Faculty & Staff

Margie Mykland

 
Current Position: Administrative Assistant
Email: myklandm@visitation.net
Experience/Expertise:
  • August 2017 will be my 25th anniversary with VCSA.

Degrees:

  • Bates Vocational 1972 – Secretarial, business machines, clerical and bookkeeping
  • Fort Steilacoom Community College

 

My grandfather helped lay the first bricks when Visitation Church was built! My grandson is a 4th-generation student at Visitation in grade 1. His mother, grandmother (myself) and great grandmother also attended Visitation! I have six brothers and one sister who is a Benedictine Sister. She was never allowed to teach or principal at Vis since all her siblings attended here.

Traci Clements

Current Position: Grades 3 & 4
Email:clementst@visitationschool.net

 Kelli Barrett

 
Current Position: PreK Aide
Email: barrettk@visitationschool.net
Experience/Expertise:
  • Experienced as a caregiver for young children.
  • I’ve worked in the Visitation school office for 4 years.
  • I was a Teacher’s Assistant at Visitation for one year in grades 1 and 2.
  • This is my first year as a Teacher’s Assistant in Visitation’s PK and my 5th year working at VCSA.

Certifications:

  • Child Care Basics Certificate for Washington Child Care

Academic Interests: Interested in pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Development

I am a lifelong Tacoma resident and a Visitation alumna. I attended Visitation from Kindergarten through 8th grade. My three children currently attend Visitation and have been at the school for eight years. Visitation has a special place in my heart!

Mary Hum

Kara Muller

 
Current Position: Grades 1 & 2
Email: mullerk@visitationschool.net
Experience/Expertise:
  • I’ve been teaching at Visitation Catholic STEM Academy for 6 years.
  • First and second grade teacher – 7 years.
  • PE teacher – 1 year
  • I am endorsed in Literacy and I love to teach kids how to read.
  • I love to take professional development courses to enhance my teaching. I’ve taken courses on the following subjects: Stem, ADHD, Writing, Project Based L
  • I was on our Visitation accreditation team in 2012 and assisted in preparing our document.
  • In 2016, I served on an accreditation team at another school.

Degrees:

  • AA from South Puget Sound Community College
  • BA in Elementary Education K-8 and a minor in Literacy from Central Washington University

Certifications:

  • Certified PLTW lead teacher
  • Literacy endorsement
  • K-8 Elementary Teacher

Academic Interests:

  • Reading
  • STEM
  • Writing

If you were to walk past the first and second-grade classroom, you would see students working together in groups, singing educational songs, hands-on learning, living out our Catholic Faith, and learning in all academic fields. Our classroom is bright with bulletin boards, welcoming, stimulating, energized, and a room of students building friendships.

I have been teaching at Visitation for the last 6 years and I continue to love our small school community. The families, students, and staff are all very welcoming. This year has been an exciting year because my nephew joined the Visitation team in prekindergarten. It has been fun watching him blossom. Each year I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to teach first and second grade at Visitation Catholic STEM Academy.

In my spare time, I am chasing after my curious son, Hudson. He is quite the little stud. My husband and I are first time parents and we have learned a lot! It has been a blast teaching him new things.

Current Position: Grades 5
Email: 

Marianne Floyd

 
Current Position: 5TH – 8TH Math & STEM
Email: floydm@visitationschool.net
Experience/Expertise:
  • Middle School General Science (Board Certified)
  • Certificated: General Science (5-12), Biology (5-12)
  • Highly Qualified: Middle School Math

Degrees:

  • BS in Biology
  • M.Ed in Education, emphasis in science curriculum and instruction

Academic Interests:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Meteorology
  • STEM

This is my ninth year of teaching and my first year at Visitation.

Laura Price

 
Current Position: PreKindergarten Teacher
Email: pricel@visitation.net
Experience/Expertise:
  • I started adult life in the US Army. I served in the Ordinance Corps as a Heavy wheel Mechanic for 10 years. I was the Non Commissioned Officer in charge of Physical Training, and involved in numerous volunteer activities as the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers President. I loved being a soldier!
  • I was an Extended Care Director for both VCSA and Christ Lutheran Church for a combined 7 years. I really enjoy spending time with and helping Children of all ages.
  • Tutoring
  • Paraeducator
  • Catechism Teacher for VCSA and Sacred Heart
  • CYO coach–My favorite job!
  • Alternate for Ms. Ceci

Degrees:

  • ASE Diesel Mechanic
  • CDA-DANB Certified Dental Assistant
  • Working on my BA in Education

Certifications:

  • ECE Basic STARS Certificate
  • ECE School Age Children Training
  • CPR & First Aid

Academic Interests:

  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Physical Fitness/Sports Training
  • Library Science

I have been a Parishioner at Visitation for 15 years. I love my parish family and enjoy volunteering, teaching and practicing my faith. I have been a parent at Visitation Catholic STEM Academy for seven years. Never have I been in a more inviting, loving community than this. All four of our children attend VCSA and learn and grow in leaps and bounds every day! My husband and I, along with our children, have made lifelong friends. I help organize and run parent groups and volunteer in many facets in the school. My first class at VCSA graduates High School this year and I couldn’t be more proud of the young adults I have watched them become.

Cecilia Tun

 
Current Position: Kitchen Administrator/Cook
Email: tunc@visitationschool.net
Experience/Expertise:
  • Kitchen paperwork
  • Food Preparation
  • All Kitchen Duties

Bihn Dang

 
Current Position: Custodian
Email: dangb@visitation.net

Treasure Kenen

Current Position: Librarian
Email: kenent@visitation.net

Caroline DeMesa

 

Shannon Higginbotham

Current Position: Physical Education
Email: higginbothams@visitation.net

Hope Bales

Current Position : 4th – 8th Grade Band
Email : balesh@visitation.net

Heather Liufau

 
Current Position: Bookkeeper
Email: liufauh@visitationschool.net
Experience/Expertise:
  • Bookkeeper at Visitation for 9 years

Degrees:

  • BA in Accounting from the University of Puget Sound

My family moved to Tacoma when I was in the second grade. I graduated from Visitation School and Bellarmine Prep. All three of my children graduated from Visitation Catholic School. My family and I also attend Visitation Church.

Carol Loughridge

 
Current Position: Office Assistant
Email: loughridgec@visitation.net

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Margie Mykland

 
Current Position: Administrative Assistant Email: myklandm@visitation.net Experience/Expertise:
  • August 2017 will be my 25th anniversary with VCSA.
Degrees:
  • Bates Vocational 1972 – Secretarial, business machines, clerical and bookkeeping
  • Fort Steilacoom Community College
 
My grandfather helped lay the first bricks when Visitation Church was built! My grandson is a 4th-generation student at Visitation in grade 1. His mother, grandmother (myself) and great grandmother also attended Visitation! I have six brothers and one sister who is a Benedictine Sister. She was never allowed to teach or principal at Vis since all her siblings attended here.

Traci Clements

Current Position: Grades 3 & 4 Email:clementst@visitationschool.net

 Kelli Barrett

 
Current Position: PreK Aide Email: barrettk@visitationschool.net Experience/Expertise:
  • Experienced as a caregiver for young children.
  • I’ve worked in the Visitation school office for 4 years.
  • I was a Teacher’s Assistant at Visitation for one year in grades 1 and 2.
  • This is my first year as a Teacher’s Assistant in Visitation’s PK and my 5th year working at VCSA.
Certifications:
  • Child Care Basics Certificate for Washington Child Care
Academic Interests: Interested in pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Development
I am a lifelong Tacoma resident and a Visitation alumna. I attended Visitation from Kindergarten through 8th grade. My three children currently attend Visitation and have been at the school for eight years. Visitation has a special place in my heart!

Mary Hum

Kara Muller

 
Current Position: Grades 1 & 2 Email: mullerk@visitationschool.net Experience/Expertise:
  • I’ve been teaching at Visitation Catholic STEM Academy for 6 years.
  • First and second grade teacher – 7 years.
  • PE teacher – 1 year
  • I am endorsed in Literacy and I love to teach kids how to read.
  • I love to take professional development courses to enhance my teaching. I’ve taken courses on the following subjects: Stem, ADHD, Writing, Project Based L
  • I was on our Visitation accreditation team in 2012 and assisted in preparing our document.
  • In 2016, I served on an accreditation team at another school.
Degrees:
  • AA from South Puget Sound Community College
  • BA in Elementary Education K-8 and a minor in Literacy from Central Washington University
Certifications:
  • Certified PLTW lead teacher
  • Literacy endorsement
  • K-8 Elementary Teacher
Academic Interests:
  • Reading
  • STEM
  • Writing
If you were to walk past the first and second-grade classroom, you would see students working together in groups, singing educational songs, hands-on learning, living out our Catholic Faith, and learning in all academic fields. Our classroom is bright with bulletin boards, welcoming, stimulating, energized, and a room of students building friendships. I have been teaching at Visitation for the last 6 years and I continue to love our small school community. The families, students, and staff are all very welcoming. This year has been an exciting year because my nephew joined the Visitation team in prekindergarten. It has been fun watching him blossom. Each year I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to teach first and second grade at Visitation Catholic STEM Academy. In my spare time, I am chasing after my curious son, Hudson. He is quite the little stud. My husband and I are first time parents and we have learned a lot! It has been a blast teaching him new things.
Current Position: Grades 5 Email: 

Marianne Floyd

 
Current Position: 5TH - 8TH Math & STEM Email: floydm@visitationschool.net Experience/Expertise:
  • Middle School General Science (Board Certified)
  • Certificated: General Science (5-12), Biology (5-12)
  • Highly Qualified: Middle School Math
Degrees:
  • BS in Biology
  • M.Ed in Education, emphasis in science curriculum and instruction
Academic Interests:
  • Natural Sciences
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Meteorology
  • STEM
This is my ninth year of teaching and my first year at Visitation.

Laura Price

 
Current Position: PreKindergarten Teacher Email: pricel@visitation.net Experience/Expertise:
  • I started adult life in the US Army. I served in the Ordinance Corps as a Heavy wheel Mechanic for 10 years. I was the Non Commissioned Officer in charge of Physical Training, and involved in numerous volunteer activities as the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers President. I loved being a soldier!
  • I was an Extended Care Director for both VCSA and Christ Lutheran Church for a combined 7 years. I really enjoy spending time with and helping Children of all ages.
  • Tutoring
  • Paraeducator
  • Catechism Teacher for VCSA and Sacred Heart
  • CYO coach--My favorite job!
  • Alternate for Ms. Ceci
Degrees:
  • ASE Diesel Mechanic
  • CDA-DANB Certified Dental Assistant
  • Working on my BA in Education
Certifications:
  • ECE Basic STARS Certificate
  • ECE School Age Children Training
  • CPR & First Aid
Academic Interests:
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Physical Fitness/Sports Training
  • Library Science
I have been a Parishioner at Visitation for 15 years. I love my parish family and enjoy volunteering, teaching and practicing my faith. I have been a parent at Visitation Catholic STEM Academy for seven years. Never have I been in a more inviting, loving community than this. All four of our children attend VCSA and learn and grow in leaps and bounds every day! My husband and I, along with our children, have made lifelong friends. I help organize and run parent groups and volunteer in many facets in the school. My first class at VCSA graduates High School this year and I couldn’t be more proud of the young adults I have watched them become.

Cecilia Tun

 
Current Position: Kitchen Administrator/Cook Email: tunc@visitationschool.net Experience/Expertise:
  • Kitchen paperwork
  • Food Preparation
  • All Kitchen Duties

Bihn Dang

 
Current Position: Custodian Email: dangb@visitation.net

Treasure Kenen

Current Position: Librarian Email: kenent@visitation.net

Caroline DeMesa

 

Shannon Higginbotham

Current Position: Physical Education Email: higginbothams@visitation.net

Hope Bales

Current Position : 4th – 8th Grade Band Email : balesh@visitation.net

Heather Liufau

 
Current Position: Bookkeeper Email: liufauh@visitationschool.net Experience/Expertise:
  • Bookkeeper at Visitation for 9 years
Degrees:
  • BA in Accounting from the University of Puget Sound
My family moved to Tacoma when I was in the second grade. I graduated from Visitation School and Bellarmine Prep. All three of my children graduated from Visitation Catholic School. My family and I also attend Visitation Church.

Carol Loughridge

 
Current Position: Office Assistant Email: loughridgec@visitation.net

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