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Hannah Buesseler

Buesseler, Hannah

Special Education Instructional Assistant

habuesseler@seattleschools.org

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

Jeong Chi

Chi, Jeong

Elementary Music Teacher

jechi@seattleschools.org

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

Greta

Clogston, Greta

Instructional Asst. / Special Education

gmclogston@seattleschools.org

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

Veronika Dvorak

Dvorak, Veronika

Developmental Pre K Teacher

vedvorak@seattleschools.org

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

Xena Eckert

Eckert, Xena

Teacher-Elementary

xleckert@seattleschools.org

Xena is coming to Licton Springs from Salmon Bay K-8, where she taught 4th grade for 8 years.  She earned her bachelor’s degree at Naropa University where she studied creative process and performance. Her educational journey includes working as a SPED IA, Preschool Teacher, Reading Specialist and Camp Director.  She loves project based learning and Social Studies.  She lives in Columbia City with her youngest child, who is starting high school this year, and too many pets.

Marissa Essad

Essad, Marissa

Special Education Instructional Assistant

mvessad@seattleschools.org

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

Firebaugh, Margaret

Speech Language Pathologist

mefirebaugh@seattleschools.org

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

Emily Gartner

Gartner, Emily

School Counselor

emgartner@seattleschools.org

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

Garvey, Salem

Protected Healthcare Room Supervisor

shgarvey@seattleschools.org
Elizandro Gomez Mendez

Gomez Mendez, Elizandro

Custodial Engineer

ergomezmende@seattleschools.org
Kassandra Griswold

Griswold, Kassandra

Teacher (on leave)

kxgriswold@seattleschools.org

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!

Jamie Haugen

Haugen, Jamie

Teacher - PE

jlhaugen@seattleschools.org

Greetings, my name is Jamie Haugen and I am so excited to be your K-8 Physical Education and Health teacher here at Licton Springs! I was born and raised in Mukilteo, WA and reside currently in Lynnwood with my partner and two children (18 and 13). I love spending time with my family, learning new things, sunshine, water, sports, camping, hiking, boating, music, weightlifting, seafood, and the Seahawks! I look forward to building a collaborative joyous community with you all. Education: B.S in Health and Wellness from Kaplan University, MIT at Seattle Pacific University, MLL Seattle University. Endorsement in Corrective exercise through NASM.

Hoffman, Kelsey

Teacher

kehoffman@seattleschools.org

Kelsey Hoffman, Special Education Teacher: Kelsey is joining the Licton Springs community this year. She has been a Special Education teacher for ten years. She is from San Diego, California, attended Smith College, and began her teaching career in New Orleans where she was a founding team member of the New Orleans Threptic Day Program. She is a Master of Education candidate at the University of Washington College of Education where she continues to research best practices in teaching and learning strategies for students in Special Education focusing on Universal Design for Learning and inclusive practices. She is joining us from Robert Eagle Staff Middle School where she taught Social Emotional Learning courses. Kelsey is a long distance and ultra-marathon runner, rock climber and dog mom. This summer she competed in several races, including the San Francisco Marathon, culminating with her completing the Squamish 50/50, running 50 miles followed by 50 kilometers in a single weekend. She is training for the Mountain Lakes 100-mile race in September. Her favorite training partner is her dog, Bodoque. Most weekends they can be found running and climbing off Exit 32.

House, Robert

ELL Teacher

rwhouse@seattleschools.org

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

Carole Johnson

Johnson, Carole

Administrative Secretary, Attendance

cljohnson@seattleschools.org

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.

photo of Kirsten

Lawhorn, Kirsten

Teacher - Grades 1/2

kmlawhorn@seattleschools.org

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

Courtney League

League, Courtney

MS ELA & Social Studies Teacher

celeague@seattleschools.org

Hi everyone! My name is Courtney but I go by my middle name, Beth. I just moved to Seattle from Maryland, where I taught for five years in elementary school. Reading is a passion of mine and my job is to inspire the same passion in my students! Outside of work, I love to eat sushi, walk along the bay, and of course, curl up with a good book. I'm looking forward to my first year at Licton Springs! Education: MSEd Johns Hopkins University / BS University of Maryland

Katherine Lyon

Lyon, Katherine

3rd/4th Grade teacher

kmlyon@seattleschools.org

Hi, I'm Ms. Katherine. I am a Michigan transplant who has been living in Seattle for five years and teaching at Licton Springs for three. My favorite things to teach are reading and science. I love to read, be outside, and spend time with my friends and family. I am excited to learn with the 3rd and 4th grade scholars this year! Education: MIT University of Washington / BA University of Michigan

Mitchell, Malik

Assistant Custodian

mlmitchell1@seattleschools.org