Rainier Prep Founding School leader Maggie O’Sullivan has served as a teacher, a para, a coach, and a principal in public schools throughout the Seattle area for over 15 years. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Ms. O’Sullivan also holds a Master’s in Education from Stanford University as well as a Master’s in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. In addition, she is a graduate of the Danforth Leadership Program at the University of Washington.
Early in her career, Ms. O’Sullivan assisted her school’s successful application for the Gates Achievers Scholarship, ensuring 10 years of college funding for low-income students at Foster High School. She also received the Martin Luther King Closing the Achievement Gap award as a principal in Federal Way Public Schools. Her experience working as a teacher at Foster High School and later as a principal in Federal Way inspired her to think differently about what is possible when a group of people commit to changing the odds for all kids.
Ms. Do looks forward to learning and growing with her students every year! A South Seattle native and proud Garfield High School Bulldog, Ms. Do is excited to return “home” after a teaching career in New York City that included working with children in grades 1-8 in public district and charter schools in the South Bronx, Chinatown, and Brooklyn. The daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Ms. Do believes in the power of hope, hard work, and education as a pathway to success.
Ms Do holds a B.A. from Whitman College, M.S. in General and Special Education from the Bank Street College of Education and is currently in the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington.
Director of Operations
Ms. O’Rourke is the founding Director of Operations at Rainier Prep where she started in January 2014. Prior to this, she worked at Success Academies in both school and network operations as the organization grew from 9 to 32 schools. Her roles included opening Success Academies’ first school in Brooklyn, overseeing a number of school teams across three New York City boroughs, and managing a department. Previously, she ran business operations and worked with refugees on family reunification as the Associate Director of Catholic Charities’ Migration and Refugee Services.
Ms. O’Rourke earned her MBA at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester where she served as both a Simon Leadership Follow and Forte Fellow. A graduate of Gonzaga University, Ms. O’Rourke is glad to be back in the northwest and thrilled to be part of a school that seeks to prepare well-rounded students who have the ability to be successful in college, be leaders in their community, and the freedom to select their own path.
Operations and Office Manager
Kamille Dye is happy to be using her varied education and work experiences to contribute to a school that is both community focused and success driven. While her professional work has primarily been in the world of politics, her focus has always been on empowering communities to support future generations. Kamille’s most recent position had her managing the logistics and operations for a multimillion dollar political campaign with 17 offices in the wilds of Alaska.
Kamille received her Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Theatre from the University of Montana in Missoula where she also studied Psychology and Drama Education. Her professional experience includes time managing a childcare center, acting as a community organizer in her home state of Montana and work in Washington as an in-home child care provider. Kamille is excited to be back in Seattle getting to know her new community and helping students plan for their own life’s adventures.
Student and Community Relations Manager
Ms. Lobos is excited to be working and giving back to the community in which she grew up. As a Cohort II Alumna of Rainier Scholars (RS), a First-Generation graduate of Scripps College, and daughter of Latino immigrants, Ms. Lobos understands first-hand the impact of instilling the power of education and hard work in students that face a number of barriers to achieving higher education. Ms. Lobos began working in education as a RS Student Advisor when she was in 10th grade. During her time at Scripps College, Ms.Lobos interned and organized with various labor and immigrant rights organizations.
Upon graduating, Ms. Lobos received two awards (Davis Project for Peace Prize and Napier Fellowship) to create a summer program centered around Food Justice and a community garden in a low-income/food-desert area in Pasco, WA. Ms. Lobos most recently worked with high school students at risk of dropping out and encouraged them to work hard towards their high school diploma and beyond. Ms. Lobos is excited to be back home and to share with prospective families the unique educational opportunities Rainier Prep has to offer.
Ms. Mella was born and raised in the South Seattle area. She is currently attending Northwest University, where she is working towards her Bachelors in Organizational Management. Ms. Mella is excited to officially join the Rainier Prep team and looks forward to growing alongside the Rainier Prep Community.
Learning Specialist, Special Education Coordinator
Mrs. Bench has taught special education in a variety of settings in Tennessee and California for four years. She graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in International Health and African studies and lived in South Africa before returning to the states to pursue teaching.
She received a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Belmont University and a Masters of Education in Learning Sciences from University of Washington. Mrs Bench is so excited to be back home in Seattle working with such amazing school staff, students, and families.
5th Grade Inquiry Teacher
Ms. Brosas joins the Rainier Prep team after completing a year of service with City Year in Seattle’s nearby South Park neighborhood. She served at Concord International Elementary School, primarily tutoring and mentoring fifth graders. Prior to City Year, Ms. Brosas attended Whitman College where she majored in Race and Ethnic Studies. A Seattle native, Ms Brosas is excited to join the Rainier Prep community to learn alongside her students and fellow staff.
5th Grade Science
Mr. Ekanayake (Mr. E for short) is a happy new arrival in the Pacific Northwest. His previous teaching and instructional coaching experience was primarily in North Philadelphia, and he brings experience and passion for culturally responsive teaching and inquiry-based science instruction to Rainier Prep. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Health Management and from the University of Pennsylvania with a MS in Education. Mr. E is excited to work alongside passionate, intelligent, and dedicated colleagues in pursuit of the best possible educational outcomes for our students.
Student Support Specialist
Ms. Ferris is originally from New Jersey and moved to Seattle two years ago. For the past two years she was serving with City Year, an Americorps program, where she worked with 4th graders at Highland Park Elementary in West Seattle. She attended Hofstra University in New York where she studied elementary education and plans on continuing her path to a degree this year. She is extremely excited to join the Rainier Prep team and work and learn with students who live in her neighborhood!
6th & 7th Grade Inquiry
Mr. Fleming, originally from San Francisco, has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2010. He studied Music and Psychology at Whitman College and was heavily involved in student affairs at Whitman, several music groups on campus, and the local education scene in Walla Walla. After school, he dabbled in the technology scene in Seattle before moving to a full time role as an Associate Teacher at Rainier Prep.
Mr. Fleming is excited to return as the STEM Inquiry teacher for the 2016-2017 school year, in addition to being enrolled as a M.Ed. Candidate at the University of Washington. He is passionate about working to provide opportunities to the students he serves and is thrilled to be a part of the Rainier Prep team!
7th Grade Math
Ms. Franklin, an east coast native, is excited to be out on the west coast and is enjoying all of it’s beauty! Ms. Franklin graduated as a Mathematics and Statistics major from Barnard College and received her Masters in Education from boston University. She has spent the past five years teaching math at a high performing charter school in Boston. She is excited to get to know the incredible faculty, students, and families of Rainier Prep!
6th Grade Humanities
Ms. Goodman is a National Board Certified Teacher who has spent the last eight years working with diverse student populations in California and Seattle. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in English, Honors in Education, and an MA in Secondary English Education. Ms.Goodman has taught courses from World Literature to Mythology to AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination).
Ms. Goodman is excited to return to Rainier Prep and is thrilled to have the opportunity to help students at the middle school level gain the skills they will need for high school and beyond.
6th Grade Science
Mr. Hicke has enjoyed exploring the Pacific Northwest for the last five years. After teaching science in DC, Philadelphia, and Seattle, he’s excited to introduce Inquiry, design thinking, and problem-based learning at Rainier Prep. He has also worked as a ghostwriter, musician, chemistry researcher, hospital aide, mindfulness coach, hurricane relief worker, librarian, grantwriter, neuroscience teacher, ethics professor, and curriculum consultant. He is really looking forward to helping the 5th and 6th grade develop their critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills—and to learning from the creative solutions his students design. He deeply believes these skills will help Rainier Prep students on their pathway to success in their future adventures.
5th Grade Humanities
Ms. Ibarra, originally from Southern California, moved to Seattle to continue her own education. She has, however, stayed to help others pursue their academic goals. During the past three years she has spent her career working in an independent school and at Rainier Scholars. She is very excited for the opportunity to teach 5th Grade Humanities by combining English Language Arts with History (which is her passion).
5th Grade Math
Ms. Krieger is a Pacific Northwest native and is happy to be home after living and working for many years on the East Coast. For the past five years, she has taught in a high-performing charter school in Washington, DC serving a diverse student population. As a teacher in an Expeditionary Learning school, Ms. Krieger brings an inquiry and service-based mind to the classroom. She graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Students and Religion and from Trinity Washington University with a Masters in Teaching. Ms. Krieger is eager to support middle school students in their journey to excellence in academics and leadership.
Student Support Specialist
Coming from a center focusing on Autism clinical services, training and research, Ms. Larson is excited to be back in the school environment. Ms. Larson earned degrees in Psychology and Spanish at Scripps College in Claremont California. After graduation, Ms. Larson returned home to Seattle to work at a local independent school in Global programs and the Office of Diversity and Community. Ms. Larson received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington, and is thrilled to join the dynamic learning community at Rainier Prep this year!
6th Grade Science
Ms. Moe is a National Board Certified teacher who has taught science for 7 years. She loves encouraging her students to think deeply about scientific concepts, ask lots of questions, and build connections to their everyday lives. She started her education career as a Peace Corps Environmental Educator in Paraguay, South America. After Paraguay, she traveled South America for several months before returning home to formally pursue her passion for education. In 2009, Ms. Moe moved back home to with family and spent the next 6 years teaching high school Biology and AVID at Federal Way High School. She’s excited to be back at Rainier Prep and move up with the 7th grade to build on their great work from last year!
7th Grade Humanities
Mr. Oakey taught English to grades seven through ten in the South Bronx and Hell’s Kitchen, New York. He loves middle schoolers above all other grades because they can handle intellectually rigorous material, but they can also take risks and be silly. He is deeply grateful to join Rainier Prep’s nurturing and reflective community.
Student Support Counselor
Apaáu believes in community, respect, and unconditional care. She has a passion for improving the quality of life through service. Before coming to Seneca as a Student Support Counselor, she received her B.A. from the University of Washington in Sociology and American Ethnic Studies and a minor in Anthropology.
Apaáu has worked for non-profit communities in Washington and Hawaií as an Education Specialist and in afterschool programming. When she is not changing the world with Seneca, she enjoys spending time with family, dancing, playing volleyball, traveling, and giving hi-fives. She is excited to be joining the Rainier Prep community full time this year!
5th Grade Inquiry Teacher
Ms. White is thrilled to be back in the Seattle area after spending the past few years living in Minnesota. After graduating from Carleton College with a degree in Mathematics, most recently, Ms. White has been working as an academic coach for high school students in St. Paul who will be first-generation college graduates. She is excited to be able to work with the students, families, and staff at Rainier Prep, who share her belief that education is a pathway to success.
6th and 7th Grade Inquiry, 7th Grade Advisor
Ms. Wattier is a born and raised Seattle native. She grew up on the eastside toward the mountains and then moved to Seattle where she studied Child and Adolescent Psychology and Drama at the University of Washington.
Ms. Wattier is thrilled to return to Rainier Prep and share her passion of art with the 6th and 7th grade students and continue working alongside such a talented staff.
6th Grade Math, 6th Grade Advisor
Ms. Zotz’s recent move to the Seattle area is just one of many recent adventures. She was born and raised in Massachusetts and then headed to Rhode Island for college where she received her degree in Elementary and Special Education. Though an East Coaster at heart, she has spent the past four years teaching 5th graders on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. She is excited to bring her passion for her favorite subject, Math, to the students at Rainier Prep and be a part of the charter school movement alongside a very talented staff.