Christine Broga joins us as our first grade teacher. Christine has taught elementary school for 14 years at Central Kitsap, Silverwood School and Montessori Country School. She is a certificated teacher with a degree in U.S. History from University of Puget Sound. She has conducted a number of professional development workshops for teachers, including co-teaching at the University of Washington’s Summer Institute in Life Sciences. She was also nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year Award for Creativity in Teaching. Christine is a current and alumni parent who has been a frequent and beloved substitute teacher at The Island School.
Jessica Christianson, our new fourth grade teacher, has 16 years of teaching experience, including nine years at the Little School in Bellevue and a year in public school in the Bronx. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Girls Rock Math, a hands-on camp program for girls in several locations in the Seattle area. The camps have served over 2,500 participants in grades one through six in the past six years. She holds a B.A. in English, a Masters in Education and a Masters in Education in Teacher Leadership in STEM Education. Jessica is excited about the opportunity to return to classroom teaching in an independent school community like ours.
Dana Weir, our new art teacher, has 15 years of teaching experience, including six years of teaching art to grades K through 6 at Swan School in Port Townsend, where she continues to teach part time. Dana has taught art in many settings in Washington and Oregon to a range of ages: elementary, middle and high school students, preschoolers and adults. She is a studio artist who has exhibited her work in Port Townsend galleries, and she has training and experience in Visual Thinking Strategies. She holds a B.A. in Art and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies.
We are delighted to have these fine teachers join our faculty.