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Summer Program Administration

Summer Program Director
Danielle Ladd is a true leisure professional and loves summer youth programming! As Director of Special Programs for The Evergreen School, she manages the Summer Program, Seedling infant/toddler care program, the extended day care programs, and after-school classes. Danielle 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. She 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. Danielle believes in offering families many different kinds of recreation activities to help children grow and discover their own life passions and interests. When she is not working, she is spending time with her husband and their three daughters and two dogs: a lovable bloodhound and adorable papillon.
 
Summer Program Coordinator
Kathleen Hill is 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 Assistant
Lindsey Elder 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'll probably find her with her dogs, Sampson the golden retriever and Linus the corgi, or on an adventure with her husband Marcus and daughter Charlie. Lindsey is looking forward to her second summer at Evergreen!  
 
Summer Program Administrative Assistant
Lindsey Porter, who works in the Special Programs department at The Evergreen School during the year, is excited for her second summer at Evergreen. Lindsey earned her bachelor's degree in theater arts at New Mexico State University, in her home state, and moved to Seattle in 2014. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and hiking around the Pacific Northwest, crafting, reading Stephen King novels, and visiting her family in New Mexico when she can. 

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    Danielle Ladd 

    Director of Special Programs
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    Kathleen Hill 

    Teacher, Prekindergarten
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    Lindsey Elder 

    Health Coordinator and Special Programs Assistant
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    Lindsey Porter 

    Administrative Assistant for Development & Special Programs

Summer Program Faculty and Staff

Instructor 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 25 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 Sci-Fi Art, 3D Drawing, and Make Your Own Comic Book
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 12th summer teaching in our program.
 
Instructor of Drawing and Painting, Hiking & Sketching in Nature, Cool Stuff Art, Wire Sculpture, Painting & Printing Pop Art, and Recycled Cardboard Zoo Animal Sculptures
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 10th summer and share her cultural understanding through the arts.
 
Instructor of Fun with Grub!, Artist's Workshop, and Summer Nature Art
Michelle Bolton is a kindergarten teaching assistant at Evergreen, and this is her 13th 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 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 of 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 and spending time with his family. This is Bryan’s fourth summer teaching with us.
 
Outdoor Education Coordinator
Mattie Carruth is our summer Outdoor Education Program coordinator. During the school year she is one of Evergreen’s 4th grade teachers and is also an instructor for REI Outdoor Programs. Mattie holds a B.A. in wilderness leadership and experiential education, an M.A. in experiential education, has been a Wilderness First Responder since 2009, and recently she earned her lifeguard certification as well. Mattie has spent the past 10 years planning and leading outdoor adventure trips for youth. She loves to climb, paddle, backpack, and play with her dog. She is excited for a third year of summer adventures with Evergreen! 
 
Instructor of French Culture, How to Debate, Beading and Jewelry Design, and The Art of Bullet Journaling
Kim Chastagner teaches French and debate at Evergreen during the school year. She holds a degree with a double major in education and French from Central Washington University. Kim has been involved in public speaking and debate since high school, when she competed specifically in dramatic interpretation and expository speaking; after graduation, she continued to volunteer as a judge for her high school team at tournaments around Washington State for many years. More recently, she taught middle school speech and debate classes, and also started and coached a middle school debate team in the San Francisco Bay Area, before moving back to Washington. This is Kim’s third summer teaching in our program. 
 
Instructor of Strategy Games and Let's Craft ~ Felting & Quilling
Kimberly Chu has taught children in a variety of settings and loves teaching creative, hands-on visual art techniques. Kimberly is the proud mom of two. This is her eighth summer teaching in our program.
 
Owner of Little Hands Creations: Knitting, Machine Sewing, Fashion Design, Jewelry Making, Quilting
Chelsea Cook is the owner of Little Hands Creations, specializing in teaching sewing crafts to children of all ages. Chelsea got her start teaching children to sew through educational theatre 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 as well as spending time with her own children. Chelsea has her BFA in Performance Production from Cornish College of the Arts. This is her eighth summer with Evergreen.

Instructor of Technical Theater: Sets and Props Construction, Tech Theater: Backstage Crew for Moana JR, and Tech Theater: Backstage Crew for Beauty & the Beast JR
Steve Cooper is a local director, stage manager and lighting/scenic designer who has worked for several of the region's theater companies and schools; Steve has designed and/or directed close to 100 shows in the past 15 years. Currently, he works as a technical director, teaching middle and high school students how to design and build stage sets, as well as a lighting designer, inspiring students interested in learning more about stage lighting. Steve joined The Evergreen School last year and is very happy to be involved in our Summer Program this year. 
 
Instructor of Literature Remix, Engineers in Training and in the Prekindergarten Program
Molly Daybert, who recently earned her bachelor's degree in education from Western Washington University, is a kindergarten teacher in the Everett School District. This is her third year teaching in Evergreen's Summer Program, and she is beyond thrilled to be back! Molly loves to help children explore the world around them through art, science, and literature, and she prides herself on how she encourages students to ask questions about what they see and experience in their daily lives.
 
Instructor of Day Hiking Basics, Hiking Intermediate Skills, Badminton, Pickleball, Football Variations and Games People Play
Erik Eriksen is one of Evergreen’s P.E. teachers and he's excited to be leading a variety of classes and camps again this summer, as he has for the past seven years. When he's not teaching, Erik enjoys spending time being active outdoors, especially with friends and family.
 
Instructor of Electronic Music and Video Game Music
This is Michael Erickson’s sixth summer working and teaching in Evergreen's program. A professional musician and recording artist, Michael works during the school year at a middle school program in Bellingham teaching music production classes. He earned his bachelor’s degree in digital music production from Western Washington University, and he's currently working towards a master’s degree from Woodring College of Education. Michael's excited to be back at Evergreen for another summer!
 
Instructor of Nature Exploration, Animals in Art, and Colorful Crafts
Caitlin Ewing is Evergreen's 1st grade teaching assistant. Caitlin holds a bachelor's degree in fine art with a concentration in printmaking, and she has extensive teaching and summer program experience, ranging from art school youth program management to teaching various art media to all ages, as well as several years' experience as a preschool teacher. Caitlin is passionate about inspiring students to try new things, be creative, and build confidence while placing importance on learning environments focused on kindness, compassion, inclusivity and fun! Caitlin has two daughters and loves being out in nature, reading, crafting and spending time with her family.

Instructor of Math in Nature, Cool Cats, San Juan Sojourn, Musical Theater Short & Sweet: Willy Wonka!, Creative Drama ~ Buried Treasure, Storytelling Through Ballet, Mary Poppins: Step in Time, Musical Theater Short & Sweet: Cats!, Creative Drama ~ Magical Kingdoms, Creative Drama ~ Forest Fantasy, Frozen 2: A Dance Adventure
Piper Foster teaches kindergarten at Evergreen. Prior to that, Piper and her husband Steven taught at an international school in South Korea for five years. Piper earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and holds a Washington State teaching certificate. She loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters cooking, eating, traveling, dancing and reading. Recently, her family adopted two adorable kittens, Luna and Pretzel, who fill their days with lots of antics and snuggles. This is Piper’s second summer teaching in the Summer Program.
 
Instructor of San Juan Sojourn, Introductory Rock Climbing, Advanced Rock Climbing, Nifty Lifter, Puzzle Lamp, Geometry and the Art of Problem Solving, T-Shirts with Meaning!
Steven Foster is a math specialist for grades 5 through 8 at Evergreen. He has been teaching mathematics, design and technology for over 14 years and holds a Washington State Professional Teacher Certificate as well as a master in teaching degree from the University of Washington. Steven enjoys being active and loves rock climbing. When not at school, his favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife and two daughters either cooking, eating, reading, or appreciating the outdoor beauty of Western Washington.
 
Instructor of Soccer Basics, World Sports & Games, Pillow Polo & Team Handball and School Age Day Camp Leader
Yordan Georgiev (also known as Dancho) has been a sports coach with The Evergreen School for over seven years, and he also substitutes in the P.E. program, regularly working with children from ages four through 10. Yordan holds a degree in nanotechnology from North Seattle College. His hobbies and interests include watching football, playing soccer, and coaching various sports including basketball, soccer and ultimate, as well as being outdoors, hiking and playing chess. This is Yordan's fourth summer teaching in our program.
 
Instructor of Backpacking Olympics and Intro to Outdoor Living & Backpacking Mt. Rainier
This is Michelle Harrison’s eighth year leading summer backpacking trips with Evergreen! Michelle is an outdoor enthusiast who often spends her free time hiking, biking, trail running, and playing in the mountains. Michelle, who has been an educator for over 20 years, taught 5th grade at Evergreen before becoming our instructional coach and teacher mentor; she also coaches ultimate. Michelle loves hiking and backpacking with children and guiding them to develop a love and appreciation for the outdoors, and she is certified in wilderness first aid as well.
 
Instructor of Tech Theater: Costume Construction and Tech Theater: Costume Crew ~ Moana JR
Lee Ann Hittenberger, who is thrilled to be returning to The Evergreen School Summer Program, loves nurturing her students' undiscovered talents! She encourages creativity with thinking as she teaches costume construction skills. Ms. Lee Ann, who has a degree in fashion design from Seattle Art Institute, has worked in theater for 25 years, including for Pacific Northwest Ballet, The 5th Ave Theatre, ACT, Paramount Theatre, and Seattle Opera through the Theatrical Wardrobe Union. She has designed costumes for Seattle Opera, Village Theater, Civic Light Opera and for Roosevelt High School and has also taught costume construction at the University of Minnesota and garment construction at the Art Institute of Seattle as well as at Roosevelt High School. Lee Ann is thrilled to meet her new Evergreen summer students!

Instructor of Musical Theater Short & Sweet: Willy Wonka, Musical Theater Short & Sweet Cats, Musical Production: Moana Jr, and Musical Production: Beauty & the Beast Jr
Carly Squires Hutchison is so excited to be teaching at The Evergreen School this summer! Carly is a full-time teaching artist, director/choreographer, and performer. She teaches dance and musical theater locally at Creative Dance Center, Seattle Children’s Theatre, DASSdance, and Village Theatre KIDSTAGE. Carly has directed and choreographed many musicals around town, and some of her favorites are Willy Wonka Jr., Seussical KIDS, The Drowsy Chaperone, 42nd Street, and The Addams Family.
 
Lead Instructor of the School Age Day Camp
Patricia Isla, a kindergarten teaching assistant during the year, has worked at Evergreen for the past eight years, including in extended care and in the Summer Program. She has experience with children of all ages and is currently working toward her degree in early childhood development. Patricia is excited for another fun Evergreen summer with the kids!
 
Instructor of Oh Snap!, Exploring Delicious Stories, Story Writers, No Bake No Problem, Clever Captures, and Imaginative Sparks
Madison Jedlick, who was a teaching assistant at Evergreen for two years, is now working toward her master's in elementary education at the University of Washington and student teaching in a 4th grade classroom. She graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in studio art and has long been interested in education; she has worked in a preschool, mentored in a Title 1 elementary school, and volunteered with elementary students in Rome, as well as coached youth sports. This is Maddy’s second year teaching in our Summer Program and we are thrilled she is returning to Evergreen!
  
Instructor of Bollywood Dancing and Indian Folkdance
Nimisha Joshi teaches 2nd grade at Evergreen. She holds a master's degree in arts from Mumbai University and a second master's in educational leadership from the University of Northern Iowa. Nimisha has 15 years of teaching experience, in grades K-8 and as a math specialist. Her teaching emphasis is on development of the whole child through hands-on learning experiences. When she is not spending time with her tween daughter, Nimisha enjoys learning new dance styles such as Zumba, hip hop, Afro-Brazilian, and samba-reggae, as well as doing capoeira, cooking fusion recipes, and running outdoors in nature. This is Nimisha’s second year teaching in our Summer Program.
 
Instructor of World Dinners, Pizzas and Pastas, Week of Cakes ~ Baking & Decorating, Tarts Pies and Ice Cream
A graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle with a degree in baking and pastry, Silvana Junge has been baking professionally for 12 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 ninth summer bringing her baking and cooking expertise to our program.
 
Instructor of Scenes and Songs from Wicked
Danny Kam is thrilled to be joining the Evergreen family this year! He has spent the last decade teaching and performing musical theater throughout the greater Seattle area. He regularly works with Village Theatre's KIDSTAGE, Seattle Children’s Theatre and Cornish College of the Arts, and he also maintains a private vocal studio. His students have worked professionally at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, ACT, Seattle Opera, Seattle Children's Theatre, Book-It and others. As an actor, Danny has worked with ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, ArtsWest, Contemporary Classics, Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham and the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City. Welcome, Danny!
 
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, Colorado and Passages Northwest. This is Sanni’s 19th summer teaching in our program.
 
Instructor of Hot Stuff and Cardboard Academy
Karen Kessinger previously taught at the Evergreen School as a teaching assistant in the BIG Lab, our innovation lab and makerspace, and now works in the Shoreline School District. She has 15 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. This is Karen’s third summer teaching at Evergreen.
 
Instructor of Book Arts and Pickles Berries Jams: Food Preservation 101
Ellen Klein has worked at the Evergreen School for the past seven years, this year as a 7th grade advisor and art teacher, and previously teaching a variety of classes to all grade levels. Ellen graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in graphic design and minor in fine arts. Ellen's pastimes include bookmaking, cooking, gardening, hiking, reading and especially, spending family time with her husband and two sons.
 
Instructor of Dungeon’s and Dragon’s classes, Sports Camps, and overall Assistant Instructor
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 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. Jeff has been working in our summer program for nearly 15 years.
 
Instructor of Speak…Eat…Spanish! and our School-Age Day Camp
Maria Lee is Evergreen's resident substitute teacher and was previously an Upper Division teaching assistant in humanities. Her bachelor’s degree is in political science with a minor in Spanish language. She has many years working and teaching in summer programs, and this is her second summer in ours. We are excited to have Maria join us again this year!

Instructor of Space is Big… (Like Whoa!)
Megan Logan teaches 4th grade at The Evergreen School, where she enjoys hands-on, student-directed projects that spark passion in children, and she is also the mother of twin rising 2nd graders who attend Evergreen. She earned her bachelor's degree in education from Western Washington University and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Megan's hobbies include camping, waterskiing, and gardening. This is her second summer teaching in the program.
 
Instructor of Musial Productions Moana JR and Beauty & the Beast JR, Scenes and Songs from Wicked, and From Page to Stage
Jessica Low is a director, choreographer, performer and arts educator. She holds a B.A. in drama from the University of Washington and has previously worked here at The Evergreen School on productions of Into the Woods, The Addams Family, Once on This Island, Honk and Madagascar. Her professional highlights include: The Sound of Music (The 5th Avenue Theatre, assistant director), Newsies, Singin’ in the Rain and Billy Elliot (Village Theatre, associate director), The Legend of Georgia McBride (ACT, choreographer), The Passage and the Tutor (Village Theatre; choreographer), 9 to 5 The Musical (Seattle Musical Theatre, director/choreographer) and The Wild Party (Sound Theatre Company, choreographer and Gregory Award recipient).
 
Instructor of Musical Theater Short & Sweet: Willy Wonka, Musical Theater Short & Sweet: Cats, Musical Production Moana JR, and Musical Production Beauty & the Beast JR
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. She 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 Out of the Box Costumes and Fairy & Sprite Hideouts
Jessilee Marander is so excited to be returning to teach at The Evergreen School! Coming from a family of educators, she has been working with the young—and young-at-heart—teaching and stage managing in the Seattle area for several years, including at Village Theatre, Seattle Opera and Broadway Bound.
 
Instructor of City Explorers
Melaney Mayne is Evergreen’s Primary Division math specialist and previously taught 5th grade. 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 fifth summer teaching in our program.
 
Prekindergarten Program Instructor
Barbara McLain has worked throughout grade levels in Evergreen's Primary Division (preschool through 3rd) for the past three years. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and a teaching certification from Western WA University. Prior to joining Evergreen, Barb spent many years working in childcare at the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion with a focus on preschool through elementary-age children. Barb is thrilled to be spending this summer teaching our PreK students.
 
Director of the Performing Arts Program
Vanessa Miller is Evergreen’s theater director and Upper Division music teacher, as well as the proud parent of an Evergreen alum. A Seattle native and theater professional, she has worked at most of the theater companies in the area directing, acting and teaching. She has a bachelor’s degree cum laude from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. This is Vanessa's ninth summer directing our Performing Arts Program.
 
Instructor of Birds Bees and Trees: Becoming Nature Helpers, Games for Brains! Logic Puzzles Riddles and Challenges, Ancient Egypt and Greece: Mythology, Culture and Life, Rock On! Rock Painting Your Passions
Eryn Morrigan is an Upper Division math teacher at Evergreen. Eryn has taught STEM subjects for over 15 years, and she holds two master's degrees (in ecology and teaching) and a Washington State teaching credential. Eryn loves to study ancient history, cook new recipes, play very complicated board games and read lots of books, and she enjoys nature and loves spending time around all kinds of animals. Eryn has 10 years teaching experience in summer programs, but this is her first year at Evergreen!
 
Preschool Program Instructor
Mustika Ningrum has been Evergreen’s preschool teaching assistant for four years. She earned her bachelor's degree in communications from University in Indonesia and also earned a degree in early childhood education. Mustika enjoys travelling with her husband, but spends most of her time with her two grown children and her two lovable cats.
 
Prekindergarten Program Instructor
Melissa Norby is a teaching assistant in Evergreen's prekindergarten program. Melissa earned her degree in early childhood education and 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 daughter, Aubrey. Melissa is excited to meet all of her new summer students!
 
Instructor of Very Beginning Chess, Intermediate Chess and Beginning-Intermediate Chess
Lori Osseward has been a chess and arts educator for over 25 years, including 17 at Evergreen. She received her B.F.A. in painting and B.A. in art education from the University of Washington, and completed 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 Tiny Bots in the Big Lab!
Lindsey Own taught science at Evergreen for eight years before becoming the coordinator for the BIG Lab, Evergreen's makerspace and innovation 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 sixth summer teaching with us.
 
Instructor of Math Fun!
Kalyn Pope is an Evergreen middle school math and arts teacher. She and her family, including two dogs and a chameleon, moved to Seattle last summer from Santa Barbara, where she earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in education from the University of California Santa Barbara. Kalyn has professionally taught for over a decade—working with students ranging in age from eight to 72!—and she has a passion for making math accessible for all types of learners. In her spare time, Kalyn enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, creating, and spending time with her family.
 
Instructor of Tech Theater: Costume Construction, Tech Theater: Crafting Sculptural Costumes, and Tech Theater: Costume Crew for Beauty & the Beast JR
Sierra Reid is a seamstress and costume designer based out of Seattle. She has a BA in costume design and construction from Bennington College and has worked at several theaters in the Seattle area, including Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Village Theatre, including extensive work with Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE program in Issaquah. When she's not at work, Sierra spends her time making clothes for herself, reading, and hanging out with her lovely cat and dog. 
 
Preschool Program Instructor
Tamara Reis has worked at The Evergreen School for ten years, and this is her third year with the summer preschool program. She has worked with every grade level, but her primary focus is our infant, toddler and preschool programs. Tamara holds a certificate in early childhood education from Pierce College. When not working, she's spending time with her big extended family, and especially her two-year-old little girl, Amara.
 
Instructor of Table Tennis/Ping Pong and Learn Cross Stitch
Carmel Rice played table tennis/ping pong competitively in high school and college. Previously, she worked at Evergreen for two years and led Evergreen’s ping pong class, and she is now a preschool teacher in Everett. Carmel also enjoys doing cross stitch and has completed a large variety of different designs since she was young. She has nearly completed her early childhood education degree, but when she’s not working or studying, she’s spending time with family, including her two daughters. We are thrilled Carmel is back to teach with us again!
 
Instructor of Hiking & Berry Picking
Lina Rose teaches 5th grade at The Evergreen School and especially enjoys teaching through hands-on projects and encouraging students’ curiosity. Lina is also the proud mother of two daughters who attend Evergreen. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of New Mexico. This is her 12th 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 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, and this is his ninth year with the Summer Program.
 
Instructor of Introduction to Typing/Keyboarding, Vision Boards, Beginning Computer Coding, and Self Portraits
Stasia Smith, Evergreen's K-4 technology teacher, is passionate about art, health and tech and has taught at The Evergreen School for over 11 years. She earned both her bachelor's degree and K-8 teaching credentials from Western Washington University. 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 Team Chess, Intermediate Chess, and Improving to Advanced Chess, Chess Fun and Cross-Training
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
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 second year teaching in the Summer Program!  
 
Instructor of Strategy Problem Solving Creativity… Board Games!, Ooey Gooey Science, Hand-i-Crafts, Sudsy Science Fun with Soaps & Bath Bombs, Tie Dye Creations, and DIY Bedroom Decor
Tiffany Tran is a kindergarten teaching assistant 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 she’s joining us for a second summer teaching in ours!  
 
Instructor of Mystery Theater and Dungeons & Dragons Tales from the Table
Brad Walker is an actor, director and teaching artist. Seattle-born and raised, he is an alumnus of the University of Washington. Brad has directed shows with Seattle Theatre Group, Studio East and Second Story Rep, as well as school productions at Sacajawea Elementary, McDonald International Elementary, and John Stanford International Elementary. As an actor, he has performed with Taproot Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Village Theatre, Book-It Repertory, and StoryBook Theater. Brad is also a professional Dungeon Master and has led games of Dungeons & Dragons at game stores and private parties. This is Brad’s first year working in the Summer Program, and we welcome him warmly!
 
Instructor of Fencing, Beginning Saber Academy, and Saber Academy Saber Building
Shayé Whitmer has taught in Evergreen’s middle school for over 10 years 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 Creative Drama Buried Treasure and Creative Drama Trickster Tales
Dedra Woods is a multi-hyphenate artist who enjoys sharing her love for the arts with others! She has had the pleasure of working with students across generations. Dedra has worked as a teaching artist with various theater organizations throughout Seattle, including Seattle Children’s Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep, and Seattle Public Theater. Her onstage credits include The Revolutionists (Arts West), The Little Prince, Corduroy (Seattle Children’s Theatre), Wedding Band (Intiman), I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Book-It Rep), Pipeline, Fire Season (Seattle Public Theater), and The Time of Your Life (The Williams Project). Dedra is passionate about equal access to the arts, community engagement, and creating more diverse and equitable theater institutions. We are happy to welcome Dedra to her first year teaching with the Summer Program!
 
Instructor of Leavenworth Adventures, Introductory Rock Climbing, Backpacking: Olympics, Advanced Rock Climbing, Intro to Outdoor Living & Backpacking ~ Mt. Rainier, Nautical Adventures
Ariana Ybanez is a teaching assistant in the 5th grade classrooms at Evergreen. She earned her bachelor's degree at College of the Atlantic, near Acadia National Park in Maine, and worked in the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park restoring native fish. Ariana is an experienced outdoor educator who has led backcountry trail crews for high school students in Denali, Glacier, and Lake Clark National Parks, and in many wilderness areas throughout Washington. She has Wilderness First Responder and lifeguard certifications, and in her free time, enjoys hiking in the mountains with her adventurous pug, Alpine, as well as swimming year-round in the beautiful Puget Sound. This is Ariana’s first year with The Evergreen School Summer Program.
 
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 13th summer teaching with us.

Profound learning for the continuously curious

15201 Meridian Avenue  N. / Shoreline, WA 98133
Preschool Through Grade 8  •  Greater Seattle