Nick Padrnos began his career in Catholic education as a 5th grade teacher on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Most recently he taught high school social studies and theology in Seattle. Nick obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from Gonzaga University, his Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame as part of the Alliance for Catholic Education program, and his Principal Certificate from Seattle University. As an educator, he views the world through the lens of faith and reason and is passionate about helping students find God in all things. Outside of school, Nick enjoys fly fishing, rollerblading, podcasting, reading Lord of the Rings, and hiking 14ers in his native Colorado.
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.
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.
Edal is our Montessori expert on campus. She has experience facilitating and developing lessons based on Montessori principles. She is fully certified as a Montessori teacher. She assists students as they prepare themselves for the academic, social/emotional, and spiritual needs they will have with her in the classroom as well as in their years to come.
Kelsey is our new Preschool Teacher in our Exploratory Room. She is an alumna of St. Alphonsus (2003) and Blanchet High School (2007) and received her B.S. in Family Studies from Central Washington University. She has 4 years of early childhood experience. She worked at Magnolia Whizz Kids Academy where she developed her teaching style. Her background is the Reggio Emilia approach and is based on an emergent curriculum and project approach. She loves teaching for that moment when a child learns something new or finds a moment of understanding and you can see the light in their eye.
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.
Sarah comes to us from San Antonio, moving here with her husband and two young sons. Sarah brings with her a wealth of experience in public school working with a wide variety of learning styles and environments. She has several years of experience planning lessons, developing programs, and collaborating with other teachers/specialists to encourage growth in all students.
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.
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. She currently teaches middle school social studies, language arts, and religion.
Mr. Marsh has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington and Master’s in Teaching from Western Governor’s University with endorsements in Middle School Mathematics, Earth & Space Science, Biology. He is proficient in software programming, has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and played D-I soccer at UW. He currently teaches middle school mathematics, religion, and a STEM elective.
Mrs. Pollack 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. Mrs. Pollack has been teaching at St. Alphonsus for over 15 years. Her 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. Mrs. Pollack currently teaches middle school social studies, language arts, religion, and a drama elective.
Mr. Swanson has been a teacher in the areas of Science and Math for 15 years. Mr. Swanson joined St. Alphonsus four years ago and currently teaches Homeroom for 7/8 Boys, Robotics, Math, and Science. His science instruction is hands-on, discovery-based science, in line with the latest science standards.
Mr. Palermo has a degree in Computer Science from Florida International University and has tutored students in courses from algebra to calculus. He has also taught coding and programming languages like C++, Python, and Java to elementary and middle schoolers. He is passionate about making connections between mathematics and video games. Mr. Palermo co-teaches a STEM elective for our middle school.
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.
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 Varsity Women’s Basketball. She enjoys traveling, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.
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.