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Nielson, Olivia

I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and moved to Seattle to go PT school at the University of Washington. I fell in love with Seattle and decided to stay! I played volleyball in college and I still love playing in adult leagues around the city. I actually met my husband playing volleyball! I also like hiking, playing board games, reading and traveling. Education: DPT University of Washington / BS Whitman College

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O’Meara, Aoife

Instructional Asst. / Special Education

Hi my name is Aoife pronounced (Eefah). I'm from Ireland and have lived in the US for 10 years, my family and I came for two years and never left, we love it! I love to read, do puzzles and play board games and look forward to the opportunity to share this with you. I love working with kids as every day they teach me something new, last year they taught me to play Minecraft (I'm not any good!). I look forward to what the Licton Springs students are going to teach me. Education:  AAS North Seattle Community College

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Pham, Hoan

Custodial Assistant
Andrea Porter-Smith

Porter-Smith, Andrea


Hi! I'm Andrea Porter-Smith, occupational therapist. I love being an OT and working with students to achieve their goals! When I'm not doing fun movement breaks and writing games with students, I enjoy running, walking my dog (Lenu), and playing with my 1-year-old baby at home. I'm excited to meet you this school year! Education: MOT University of Minnesota / BA Lewis and Clark College

Laurie Reddy

Reddy, Laurie



Hello! My name is Laurie Reddy and I am a third grade teacher at Greenwood. This is my second year teaching at Greenwood and my seventh year teaching overall. When I'm not teaching or planning I spend time with my little brothers, play many different sports, and read.

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Dante Rhodes

Rhodes, Dante

Head Teacher

  Howdy! My name is Dante Rhodes and I am the Head Teacher at Licton Springs. I am from Houston, Texas and this is my fifth year in education. I have taught first grade and second grade in the past in both Houston and Austin, Texas. I attended The University of Texas at Austin for my undergraduate degree in Education, and Lamar University for my Master’s degree in Educational Administration. I am excited to be here in Seattle with my two pups, Buddy and Bentley. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, playing with my dogs, and exploring Washington. I look forward to being a part of this community! Education: MEd Lamar University / BS The University of Texas at Austin  

Sharma, Manju

MS Math/Science
Brian Straub

Straub, Brian

Special Education Teacher

I've worked in Seattle schools since 2003. I started in my 2nd (and 3rd) AmeriCorps program, Washington Reading Corps and WRCVISTA. I worked at Kimball Elementary and loved the school so much that I decided to keep working in the Seattle Public System. I became a substitute IA, then an IA, and finally got my Masters to become a cert. I was a cert sub until I got my special education endorsement. In that time, I've worked in at least 80 schools within SPS. I love connecting with my students - working one on one and with smaller groups. I feel like that's where the biggest impact is made. I love Licton Springs for the social justice element and the strong community aspects. I play racquetball, am a songwriter and guitar player I also collect a ridiculous amount of music. Education: MA Seattle Pacific University / BA University of Washington

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Von Lehman, Darlene (RN/NCSN)

School Nurse

My name is Darlene and I’m your part time school nurse. I enjoy helping to make sure you are healthy and ready to learn. I enjoy staying active with my two boys who are in 5th and 8th grade. I enjoy gardening and I also enjoy speaking German with anyone who likes to as well. Education: BSN/BA University of Washington / ADN Highline Community College

Kristen Whipple

Whipple, Kristen

Teacher - Art Specialist

  Education: BA UC Santa Barbara / MAUC Irvine