Edward Palermo

Coming to us from the Miami, FL area, Mr. Palermo joined the St. Alphonsus staff in 2021. He 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 and shares that passion with the students. Mr. Palermo teaches several middle school math classes including Geometry. He also teaches a Coding enrichment class each trimester.


James Tiffany

Mr. Tiffany graduated from UC Davis with degrees in History and Political Science and has an MA in Political Science. Mr. Tiffany taught high school in San Diego for ten years before moving to Boston for his wife’s residency program, where he focused on raising his two kids. His family moved to Seattle in 2015, where he has taught middle and high school in Shoreline and Edmonds before landing at St. Alphonsus. He loves to travel and spend time with his kids in his spare time.


Jennie Bender

Jennie has been a parent and parishioner at St. Alphonsus since relocating to the Ballard area from Southern Indiana. She has five children who have graduated from or are currently attending St. Alphonsus Parish School. Jennie received her BA degrees in Political Science and Religious Studies, and a Law Degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She obtained her Master’s 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.

Robert Marsh

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.