~ Attendance, Washington
Teacher - Mathasahmed@seattleschools.org
Name: Abdulqadir Ahmed
Education: Western Governors University, B.A. Mathematics; Arizona State University, M.Ed.
How I got Into Education: The reason why I chose education is because of one old Somali proverb that says, "bar ama baro" which translates to "teach or learn". This old saying has inspired me to become a teacher. I see teaching as transferring knowledge to the next generation.
Teacher - Spanishgaavelar@seattleschools.org
School Site Manager, Program Director/Coordinator of Seattle University RAMP, Changemakersnebaker@seattleschools.org
Name: Nakiya Baker
Education: Seattle University, B.A. Humanities for Leadership & Spanish; Currently enrolled in School Counseling Program at Oregon State University
How I Got Into Education: My grandparents worked in the school district their whole lives, the love for education got passed onto me!
Hobbies: Reading, sewing, my dogs, TV
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher - Multilingualjgbenavidez@seattleschools.org
Name: Jimi Benavidez
Education: University of Washington, B.A. English Major, Education Minor; University of Washington Masters in Teaching; Western Governors University Masters in Education – Learning and Technology
How I Got Into Education: I was a very reluctant reader as a child until my grandmother sat me down and showed me how to envision myself within the context of any book. When I finished reading Robinson Crusoe, I felt a huge sense of relief (as well as achievement) having finished it. Even though I have forgotten the story, I still remember that feeling. I have been always interested in working with students; I would volunteer during the summers as a vacation bible school counselor or tutoring in my free time. After working years in retail management and human resources, I realized that teaching is where my passion lies. Though it may be lots of hard work and long days, this work is still the most rewarding. My goal is to inspire my students the way that my grandmother did for me all those years back.
Hobbies: swimming, eating, reading, watching movies, T.V. shows, and Anime (currently getting caught up with Bleach), binging Netflix, traveling, eating, and more eating
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Restorative Justice Coordinatorisboyd@seattleschools.org
Teacher - Mathkhbrunson@seattleschools.org
Name: Kai Brunson
Education: University of Washington. Bachelors in International Studies and Minors in Math and African Studies. Certified in Secondary Mathematics.
How I Got Into Education: I was a camp counselor and outdoor trip guide for a few years. I really enjoyed working with children, and I have always been passionate about learning. Decided to combine the two!
Hobbies: Playing music and backpacking
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Khanh Cao
Education: Master’s in Education & ELL
How I Got Into Education: I believe that education can change the lives of many people and build a better world of peace, understanding and harmony.
Hobbies: photography, water/oil painting, traveling, and pottery
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How I Got Into Education:
Name: Amie DeWolf
Education: BA in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University
How I Got Into Education: I started as a substitute special education Instructional Assistant in 2017 and kept finding new aspects of it that I loved.
Hobbies: Volleyball, tennis, printmaking, and ceramics.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher - Special Educationdfedwards@seattleschools.org
Name: Jeanne Finley
Education: Macalester College B.A. Anthropology; University of Michigan M.A. Anthropology; Western Washington University Teaching Credential
How I Got into Education: As a teaching assistant in graduate school, I realized that teaching was my favorite part of the program. I am forever grateful for that launch into education!
Hobbies: Swimming, walking, baking, reading, and crossword puzzles.
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Frazier Jr, Richard
Special Education Assistantrlfrazier@seattleschools.org
Bilingual Instructional Assistantdwgonfa@seattleschools.org
Kaiser Permanente Nurse Practitionerjagorecki@seattleschools.org
Instructional Assistant - Accessrehardy@seattleschools.org
Harris, Emily C
Name: Emily Harris
Franklin High School, c/o ‘02
Central Washington University, B.A. in English Education 2007
Seattle University, Endorsement in Library Media 2021
Western Governors University, M.S. in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology 2023
How I Got Into Education:
I have been working with young people since I started working at Camp Sealth in 2001 during summers and took Careers in Education at Franklin HS as a senior.
Hobbies: keeping plants alive, true crime podcasts, teen drama, finding new ways to make the library fun and beautiful, working as a birth and postpartum doula on the side, cheering at drag shows
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org