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Licton Springs ~ Attendance

Abe, Dana

Teacher - Physical Education

Hello everyone! My name is Dana and I am the PE teacher at LSK8. I was raised in the Rainier Beach area of Seattle, attended O’Dea High and then studied kinesiology at college. I played basketball all through high school and college, and even played some professional ball! The most important thing about me is that I am a father to a beautiful daughter. I am excited to be a part of this community and look forward to giving your kids the best PE experience possible! Education: BS Lewis Clark State College

Hannah Buesseler

Buesseler, Hannah

Special Education Instructional Assistant

Hello! My name is Hannah and I've been in the Seattle area for about 5 1/2 years. I love sparking creative imaginations and helping kids learn new things while having fun! When I'm not at work I enjoy hiking around the beautiful PNW, finding and creating delicious eats, playing soccer, taking photos, and reading a good book with my cat. Education: BS University of North Carolina at Asheville

Emily Butler

Butler, Emily


Hi! Students call me Emily, Principal Emily or Principal Butler. This is my 3rd year at Licton Springs and my 8th year as a principal. I've lived, worked, and gone to school in Indianapolis (home), Baltimore, Evanston/Chicago, and New York City. I was an athlete. Ask me what I played and also how many surgeries I have had! I love my handsome dog, Martin, doing projects at my house, cooking, eating, watching shows/movies, and watching March Madness. The best part of my day is welcoming students at arrival and seeing them again at lunch and recess. Education: MSEd Johns Hopkins University / MSEd Columbia University / BS Northwestern University

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Chi, Jeong

Elementary Music Teacher

I'm delighted to go on this J-ourney of learning with E-veryone who comes to my classroom. We will O-vercome challenges and N-ever give up until this world G-ets better because of you and me!Education: MEd San Jose State University / BA Hankuk University of Foreign Studies


Clogston, Greta

Instructional Asst. / Special Education

Hello! I grew up in Seattle, and moved back early this year. I have been subbing for Licton Springs since May 2021, and am delighted to be officially joining the Licton Springs community! In my free time I enjoy activities including reading fantasy and mystery novels, drawing, and rollerskating. Education: BA Western Washington University

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Collins, Jazlyn

Teacher, Grade 5 & 6

Hey and Welcome! I’m extremely excited to be joining the Licton Springs community this year and building relationships with you all! I am originally from Wisconsin and moved to Washington about four years ago. In my free time, I love exploring the PNW outdoors with my camera, trying new foods, playing/watching basketball, listening to music and spending time with my family and friends. Education: MIT University of Washington / BS University of Wisconsin La Crosse

Alexander Dugdale

Dugdale, Alexander

Instrumental Music Teacher

Hilarious, Talented, Always hungry. I love music and I love teaching. I look forward everyday to sharing my knowledge and love of music with younger generations and have dedicated my life to the education and performance of music. WOOOOOHOOOO!!!! Education: MAT Seattle Pacific University / BM Eastman School of Music

Veronika Dvorak

Dvorak, Veronika

Developmental Pre K Teacher

Hi, I'm Veronika! I graduated from UW with my Masters in teaching in 2015. I believe that I have the BEST job in the world and that ALL kids are GOOD kids. Our classroom is our community.... we all deserve a place where we can feel safe, learn, belong and experience JOY everyday! When I am not at school you might find me walking my dog Wendell, hanging out by the water, skiing down a mountain or listening to live music with friends!   Education: MIT University of Washington / BA Vanguard University

Marissa Essad

Essad, Marissa

Special Education Instructional Assistant

My weekdays are spent working with Developmental Pre-L Program through 8th grade students at Licton Springs K-8. This is my 4th year at the school. It's a great community of staff and students. I really enjoy working with children of all ages. My path as an educator started with teaching music at the pre-school level which eventually led to tutoring K-6 ELL students and now focuses on Special Education. Outside of school, my time is often spent baking/cooking, reading, outdoor activities (walking our dog to riding my bike), musical performances playing international folk music and best of all, spending time with my family. Education: MFA California College of the Arts

Cristina Fetzer with Richard Sherman

Fetzer, Cristina

Health and Safety Support

Hello Friends! My name is Cristina Fetzer. I am a proud and energetic Vietnamese-Caucasian Girl from Coeur D' Alene, Idaho. I have been in Seattle for almost 20 years and love it here! I went to the University of Washington for International Studies and Business, then never left. I love to strive to be my best self everyday - learning and growing with everything I do! I love to travel and learn languages, eat all kinds of food, being active and playing sports. My son, "Bash" is 3 years old and is quite the character. It is never a dull moment! I am excited to be here and get to know all the kids whether its in the Protected Health Room or as I help out with PE. Education: BA University of Washington

Firebaugh, Margaret

Speech Language Pathologist

Hello! I am excited to be serving Licton Springs this year. I love reading, biking, and traveling and I collect postcards from all over the world. I also volunteer at Woodland Park Zoo and my favorite animals are the gorillas. Education: MA University of Washington / BA Macalester College

Lenna Fleetwood

Fleetwood, Lenna

Classroom teacher Gr 5-8

Hello Licton Springs! I am beyond thrilled to be joining your community this upcoming school year! I am a born and raised Seattleite who is also a proud UW Alumni - Go Huskies! I like to spend my free time outdoors with my partner and dog Kona, listening to music (so excited music venues are opening back up!), cooking, and spending time with my loved ones. Truly, I can't wait to learn, grow, and make memories with you all! I already know this upcoming school year will be one for the books, and I am honored to become part of the Licton Springs family! Education: MIT / BA University of Washington

Emily Gartner

Gartner, Emily

School Counselor

Hi, I'm Em, your school counselor! As your counselor, I work on your behalf to best serve YOU! I've been a middle school counselor and middle school teacher for the past ten years. I feel so fortunate to be doing my dream job in my dream school! In my free time, I love eating tacos and dumplings, being outside, and teaching my rescue dog Lenny new tricks. Education: MEd & BPA Texas State University

Bryan Getchell

Getchell, Bryan

K-5 Academic Intervention Teacher

I love sharing the gift of reading. This year I will be the K-5 Academic Interventionist. I looking forward to another year of learning and growing at Licton Springs K-8. Education: MEd University of Washington / BA University of Arizona

Kassandra Griswold

Griswold, Kassandra

Teacher (on leave)

I was born and raised in Seattle, headed to college in CA, and lived in Brazil in 2012 before coming back to my favorite city. I love most sports (Go Sounders!) and am impatiently waiting for when Seattle gets an NBA team back. You might find me outside of school running, going to concerts, or tending to my 10+ cactus!

House, Robert

ELL Teacher

Education: University of Washington (BA); Western Washington University (MEd)

Carole Johnson

Johnson, Carole

Administrative Secretary, Attendance

I have been working in the office at Licton Springs for 10+ years, and was a parent here for several years before that. Before I began working in the school office, I worked as a medical receptionist for 10 years. I am the mother of 3 and grandmother of 2. In my free time I like to be crafty, I always have a crochet project (or 2) in process, I am a non-skating referee for a local roller derby league, and I like playing games; from classic board games to D&D to video games like Animal Crossing and Tetris.

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Lawhorn, Kirsten

Teacher - Grades 1/2

Hi, I'm Kirsten, your 1st/2nd grade teacher! I've been a teacher in Oklahoma and Washington and I'm excited to be joining the Licton Springs community. In my free time, I like to have fun with friends. If I'm outside, I'm probably taking a nature walk or birdwatching. If I'm inside, I might be snuggled up with a cup of tea, or maybe playing board games, reading, or watching dog videos! Education: BS University of Oklahoma