Sacred Heart Global Academy
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart are excited to partner through the Sacred Heart Global Academy to offer integrated courses that will provide students with opportunities to learn both synchronously and asynchronously with students and teachers from both schools.
Meet the Faculty
Ms. Brostrom has a passion for developing communities of young writers! She teaches World Literature, Rhetoric & Creative Writing, and Speech at Woodlands, and also moderates the award-winning Woodlands literary club, "Poets & Playwrights." Ms. Brostrom has also worked in the educational publishing world and as a journalist, as well as her former positions as a writing instructor at the University of Baltimore and American University. She is the recipient of many writing awards for her work as a novelist for young readers: her Gilda Joyce mystery series (published under her pen name Jennifer Allison) is available through Penguin Books for Young Readers.
Erika Lorenzana Del Villar teaches social studies and religious studies courses in the high school and middle school at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, WA. Currently, she also serves as the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-Coordinator. As a political scientist and sociologist by training, she is passionate about engaging students in discourses on equity and social justice, political participation, terrorism and political violence, social movements, and human rights.
She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut, where she also received her MA in Sociology and Certificate in Human Rights. Born and raised in Manila, Erika completed her BA in Political Science with a minor in French Studies from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines before moving to the United States to pursue her MA in International Relations at New York University.
Early in her career, she served as a human development operations analyst at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and then later as diplomatic counsellor at the World Bank’s Office of the Special Representative to the United Nations in New York. In that role, she managed global partnerships between the Bank and U.N. agencies and member-countries on issues related to health, HIV/AIDS, education, gender, disability, children and youth, security, and social protection.
She takes pleasure in running, biking with her husband and two daughters, food tripping, listening to NPR, and immersing herself in musicals like the Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton.
Ms. Person has taught and tutored Humanities students in private, public, and international middle and high school settings in Washington State, California, Massachusetts, and Luxembourg. As a certified Mindfulness teacher, Mary also enjoys teaching Mindfulness and Service Learning in her local school communities. Mary loves international travel, realistic fiction, and scenic day hikes with her husband and three daughters.
Mr. Goh joined Woodlands Academy in October 2019. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Singapore Polytechnic and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He worked as a graphic designer, cartographer, and GIS technician, then switched track and started a commercial photography career, first as an assistant, then as a photographer and digital tech. He has worked in the arts in numerous other positions, including set designer, prop master, and art handler. Mr. Goh has exhibited consistently for the past 20 years, both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Strobel became a teacher before she knew she wanted to be one. After graduating college and before graduate school, she accepted a one-year substitute teaching position at Jack Benny middle school. She felt so at home in the classroom and grateful to witness her students’ growing awareness and curiosity that she never considered doing anything else. She most enjoys the warm community at Woodlands, from hearing the girls laughing in the halls on the way to class to seeing faculty and staff sitting and talking together at lunch. Dr. Strobel also celebrates accomplishments of the Mellon Fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh and the U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Dr. Strobel has been with Woodlands Academy since 2019.
Ms. Gould has been a teaching artist in the Snoqualmie Valley for 30 years. She is a graduate of Scripps College with a double degree in Visual Art and Theatre Directing/Design. She completed her teaching credential and MA in Education at Claremont Graduate University.
As a classroom teacher she loves sharing her joy of the arts with K-12 students. Ms. Gould has been teaching at Forest Ridge for three years and loves being a part of the Sacred Heart community. She believes our arts facility and faculty are second to none. Ms. Gould also works for Arts Impact, a Seattle-based company that works to engage students, empower teachers, and close the opportunity gaps through the Arts. In addition to teaching English, Visual Arts and Drama, she is the owner of Terra Nova Pottery Studio, where she teaches young and old the magic of clay.