Rainier Prep’s Founding School Leader Maggie O’Sullivan has served as a teacher, a para-educator, a coach, and a principal in public schools throughout the Seattle area for 20 years. She is inspired by teachers and students who are pushing their limits to stretch for something better for themselves and others. Ms. O'Sullivan works at Rainier Prep because she believes that "what I do matters, so I try to do it well." She has received awards for her leadership from her high school, her college, and her principal program.
When not working, Ms. O'Sullivan likes to be outside to hike, ski, garden, and play with her dog Stella. She spent a year between her two principalships traveling from Guatemala to the tip of South America, mostly by yellow school bus. She would like to learn how to speak several other languages fluently.
Maggie attended Bowdoin College (BA), Wesleyan University (MA), Stanford (MA), and UW (Principal Certification – Danforth).
Director of Operations
Karen Lobos is excited to give back to the community in which she grew up and to share the unique educational opportunities Rainier Prep has to offer with prospective families. As a Cohort II Alumna of Rainier Scholars, a First-Generation graduate of Scripps College, and daughter of Latino immigrants, Ms. Lobos understands first-hand the impact a supportive yet challenging academic community can have in the lives of students who face a number of barriers to achieving higher education. The most inspiring part of her job is working alongside families and teachers to support students in their academic journeys.
When not working, she likes to spending time with family or in nature. She would like to learn more languages!
Karen attended Scripps College (BA) and is currently working on her Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington.
Gisela Mella works at Rainier Prep to give back to the community she grew up in. The most inspiring part of her job is helping parents, and eliminating language barriers so that parents can be part of their students’ education. When not working, she likes traveling, photography, hiking, and exploring Seattle.
She has traveled to Chile and Cuba for service trips, and she would like to learn how speak multiple languages.
Gisela attends Highline College, currently working on her degree in Business Administration.
Nico Andrade works at Rainier Prep to help students have the same opportunities he did when he was younger that they otherwise might not have. The most inspiring part of his job is seeing the students grow and mature throughout their years here to become more confident in themselves and more passionate about their own education. When not working, he enjoys running on his own time as well as in races. He has run 3 marathons as of this year, with plans to run more!
He has recently visited Machu Picchu in Peru with plans to travel more in the future. Previously, he worked with Rainier Scholars as a Student Advisor. He would love to learn how to play the guitar.
Nico attended Union College (BS).
Chief Financial Officer
Joan Hsiao works at Rainier Prep because “acting on our mission to equip all students and families with strong choices in education, and the opportunity to do that with a team of capable and determined staff, makes this a dream job.” The most inspiring part of her job is seeing and interacting with students every single day. When not working, she enjoys family life (husband, two big sons, a daughter, a cat and four ducks), reading, making music, and learning to knit. In addition to being a native Seattle-ite, she has had the good fortune of living in Kenya, Taiwan, Singapore and New York City, as well as visiting Budapest, Vancouver, California, Madagascar, South Africa,Indonesia, China and more.
Over a lengthy professional life, Joan has worked in corporate finance, public finance, public policy, and as a social studies teacher.
Joan earned degrees from Harvard (BA) and Yale (MPPM).
Director of Development
Scott Hicke works at Rainier Prep because he enjoys starting new initiatives and collaborating with smart, dedicated change-agents for meaningful social justice. He is inspired by how the staff, students, and families have created a community school where the emphasis on building students’ confident, powerful voices is so strong. When not working, he loves hiking and exploring mountains, listening to KEXP, and following through on book recommendations.
Previously, he has taught neuroscience, evolution, and aerospace science in DC and Seattle, and he has also worked as a musician, ghostwriter, and curriculum developer when not traveling. He would like to learn how to fly a plane and skydive.
Scott attended Saint Joseph's University (BS), Duke University (MTS), and Fordham University (MA).
5th Grade Science Teacher
Gabie Brosas works at Rainier Prep because of the flexibility and support to give students educational opportunities in a public school setting: “We have a very special school culture which fosters student learning and leadership.” As a science teacher, she loves seeing students get excited by their coursework and making connections between science and their worlds. When not working, she enjoys spending time with family, playing soccer, cooking, and playing board games.
Prior to Rainier Prep, she tutored and mentored students through AVID and City Year. Her wish is for all students to have equitable access to quality education. She feels a strong connection to the Seattle community and is excited that she gets to build her teaching career as a member of the Rainier Prep staff.
Gabie attended Whitman College (BA), and currently attends University of Washington (MIT).
Dean of Instruction
Indi Ekanayake works at Rainier Prep because “it’s one of the few places I have worked where staff and students truly work together to address challenges. I really enjoy coming to school and seeing all that we have built since the school opened.” The most inspiring part of his job is seeing students persist in the face of challenges, whether they are academic, social, or personal. When not working, he likes hanging out with Mrs. E and their dog Effie, fundraising through the Prosocial Supper Club, and cooking, reading, and napping.
His previous teaching and instructional coaching experience was primarily in North Philadelphia, and he brings experience and passion for culturally-responsive teaching and student-centered instruction to Rainier Prep.
Indi attended The Ohio State University (BS) and the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.Ed).
Student Support Specialist
Krystel Ferris works at Rainier Prep because she really loves the culture we've created here: staff collaboration, the mindset we all share of "students first", and how we celebrate student diversity and emphasize being an active member of both school and outside communities. The most inspiring part of her job is watching students discover their leadership abilities and how to take ownership of their learning: “It amazes me how students use their experiences and the skills we teach them to not only voice their ideas and opinions but also find ways to act on them as well.”
When not working, she likes reading, and arts and crafts. Previously, she served in the Americorps program City Year for two years at Highland Park Elementary and was the Art Camp director for Boys and Girls Club in Kirkland. She would like to learn how to use more fine art techniques.
Krystel attended Hofstra University and Wilmington University.
7th Grade Math Teacher
David Fleming works at Rainier Prep because of the students, the family, and staff: “I feel like I am on a team with family and staff to challenge students academically and prepare them to be citizens of the world who can work to solve inequity in our society.” Day in and day out, he sees staff challenging students academically, families advocating for their children, and students rising to a rigorous education. When not working, he loves to play music, read, exercise, spend time with friends and family, and jump in Lake Washington.
He has studied abroad in Vienna, Austria for 5 months and travelled across Europe. Previously, he worked with schools and nonprofits in Walla Walla and the tech sector in Seattle. He would like to learn how to play the violin or cello, or learn to speak Spanish or Somali fluently.
David attended Whitman College (BA) and University of Washington (M.Ed).
5th Grade Language Arts Teacher
Lynnie Kehoe works at Rainier Prep because of the value on rigor and high academic standards: “Teaching at Rainier Prep also allows me to create my own curriculum to meet the unique needs of my students, and to practice teaching methods that I believe are best for young learners.” She is inspired whenever her students are engaged in a thoughtful, lively discussion, and witnessing their thought processes in real time. When not working, she likes reading, watching TV, and spending time with her cat, friends, and family.
She is from New York State, and has driven coast to coast a total of five times! She recently found her passion for teaching reading, writing, and children's literature when she managed a reading tutoring center for elementary students. Someday, she would like to learn how to speak several languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin.
Lynnie attended Allegheny College (BS) and University of Pennsylvania (M.S.Ed).
Dean of Students
Morgan Krieger works at Rainier Prep to be a part of a different option for students and families that provides a supportive and rigorous learning environment based on our community’s needs. The most inspiring part of her job is seeing the small light bulbs of learning that take place each day for each student, and bearing witness to major growth in students over time here. When not working, she enjoys teaching her dog new tricks, cooking, and reading mystery novels.
She grew up in Portland, OR, although her favorite place that she’s lived is Cape Town, South Africa. She began her career teaching 3rd and 4th grade in DC, and then moved to Seattle as Rainier Prep’s founding 5th grade math teacher. She would like to learn how to speak Spanish to communicate with more families at school as well as with her husband’s family.
Morgan attended Colgate University (BA), Trinity University (MA), and Seattle University (SpEd endorsement).
Student Support Specialist
Shauna Larson works at Rainier Prep so that she can be part of a closely-knit, community-based option to traditional public education. “The most inspiring part of being at Rainier Prep is the trust and teamwork developed between the school, families, and students, and being able to support all learners as they achieve their social and scholarly goals.” When not working, she likes going to movies, spending time with family, and watching Seattle sports teams.
Previously, Ms. Larson worked in the office of Diversity and Community and in Global Programs at a local independent school. Ms. Larson is thrilled to be part of the dynamic learning community at Rainier Prep!
Shauna attended Scripps College (BA) and the University of Washington (MSW).
8th Grade Language Arts Teacher
Shakari Lige works at Rainier Prep because “Rainier Prep believes that even as a middle school, students should be preparing and thinking about college. For this reason, I immediately knew Rainier Prep was the perfect fit for me!” The most inspiring part of her job is witnessing the growth and changes that students make over the course of a school year. When not working, she likes watching Netflix and trying out different restaurants.
She has taught five years of middle school (Science & ELA). She would like to learn how to fly an airplane.
Shakari attended Bowling Green State University (BS, M.Ed).
Dean of College Success
Shannon Smith Moe loves working at Rainier Prep because “I collaborate daily with a community of talented educators in our shared goal of improving our craft and offering the best education possible to our students. Our flexibility as a small charter school allows us to work closely with families to quickly adapt to the ever-changing strengths and needs of our students.” The most inspiring part of her job is watching our students develop a strong sense of agency and seeing the meaningful leadership roles they take on in their community and high schools.
When not working, she likes traveling, relaxing, or exploring the outdoors with her young son and husband. Before joining Rainier Prep, Ms. Moe served 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, South America and 6 years teaching Biology and AVID at Federal Way High School. She would like to learn how to play the violin!
Shannon attended University of Washington (BS, BA) and Harvard (M.Ed).
6th Grade Math Teacher
Nora White works at Rainier Prep because growth made in middle school can have a huge impact on outcomes. In her previous work with high school students, she saw students build their success on a strong foundation from middle school. She is constantly inspired by the dedication of both students and staff to the ability to grow and improve: “Just because something isn't working for you one day, it won’t be that way forever. Just because you're doing something well, does not mean you can't make it better. I love working at a place where everyone is seeking to improve themselves.”
She previously spent a semester studying mathematics while living in Budapest, Hungary. As an AmeriCorps Member, she worked with students at Como Park Senior High in St. Paul, MN on college and scholarship applications.
Nora attended Carleton College (BA) and the University of Washington (M.Ed, Spring 2019).
6th Grade Language Arts Teacher
Brie Wattier works at Rainier Prep because of the trust, support, and confidence we have from families to do what's best for their child, and the freedom to create a curriculum that is interesting, thought-provoking, and relevant for students. The most inspiring part of her job is when a student discovers a new interest or passion for something they've never experienced/learned about before. When not working, she likes playing with her kitty, Lucy, scrapbooking, and playing outside (hiking, camping, kayaking).
She lived in London for 3 months, studying Victorian British literature and theatre: “It was absolutely the highlight of my entire college career and I think everyone should be given the opportunity to study abroad in college.” Previously, she worked as an Intervention Specialist for Shoreline School District. She would like to learn how to scuba dive!
Brie attended University of Washington (BA, M.Ed).
6th Grade Science Teacher
Flora Weeks works at Rainier Prep because she is surrounded by staff members and families who care deeply about the futures of our students, and who are willing to work hard every day for their success. The most inspiring part of her job is students who come to class with curiosity, truly wanting to learn. When not working, she likes outdoor activities (hiking, snowboarding, kayaking) and watching Seattle sports teams (Mariners, Seahawks, Storm).
Previously, she was a Math Teacher and Department Head at The Island School, a study-abroad program for high school students in The Bahamas focused on marine science.
Flora attended Middlebury College (BA) and Stanford University (MA), and currently attends the University of Washington.
6th & 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Allison Robbins works at Rainier Prep because of our commitment to meeting the needs of each individual student and family, and the collaborative spirit in pursuit of educational equity and opportunity. The most inspiring part of her job is the mindfulness, drive, and enthusiasm of our students and families. When not working, she likes running, trying out new restaurants, time with friends and family, and watching old movies.
She has lived in Brooklyn, NY; Charlotte, NC; Los Angeles, CA; and Park City, UT. Previously, she taught Social Studies and English-Language Arts at the middle school level in Charlotte and Brooklyn. She would like to learn how to fold a fitted sheet properly.
Allison attended University of Southern California (BA) and the Relay Graduate School of Education (MA).
7th Grade Language Arts Teacher
John Masla works at Rainier Prep because “I am able to constantly learn, work with people I respect to solve problems and overcome challenges, and be part of a caring community.” Seeing students put in hard work that leads to incredible growth, both personally and academically, is the most inspiring part of his job. When not working, he likes reading, playing basketball, and cooking.
He previously lived in Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo, and in Rome, Italy. He was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Grant in Malaysia.
John attended Whitman College (BA), and currently attends University of Washington (M.Ed.).
7th Grade Science Teacher
Perry Anderson works at Rainier Prep because our administration, teachers, students, and families all are enthusiastic and committed to an excellent science program. The most inspiring part of her job is seeing students work really creatively and collaboratively in lab. When not working, she likes swimming in lakes, playing soccer, and watching her dog learn new things.
She has previously lived on four continents as well as New Zealand! She taught 4th grade in New York City before moving to India to teach English, then made her way to Seattle for 7th grade science. She would like to learn how to speak all languages.
Perry attended Whitman College (BA) and currently UW (M.Ed).
5th Grade Math Teacher
Renn Gutierrez chooses to work at Rainier Prep because he believes that we are changing outcomes for students in south King County: “Our students are expected to work hard, and the rigor that we set is pretty challenging for a lot of students to meet. However, because of the way we hold kids accountable, they are consistently encouraged to rise to high standards.” The most inspiring part of his job is having students start the year not enjoying math, and ending the year excited to learn more about math in 6th grade.
Previously, he served with City Year Seattle/King County as an AmeriCorps member and as a Program Manager. His number one goal in life is to beat Indika Ekanayake at ping pong.
Renn attended UCLA (BA) and currently attends UW (MIT).
Dinorah Flores works at Rainier Prep to create sustainable change that will impact our communities in a positive way: “My core values align with the vision of Rainier Prep to prepare a path for students to access higher education and become leaders in their communities.” She is inspired getting to know the families that make up our school, since everyone brings something unique that adds to our community in enriching ways. When not working, she enjoys reading, writing poetry, daydreaming, exploring different parks in her neighborhood, and talking with people about interesting or funny topics.
She previously lived in Navajo, NM, where she taught an amazing group of 2nd grade kids. She has also done community advocacy work in South Seattle.
Dinorah attended University of Washington (BA) and the University of New Mexico for graduate coursework.
5th & 7th Physical Education Teacher
Omar Jimenez wants to work at Rainier Prep because it is an inclusive community where all are welcome: “This is a place where students and teachers have the opportunity to share in a learning community and freely express new ideas.” The most inspiring part of his job is being able to see students grow into confident individuals who are learning to enjoy life long fitness. When not working, he likes painting and drawing, and dabbling in photography.
Omar lived in New York City for most of his life before moving to Seattle. Previously, he was the Dean of Student Behavior at Democracy Prep Endurance. He would like to learn how to swim.
Omar attended Long Island University (BS).
Sam Shotwell works at Rainier Prep because this school truly cares and invests in improving outcomes for students. The most inspiring part of her job is being able to witness huge amounts of growth in students after they have only been here for a short while. When not working, she likes video games, reading, playing with her dog Bella, and exploring the natural splendor.
Previously, she worked for two years as a SpEd teacher at an all-boys middle school in Philadelphia. She would like to learn how to fly an airplane.
Sam attended University of Washington (BS) and University of Pennsylvania (MS).
8th Grade Algebra 1 Math Teacher
Taylor Williams works at Rainier Prep because there is strong alignment between vision, practice, and culture here. The most inspiring part of his job is seeing how students rise to the challenge every day. When not working, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, and photography. He is a Midwest native, but he calls the Pacific Northwest home now.
Previously, he has taught math and computer science at several schools around Puget Sound. He would like to learn more about and understand how the brain actually works.
Taylor attended The Ohio State University (BS, MS), and he has earned his National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Mathematics.
6th & 8th Physical Education Teacher
Junho Kim works at Rainier Prep because he believes in the work we do. The most inspiring part of his job is the growth our students make. He is very excited to build a new Physical Education program that is inclusive and rigorous. When not working, he likes cooking and eating delicious healthy food. His favorite place to travel so far has been Mongolia and Poland.
He honorably served in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years. He wants educators to have free education, free testing and free graduate school. He would like to learn how to be a professional chef.
Junho attended Columbia University (BA).
Sam Bassong works at Rainier Prep because of the opportunity to serve bright minds of diverse backgrounds as both an educator and a scientist: ”As a proud lifelong learner, learning from my students is probably the best part of my job.” When not working, he likes exploring and spending time in nature, science outreach, soccer, and playing video games. He was born in Cameroon and lived there before moving to the Las Vegas area, and then to Seattle.
Previously, he was a research assistant. He would like to learn how to play an instrument.
Sam attended Nevada State College (BS). He also attended the University of Nevada Reno and Washington State University.
5th & 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Nicole Snoderly works at Rainier Prep to contribute to high rigor and inquiry-based learning to empower students to form and inform their own opinions. The most inspiring part of her job is to see students grow in knowledge and learn to love history, and watch them see their own progress. When not working, she likes reading, exploring new places, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
She previously lived in Pierre, South Dakota and Nampa, Idaho, and she has traveled to the Philippines and El Salvador to help with underprivileged children. She taught middle school for the last five years in a low-income school in Idaho. She would like to learn how to fly so she could travel whenever she wants.
Nicole attended Boise State University (BA) and Northwest Nazarene University (MA).
Student Support Counselor
Sarah Wheeler works at Rainier Prep because she loves the educational culture here. The most inspiring part of her job is working with students and co-workers. When not working, she likes cooking, traveling, and hanging out with friends.
Previously, Sarah has coached soccer and sailing, and she has since moved to classroom teaching and educational program coordination. She has worked with K-12 students, college students, and adults. She would like to continue to learn new recipes and explore more places.
Sarah attended Cuesta College (AS) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA).
Student Support Counselor
John Rios works at Rainier Prep because of the dynamic and diverse community of staff and students. The most inspiring part of his job is connecting with students in an authentic and meaningful way. When not working, he likes making art, listening to music, and spending time with his son.
In addition to having an extensive portfolio in the Graphic Design industry, Mr. John has also been a mentor, counselor, and art/martial arts instructor--working with at-risk youth, families in crisis, and adults and children with special needs. He was a founding enrichment teacher at KIPP: King Collegiate High School in San Lorenzo California, introducing Visual Art, Design, and Kempo Karate to 9th Grade students. He has lived in Barcelona, and he would like to learn how to play the harmonica.
John attended San Jose State University (BS) and San Francisco State University (MA).
English Language Teacher
Heather McKey works at Rainier Prep because “I want to work at a school with a strong mission that ties to social justice.” The most inspiring part of her job is that the teachers she supports are fantastic educators. When not working, she enjoys time with her children exploring local parks, rivers, beaches, and mountains.
She previously lived in VeraCruz, Mexico on a Fulbright Teacher Exchange. Heather taught middle school English in Prague, Czech Republic, as well as English Language Learners in public and private schools in the Seattle area and in several foreign countries.
Heather attended Princeton University (BA).
Dolores Bernal Ortiz
Dolores Bernal Ortiz is the kitchen manager at Rainier Prep. She enjoys being around students, staff and volunteers in our community. Ms. Dolores is the proud mother of three children - one in middle school, one in high school and one in college. She is a founding family of Rainier Prep and strongly believes in our school’s mission of preparing all students to excel at four- year colleges and to become leaders in their community.
Anna Casey works at Rainier Prep because teachers, administrators, and all staff embody the persona of the “warm demander,” an adult who develops strong relationships with each student while holding them to high expectations. The most inspiring part of her job is seeing student growth and celebrating with students and families as they meet their goals. When not working, she enjoys reading, walking around Green Lake, and playing video games.
She grew up on the foggy coast of California, in a little town with the world’s only Taco Bell that’s right on the beach. Previously, she was a Licensed Nuclear Reactor Operator. She would like to learn enough Spanish to present assessment results to Spanish-speaking parents.
Anna attended Reed College (BA) and UC Berkeley (PhD).
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