Our Faculty

Middle School Faculty

BETSY BRIARDY
MS Dean of Students, 6th Leadership


“The work I am most proud of would be a steady stream of daily victories helping girls navigate the emotional ups and downs of relationships. It would involve learning how to craft messages and say things in a way that can be heard.”

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PALMIRA "PALIE" CANTU
6th, 7th and 8th Math, 8th Computer Programming, 5th Creativity Lab

"I love working with the girls I teach and their parents. I love teaching girls of varying mathematical confidence and ability. I celebrate that Forest Ridge is a school that welcomes students of many faiths, many cultures and backgrounds."

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SARAH ELLISON
Librarian
MAUREEN GARDNER
5th and 6th Writing Lab, 7th English, 7th Religion


“As a teacher, my goal is to make more transparent for students the process of reading deeply and the work of writing.  I want students to leave my classroom feeling empowered with a sense of belonging and self-knowledge.”  


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PARI (PARIVASH) GOFF
7th Team, 5th, 6th, 7th Math
KATHI HAND
Middle School Dean of Academics
SARA KONEK
7th Team Leader, 7th Science


“I love learning! Teaching helps me continue to learn new things about myself and the world around me every day, and it allows me to share that with others.”

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ANNIE KONING
Middle School Athletic Director
“Play is important. Kids today are often too over-programmed and don't have the time to play. And many never learned how. I like to encourage 'play' in my PE classes.”

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KARI ANN LEVIN
7th Team, 7th and 8th Japanese, 7th Graphic Design, 8th Video Production

“I am working to be a better example to our goals by nurturing my WHOLE self through fitness as well as intellectual pursuits.”

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SHELLEY LEVIN
6th Team, 6th Science, 6th Math, 6th Computer Science, 5th Creativity Lab, "The Shop" Coordinator
ELIZABETH MATLICK
7th and 8th Writing

“I love to learn myself and I also love the variety that comes with teaching. I love constantly working on solving the problem of how to best teach a challenging skill like writing.”

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JENNY MCGOVERN
7th and 8th French, 7th Religion

"At Forest Ridge, we teachers get to be learners as well. We are always encouraged to try out a new idea or to take a risk, and we have great support for professional development. I also am always touched by the way students thank their teachers at the end of a class. The atmosphere of gratitude and respect makes our community special."

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ALISON MOHRBACHER
8th Team, 8th English, 8th Literary Magazine


“At Forest Ridge, we realize that to learn together and live in community, we should be able to find joy in our everyday interactions and that joy guides our classroom experiences and allows us to both revel in our successes and learn from our struggles.”

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MOLLY MULLER
8th Team, 8th Social Studies, MS Instructional Support
ANNIE NI
7th Mandarin
DR. CARMEN PATRICIA OQUENDO HERAUD
8th Team, 7th and 8th Spanish

 
“I love to teach and enjoy working with adolescents.”

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GINNY SCHREIBER
6th and 7th Drama, MS After School Drama
ALISON W. SEATON
MS/HS Choir Director, 5th Communications Lab, 8th Public Speaking

“As a performer, I am really proud of my work with Seattle Experimental Opera Company in the 90's. As a teacher, I am proud of the development of the music program here at Forest Ridge.”

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BRIGIDA SWANSON
5th Team, 5th-8th Art, 5th Communications Lab, 6th Leadership

 
“I … look towards the future--to think about how I can tweak and improve the art curriculum each year to bring it to an ever more professional level of art-making.”

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CHRISTINE SWEET
5th Humanities, 8th PE, Instructional Support, Club
CATHIE TRAVIS
8th Team, 7th and 8th Math

 
“What do I love about Forest Ridge? The community, students and their enthusiasm for learning.”

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AMANDA "MANDY" UNDERHILL
5th Team Leader, 5th Humanities, 7th Ceramics


“I became a teacher because I love being in relationship with families as they grow and change. I feed off the energy that I get from the students during a great lesson - whether the kids are experiencing clay for the first time, setting reading and writing goals, or learning to collaborate with their peers as they work toward a final project in social studies.”

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DIANA VANIOTIS
MS Instructional Support

“I love coaching girls in a one-on-one setting and watching them grow in their confidence and self-advocacy skills.”

PATRICIA WALTNER
8th Team, 8th Religion/Community Service, 7th Religion, 6th Latin


"I love my job at Forest Ridge because “I have the opportunity to see our students grow and change through community service.”

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CHRISTINE WITCHER
5th and 8th Science, 5th Creativity Lab, 6th Computer Programming, "The Shop" Coordinator

“Teaching is a unique profession that allows a person to pursue new passions and share the resultant learning with others. By teaching, I get to impact the world by helping to educate our future leaders.”

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ELIZABETH YANDL
7th Team, 7th Social Studies, 7th Religion


"I love coming to school each day! I have a great team and truly enjoy everything I get to teach."
MATTHEW ZAHLER
Campus Minister, 7th Religion

"I love the all-girls environment, students want to learn, to be in leadership positions."
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