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STEM ACADEMY

A Diverse & Vibrant Community of Young Learners
Beth Hemphill 6 & 7th Grade Teacher/ Librarian
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Education
BS in Biology, Minor in Psychology, Loyola Marymount; MA Secondary Science Education, Seattle University

Experience
10 Years

Binh Dang Head Custodian
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Education
Saigon College; Licensed Boiler Engineer

Carol Loughridge Office Administration
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Experience
18 years experience, alumni parent, been in the community for over 20 years

Cecilia Tun Kitchen Manager & Cook
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Education
OSPI Kitchen Certification; Food Handlers Permit

Experience
18 Years

Christopher Lyskawa 8th Grade Teacher
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Education
BA History, minor in Educational Studies, Siena College, Albany, NY; Master of Arts in Teaching & Teaching Certification (in progress), University of Portland; Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) program.

Experience
1st Year Teaching

Colleen Lardie-Pardal 2 & 3rd Grade Teacher
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Education
BA Elementary Education, Carroll College, minor in special education; Certifications: WA State Teaching Certificate, PLTW STEM certification

Experience
13 Years

Gabriela Huerta Aide/Recess
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Education
Associate of Arts Degree, Certified Nursing Assistant

Experience
A current parent at Visitation, she has two daughters in the school. Her professional background is primarily in banking which has helped her develop excellent skills in mathematics, professional communication, and handling of personal information which are important skills for a person in education.

Passions/Interests
Miss Huerta believes in the Catholic mission of Visitation and she values the importance of an excellent education

Heather Liufau Bookkeeper
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Education
BA in Accounting, University of Puget Sound

Experience
13 Years

Josefa Torres Aide/Extended Care Manager
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Education
OSPI STARS Certification

Experience
8 Years

Julia Hudac RTI Instructional Coach
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Education
BA, University of Notre Dame; MA Education, University of Notre Dame; WA State Teaching Certification, grades 5-12

Experience
9 Years

Kara Muller 1st Grade Teacher
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Education
AA, South Puget Sound Community College; BA in Elementary Education K-8, minor in Literacy, Central Washington University; Certifications: Certified PLTW Lead Teacher; K-8 Literacy Endorsement; K-8 Elementary Teacher

Experience
10 Years

Karalyn Meyers 4 & 5th Grade Teacher
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Education
BS with honors in Psychology, UW Seattle; MA in Elementary Ed with TELL Endorsement (in progress); PLTW STEM certification, Washington teacher certification

Experience
5 years

Kelli Bostwick PK Aide
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Education
OSPI STARS Certified

Experience
8 Years

Laura Price Pre-K Teacher
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Education
AA, University of Maryland; Certifications: Early Childhood Education, STARS, PLTW STEM certification

Experience
11 Years

Leah Finneseth-Meyers PK-3 Teacher
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Education
BA, Elementary Education & Special Education; MA coursework in Special Education with a focus on immigrants and refugees; WA Teaching Certification (AZ & GA); OSPI STARS Certification; Former Director and Education Coach for elementary & early childhood education, family support work for ECEAP

Experience
13 Years

Madeline Butterfield Kindergarten Teacher
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Classes
Kindergarten

Education
BA, Washington State University; Endorsements: Pk-3 Literacy, Middle School Language Arts; Certifications: PLTW STEM certification, PLTW STEM Gateway certification, STARS; Facilitator for "Roots of Empathy" SEL curriculum; Experience teaching at an "Ashoka Changemaker School"

Marc Nuno Principal
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Education
MA in Education at Loyola Marymount University; BA in Theology at University of Notre Dame; MA in Catholic School Leadership (in progress), University of Notre Dame; Certifications: CA State Teaching Credential (Multi-Subject Grades K-12)

Experience
17 years; 5 years as Principal

Margie Mykland Administrative Assistant
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Education
Bates Vocational (Secretarial, business machines, clerical and bookkeeping) Fort Steilacoom Community College; Interesting fact: Margie's grandfather helped lay the first bricks when Visitation Church was built. Her grandson is a 4th-generation student at Visitation.

Experience
27 years

Marianne Floyd 6 & 7th Grade Teacher
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Education
University of Puget Sound, BS, Biology; University of Washington Tacoma, Master of Education, emphasis in science curriculum and instruction; PLTW STEM certification; national board teacher certification; STARS certified; National Board Certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Early Adolescent Science; PLTW Gateway certification

Experience
11 years teaching

Shannon Higginbotham PE Teacher
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Education
AA, University of Minnesota; AFAA Group Fitness Certification; AFAA Personal Training Certification

Experience
5 Years