EducationB.A. from Saint Martin's College in Elementary Education with endorsements in Special Education and Reading
ExperienceI have been blessed to be a part of the St. Michael family since 2009. Prior to working here, I spent 15 years caring for children with special needs as a respite care provider. I love spending time with my husband and two kids. We enjoy spending time at the beach and playing card games. I love dabbling in photography, trying to learn Italian, baking treats, and eating chocolate.
Year Hired: 2009
EducationSeattle University-Bachelor of Education
ExperienceMy husband Bob and I have three children - Kierstin, Allison, and David. We are outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy a wide range of activities that include cycling, hiking, winter snow sports, and exploring in and around Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest.
Year Hired: 2004
EducationB.A. English-Western Washington University, M.A. English-Western Washington University, M.A. Teaching-Seattle Pacific University, Principal Certification-Seattle University
ExperienceI am blessed to lead our school community as we guide our students towards transformative growth through Catholic education. My passion and appreciation for my faith, leadership, learning and the art of teaching has guided my life and led me to St. Michael Parish School. I previously taught high school English for nine years at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, where I conducted my administrative internship and served as International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Coordinator. It is an honor and a privilege to serve our community and be working with such a committed community of students, parents, faculty, staff and parishioners.
Year Hired: 2013
Year Hired: 2019
EducationB.A. in Education, C.W.U. 1980 M.A. in Education, Curriculum and Developement, City University 1995.
ExperienceI joined St. Michael School in 1986. I have taught various subjects throughout the years, but especially enjoyed teaching Middle School Science and P.E. Currently I teach P.E. Pre-K through 8th grade. I am also the head football and boys basketball coach. I enjoy theatre, especially Shakespeare, reading, cooking, movies, and spending time with my son and my dog Bandit.
Year Hired: 1986
Middle School Science/Athletic Director
EducationBA Elementary Education and K-12 Physical Education Endorsement
ExperienceI am originally from Fort Smith, Arkansas. My husband, Chris, and I moved to Washington in 2006. After graduating from Saint Martin’s University in May 2009, I have taught in First Grade and Fourth Grade here at St. Michael Parish School. September 2020 marks the beginning of my move to Middle School Science.. Outside of teaching, I serve as the Athletic Director and Middle School Girls Basketball Coach. My husband and I, including our two beautiful children, are proud members of St. Michael Parish. As a product of Catholic education myself, I am grateful to be a Catholic educator and am passionate about sharing my love for God and love of learning with my students every day.
Year Hired: 2009
Year Hired: 2020
EducationStudies Music Performance at Saddleback College and Mount San Antonio College
ExperienceI was born in Southern California and sang in my first musical at the age of 2. From the time I was 3 years old, I studied music, dance and acting 6 days a week, 4 hours a day for 21 years. I began working professionally at the age of 8 and have worked in the entertainment industry my entire life. In California, I worked for 10 years at Carden Academy Private School until moving to Washington in 2012. Music has been a constant in my life and has always been my number one form of communication with my Heavenly Father. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share my love of music with the students at Saint Michael School. I have also had the blessing of being able to lead the Life Teen band at Saint Michael Parish, giving me the opportunity to minister to the families in our community through worship. In my free time I enjoy the company of my husband Chris and our four beautiful children, Samantha, Josiah, Reagan and Mercy.
Year Hired: 2015
Year Hired: 2019
8th Grade Homeroom and Middle School ELA
ExperienceI grew up in Oregon, but Washington is where my family settled in the 1980s. I received an English degree and Masters in Education from University of Portland where I met my husband, and we have three sons who live in New York and California. We’ve been a part of St. Michael Parish since 1980, and teaching at St. Mikes has turned out to be my dream job. When I’m not thinking of new novel studies or writing lessons, I enjoy gardening, camping and bike riding.
Year Hired: 1994
EducationB.A. in Elementary Education and an Endorsement in Reading from University of Portland
ExperienceI am an Olympia native and a St. Mikes alumni! Growing up with such amazing teachers and friends at St. Michael inspired me to pursue a career in Catholic Education. I have spent time teaching 4th grade, acting as a school Reading Specialist, and now I am excited to be in Kindergarten. When I’m not at school I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, cheering on the Seahawks, baking, and spending time outdoors.
Year Hired: 2017
Computers and Technology
ExperienceI grew up in Federal Way, WA, and attended John F. Kennedy High School (Kennedy Catholic) in Burien. I received an Elementary Education degree and Masters in Counseling Psychology from St. Martin's College. I met my husband while I was in high school and we married after my first year of college. We have two grown sons. Our family owns a shellfish farm that was homesteaded in 1883 by my husband's great-great-great uncle. I am currently the president of the Junior League of Olympia, a non-profit that develops the potential of women, improves the community through trained volunteers, and promotes voluntarism. I love music, reading, camping, knitting, and volunteering in the community.
Year Hired: 2018
Middle School Spanish
EducationMasters in Marine Science, University of Washington - Teaching Certificate St. Martin’s University (Spanish and Biology)
ExperienceI grew up in Mexico City where I became a Biologist. I met my husband while researching whales along the coast of México. We lived in Baja California for three years and have lived in his native Olympia for more than 15 years now. We both have been teaching in Mexico, Olympia, Lacey and Shelton since then. Our son attended St Michael school where I taught Spanish to his class from K - 5 while also teaching at the local Community College. I also taught Science in Spanish at the bilingual school in Shelton. I am thrilled to be back at St Michaels to teach Spanish again.
Year Hired: 2020
8th Grade Homeroom
EducationLoretto Heights College/Regis University Denver, CO
ExperienceI have been a teacher at St Mikes since 2010. I have been a 6th, 7th and 8th grade homeroom teacher at St. Mikes teaching history and language arts. The majority of my teaching experience has been teaching middle school in Catholic schools.I have also taught special education in the public school system. St. Mikes continues to inspire me and I am proud to be a member of this amazing community.
Year Hired: 2010
EducationBME, Elementary Certification
ExperienceI have been teaching for over 27 years. I've taught grades K-3. I enjoy reading, gardening, and all types of music.
Year Hired: 2002
7th Grade Homeroom and Middle School History
EducationB.A. in Secondary Education, WWU, 1999 M.A. in Education, Technology Curriculum and Instruction, Lesley University 2005.
ExperienceI grew up in the Olympia area as a member of St. Michael Parish. One of my most formative experiences was attending World Youth Day in Denver, CO with our youth group. After graduating with my BA in Education from WWU and marrying my husband (an officer in the USMC), I began my career in Somerton, AZ as a middle school Language Arts teacher. Since then, I have worked at a variety of schools including teaching middle school Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies combined). Over the years I've been a long-term substitute here at St. Mikes three separate school years. I'm excited to join St. Mikes as a full-time teacher this year. I enjoy reading, crafts, and spending time with my family. In addition to my husband, I have a daughter, who is a freshman at Gonzaga University, and two sons with whom I spend many weekends camping and hiking. We live in a beautiful area and exploring it is a blessing!
Year Hired: 2020
Stewardship Development Director
EducationBA in Finance from Seattle University
ExperienceI was born on Guam but raised in Kirkland after a short stint in Kansas. I attended Holy Family Kirkland, Seattle Prep, and Seattle University. I received a degree in Finance from Seattle University and spent 18 years in the investment industry. My husband and I moved to Olympia is 2005. We have two boys that both attend St. Mikes. In my spare time I like to sew and quilt, yell during Seahawk games, and go on long road trips.
Year Hired: 2016
EducationBA Elementary Education (K-8) Mathematics (4-12) St Martins College
ExperienceMy husband Ron and I have four daughters, all of whom have attended St. Michael Parish School. I graduated from St. Martins in 1993 and have been teaching at St. Mikes since then. I taught 1st and 2nd grade and a year of Middle School math before settling in as the kindergarten teacher. There is no place I'd rather be!
Year Hired: 1993
EducationMasters in Education
ExperienceI came to St. Michael Parish School in 1999 where my first position was as the Kindergarten Aide. During this time, I attended St. Martin’s University to earn my Masters in Teaching degree. I have been the Third grade teacher at St. Michael Parish since 2002. My employment prior to teaching third grade at St. Michael Parish School included working for the state of Washington, operating an in-home childcare for many children from infant to elementary school-aged, and working as an assistant preschool teacher. My husband and I are graduates of WSU and have two sons who are graduates of St. Michael Parish School.
Year Hired: 1999
EducationBA in Education from St. Martin's College May 1999/Masters in Education from St. Martin's University May 2011
ExperienceI student taught in the spring of 1999 in 3rd Grade at St. Michael. I then graduated from St. Martin's College in May of 1999 in a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Right after graduation I accepted the best job in the world as 2nd Grade teacher at St. Michael, where I am now on my 22 year of teaching. In May of 2011 I graduated from St. Martin's University with a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis on reading. Besides teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 8 year old son (who is currently in 3rd here at St. Michael), reading, baking and spending time outdoors.
Year Hired: 1999
6th Grade Homeroom and Middle School Math
EducationMaster of Education
ExperienceMy family and I joined the parish in 2000. My wife grew up in the parish. I am originally from Seaside, OR. We have 11 children: Emily, Luke, Andrew, Noah, Grace, Sophie, Lucy, Katherine, Nathan, Dominic, and Felicity. My favorite class to teach is religion and I enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of our students.
Year Hired: 2012
Band Director,Extended Care Director
EducationB.A. Music/Percussion Pedagogy- CWU 2003
ExperienceI graduated from CWU in 2003 with a BA in music with special emphasis in Percussion Pedagogy. After graduation I moved to Annapolis, MD I spent three years coaching gymnastics, playing percussion/singing with different bands. I was given the post as percussion section leader with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and taught music at Anne Arundel Community College. After moving back to the beautiful Pacific Northwest in 2007, I spent several years as recreational director at Black Hills Gymnastics. I began teaching band here at St. Michael Parish School in 2014. In addition to my band director position, I am also the director of the school’s Extended Care program. When I’m not teaching my wonderful students I love to immerse myself in musical theatre- I am actively involved in the Tenino Young-at-Heart Theatre, the Olympia Family Theatre, the Evergreen Playhouse, and playing drums/singing with the Olympia Family Trio. Outside of music, teaching, and theatre: my favorite activities include going camping/hiking/kayaking, volunteering in the community, and hanging out with my awesome husband, Isaac, and my amazing son, Nathaniel.