Alumni News & Notes

Summer 2017-2018

Christina Castorena

Christina Castorena, M.Ed., student personnel administration, 1993, served as interim president at Edmonds Community College, where she is vice president of student services.

James Werle

James Werle, BAE, general science-secondary, 1995, recently became executive director of the United States Unified Community Anchor Network program for Internet2, a nonprofit computer networking consortium.

Michele Waddel

Michele Waddel (Principal Cert. '04), was named principal of Evergreen Middle School in Everett.  She previously served as dean of students as well as athletic director while teaching history and English at Lynnwood High School.  She also coached cross country.

Paul Meehan

Paul Meehan, BAE, physical education, 1983, was recently named head men’s soccer coach at Gonzaga University.

Scarlett Kanistanaux

Scarlett Kanistanaux, BAE, art – elementary, 1979, is an artist in Erie, Colorado, who sculpts portraits of nuns and monks of the Buddhist tradition. Her work has been honored at the Colorado Clay Show and the National Sculpture Society and is now represented at Piece Art Gallery in Vail, Colorado.

Spring 2017-2018

Maggie Thorleifson

Jackson High School's robotics team led by Maggie Thorleifson, MEd, Instructional Technology, 1992, placed second in the FIRST Robotics Competition National Championship.

Susan Bartee

Susan Bartee, BA, Human Services, 2014, works as an employment specialist at TRAC Associates in Seattle. She recently shared some thoughts about her experience in the Everett Human Services program with Western Today.

Wally Lis

Wally Lis (Superintendent Endorsement '06), was named superintendent of the Wishkah Valley School District in Aberdeen.  Lis was superintendent for the Quilcene School District for seven years prior.

Winter 2017-2018

Eldred Vidal Vázquez

Eldred Vidal Vázquez, MIT, Secondary Education, 2017, was hired to teach French at Mount Vernon High School. He is a member of the Martinez Fellowship, which supports teachers of color in starting their careers.

McKenzie Thomas DeCoite

McKenzie Thomas DeCoite, BAE, Early Childhood Education P-3, 2012, was named a Teacher of the Year by Catalina Hills School District Foundation in Tucson, Arizona.  DeCoite teaches Pre-K at Valley View ELC. 

Meagan Curran

Meagan Curran, BAE, Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies (Elementary Education), 2016, was featured on the cover of The Bellingham Herald Feb. 7, 2018 in her Promise K classroom at Alderwood Elementary School.

Fall 2017-2018

Jenni Baldwin

Masters in Teaching 2009. Jenni has been teaching Upper School English at The Overlake School in Redmond, Wash. for the past 5 years. She recently earned her National Board Certification.

Spring 2016-2017

Carol DeFeo

Carol DeFeo (2000, teacher certification) is a third-grade teacher at Sand Hill Elementary School in Belfair.

Colt Warren

Colt Warren (2014, B.A., history/social studies; "14, Master in Teaching) recently became a teacher and head wrestling coach for Blaine High School.

George A. Dennis

George A. Dennis (1970, BAE, English; secondary) retired in 2011 after 35 years at Lower Columbia College immersed in teaching, assessment, program management and curriculum development. He received the distinction of faculty emeritus in 2012 and now writes for Fish Alaska magazine and volunteers for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Jess del Bosque

Jess del Bosque (1968, BAE, Spanish - secondary ed), a retired Mount Vernon High School track and field coach and Spanish teacher, recently completed his longtime goal of finishing the Boston Marathon. He ran the New York Marathon in 2014.

Karen McCormich

Karen McCormick (2016, BAE, special education) is a first-grade teacher at Brownsville Elementary School in Bremerton.

Kevin Bryant

Kevin Bryant (1980, B.A., speech communication; 1990, M.Ed., student personnel administration) recently became the athletic director of Redmond School District in Oregon. He is also working on his doctoral degree at the University of Idaho.

Louise Lenahan Wallace

A short story, "The Warning," by Louise Lenahan Wallace (1992, B.A., human services) was included in 2016"s "Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Christmas."

Nate Nehring

Nate Nehring (2016, BAE, general science – secondary) is a science teacher at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville and was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Snohomish County Council, becoming the youngest person ever to sit on that board.

Nicole McTavish

Nicole MacTavish (2002, administrative certificate) was selected to be the assistant superintendent of the Richland School District; she"s currently the assistant superintendent of the Nampa School District in Idaho.

Pam Sinnett

Pam Sinnett (1971, BAE, special education; K-12 elementary, speech; secondary) and Jody Guenser ("74, BAE, special education; K-12 elementary, English ; secondary) will retire in June after more than 30 years of teaching and singing at the Samish School preschool and kindergarten they directed together in Bellingham.

Ray Matlock Smythe

Ray Matlock Smythe (1971, BAE, history; secondary) is retired after 39 years teaching in Washington, Oregon and California. His two books, "Tips to Improve your Retirement Experience" and "Creative Teaching: A Guide to Success in the Classroom," are available on amazon. com.

Rick Bowers

Rick Bowers (1975, BAE, history/ social studies, political science/social studies) a 33-season wrestling coach for Warden High School, was recently inducted in to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Rick Moore

Rick Moore (1982, BAE, physical education; secondary) recently retired from the Hoquiam School District, where he had been a football coach and physical education teacher.