Faculty & Staff

Margie Mykland

Current Position: Administrative Assistant
Email: myklandm@visitationschool.net
  • August 2017 was my 25th anniversary with VCSA.


  • 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.

Karalyn Meyers

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


Kelli Barrett

Current Position: PreK Aide
Email: barrettk@visitationschool.net
  • Child Care Basics Certificate for Washington Child Care

Visitation has a special place in my heart!  I am a lifelong Tacoma resident, my siblings and I attended Visitation School K through 8th grade. My three children are also proud to be Visitation Vikings.

I have worked at VCSA in the office and classroom for 6 years now and am happy and thankful to be a part of such an amazing community. The PK students bring such energy and joy to everyone at Visitation and I look forward to seeing their smiling faces each day!

Mary Descheenie

Current Position:  Kindergarten

Email: descheeniem@visitationschool.net


  • Kindergarten Teacher
  •  4th Grade Teacher
  •  Middle School Special Ed Language Arts Teacher


  •  BS in Elementary Education


Academic Interests:

  • Reading
  •  Religion
  • STEM


  • K-8 Elementary Teacher
  • Early Childhood Endorsement
  • Reading Specialist Endorsement
  • Middle Grades Language Arts Endorsement
  • Structured English Immersion Endorsement

I grew up here in Washington, and had my First Holy Communion at St. Francis Cabrini in Lakewood. . My teaching experience has been in Arizona for 20 plus years. I came back to Washington to be with my father in his older years.  Previously, I was the Title 1 Reading Teacher here at Visitation before accepting the position to be the kindergarten teacher. I like art, traveling, spending time with my children and family. I love the mountains, the ocean, and the little kindergarten students!

I believe every child can learn in a nurturing environment, where caring and creative teachers guide each student in their own sense of discovery.

Kara Muller

Current Position: Grades 1 & 2
Email: mullerk@visitationschool.net
  • 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.


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


  • 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.

 Madeline Butterfield

Current Position: Grades 5th & 6th
Email: butterfieldm@visitationschool.net

Marianne Floyd

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


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

Academic Interests:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Meteorology
  • STEM
This will be my 10th year teaching and my second year at Visitation.  Prior to teaching at Visitation, I taught for 8 years in the Bethel School District.  I am a Tacoma native and attended Wilson High School and the University of Puget Sound.  I have a bachelors degree in Biology and a Masters in education.  I am endorsed in Biology and General Science, highly qualified in Middle School Math, and National Board Certified in Early Adolescent Science.
My husband and I belong to St. Charles Borromeo parish, which I have attended nearly all my life.  We have three grown children. I love to spend time with my family and friends, work in my yard, almost any outdoor activity, and travel.
I love to teach.  I am delighted to be here.


Laura Price

Current Position: PreKindergarten Teacher
Email: pricel@visitationschool.net
  • 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


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


  • 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
  • Kitchen paperwork
  • Food Preparation
  • All Kitchen Duties

Binh Dang

Current Position: Head Custodian
Contact: School Office 253.474.6424

Shannon Higginbotham



Get ready for a fun filled year.  Her positive attitude and high energy will provide our students with fun sweat-soaked extravaganzas. Shannon has been involved in organized sports and outdoor activities her entire life. She played Division I college softball and continues to play softball at the highest level. Her athletic and coaching background in competitive sports provides her with a broad expertise in working with all types of students. 
In addition to teaching Physical Education to our students, she also teaches group fitness classes. She works with a variety of people focussing on strength and conditioning, cycle, and group fitness classes delivering the most effective and innovative training methods. She has the passion for fitness and the enthusiasm to motivate her students while still having fun. Expect great things!!!!!  
Mrs. H is originally from Minnesota. She has been happily married for 8 years and is the mother of two adorable boys Brock (7) and Darby (14 months). 
Current Position: Physical Education
Email: higginbothams@visitationschool.net

Hope Bales

Current Position: 4th – 8th Grade Band

Email: balesh@bellarmineprep.org

Heather Liufau

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


  • 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@visitationschool.net