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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.

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.

Cellana, Jessica

Kindergarten Teacher

Jessica is the Kindergarten teacher here at LSK8. She has been teaching for 8 years now, 5 of which have been with Kindergarten students. Her favorite thing about working in Kindergarten is helping students learn to love school and make friends. Jessica loves to run outside, walk her dog, do lots of yoga and really enjoys reading books.

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!

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.

Dugdale, Alexander

Instrumental Music Teacher

Biography Hilarious, Talented, Always hungry. I love music and I love teaching. I have a bunch of friends (see picture)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!!!!

Duong, Lan

Custodial Engineer J

Dvorak, Veronika

Developmental Pre K Teacher

Personal Message

Hi Friends!

Welcome to my happy place! I I love creating spaces where students belong, form friendships, master new skills, help others and have so much fun every day!

I have had the joy of teaching special learners in Orange County, Spokane and Seattle for the past 15 years. My bachelor's degree is in psychology from Vanguard University of Southern California and my Master's degree is in Early Childhood Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Washington. My students have always been my best teachers and I will never stop learning and growing!

When I am not at school you might find me swimming at the lake with my partner Paul, exploring different parks with my golden-doodle Wendell, racing down the mountain on my skis or just getting cozy with my cat Coretta and book at home!

Essad, Marissa

Special Education Instructional Assistant

Personal Message

I started working with students in the Seattle School District first as a parent/volunteer, and with ELL students at the district building downtown. Now I thoroughly enjoy working as a SPED IA at Licton Springs K8. Things I enjoy include international travel, art, reading, walking our dogs and performing with various folk music bands.

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.

Fleetwood, Lenna

Classroom teacher Gr 5-8

Hello Licton Springs! I am beyond thrilled to be joining your community this upcoming school year! Born raised Seattleite and 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!

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.

Getchell, Bryan

K-5 Academic Intervention Teacher

Bryan loves sharing the gift of reading. This year he will be the K-5 Academic Interventionist. He's looking forward to another year of learning and growing at Licton Springs K-8.

Griswold, Kassandra

4th Grade Teacher


I was born and raised in Seattle and attended Sacajawea Elementary, Hamilton International Middle School, and Roosevelt High school. I moved to Los Angeles to go to Occidental College where I majored in economics. I then moved to Southern Brazil where I taught English for 6 months. After returning to Seattle, I was accepted into the Seattle Teacher Residency's 3rd cohort where I got my Masters in teaching from UW and spent a year in a 2nd grade classroom at John Muir.

,Personal Message

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!

Hoffer, Diana

school psychologist

Johnson, Carole

Administrative Secretary

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.

League, Courtney

MS ELA & Social Studies Teacher

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 5 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!

Lyon, Katherine

2nd Grade Teacher

Ms. Katherine is a Michigan transplant who has been living in Seattle for 5 years and teaching at Licton Springs for 3. Her favorite things to teach are reading and science. She loves to read, be outside, and spend time with her friends and family. She is so excited to learn with the 3rd and 4th grade scholars this year!

Martin Losada, Ruth

Instructional Asst. / ELL

Hi! My name is Ruth. I'm originally from Spain and I'm your new Bilingual teacher assistant. I've been living in Seattle for the last 15 years and I love it. One think I really like about the PNW is it's green forests, amazing lakes and wonderful beaches; it remind me a lot of my hometown. I'm excited to be a part of LSK8!!