St. Alphonsus Parish School Seattle Ballard

Faculty and Staff

School Staff

Fr. Richard Klepac, SOLT
Pastor
Fr. Richard arrived at St. Alphonsus July 1, 2017 after serving for 6 years as an Associate Pastor for Holy Redeemer Parish, Detroit.  Prior assignments include SOLT missions in Belize and Phoenix, AZ. He was ordained on the 24th of June 2006 after 4 years of study at the Pontifical College of St. Thomas Aquinas.  He likes most sports but football and golf are among his favorites.  Other hobbies include learning guitar, cooking, reading a good book on spirituality, watching DIY shows or movies that contain thought provoking themes and walking in God’s creation. fr.richard@stalseattle.org 

Mr. Matt Eisenhauer 
Principal
Matt Eisenhauer received the Bachelors of Music Education in 1987 from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where he served as Drum Major of the “Cornhusker” Marching Band. He earned the Masters of Music from Central Washington in 1991, National Board Teacher Certification in 2009, and Washington State Principal Certification in 2011. Matt was a music teacher and band director for 24 years before moving into school administration. He and his wife, Julie, enjoy playing golf together, attending theater and Seattle Mariners and Seahawks games. They live in Bellevue, and have three children in college. principal@stalseattle.org

Mrs. Charleen Sweet 
Administrative Assistant
Charleen brings a wealth of unique experience to St. Alphonsus. Charleen served in the Unites States Army as a helicopter pilot and as an officer in the Aviation and Signal Corps. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from Seattle University. Charleen enjoys outdoor activities such as bike riding, gardening, and traveling and spending time with her family. csweet@stalseattle.org

Mr. John Altenhofen
Facilities Supervisor
John has been a lifelong member of St. Alphonsus Parish. He attended St. Alphonsus Parish School, O’Dea High School, and then the University of Washington. Formerly working at Our Lady of the Lake Parish as an assistant to their Facilities Supervisor, he now enjoys serving the Church by working here at St. Alphonsus Parish.

Mrs. Gail Altenhofen 
Hot Lunch Coordinator
Gail is a long time parishioner, and all five of the Altenhofen children have attended St. Alphonsus.

Teaching Faculty

Ms. Moya Blair
Preschool
Moya has more than a decade of experience in education and joined the teaching staff in 1999 as founder and head Montessori Preschool teacher.  Moya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University and an Early Education Montessori Certificate from the University of Puget Sound.  Moya enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Kristine Bulson
Preschool
Kristine is a Seattle native and parent of two students at St. Alphonsus. She graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelors in Liberal Arts and also has her Montessori Certification. When she is not teaching, Kristine enjoys baking, crafting and spending time with her family. 

Mrs. Shiloh Rodgers-Daly
Preschool

Ms. Natalie Deleon
Director, All Day Preschool

Miss Jennifer Blankenship
Kindergarten
Jennifer has nearly 20 years of experience in education, having joined St. Alphonsus as the Kindergarten teacher in 2000. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Linfield College and a teaching certificate from Western Washington University with endorsements in Preschool – 3rd grade and K-8 Elementary Education. Jennifer is an accomplished walker, having completed several half-marathons and 5-K events. She has also volunteered for the last decade with the Seattle Animal Shelter’s dog-walking program.

Miss Megan Katsandres 
1st Grade
Megan was born and raised here in Seattle, graduating from St. John School and Bishop Blanchet High School. She attended Seattle University and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities for Teaching degree along with a minor in Psychology. Following graduation, she returned to St. John School as an assistant first grade teacher for one year before deciding to go back to Seattle University where she earned a Master in Teaching degree and an endorsement in Elementary Education. Prior to joining the faculty at St. Alphonsus, Megan has experience teaching in a number of public and Catholic schools in the Seattle area, including 1st grade at Loyal Heights Elementary and 4th grade at Assumption-St. Bridget School. In her free time, Megan enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Tricia Cintron
2nd Grade
Tricia has over ten years of experience in education. She has been teaching second grade at St. Alphonsus since 2007. Prior to her work at St. Alphonsus, Tricia was a substitute teacher in the Bellevue and Lake Washington school districts. Tricia has a Master in Education degree, with a focus in reading and writing, from the University of Washington and a teaching certificate in K-8. Tricia enjoys reading, writing, and traveling with her husband.

Mrs. Andrea Connell
3rd Grade
Andrea brings more than a decade of education experience to St. Alphonsus. Prior to joining the teacher staff at St. Alphonsus, Andrea taught Kindergarten and second grade at American Martyrs Parish School in California. While living in Italy for six years, she spent time working as an English tutor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas and holds teaching certificates in Texas and Washington. Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters.

Ms. Claudia Duncan
4th Grade 

Mrs. Mary Johnson
Homeroom 5th/6th Grade Girls 
Language Arts 5th/6th Grade Girls
Social Studies 5th/6th Grade Girls and Boys 
Mary brings significant educational and leadership experience to St. Alphonsus. Prior to joining St. Alphonsus, Mary co-founded and co-directed the Meridian Park School, a school for children with learning disabilities. Mary spent three years teaching at Our Lady of the Lake Parish School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a teaching certificate from Seattle University and a Masters in Education from University of Washington with an emphasis in learning disabilities. Mary has been teaching at St. Alphonsus for over 20 years. Mary enjoys spending time with family and friends and going to the theater.

Mr. Paul Swanson
Homeroom 5th/6th Grade Boys
Science 5th-8th Grades
Paul Swanson is a Seattle native and has been a teacher for 10 years. For the last nine years, Mr.  Swanson has taught Science and Math for the Federal Way School District. Prior to teaching Paul spent most of his career in the fields of Internal Audit and Project Management. Paul is active in Boy Scouts and has two grown sons and one new grandson.

Mr. Nils Dahlgren
Homeroom 7th/8th Grade Girls East
Language Arts 5th/6th Boys & 7th/8th Grade Boys and Girls
Math 6th Grade
Born and raised in Ballard, Nils graduated from St. John School and O’Dea High School before heading off to the University of Portland. After earning a BA in Education, he spent nine years teaching in public schools on the eastside. Nils returned to Catholic schools four years ago with a BA in English. This is his third year at St. Alphonsus as a Math and LA specialist. He is the father of three young boys, and the head coach for the Bishop Blanchet Women’s Soccer program.

Mrs. Barbara Pollock
Homeroom 7th/8th Grade Girls West
Social Studies 7th/8th Grade Girls and Boys
Math 7th Grade
Barbara brings a rich educational experience and perspective to St. Alphonsus. She holds a BA in Culture, Literature and Arts, and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington. Barbara has been teaching at St. Alphonsus for over 15 years. Barbara’s interests are of the historical and literary nature, including the Revolutionary War and Colonial America eras. She is also involved in the Girl Scouts and Young Shakespeare Workshops.

Mr. Brent Stinebrickner
Homeroom 7th/8th Grade Boys
Math 5th & 8th Grades
Brent brings a long history of unique educational experience to St. Alphonsus. Before joining the teaching staff, Brent worked with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Franciscan Volunteers, Notre Dame Volunteer Corps in Oregon, Jamaica, and New Mexico. He taught a variety of subjects in several schools, including schools on Apache and Navajo Indian Reservations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, and a Master in Education degree from Seattle Pacific University. Brent enjoys spending time with his wife Jeanne and their three children.

Mrs. Monica Wisen
Art K-8th
Mrs. Wisen began teaching in 1997 in Maryland after graduating from Mount Saint Mary’s University with a Masters in Elementary Education. She also holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington. She is a product of a Catholic School Education having attended Holy Family Parish School and Eastside Catholic High School.She is fascinated by art, in particular how we interact with art and make it a part of our everyday lives. She has travelled to just about every state, with New York being her favorite. Most of all, she loves spending time outdoors with her four boys and husband, Tony. They love living in Ballard and being members of the St. Alphonsus community.

Mrs. Kathryn Sur
Music Preschool-8th
Katie brings a deep history of music to St. Alphonsus, having once been an opera singer. Katie taught elementary school music and voice at a range of schools in California before coming to St. Alphonsus. She holds a Bachelor of Music from University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Music from The Boston Conservatory. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, Kevin, and young son Tucker.

Miss Michelle Gallagher
Physical Education K-8th
Lunch Recess Supervisor
Michelle is in her second year at St. Alphonsus. Prior to joining our teaching staff, Michelle spent six years teaching high school PE and Health at George Washington Academy in Casablanca, Morocco. Prior to Morocco, she taught PE and Health in the Spokane Public Schools for three years. She has also coached a variety of sports throughout the years. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology and a Master in Teaching degree with a K-12 Fitness and Health endorsement from Whitworth University. Michelle is coach of the Ballard High School JV Women’s Basketball. She enjoys traveling, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.  ​

Miss Krissy Neubeck
Spanish 3rd-8th
Krissy received her undergraduate degree in Spanish and International Relations from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her Masters in Education from Grand Canyon University. While she was an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Valencia, Spain. Studying abroad was a life changing, eye-opening experience for her. She is passionate about the Spanish language and the culture of Spanish speaking countries. Krissy wants to share her own experiences with students to help them appreciate a language and culture different from their own. Her hobbies include basketball and dog walking.  

Mrs. Ruth Foisy
Resource Learning Specialist K-8th
Ruth brings her educational experience to St. Alphonsus Parish School. Previously, she was principal at St. Pius X Catholic School, taught 3rd grade at St. Mark Catholic School, and taught Special Education in the Northshore School District. Ruth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education with endorsements in Elementary Education, Special Education and Psychology from Western Washington University, and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Seattle University. Ruth is a member of St. Mark Parish, enjoys spending time with her husband, Russ, family and friends, snow skiing, and traveling. “I’m excited to be part of the St. Alphonsus School community.”    

Jennie Bender
Library Specialist
Jennie has been a parent and parishioner at St. Alphonsus since relocating to the Ballard area from Southern Indiana. She has five children currently attending St. Alphonsus Parish School. Jennie received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Religious Studies and Law Degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She obtained her Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Washington. While obtaining her degrees in St. Louis, Jennie worked part-time in the campus library. She also taught religious education at St. James for seven years. When she is not sharing her love of reading with the students, Jennie can often be found searching the great Seattle bookstores for new books for the classrooms and library.

Sister Mary Elisabeth Marks, SOLT
Sr. Elisabeth was born and raised in Dallas and has worked with young children since 2004. She studied in Ohio and Austria, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. While in Austria, she traveled widely and developed a love of experiencing new cultures through their language, food, and music. She later had the opportunity to live in Italy for a year, taking classes at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, while preparing for first vows. Sister holds an MEPI certificate (Montessori) and spent seven years serving at a SOLT Montessori preschool in Kansas City before being assigned to Seattle in 2013.

Sister Solanus Casey Danda, SOLT
Sr. Solanus grew up in Indiana just outside of Indianapolis. She has one brother who is serving as a diocesan priest in Indiana. She felt God calling her to religious life when she was 16. She studied Catechesis and Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. After graduating she volunteered on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). She served there for two years as a youth minister and then entered the sisters in 2008. She made her first vows in 2012 and was assigned to St. Alphonsus.