My name is Melissa Hertema and I have been working in the education field for 13 years. 2020-21 will be my first year with Lincoln High School and I’m really excited to learn more about the school and community. I grew up in a small town in Michigan and spent the last ten and a half years in Northern Virginia, right outside Washington D.C. My teaching experience ranges from biology, earth science, environmental, A.P. biology, and integrated science for the Global STEM Program at my most recent school. I believe it’s important to embrace a growth mindset from both the educator and student roles. Although I have been teaching for some time, I am always learning new things from my colleagues and students.
I believe that genuine learning takes place when there is value placed on it. Given the world we live in, we are constantly encountering problems that require different ways of solving them. I intend to provide students the opportunities to make meaningful connections that will help them become mindful individuals who are inquisitive thinkers.
IEP Teacher/XC Coachmahoban@seattleschools.org
Hello all! I am excited to be joining the Lincoln HS team this year as an IEP coordinator! I grew up in Boston, MA and earned my B.A. degree in History and Secondary Education from Framingham State University. After graduating, I worked as an Instructional Assistant in a high school for a few years before deciding to go back and pursue a master’s degree in Special Education. I taught high school special education for one year in the Boston area before making a solo move to Seattle. I have been living in Seattle for two years and have taught in the Bellevue School District before joining SPS as a teacher at Hamilton International Middle School. In addition to teaching, I have also worked as a high school and middle school track and field coach. I am super excited to be coaching our cross country team this fall and our track team in the spring! In my free time, I love to run and travel. To combine these hobbies, I have a life goal of completing a race in all 50 states. I also love cooking, eating, reading history books, being outdoors, and watching Tom Brady acquire more rings (GO PATS)!
Hi there! I am Holly Irvin. I grew up in the Seattle area. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in English and Spanish. This past year, I graduated from the University of Washington again for my Masters in Education. I became interested in education when I was young because most of my relatives are teachers! My aunt used to tell students she was an alien and was roughly 597 years old, who came to learn from and teach students about what this world has to offer. I have a great love for traveling and have lived in Spain, Ecuador and Germany. I hope to one day visit Chile and Argentina to see the Patagonia National Park and penguins! I love anything soccer. I love the Seattle Sounders, Reign FC and USWNT. I play soccer a few nights a week in indoor and outdoor leagues. I also play on a kickball team as well! I believe every student brings something wonderful to the table. In my favorite childhood book, Miss Rumphius, the key phrase is: “Do something to make the world more beautiful”. My hope is that the students that enter my classroom become positively contributing members to their communities as they thrive in making the world more beautiful. To whoever is reading this, keep being your awesome self because you’re a gift to this world!
Hajimemashite! I am Keiko Ishikawa. I go by Keiko Sensei. I grew up in Japan and came to the United States when I was 23. After getting my teaching certification, I worked in elementary schools for 13 years (mainly immersion programs). I taught all grades, but Kindergarten during my teaching. I am a little nervous about teaching “older” students. But I am mostly excited to start my new teaching adventure at Lincoln High School!
COVID Coordinator (Robert Eagle Staff MS) and Cheer Coach (Lincoln HS)email@example.com
Personal Message Hello! My name is Mizani James-McDaniel and I am so excited to be the head cheer coach here at Lincoln High School. After taking a break from the coaching world, I’m back and ready to support the spread of the Lynx PRIDE at Lincoln! I cheered both in high school, for Garfield High School, here in Seattle and in college, for Bennett College, in North Carolina. I also served as the assistant coach for Garfield, from 2011 - 2014. When I’m not coaching cheer, I am still passionate about helping people. Outside of cheer, I focus my time and energy on my resume writing business and lifestyle blog. I love traveling, 14 countries and counting, and believe that immersing yourself into another’s culture can help spread empathy for other cultures. I am looking forward to embracing the environment and culture here at Lincoln!
Speech Language Pathologistsbjansson@seattleschools.org
I’m excited to join the Lincoln community as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)! I enjoy working with students on a wide range of communication skills, guiding them to discover strategies and strengths that will help them to communicate clearly, effectively, and authentically. I completed my B.A. in Psychology at Oberlin College in Ohio. After that, I spent a year in Montreal and then several years in Boston working in psychology research and playing the cello in lots of ensembles. I eventually decided to get a degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Emerson College in Boston; this turned out to be the perfect field for me to combine my interests in the brain, linguistics, psychology, and even music as there are some interesting connections between speaking and singing. I started my SLP career in healthcare working with adults who had experienced strokes, traumatic brain injuries, or vocal fold injuries, and then after a few years, happily transitioned to working for the schools. This is my 12th year working for the Seattle Schools, and I have worked at Hamilton International Middle School for the past 9 years. I have two kids in the Seattle Schools, and I feel lucky to call the Pacific NW home. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing my cello, hiking, traveling, and baking sourdough bread.
English Language Arts Teacherjokassel@seattleschools.org
Hello Lincoln family and students! My name is Jo Kassel (she/her/Ms.). I teach History, Health and sometimes English Language Arts. My goal is to help create space for students to be in community with each other as their authentic selves. I’m most excited when I see students tapping into their curiosity, empathy, creativity and critical thinking. I believe that as educators, we have just as much to learn from our students as they do from us. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor adventures of all varieties, mixed martial arts, spending time with my dog and husband, listening to music, reading, and learning about the natural world (birding nerd alert). I also practice ceramics when I can get my hands on some clay and a wheel.
Ryan Kastl is a science instructor who is enthusiastic about problem solving and critical thinking. He is excited to be a part of building a positive and creative culture at Lincoln High School. Ryan is coming to Lincoln with a background in Project Based Learning in both chemistry and physics and has taught primarily under-served populations.
Ryan graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Biochemistry and returned to the UW to obtain his master’s in teaching. Ryan is a National Board (NBCT) teacher and is continuing to improve his teaching pedagogy through peer and student feedback. Ryan has been part of physics and chemistry collaborations between SPS teachers and other community partners to implement science instruction that is beneficial to all learners.
Coach Kastl is also the head coach for both the girls and boys swim teams at Lincoln High. He is coming to Lincoln with 10 years of swim coaching experience as well as coaching experience in golf and AFL. Ryan was a varsity swimmer at the University of Washington for 4 years and was the team captain his senior year. Ryan also was a member of the US National team for Australian Rules Football for 8 years and played in multiple US and International tournaments.
Ryan lives in north Seattle with his wife and 2 young sons. Ryan enjoys spending time with family, camping, hiking, snowboarding, playing sports (golf, footy, soccer, etc.), watching sports, and attending Husky football games.
Hello Lincoln Community! My name is Mary Koleno, and I am an English Language Arts teacher as well as a certified K-12 Reading Specialist. I hold degrees in English Literature, Secondary Education, and Literacy Education. Throughout my time in education, I have enjoyed teaching in innovative settings that challenge both students and teachers to expand their mindsets and develop invaluable life skills. Outside of my journey in teaching, I enjoy taking advantage of the myriad adventures available throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as reading and baking.
Christie has a passion for empowering young people and is grateful for the chance to advocate for Lincoln students alongside her colleagues. Christie graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2004 with a B.A. in English literature and creative writing, and again in 2010 with a M.A. in teaching language arts and reading. In 2013 Christie added her special education endorsement, which she used to continue serving students at Seattle Urban Academy over nine years. Christie lived in Wallingford during some formative years and has many fond memories of the neighborhood. One of her first teaching jobs was at Seattle Evening School, housed in the old Lincoln High School building.
I am excited to join the Lincoln High School team as your Fiscal Specialist. My involvement with Seattle Public Schools began with volunteer positions as the PTSA Treasurer and President at my children's elementary and middle schools. I transitioned into a new career when I accepted the Fiscal Specialist position at Washington Middle School 6 years ago. The change has been rewarding as I really enjoy interacting with and helping the teachers, families and students in the school community. As a bonus, the long breaks in the school schedule provide my family the opportunity to travel overseas or take extended roadtrips across America. On the weekends, you might run into me around town at one of my kids' activities or at the Sounders game. If not, I'm probably hiding in my shop tinkering with old cars.
Counselor, Student Last Names Ei-Knsalim@seattleschools.org
Hello! My name is Sidney Lim (I often go by Sid for short), and I’m excited to be a part of the Lincoln community as a school counselor! I was born and raised right here in Seattle. I attended Western Washington University where I earned my Bachelors degree in Human Services. From there I went on to work in college admissions for different universities, getting to connect with high school students across the Washington. During that time I also went on to Seattle University to earn a Masters in School Counseling. I enjoy supporting students and families in achieving success during their time in high school, and also helping them get prepared for whatever direction they want to go afterwards! Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, traveling, listening to music, playing video games, and watching sports.
I am excited to be a part of the Lincoln High School community. I studied physics and mathematics at the University of Washington, receiving a B.S. and M.S. in physics. As a graduate student I did research with the Physics Education Group, focused on inquiry based learning and iterative instructional improvement. I then taught for 12 years, covering physics, calculus-based physics, and math topics ranging from pre-algebra to AP Calculus and college level applied math. Along the way I completed a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, spending 8 years in administration serving as an education director, elementary principal, and middle school associate principal.
While my family lived in the Seattle area for about 14 years, we had moved to my wife’s hometown in Montana for about 11 years. As careers progressed, we decided to return to Seattle in 2021. Although I have enjoyed all the positions I have held in education, the move presented an opportunity to reflect and focus on what I love most, teaching students. My goal is to help all students become scientifically and mathematically literate, able to use a wide assortment of skills to solve hard problems in ways that are sensitive to our cultural diversity and are ecologically sustainable.
I have a hobby of collecting hobbies, so I have been known to bounce from one thing to another. Some days I may be inside playing video or board games, other days I am camping or cycling. Both of my children are in college, so I have filled their space at home with two English bulldogs, Walter and Henry.
Zachariah earned his bachelor's in music education from the University of Washington. His first teaching position was teaching elementary school music in Singapore from 2012-2014. He is currently the band director at Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School where he has been since 2015.
Zachariah grew up mostly in Fife, Washington, where he attended middle school and high school. Other than music, he is very passionate about health and fitness and spends much of his time cooking and training for powerlifting with his fiancé, Janet. He has an adorable French Bulldog named Arban (Yes; named after the trumpet pedagogue) and they both enjoy going on walks and hanging out at Dogwood Play Park. He continues to play trumpet in several ensembles for enjoyment, including local Seattle rock band, Seacastle.
Hello! I am Rebekkah Madden and I am thrilled to come on board as your Admin Secretary this fall. I have been with the district for eight years, starting out as a parent volunteer and playground monitor right here at Lincoln when it housed an elementary school! I have spent most of my time with SPS in the district central offices and I am looking forward to supporting students, family and staff at the building level. I've been in the beautiful PNW for 14 years now, and grew up in Denver and New York. Working in education is my second career, my first was a classically trained french chef and instructor in culinary schools. In my free time I like to be out on the water with my family, reading or working in my garden, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. I look forward to meeting you all, please stop by the office and say hi!
Counselor (Student Last Names: Ko-Ra)firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Message Aloha! My name is Anthony Malaki and I’m thrilled to be a part of the amazing Lincoln High School Team. I grew up on the beautiful island of Oahu and have set roots here in Seattle after attending WSU, (Go Cougs!). Professionally, I’ve been a counselor in Seattle Schools since 2002. My previous schools have been Meany, Salmon Bay, and most recently Mercer International Middle School. I bring a deep passion for partnering with students, families, and teachers to actualize a student’s hopes and dreams. As a son and father, I’ve come to realize that we are living our ancestors unfulfilled wildest dreams. We owe it to them to live up to our fullest potential. When I’m not at school, you might see me cheering on my son and daughter’s sports teams and musical theatre performances, traveling with my ‘ohana, and rooting on my beloved Seahawks and Cougs.
Hello all! My name is Jeremiah and I am from Spokane, Washington where I’ve developed a love for bicycles, coffee, music, and the outdoors. Before coming to Lincoln High School, I studied Social Work at Eastern Washington University, taught English classes to pre-schoolers in Istanbul, Turkey and then returned to E.W.U. for a Master in Teaching program. For the last four years I have taught English and Social Studies classes at Lakeside Jr. Sr. High School on the ancestral and contemporary lands of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. I am very excited for a Burke-Gilman commute and bikepacking in the Puget Sound region. But mostly, I look forward to conversations and activities in the Social Studies classroom that deepen our understanding of the human world, our place in it, and responsibility to it. I’m eager to meet you all, and as an incoming Lynx and Seattleite, grateful for your camaraderie.
Will McClain has been teaching elementary through high school students for over fifteen years in the greater Seattle area. He has a strong area of focus on mathematics and a passion to helping students achieve success. He was born and raised in Seattle and attended and graduated from Seattle Preparatory High School. He enjoys playing golf, traveling and spending time with family in his free time. He is excited to be a part of the Lincoln High School family and to help students grow academically and find their own strengths and passions.