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Samuel Ahlers

Ahlers, Samuel

IEP Teacher

I am so excited to begin my teaching career at Lincoln High School this year as a part of the IEP department! I have recently graduated with a Master of Special Education at the University of Washington- Go Dawgs. I have spent the past 3 years working in SPS, first as an Americorps volunteer with City Year, and then as an IA at both Denny Middle School and Garfield High School. After growing up in a small town in Nebraska, I moved to Seattle in 2012 and love the pacific northwest! I am deeply looking forward to connecting and growing both personally and professionally with the Lincoln community!

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Aikin, Jason

Counseling Secretary
Hussna Ali

Ali, Hussna

World Literature and French Teacher

Hello everyone! This will be my first year at Lincoln and I am thrilled to be teaching French and English. I have a B.A. in French and Psychology, and a M.A. in Teaching from the University of Washington. I am born and raised in Seattle. After my B.A., I lived in France on and off for about four years before deciding to come back home and fulfill a life goal of mine: to give back to the community that raised me. I have lived in Nantes, Paris, and Toulouse, with a majority of my time spent in Paris teaching English to high schoolers. My time teaching in SPS has been primarily at Ingraham High School, with a brief stint at Hamilton International Middle School. This will be my first full year at one school, and I am excited to help my students grow into the best versions of themselves as we engage with the content through the cultural lens that accompanies it.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling, cooking, wine tasting, reading, and the occasional camping trip or hike that is of course obligatory as a Seattle native. Oh and how could I could I forget Soccer! I have worked at Arena Sports (Magnuson/SODO) since I was a teenager, so if I look familiar there is a good chance I have helped you at the front desk or coached soccer to your kids!


Arias, Abel

Spanish Teacher

Personal Message

Hello! I recently joined the World Language Department at Lincoln and I’m very excited to be here. I’ve been teaching Spanish at the high school and university levels for the past 9 years. In addition to teaching language and culture, I hope I can bring some college readiness into my classroom.

I earned my BA with a double-major in Spanish and Sociology from UW, my first MA in Hispanic Studies from UW, and my second MA in Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures from UT Austin. So I’m a Husky at heart but also a Longhorn.

I’m a car enthusiast, I love traveling and experiencing new cultures and food, and I will defend pineapple on pizza any day.

Twinnet Armstead Bowens

Armstead Bowens, Twinnet

Assistant Secretary

Personal Message

Hi my name is Twinnet and I am excited to be joining the Lincoln staff as an assistant secretary. I have one son, like playing sports and enjoy gospel music and other types of music. I also like the outdoors, taking walks, fishing, camping, and fast cars.

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Babington, Katherine

Psychology/Social Science Teacher

I am thrilled to be teaching AP Psychology at Lincoln. I have always loved learning and teaching. During my undergraduate studies, I pursued a B.A. in Biology and Women’s Studies and a minor in Psychology. I earned a medical degree from the University of Washington and completed a residency in Psychiatry. I enjoyed the opportunity to teach medical students and junior physicians over the years and ran a private psychiatric practice for over a decade. Working in Seattle Public Schools as a volunteer and substitute teacher has been rewarding, and I am excited to bring my passion for psychology and my industry experience to the classroom. In my free time, I enjoy being with family and friends, watching movies, and taking long walks with my high energy poodle.

Baker, Lisa

Visual Arts Teacher

I have been teaching visual arts for over 20 years. I teach Drawing and Painting, AP Studio Art and Ceramics at Lincoln. My first three years I taught visual art at a high school in Colorado and I have also worked with middle school students in West Seattle. I have a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University, and my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle University. I have worked as a Teacher Leader at the district level to help develop scope, sequence, and assessments for visual arts focused on State Standards and 21st Century Skills.

I believe a strong arts program; with access for all students, I help facilitate students to discover and enhance their creativity to become contributing members of our ever-changing world. I love teaching. I love working with students, teachers, and parents to foster an art program that encourages a love and respect for the arts that reflects the importance of culture and community. As a community member, parent and arts advocate in the Seattle Public School system I am thrilled to grow and foster a strong art program for Lincoln High School for years to come.

I encourage all of my students to participate and have fun in my hands-on learning environment to “Find the artist within!"

Bangerter, Alyssa

Student Teacher
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Barnes, Haven

PE/Health Teacher
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Becker-Rogers, Alvin Clayton

As a transplant from Florida, I can never get enough of the PNW. I have lived in Seattle for almost three years, and I love hiking, camping, and paddleboarding whenever I can find the chance. I also enjoy live music and live shows. I have always had a passion for teaching but never felt I had the opportunity to pivot careers from hospitality. Over the pandemic, I decided to return to school for my teaching degree. I am halfway through my program and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a focus in Biology. I am thrilled to be at Lincoln High School this year as an IA and look forward to helping students meet their academic goals.

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Bess, Daniel

Science Teacher

Personal Message

I am a born and raised Texan finding some relief from ridiculous temperature and flat topography here in WA; I graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth where I earned a B.S. and ultimately a M.Ed in Secondary Science instruction. I stayed in the Dallas area to teach, and made the move to the Seattle area 3 years ago - I have taught high school science for 12 years in subjects including: Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Earth Space Science. I have taught in traditional settings and more progressive PBL settings, and I have found that I truly value an experience where “WHY we learn this” and "doing something" with our content is at the forefront. In my free time, I have a borderline obsession with ultimate Frisbee and board games. I also enjoy spending weekends with my dog, Brodie, out hiking, camping, running, dog parking… pretty much whatever you can do with a dog – he’ll be there doing it with me. My major goals are to inspire and enable all students to ask relevant questions worth answering, and empower them to find relevant answers because: 1) they are scientifically literate members of society AND/OR 2) they can devise a way to answer these questions through their own resources and problem solving.

Bianchi, Sarah

Occupational Therapist

As a school-based occupational therapist, I am part of the special education team. My role can include helping students build new skills and helping staff implement new accommodations and modifications for students to support sensory needs, school-based self-care and organizational skills, fine and visual motor skills, and pre-vocational skills. I have been an occupational therapist since 2016 and earned my master's and clinical doctorate degrees in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and also lived in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles before ending up in Seattle. When I'm not working, I love traveling, rooting for Bay Area sports teams (go Warriors!), spending as much time as I can outside in or near the water, and hogging other people's dogs while making pros and cons lists about whether or not it's finally time to get my own.

Brent Brakke

Brakke, Brent

Athletic Coordinator/Fitness Teacher

Personal Message

My name is Brent Brakke and I am the new Athletic Director as well as a teacher. I am passionate about impacting and inspiring young minds which I have done in the Federal Way over the past seven years. Most recently I have been a member of the curriculum writing team for mathematics at the district level and an early implementer piloting new curriculum. This has provided me an opportunity to help guide the direction, breadth, and viability of the curriculum for all students. I have primarily taught underserved populations which has given me important insight into a variety of learning styles, student experiences, and unique backgrounds. While teaching I have also coached at the college, high school, and middle school levels with experience coaching boys’ and girls’ teams in five different sports. I played college baseball at the University of Washington and the University of Portland, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and received my Master’s in Teaching at St. Martin’s University. I care deeply about making a difference in the community and lives of young adults. Participating in education and athletics I feel provides me an important and sustainable opportunity to empower and prepare our future leaders at Lincoln High School. I am thrilled to be a part of the community and my door is always open!

Brito, Derrick

Student Teacher - Math
Nicholas Bubb

Bubb, Nicholas

CTE & Health Teacher

Personal Message

I am very excited to be co-opting with the Lincoln High School community and staff. As a first-year educator for Health and Family Medical, I am eager to integrate my experience with my team and students. As a former I.C.U Nurse and Nurse Manager, I have over 10 years of industry experience as a health care provider. My medical journey started in the US Army, as a combat line/flight medic. I spent 26 months deployed, to Taji, Iraq in 2006, & Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2009. These experiences gave me an opportunity to work in a multi-national community of health care providers.

I also specialize in professional audio production and visual editing for film. I completed my didactic education at The Art Institute of Seattle for Audio Production Engineering. Professionally, my skillset has been utilized for audio for television and radio, music production, corporate presentation media, and short documentary films.

Building mentors and future industry leaders is an honor. I believe integrity is the benchmark for any educator. I stand committed to ensuring that the students of Lincoln are provided a strong role model to emulate. In my experience, the most effective way to teach young students is by facilitating small groups, designing hybrid hands-on training aids, and implementing an adaptive training model. Although effective, it will never replace meeting students where they are and providing them a pathway to success. I look forward to growing together and being part of the Lynx family.

Campbell, Cory

History Teacher

Cory Campbell hated history class in high school. It was only as a young adult in college that he learned  that history is more than boring facts and dates, that it is an account of what happened, constructed by historians through analyzing and evaluating evidence, and it’s super interesting and important.

Over the past 18 years, Cory has taught English as a foreign language in Madagascar, preschool in Ballard, and High School Social Studies at Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, WA.  He endeavors to help students see how history shaped their identity and empower them to make the world a more just and joyful place. Cory enjoys playing and watching soccer (Go Sounders! Come on You Spurs!), reading, and listening to and playing music. In another life he would have been a composer.

Emma Campbell

Campbell, Emma

Language Arts Teacher

My name is Emma Campbell (she/her). I am so excited to start another fantastic year here at Lincoln High School working in the Language Arts department. I joined Seattle Public Schools in 2019 after teaching Language Arts for 4 years in Phoenix, AZ. I earned my BA in English from the University of California at Davis, and have been actively working in educational settings ever since. I have been in education for 10+ years, and worked in many different educational capacities in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Washington. I hope to bring a little experience from each different role to the classroom in order to help all students find success!

I love reading, and I love a good book club where the discussions are robust and the snacks are plentiful. My husband Kyle and I love to hike, camp, and backpack with our dog, Luigi. We also love exploring bookstores, trying new restaurants, and rooting on the Sounders with fellow fans. If weekends don’t find us adventuring out on the road, we can usually be found rewatching favorite TV shows on the couch with our cat, Mortimer.

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Cassidy, Kathryn

Social Studies Teacher

My name is Katie Cassidy and I am a member of the social studies department at LHS. I am passionate about creating relevant social studies curriculum for civically engaged young people. Originally from the east coast, I graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in Social Studies Education, a B.A. in History, and a B.A. in Spanish. Currently I am finishing my capstone to complete my M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from City University. I have been an SPS teacher since 2018 at Jane Addams Middle School and cannot wait to work with high schoolers. In my free time you can find me rollerblading, crocheting, and playing saxophone (not all at the same time…) Let’s have a great year! Go Lynx!

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Castro, Veronica

School Nurse