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Summer Program Administration


Summer Program Director
Danielle Ladd earned her bachelor’s degree in recreation administration with an emphasis in business and sociology from Western Washington University, and she recently completed a degree in early childhood education. As Director of Special Programs for The Evergreen School, Danielle manages the Summer Program, Seedling (infant/toddler care program), the extended day care programs, and after-school classes. She has specifically coordinated summer programs for nearly 30 years and has over 30 years of work experience encompassing childcare, youth recreational programs, and special events. Danielle is the proud mom of a 20-year-old daughter and kindergarten twin daughters. 
 
Summer Program Coordinator
Kathleen Hill, one of Evergreen’s prekindergarten teachers, has taught at Evergreen since 1996, after completing her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction for gifted children. This is Kathleen’s 11th summer working in our program. Along with her love of early childhood education, Kathleen enjoys traveling, playing with her dogs, and enjoying time with her two children.

Summer Program Health Coordinator
Lindsey Briscoe has worked with children in many capacities, from her current position as health coordinator at The Evergreen School to roles in summer programs, extended care programming and more. Lindsey earned her bachelor's degree from Willamette University and also has experience as a certified and registered behavior technician. In her free time, you'lll probably find her with her dogs, Sampson the Golden Retriever and Linus the Corgi, or on an adventure with her husband. Lindsey is looking forward to her first summer at Evergreen!

Summer Program Administrative Assistant
Lindsey Porter is The Evergreen School's administrative assistant to development and special programs. She was previously a corporate receptionist at Amazon, and she earned her bachelor's degree in theater arts from New Mexico State University. In her free time, Lindsey loves to explore challenging hiking trails in the surrounding area, and she travels as much as she can. She's been helping to organize Evergreen's Summer Program for months, and come June, she'll be happy to direct you to any of the 200+ summer classes all around campus!
 

Summer Program Faculty and Staff


Instructor of Sci-Fi Art, Brick Animation, Make Your Own Comic Book, and Clay Animation
Lukas Allenbaugh owns and runs the Creative Art Network. He earned his degree in elementary education with an endorsement in science from Western Washington University. For several years, he taught an elementary class in the public school district specializing in science and art, and he continues to teach art through the public sector. Lukas enjoys teaching animation, video production, comic book illustration, kite building, musical instrument building, and toy invention. This is Lukas’s 11th summer teaching in our program.
 
Instructor of Beyond Hamilton: Self-expression Through Rap and Mystery Theater
Eric Ankrim has been a fan of rap and hip hop since he was nine years old. As a father, actor, director, and teacher, Eric works rhythm and rhyme into pretty much everything he does. He directed In The Heights at Village Theatre, which was the only professional production that Western Washington has had of Lin-Manuel Miranda's first smash Broadway hip-hop musical. Eric has starred in the 5th Avenue's productions of Ragtime and Holiday Inn, as well as the world premiere musical String at the Village Theatre. Eric absolutely adores teaching, and couldn't be more thrilled to be returning to Evergreen to share the power and joy of rap with more students this summer.  
 
Instructor of Drawing and Painting, Stamping Art & Stationery, Weaving, Recycled Cardboard Zoo Animal Sculptures, Wire Sculpture, Origami
Dr. Shellwyn Badger worked for the Seattle Public Schools for 13 years, serving prekindergarten through middle school. She now lives overseas but loves to visit the Seattle area every summer. She teaches art through interdisciplinary units of study that reflect world cultures and themes; her pedagogy consists of project-based curricula, and she applies multiple intelligences theory to best meet the learning needs of her students. Shellwyn sees herself as an arts facilitator, working with young artists on specific project learning goals. We are thrilled to have Shellwyn return to Evergreen for her ninth summer and share her cultural understanding through the arts.

Instructor of Street Foods, Summer Nature Art and Creative Art Shotz
Michelle Bolton is a kindergarten teaching assistant at Evergreen, and this is her 12th year teaching in our summer program. She graduated from Northwest University with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science. She has been teaching, coaching, facilitating play therapy and parenting groups, and working in a variety of summer programs for nearly 30 years, and she thoroughly enjoys celebrating summer with our children!

Instructor of Mindfulness Matters and Building Bonanza for Girls and Boys
Sandra Brown-Potter has taught at The Evergreen School since 2011, primarily in 3rd grade. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Cal Poly, and her first career was in tech. Later in life, Ms. B-P migrated to teaching, receiving her certification from the University of Washington in 2007. Although she never imagined she would become an elementary school teacher, she loves that her serendipitous path to teaching means she gets to pursue so many of her passions with her students. Outside of school, Ms. B-P loves hiking, gardening, sea kayaking, spending time with her own children, and walking her husky dog. This is her second year in the Evergreen Summer Program, and she is very excited to join in the fun!
 
Instructor of Philosophy: No Question Too Small To Be Big
Bryan Carr works in our Extended Care Program during the school year and has over 20 years' experience working with children. He has co-organized day camps, worked as an assistant teacher, and as a residential aide and classroom aide as well. Bryan enjoys playing music and writing. This is Bryan’s third summer teaching with us.
 
Instructor of and Facilitator for Introductory Rock Climbing, Leavenworth Adventures, Backpacking on the Olympic Peninsula, Backpacking in the Cascade Wilderness, Intro to Outdoor Living & Backpacking Mount Rainier, Intermediate Rock Climbing, and Nautical Adventures
Mattie Carruth works at The Evergreen School during the school year, mostly with our 4th and 5th grade students. She is also an instructor for REI Outdoor Programs. Mattie has a bachelor's degree in wilderness leadership and experiential education, a master's in experiential education, and has been a Wilderness First Responder since 2009. She has spent the past 10 years planning and leading outdoor adventure trips for youth. She loves to climb, paddle, backpack and play with her pup dog. She is excited for a second year of summer adventures with Evergreen!  
 
Instructor of Let's Craft: Felting and Quilling
Kimberly Chu has taught children in a variety of settings and she loves teaching creative, hands-on visual art techniques. Kimberly is the proud mom of two. This is her seventh summer teaching in our program.
 
Instructor of Fly Fishing
Kiki Contreras is an Evergreen middle school teacher. She earned her bachelor of science in biology from Duke University. She is a native of Western Washington and learned to fly-fish at age eight spending most of her summers fishing the rivers of the Cascades and Western Montana. In her spare time, Kiki enjoys hiking, cooking, and watching live music.
 
Owner of Little Hands Creations: Instructor of Knitting, Machine Sewing for Boys and Girls, Fashion Design, Jewelry Making, Beginning Hand Sewing & Crafts and Quilting
Chelsea Cook is the owner of Little Hands Creations, specializing in teaching sewing crafts to children of all ages. She got her start teaching children to sew through educational theater and costume design. When she is not busy running her company, she is designing costumes for theaters such as Village Theatre, ACT, Book-It and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Chelsea has her B.F.A. in performance production from Cornish College of the Arts and this is her seventh summer with Evergreen.

Instructor of The Author's Chair, Wonders of the World, and in the Prekindergarten Program
Molly Daybert recently earned her bachelor's degree in education from Western Washington University, and she is a certified teacher. This is her second year teaching in Evergreen's Summer Program, and she is beyond thrilled to be back. She loves to help children explore the world around them through art, science, and literature. Molly prides herself on how she encourages students  to ask questions about what they see and experience in their daily lives. 

Instructor in the Prekindergarten Program
Melissa Dell is a teaching assistant in Evergreen's prekindergarten program. Melissa earned her degree in early childhood education. She has taught with us for many years, bringing her love of art and music into all of her teaching. Her hobbies include camping, reading, and painting, but she spends most of her time with her family including her newborn daughter, Aubrey. Melissa is excited to meet all of her new summer students!
 
Instructor of City Explorers, Day Hiking Basics, Hiking: Intermediate Skills, and Pickleball
Erik Eriksen is one of Evergreen’s P.E. teachers and he's excited be leading a variety of classes and camps again this summer, as he has for the past six years. When he's not teaching, Erik enjoys spending time being active outdoors, especially with friends and family.
 
School-age Day Camp Lead Instructor
Patricia Isla has worked as a childcare provider at Evergreen for the past seven years, and she is currently working toward her degree in early childhood development. She has experience with children of all ages, and she’s excited for another fun Evergreen summer with the kids!
 
Instructor of Chocolate Works! with Silvana, Three Course Summer Meal, Tarts Pies and Ice Cream, Learning to Bake from Scratch  
A graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle with a degree in baking and pastry, Silvana Junge has been baking professionally for 11 years. She previously worked at the award-winning Tango restaurant in Seattle, but she now freelances with her own company, Silvana Specialty Desserts. Silvana is the proud mother of an Evergreen alum. This is her eighth summer bringing her baking and cooking expertise to our program.
 
Instructor of Strategy Games and Math Puzzles
Sanni Keskimaki is a math specialist at Lakeside School and a former Evergreen intermediate and middle school math teacher. She enjoys tutoring students in math, test prep, and writing. Sanni has also taught children and adults to rock climb and camp in the wilderness with the Women’s Wilderness Institute in Boulder, CO and Passages Northwest. This is Sanni’s 18th summer teaching in our program.

Instructor of Cardboard Academy and Hot Stuff
Karen Kessinger previously taught at the Evergreen School in the BIG Lab, our innovation lab and makerspace, and now works in the Shoreline School District. She has 14 years of experience in educational and volunteer settings, including co-founding an after-school enrichment makerspace at a public school in Shoreline, working as a paraeducator, and serving as PTA president and a co-op preschool member. Karen earned her bachelor’s degree from Boise State University, and she has also worked in public relations and as a writer and producer at KING Broadcasting.
 
Instructor Games People Play, Dungeons and Dragons, EPublishing: Writing Without Paper
Jeff Lageson is a long-time substitute teacher with The Evergreen School who regularly works with students from prekindergarten to 12th grade. He is a graduate of the Washington State University teaching program and holds endorsements in social studies and history. In addition, Jeff has coached soccer for nearly 30 years at the youth, high school, and college levels, and he is also an 18-time marathoner and has a black belt in tae kwon do.

Instructor of Speak…Eat…Spanish!, It’s 8:00 a.m. Somewhere in Our World, Press Pass: the Daily Newspaper, Design Your Own Hero, Sculpting Nature, and Friendship Bracelets
Maria Lee is an Evergreen School Upper Division teaching assistant in the humanities department. Her bachelor’s degree is in political science with a minor in Spanish language. She has many years working and teaching in summer programs, but this is her first summer teaching in ours. We are excited to have Maria join us this year!

Instructor of Musical Theater Songs from Mary Poppins, Musical Production Frozen, and Musical Production Honk  
Melissa Maanao is excited to be back at The Evergreen School! A local music director and voice and piano teacher, she has taught at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE since 2013 and maintains a full studio of private students in Issaquah. Prior to teaching, Melissa performed at Village Theatre, Harlequin Productions, Florida Studio Theatre, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Celebrity Cruises. Melissa is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Eastside Vocal Federated Music Club (EVFMC). Learn more about Melissa’s teaching style and studio at her website www.melismaticstudios.com.
 
Instructor of City Explorers, Day Hiking Basics, and Hiking-Intermediate Skills
Melaney Mayne is a 5th grade teacher at Evergreen. She holds a bachelor's degree in liberal studies, a California multiple subject teaching credential, and a master's of education in curriculum and instruction; she is also as an alumna of the IslandWood graduate program in education, environment, and community. Melaney is an enthusiastic lover of the outdoors, of channeling inner creativity, and all things Disney. She enjoys being outside, taking care of nature, and letting her creative juices flow. This is her fourth summer teaching in our program.
 
Director of the Performing Arts Program
Vanessa Miller earned her bachelor’s degree cum laude from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. A Seattle native and theater professional, she has worked at most of the theater companies in the area directing, acting and teaching. Vanessa is Evergreen’s Upper Division music teacher and theater director, as well as the proud parent of an Evergreen alum. This is her eighth summer directing our Performing Arts Program.

Instructor of Very Beginning Chess, Intermediate Chess, and Beginning-Intermediate Chess
Lori Osseward, a chess and arts educator for over 25 years, including 16 at Evergreen. She received her B.F.A. in painting and B.A. in art education from the University of Washington and did graduate work on full scholarship at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Lori is the former director of education at Bellevue Arts Museum, and she curated an “Art in Chess and Chess in Art” exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum.
 
Instructor of Your Next Big Idea
Lindsey Own taught science at Evergreen for eight years before becoming the coordinator for our school’s makerspace and innovation lab, the BIG Lab, several years ago. She loves to build things, take things apart, play with electronics and digital technology as well as more traditional crafts, and try out strange new media. She reads an awful lot of science fiction, and hopes to see one (or several?) of her former students visit another planet one day! This is Lindsey’s fifth summer teaching with us.
 
Instructor of Girls Crush Math, Math Facts Boot Camp-All Operations, Junior Math Olympiad and Strategy Games and Problem Solving Adventures
Vicki Pettiross has worked in education for over 25 years, and this is her seventh year teaching in the Evergreen summer program. She has a Washington State teaching certificate as well as a graduate degree in education and has taught students in kindergarten through 5th grade both in the classroom and as a private tutor. Vicki’s passion is introducing children to new ways of thinking about math, helping them become friends with mathematics by learning that math is so much more than computation! Vicki is the proud mom of two children … who also love math.
 
Instructor of Terrariums, DIY Electronics, Video Game Design for Girls and Boys, and Fabulous Funky Plushies
Gelareh Roomiany is an Evergreen Upper Division teaching assistant in our STEM classes. Her bachelor’s degree is in computer engineering and computer science with a minor in math. Gelareh’s interests and hobbies include painting, photography, arts/crafts, pottery, rock climbing, backpacking, hobbits, and computer games. She has years of experience working and teaching in summer programs, and we are excited to have her join us for her first summer in ours!  

Instructor of Hiking & Berry Picking and Robot Building & Programming
Lina Rose earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of New Mexico. She teaches 5th grade at The Evergreen School and especially enjoys teaching through hands-on projects and encouraging students’ curiosity. Lina is the proud mother of two daughters who attend Evergreen. This is her 11th summer teaching in our program.
 
Instructor of Digital Music Composition and Beginning Ukulele
The son of a professional trumpet player, Andrew Rudd grew up surrounded by music. By age five, he had begun singing with his father's brass band, and throughout childhood, he formally studied singing, piano, guitar, and percussion and also played in rock bands with his friends. After studying music education at the University of Arkansas, Andrew played in the local music scene and eventually came to Seattle as drummer for the band Aqueduct, playing for several national tours and on the Conan O'Brien and Carson Daly shows. He currently devotes much of his time to teaching drums, songwriting, and band coaching, and he continues to play professionally. Andrew teaches in Evergreen’s Fine Arts program during the school year. This is Andrew's eighth summer teaching with us in our summer program.
 
Instructors of from Skate Journeys – Inline Skating and Skateboarding
Trish Alexander is the director of the nonprofit Skate Journeys skate school. She is passionate about skating and has been teaching to all ages for 24 years. Trish is also the director of Skate Instructors Association and Skateboard Instructors Association, programs that teach adults how to teach skating and skateboarding nationwide. When not skating, Trish loves spending time with her two dogs, Barney and Benny … they skate with her too!
 
Instructor of It’s All Art… and Science, Introduction to Typing/Keyboarding Skills, Beginning Computer Coding for Girls, and Vision Boards
Stasia Smith earned both her bachelor's degree and K-8 teaching credentials from Western Washington University. She's passionate about art, health and tech and has taught at The Evergreen School for over 11 years; she is currently the K-4 technology teacher. Outside of school, you can usually find Stasia spending time with her own two children and two adorable kitties or enjoying the outdoors.
 
Instructor of Bughouse Chess, Intermediate Chess, and Improving to Advanced Chess
Dr. Leo Stefurak is an Advanced Life Master of the United States Chess Federation (USCF), as well as a USCF-certified chess coach and locally qualified tournament director. Dr. Stefurak has received the prestigious Katherine M. Bullitt Award for exemplary contributions to public education as well as the Superintendent’s Award from Seattle Public Schools. Wearing his jester's hat, he has long been a familiar face at local chess tournaments, both coaching and supporting, and has been The Evergreen School's head chess coach for nearly 20 years.

Instructor of Flash Fiction and Who Speaks For the Trees? Writing for Nature
Sophie Taylor is one of Evergreen’s Upper Division teaching assistants in humanities. Both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in English. We're excited to have Sophie join us for her first time teaching in our Summer Program!  

Instructor of Strategy Problem Solving Creativity… Board Games!, Ooey Gooey Science, Arts ‘n Crafty Hands, Sudsy Science Fun with Soaps & Bath Bombs
Tiffany Tran is a teaching assistant in kindergarten at The Evergreen School. Her bachelor’s degree is in interdisciplinary studies. She has experience working and teaching in various summer programs, and we are happy to welcome her for her first summer teaching in ours!  

Instructor of Fly Fishing
Brian Wagner has taught social studies and fine arts to our middle school students for 10 years here at Evergreen. A songwriter and performer, he has toured regionally and nationally with his band and often plays gigs in town. When summer comes, Brian gets outside as much as possible. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder, and if he’s not sailing or hanging out in the mountains with friends and family, he’s probably leading an outdoor trip somewhere.
 
Instructor of Musical Production ~ Frozen
Eia Waltzer is a local choreographer, actor and instructor who has taught acting and dance classes for over 10 years at Village Theatre's KIDSTAGE as well as various dance studios. She is currently working towards her master’s degree in teaching.
 
Instructor of Fencing, Saber Building, Beginning Saber Academy and Saber Academy
Shayé Whitmer has taught in Evergreen’s middle school for over 10years and is also the long-time fencing program instructor. He has a master’s degree in education, and his many hobbies and interests include fencing, geology, camping, hiking, ultimate, reading and video games. But what he enjoys most is spending time with his family, including his two sons.
 
Instructor of Chinese Culture, Chinese Calligraphy, and Chinese Painting
Yuli Zhu teaches Evergreen students Chinese language and culture during the school year, incorporating many hands-on experiences such as Chinese painting, calligraphy, paper-cutting, singing and rhyme. Yuli was born and raised in Shanghai, where she taught middle school for 12 years. She thoroughly enjoys teaching American children the Chinese language and culture. This is Yuli’s 12th summer teaching with us.

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The Evergreen School
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Shoreline, WA 98133
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The Evergreen School is a private, Seattle-area school  serving the needs of gifted students in preschool through 8th grade.