Learning Specialist & 5th Grade Instructional Aide
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: 2020
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 taught First Grade for four years here at St. Michael Parish School. I made the switch to Fourth Grade in September 2013. 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
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
8th Grade Homeroom and Middle School ELA
ExperienceI grew up in Portland, OR, and attended Ascension grade school and St. Mary's Academy high school. I received an English degree and Masters in Education from University of Portland where I met my husband. We have three sons who all attended St. Mikes; they live in New York, San Francisco, and Joshua Tree, CA. Hobbies (besides teaching Middle School!) are biking, gardening, travel, and cooking.
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 cheering on the Seahawks with my husband and family, baking, hiking, traveling, and gardening.
Year Hired: 2017
EducationBA Saint Martin's College
ExperienceI began my career in education in 1986 as an educational assistant. After earning my degree in elementary education with an endorsement in reading, I began teaching second grade at St. Michael Parish school in 1994. During my time here, I have taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 7th and 8th grades. My husband and I have four children and five grand children. We love camping, hiking and bike riding with our family. Our favorite place in the world is Port Townsend where both our families have a rich history. Teaching is the dream of my life; my passion; my vocation. It is with joy that I share my Catholic faith with children. Witnessing their faith flourish as disciples of Christ in our Family of Families is a blessing beyond measure.
Year Hired: 1994
Academic Enrichment Specialist
EducationLoretto Heights College/Regis University Denver, CO
ExperienceI have experience teaching in public school and Catholic schools. I previously taught Social Studies at St Mikes. I have been a homeroom teacher in 6th and 7th grades as well as 8th. Middle school and special education have been my areas of experience. I am a member of St. Michael Parish.
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
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 19 year of teaching. In May of 2011 I graduated from St. Martin's University with a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis on reading. Besides teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 6 year old son (who is currently in Kindergarten at St. Michael).
Year Hired: 1999
EducationBusiness Administration (Bachelors of Arts)
ExperienceI am married and have five children. Our youngest Amy is currently enrolled at St. Mikes. I really enjoy working at St. Michael Parish School.
Year Hired: 2015
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 10 children: Emily, Luke, Andrew, Noah, Grace, Sophie, Lucy, Katherine, Nathan, and Dominic. 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, 4th Grade Instructional Aide
EducationB.A. Music/Percussion Pedagogy- CWU 2003
ExperienceTheresa grew up in Waterville, WA. After college, she and her husband spent three years in Annapolis, MD, where she taught percussion at Anne Arundel Community College, and also held the post of section leader for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 2007 she moved back to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and continued to teach music and play drums/sing professionally. She also began a long career as Recreational Director at Black Hills Gymnastics. In 2010, she and her husband were blessed with a perfect baby boy, who currently attends school here at St. Mike’s. In 2014 she was hired by St. Michael Parish School as the band director, and has loved every moment of it since. She is also the director of the Extended Care Program for the school. In addition to her duties at St. Mike’s, Theresa currently is actively involved in the Tenino Young-at-Heart Theatre, the Olympia Family Theatre, and the Olympia Family Trio. Here are a few of her favorite things: Musical theatre, Circus’s, Gymnastics, Camping, Hiking, Writing children’s stories with her son, and volunteering at both the Food Bank and Olympia Senior Center.