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 Cifu 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. She supports that effort here as the principal at St. Al’s and as an adjunct professor for Seattle Pacific University’s teaching certification programs.In her spare time she likes to cheer on the Mariners, paint in her art studio, play her ukulele, and read as many books as she can.
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.
Nicola is new to St. Al’s this year and is excited to be a part of this wonderful school community. She is in her second year of teaching preschool, and particularly enjoys teaching children aged 3-5. Nicola has been working with children in various settings for the past five years. She spent the past few years living in New Hampshire and during this time obtained her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern New Hampshire University. Nicola was born in England but has lived in the Seattle area most of her life. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new areas, spending time with family and friends, and being by the water as much as possible.
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.
Megan has been teaching at St. Alphonsus School since 2015. She is a Seattle native, growing up attending St. John School and Bishop Blanchet High School in the Seattle area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities for Teaching degree as well as a Master in Teaching degree from Seattle University. Megan is passionate about education and enjoys bringing fun and exciting learning opportunities to her students. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband, Derek, family and friends, reading, traveling and spending time outdoors here in the PNW. Megan also enjoys helping youth grow closer to Christ through her role as Life Teen Youth Minister at St. Alphonsus Parish.
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.
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.
Paul Swanson is a Seattle native and has been a teacher for 13 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 has two grown sons and four grandchildren.
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.
Jamie Walker is a recent addition to St. Alphonsus School and 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
John was hired as the Facilities Supervisor at St. Alphonsus in 2013. He has been a lifelong member of our parish, attending St. Alphonsus Parish School, O’Dea High School, and then the University of Washington.