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Jen Fox

Fox, Jen

Science Teacher

Personal Message

My name is Jen Fox and I am thrilled to join the Lincoln HS Design Team. I want to help shape a school that empowers students to become thoughtful, creative and individual contributors to both our local and global communities. To accomplish this, Lincoln will require a robust science program to support all learners to achieve their goals. I have been a science educator with Seattle Public Schools for 18 years. During this time, I have worked as a middle and high school science teacher as well as a high school science instructional coach. Currently, I teach high school biology to 8th grade students at Hamilton International Middle School. I serve on both the SPS High School and Middle School Science Alignment Teams, Hamilton Science Department Chair and member of the SPS High School Biology Collaborations. I believe students learn science best when given a chance to work collaboratively through scientific investigations, analyze data and discuss their ideas to explain scientific concepts.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, graduated with B.S from University of Washington, M.Ed from Western Washington University and have been a Nationally Board Certified Teacher since 2007. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, including two school-aged children in Seattle Public Schools.

Jonathan Fox

Fox, Jonathan

Language Arts Teacher

Personal Message

Jonathan Fox has been teaching English language arts at Lincoln since 2019. Before that, he taught at Jane Addams Middle School and student-taught at Rainier Beach High School and Cleveland High School.

A creative writing and literature major in college, and a freelance writer and editor after graduating, Mr. Fox comes to the classroom with a dual appreciation of the joy and utility of artful, lucid writing and close, thoughtful reading.

Victoria Greenbaum

Greenbaum, Victoria

Orchestra Director

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Vicky Greenbaum looks forward to working with Lincoln orchestras. She enjoys conducting all kinds of orchestral musicians. Vicky happily conducted the Washington Middle School orchestras for a year, and she guest conducted at Garfield, Roosevelt, Ballard and Jane Addams the year before that. In California, she spent 22 years directing high school musicians in the Menlo Orchestra and Chamber Music program, in addition to the Art of Sound Summer Brass Institute, where she loved collaborating with members of the San Francisco Symphony and other important orchestras to educate talented young brass players. Vicky has conducted opera, musicals, and orchestras in schools in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Since her 1985 debut in Berkeley, when she accidentally ended up conducting Handel's Messiah with Berkeley Chorus, she has been invited to conduct a number of other orchestras, on purpose. As a professional violinist, she worked in Los Angeles, Houston and New York after studies with Robert Lipsett of CSU Northridge and Sally Thomas of the Juilliard School. But she never forgets her start in 7th grade beginning orchestra, where she tried Mr. Greco's patience by zoning out in the back of the violin section, being out of tune, in the wrong measure, and trying to play all the melodies by ear.

Grossi, Azure

Assistant Principal & 504 Building Coordinator
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Ham, Jennifer

Math Teacher

My name is Jennifer Ham and I am excited to be teaching math at Lincoln High School. I graduated from the University of Washington in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Math and a Minor in Scandinavian Studies. I taught Math in the Marysville School District for 7.5 years at Marysville Pilchuck and Tulalip Heritage High School. We did some amazing work with Expeditionary Learning and Project based learning and I am excited to be involved in Lincoln as we establish as a Project Based learning High School. For the last 8 years, I took some time off to take care of my son. During this time, we moved to Seattle, renovated a house, and had many adventures as a family. Outside of school, my family loves to explore Seattle including live music, theater, and wonderful restaurants. We also love to travel. Some of my favorite trips have been Norway, Italy, and the Philippines. I look forward to crossing more places off my bucket list soon!

Kate Hanigan

Hanigan, Kate

IEP Teacher

Personal Message

I began my teaching career in the East Bay of San Francisco while attending the teacher credential program at Santa Clara University. While working as a high school resource classroom teacher and coaching youth soccer, I continued my education at SCU and completed a Master of Arts in Special Education. I currently hold teaching endorsements in social studies, history, ELL, and special education.

In 2004, my three sons and I moved back to my home town in Southwest Washington where I continued to work as an IEP teacher and case manager. Throughout my teaching career I have been most passionate about supporting students in their individual journeys. I am dedicated to providing all learners with opportunities that guide them to discover their unique strengths and abilities as high school students and as members of their communities. Additionally, I believe teachers should be role models as life-long learners. This belief led me to complete a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Portland before relocating to Seattle in the summer of 2018.

I am looking forward to working with such a great educational community at Lincoln High School.

Somayeh Hashemi Rudmajani

Hashemi Rudmajani, Somayeh

Math Teacher

I am so excited to be part of Lincoln’s great mathematics team. I have a bachelor’s degree in pure mathematics and two master’s degrees in Economic and Teaching. Mathematics has been my lifelong passion. I have been working as a math tutor and a math teacher since I was in high school. Working with students, listening to their stories, learning about their cultures and their interests, helping adolescents to leave school with decent grades, and knowing that they have a future bring a lot of happiness for me. I always revel in sharing learning with a diverse group of students; it helps me to develop my knowledge about the world. Technology and modern life are affecting our intellectual, reasoning, and social skills. Many times, technology thinks for us, and we need to learn and practice problem-solving and decision-making skills in school. My goal is to improve my students’ intellectual and inference abilities to help them with building their mental muscles for reasoning and analyzing.

Katharine Hathaway

Hathaway, Katharine

World Language (Spanish) Teacher

Personal Message I will be joining the Lincoln team in the World Language Department teaching Spanish. I am so excited to help build and create an enthusiastic team of language teachers. Being able to speak a second language is essential for the future of our students, and I truly enjoy helping students get there. I am currently finishing my 7th year in teaching, three years at the high school level here in Seattle at Garfield and Roosevelt, before that I taught at the middle school level in Arizona. I completed my Masters in Education from the University of Arizona in 2011, and from 2007-2009 I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua.

Meredith Hoban

Hoban, Meredith

IEP Teacher/XC Coach

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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)!

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Irvin, Holly

IEP Teacher

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!

Keiko Ishikawa

Ishikawa, Keiko

Japanese Teacher

Personal Message

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!

Mizani James-McDaniel

James-McDaniel, Mizani

Lincoln HS Cheer Coach

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!

Stephanie Jansson

Jansson, Stephanie

Speech Language Pathologist

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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.

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Jones, Lena

English Language Arts Teacher

I am a teacher because I am lifelong learner, a voracious bookworm, and believe deeply in the power and potential of schools to act as catalysts of community, solidarity, creativity, and love. I studied Child & Adolescent Development, English Literature, and Humanities at San Jose State University while working in the nonprofit education sector. After graduation, I became a certified teacher who has taught English Language Arts and Math at the high school level. In addition to reading, I enjoy cooking, yoga, jazz, and journaling, and I spend most of my time outside of school with my sisters, niblings, and pets!

Kacey Karp

Karp, Kacey

IEP Teacher
Ryan Kastl

Kastl, Ryan

Science Teacher

Personal Message

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.

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Kniseley, Jennifer

Assistant Principal
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Kohno, Taryn

IEP Teacher

Hello Lincoln Lynx! I am super excited to be returning to the high school classroom this year and becoming a member of the Lincoln team. For the past 8 years, I have been a teacher in the hospital school program at Seattle Children’s, working with patients and families who are receiving long-term medical treatment in the Seattle area. In my earlier teaching years, I worked as a Resource Specialist and head field hockey coach at University City High School in San Diego. I am married with two teenage sons and can often be found cheering at soccer games, swim meets, band concerts and drama performances. My other passions include karaoke, walking our very stubborn, but adorable Shiba and Hokkaido Inu dogs, early morning lap swims and attending traveling Broadway performances. I am looking forward to sharing my love of learning and life with the students and families of Lincoln High School!

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Laudick, Michael

History Teacher

My name is Michael Laudick and I will be entering my 4th year of teaching. I am originally from Denver, CO and moved to Seattle with my wife looking for a new life adventure. We absolutely love the PNW and all it offers. When I am not at school I enjoy spending time in the outdoors hiking, camping, and relaxing. I also enjoy cooking, collecting vinyl records, and cheering for my favorite sport teams. I believe that learning the skills that can be cultivated in a social studies classroom are more important now then ever. My students will learn how to use historical knowledge in order to assess the world around them and how current events came to be. My students will also learning how to engage in social discourse, properly research and vet sources, and most importantly gain the skill of empathy for those around them. I am thrilled to be a part of the Lincoln High School family! Go Lynx!

Christie Johnston

Leapai, Christie

IEP Teacher

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.