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Ahmed, Abdulqadir

Teacher - Math


Name: Abdulqadir Ahmed
Pronouns: He/Him
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.

Avelar, Gabriel

Teacher - Spanish


Baker, Nakiya

School Site Manager, Program Director/Coordinator of Seattle University RAMP, Changemakers


Name: Nakiya Baker

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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: nebaker@seattleschools.org

Jonathan Beatima

Beatima, Jonathan

Instructional Assistant - Resource

Katrina Beckwith

Beckwith, Katrina

Data Registrar


Benavidez, John

Teacher - Multilingual


Name: Jimi Benavidez

Pronouns: he/him/his

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

Email Address: jgbenavidez@seattleschools.org

Isabell Boyd

Boyd, Isabell

Restorative Justice Coordinator


Brunson, Kai

Teacher - Math


Name: Kai Brunson

Pronouns: he/him

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: khbrunson@seattleschools.org

Bryant, Aaron


Jules D'Amour

D’Amour, Jules

Special Education Extended Resource


DeCarteret, Colton

Teacher, Music


DeWolf, Amie

SBRT Coordinator


Name: Amie DeWolf

Pronouns: She/Her

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: apdewolf@seattleschools.org

Dorian-Richardson, Marcelene

Health Educator


Edwards, Destiny

Teacher - Special Education


Finley, Jeanne

Teacher, Multilingual


Name: Jeanne Finley

Pronouns: she/her

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.

Email Address: jcfinley@seattleschools.org

Richard Frazier Jr

Frazier Jr, Richard

Special Education Assistant


Gest, Christin

Teacher, World History

Deressa Gonfa

Gonfa, Deressa

Bilingual Instructional Assistant


Gorecki, Jean

Kaiser Permanente Nurse Practitioner