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Ruth Medsker

Medsker, Ruth


Personal Message

My name is Ruth Medsker and I am privileged to be the planning principal charged with re-opening Lincoln High School (LHS). LHS closed in the spring of 1981 and its reopening marks the first large high school to open in Seattle since 1963! LHS will open in the fall of 2019 after extensive remodeling to meet the needs of today’s learners.

I am excited to be planning and am putting my prior experience to work. I have served in a variety of teaching and administrative roles in Seattle Public Schools, including being both a General Education and Special Education teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Executive Director of Schools, and most recently principal of West Seattle High School. During the 2016-2017 school year in addition to leading West Seattle High School, I was a Principal on Assignment, tasked with engaging staff and the community to re-envision high school and align district high school programs with the new 24 credit graduation requirements enacted by the Washington State Legislature.

I am married and have three children. Two boys and a girl. My boys are out of the house and on their own. My daughter is a sophomore in college studying biology/chemistry and dance. As a family we enjoy traveling, skiing, hiking and spending time at our house on the Hood Canal. My husband and I enjoy remolding our homes and rehabbing interesting things. Currently, we are working on restoring a small vintage Shasta travel trailer.

Aimee Mell

Mell, Aimee

Choir Director, International Performing Arts


  • B.M. Music Education;
  • M.M. Music Composition;
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Music History;
  • Smithsonian World Music Pedagogy Certificate;
She/her Personal Message Choral conductor Aimee Mell has a passion for connecting people, cultures, and ideas through music. Since 2019 she has led the relaunch of choirs at Lincoln High School. In 2013 she started the McClure MS choral program which has grown exponentially. A director of middle and high school choirs for over fifteen years in both public and private schools, she has also worked with select youth and adult community choirs. Her choirs have performed on NW Focus Live at 98.1 Classical King FM, and headlined regional festivals. In 2019, Ms. Mell was selected as one of five American conducting fellows to travel to South Africa through the American Choral Directors Association International Conductors Exchange Program. As a part of the exchanges she worked with college, high school, and community choirs throughout Pretoria and Johannesburg. Community involvement includes serving on boards for: Washington State ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), the Elliott Bay Music Educators Association, and the Tacoma Arts Commission. In 2020, Ms. Mell was appointed to the Seattle Opera Board of Trustees. She enjoys spending time with her husband and Airedale Terrier Khaleesi, exploring the great Northwest, and travelling internationally.

Maggie Montgomery

Montgomery, Maggie

Social Studies Teacher

Hello! My name is Maggie Montgomery and I’m so excited to be teaching at Lincoln. I grew up in Seattle and attended University of Washington- go dawgs! Previously, I taught at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, and overseas in Istanbul. I love to travel and spend time outside with family and friends. At Lincoln I teach social studies, language arts, and coach gymnastics.

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Moody, Mark

CTE Teacher
Ashley Myers

Myers, Ashley

CTE Teacher/Robotics Advisor
Joshua Myers

Myers, Joshua

CTE Teacher

My name is Josh Myers and I have been working in industry as an Electrical Engineer for a little over 20 years now.  The first nine years were at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).  While working at LIGO I also earned my Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University. After earning my Master’s degree I moved to Sequim, WA, to work at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Science Lab.  I worked there until 2014 when I left to start my own company focused on making smart sensors to make it easier for students and hobbyists to integrate sensors into their own projects.  While working on this project I also worked part time for A-M Systems.  In 2016 I joined Leidos to assist with their efforts related to underwater robotics platforms. For the last ten years I have also been a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) mentor.  I was a founding member and one of the lead mentors of FRC team 3826, Sequim Robotics Federation.  When I moved to the Everett area I joined FRC team 2930, Sonic Squirrels, as their Lead Engineering Mentor.  I’m happy and excited to be bringing these experiences with me to Lincoln as I teach courses related to engineering, robotics and mechatronics.

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Nabet, Suzanne

Science & PE Teacher
Johana Nafarin

Nafarin, Johana

Cafeteria Manager
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Nelson, Logan

Science Teacher

Hello! My name is Logan Nelson and I am so excited to be joining the Lincoln learning community this year. I grew up mostly in Illinois and Wisconsin (go Packers!), went to Illinois State University (go 'birds!) and DePaul University (go blue demons!), and taught the last five years in the Chicago suburbs (go hawks!). I teach physics and chemistry and love creating a collaborative, hands-on environment where students feel comfortable asking questions and making mistakes. If you take my class, you can expect thought-provoking demonstrations, fun experiments, and engaging teamwork opportunities. When I'm not in school, I enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, motorcycling, camping, fishing, reading, and checking out all the great things Seattle and the PNW has to offer!”

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Neuschwander, Christina

Activities Coordinator/Social Studies & Leadership Teacher

Personal Message I am very excited to be the Climate and Culture Specialist (also known as Activities Coordinator) for Lincoln High School. I have been a teacher since 2002; first in Texas and then in Renton from 2007-2019. I have been immersed in student leadership since 2011, including working as an ASB advisor, leadership teacher, club supervisor, leadership camp counselor, and serving in various capacities within the Association of Washington Student Leaders. I have a deep passion for equity and one of my greatest joys is working with high school students as partners in the process of creating positive climate and culture within a building. I believe in the power and importance of student voice and building strong, healthy relationships with all people in a school community.

Daniel Noyes

Noyes, Daniel

Social Studies Teacher

Personal Message

Daniel Noyes has logged more than 20 years teaching social studies, ELL and academic writing. Out of all the levels that he has taught, he is particularly endeared to teaching High School, since it is those teenage years that see students emerge as adults, whether they want to or not. It's especially rewarding to see students become aware the world is bigger than their own perspective. He is excited to be at Lincoln, not just because his father graduated there in the 50s, but because starting in a new school means that you can design learning experiences that truly prepare all students to be ready for that all essential political Office of Citizen.

Kayla O'Bryan

O’Bryan, Kayla

Neighborcare Office Manager (Teen Health Center)
Keira O'Hearn

O’Hearn, Keira

Language Arts Teacher

Personal Message

I have a Bachelor of Arts in History/Social Studies and Political Science and a Master of Arts in Teaching, both from Western Washington University. My greatest passion is helping students build the skills they need to effectively participate in and contribute to their communities. I believe every student can be a leader in their community and enact positive change, which is one of the many reasons why I’m so thrilled to be a part of this new, action-oriented school. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors in any capacity, though my favorite pastimes are golfing, running, hiking, camping, and most of all, backpacking. Last summer, I completed the 93-mile Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier, solo, in nine days! When I can’t get outdoors, I love drinking coffee, playing Dungeons and Dragons, watching bad horror movies, and cuddling with my cat.

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O’Neil, Laura

Attendance Specialist

My name is Laura O’Neil and I am the new Attendance Specialist.  I was born in Brooklyn, New York and after living there most of my life, I decided to relocate to North Carolina.  My oldest son gave me the best gift ever and I am now a grandmother of a beautiful one year old baby girl, which is what brought me to Washington.  I am blessed and grateful to have been offered an opportunity to work at Lincoln High School and am looking forward to meeting and working with you all.

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Pacampara, Samantha

Counselor (Student Last Names: Re-Z)

Hello! I am Sam Pacampara (formerly Schuh), and I am so excited to join the Lincoln team as a school counselor! I grew up near Spokane, Washington before attending University of Washington and earning my Bachelors degree in Sociology. I worked in the King County Prosecutors Office as a legal assistant for several years before pursuing my Masters in School Counseling at Seattle University. For the last two years, I worked as a school counselor in Beaverton, Oregon and am thrilled to be back to the city I call home, doing the work that I love. I believe that the role of the school counselor is to promote wellness in the areas of academic success, social/emotional health, and post-secondary readiness as well as working to ensure schools work equitably for all students. Professionally, I’m passionate about healing and connection through group counseling, utilizing restorative practices, and advocating for student voice.

Michelle Pentecost

Pentecost, Michelle

Academic Intervention Specialist

Personal Message

My name is Michelle Pentecost, and I am so excited to be joining the Lincoln team! I grew up in Louisiana, but after graduating from high school I moved to New York City to attend Columbia University, where I majored in English and Education. After college, I taught English at a public high school in the Bronx before moving to Seattle. Most of my career has been spent in Federal Way, where I taught high school English and Theatre for 9 years before moving to the FWPS district office where I served as the facilitator for all K-12 Fine Arts programs (Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Dance). As a teacher, I love when I get to see students have “a ha!” moments when they understand a difficult concept or make real world connections to the materials that we are studying. I believe that strong reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills are essential for all students, regardless of the career paths that they will choose to pursue, and I enjoy working with students who from a diversity of backgrounds and interests. As a resident of the Wallingford neighborhood, I am especially excited to take on the unique project of re-opening a historic school which will have a lasting impact on the place where my family has put down roots. I have a son who has just entered kindergarten at John Stanford and will be a Lincoln Lynx in only 9 short years! When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy reading, cross stitching, and watching terrible sci fi movies.

Michaela Peterson

Peterson, Michaela

Science Teacher

Personal Message

I love teaching science to high school students. They have strong, creative, exciting ideas about our world and science, and I feel especially lucky to have a job where students share their ideas. I learn as much from them as they do from me! I’m especially excited to be part of the team working to grow Lincoln High School. I'm the current Department Head, working with the best science team ever. In my personal life, I am an active SCUBA diver, with an interest in citizen science (which I hope to bring to the Lincoln community.) I yearn for the mountains and the ocean in equal parts, spending much of my summers in Montana, where I grew up. I live in general harmony in North Seattle with my husband, two kids (one in high school and one in college), and two cats.

Darryl Puri

Puri, Darryl

Math Teacher


Hi, I am Darryl Puri. I grew up in Woodinville, Washington and went to the University of Washington where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and minored in Math. Next, I received my Masters in Teaching Math and Science from Seattle Pacific University. As a student teacher at Roosevelt High School, I met many students who later transferred to Lincoln for its first year. I was also lucky enough to spend a great deal of time subbing as a math teacher at Lincoln where I met many more wonderful students as well as the fantastic teachers and staff the school has to offer. Now, I am beyond excited to officially join the Lincoln community. Outside of school I like to go to museums, read, cook, spend time with friends and family, and since students like to be clever and ask, yes, I also do math at home for fun. What can I say? I’m a math teacher.

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Ragon, Brittany

Instructional Assistant

As a new IA at Lincoln, I am very excited to work with students, helping them in any way possible, in order to be the best version of themselves that they can be! My passion is encouraging students to overcome challenges and enabling them to grow and thrive in their academics. As someone who has always enjoyed school, my goal is to help others find a love for school and learning as well. Before joining Lincoln High School, I obtained my bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a double major in Psychology and Economics (go Banana Slugs!). I am originally from SoCal and I love going to the beach, riding my moped, walking my dog (Sushi), skiing, playing videogames with my boyfriend, and finding new hole-in-the-wall taco and burrito spots.

Andrew Reder

Reder, Andrew

IEP Instructional Assistant