the time.  St John provided us with a strong community, and I loved giving back by spending six years volunteering in roles such as room parent, pizza fundraising co-ordinator, CYO Athletics Committee member, helping with costumes for the musicals as well as playground volunteer. I  love how friendly and supportive the St John community is.  Everyone has your back and wants you to succeed.  The students are great and every day provides new challenges and rewards.

Tice, Sven 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 in 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.

Oines, Telia 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.

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

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.

Why I like teaching at St. John
I love the supportive and loving faith community, dedicated and talented teachers and staff, friendly students, joyful priest (Father Crispin), and strong academics.

Castillo, Vanessa 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 at 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!