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.
Kathleen Daspit has been an educator for over 15 years in both the private and public sectors. She started her career in education as a preschool teacher in Southern California and most recently taught Social Studies, Language Arts, Art, and Drama to middle school students on Mercer Island. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in history at California Baptist University, her Masters in Teaching at Seattle Pacific University, and will shortly complete her doctorate. Kathleen is passionate about education, using a students first approach with decision making. Her goal is to lead others in becoming lifelong learners.
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.
Carin is joining Mrs. Robinson in our Montessori room as our new Assistant Preschool Teacher. Carin has experience working with multiple ages in a Catholic school setting. She has worked in Montessori preschool classrooms as an aid and has also been a Montessori parent herself, sending her children through Montessori preschool. She is excited to join our team and work alongside Mrs. Robinson as we begin another great year with our Montessori program here at St. Al’s.
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.
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 Home Room for 7/8 Boys, Robotics, Math, and Science. His Science instruction is hands-on, discovery-based Science, in line with the latest science standards.
Jamie Walker is excited to bring her passion for mathematics to her students. She has her bachelor’s from Santa Clara University and her master’s from Stanford University. Prior to teaching she worked as an electrical engineer designing medical imaging equipment. However, her love of teaching started early as she tutored calculus as an undergraduate student. Jamie previously taught math for nine years at St. Pius X School in Mountlake Terrace. She is a member of St. Alphonsus Parish and a lector. Jamie is married and has three children.
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.
Suzie is a local educator who has worked in both public and Catholic schools. She has worked in special education and provided learning support for all types of learners. She has experience with IEPs, 504s, and other types of individual learning plans. She is also well-versed in lesson plan creation and delivery, tracking individual student goals and maintaining high standards for all.
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 JV 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.