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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.

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.

Wyn Pottinger-Levy

Pottinger-Levy, Wyn

Career Connected Learning Specialist

I'm so very excited and elated to teach at Lincoln! My goal is to share my love of design-thinking and skill-building with students, as well as the joys of finding career opportunities and building pathways. I'm a Seattle native -- growing up in Bellevue, with lots of time in Wallingford, West Seattle, Magnolia, and Queen Anne. I graduated from UW with a degree in advertising. My professional life started at Nordstrom (during high school and college), then as an art director for many really cool Seattle advertising agencies, as a creative director, a freelance illustrator and designer. My journey brought me to teaching, beginning at The Center School in 2001, as part of the original design team. I like to share time with my husband, three adult children (when they're not too busy living their own best lives!), and our dog, Woody.

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.

Andrew Reder

Reder, Andrew

IEP Instructional Assistant
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Reed, Curtis

Business Teacher, DECA Advisor

Hey, it's Mr. Reed, your business teacher! I am always excited to help students explore the world of business and how it fits into a wider world. In addition to being a teacher I've also owned several businesses. Currently I own a mobile bike shop! My previous teaching experience includes many wonderful years teaching IB 20th Century History at Rainier Beach HS where I was also the golf and bowling coach. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my wonderful wife and my two children (I have a son and a daughter). We enjoy camping, traveling, and of course riding our bikes! You will probably see me either riding up to school on my bike or in my truck that seems to never die (jinx!). I grew up in Utah and hence have an addiction to endless torment by supporting the Utah Jazz.

Margo Reger

Reger, Margo

Teen Health Center

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Richards, Sara

ELA Teacher

I am excited to join the Lincoln team as part of the Language Arts department. I have spent time teaching ELA in both high school and middle school and it brings me so much joy to help foster a love of reading and writing within my students! I love playing and watching soccer, and I was able to travel to France in 2019 to watch the Women’s National team win the World Cup! I grew up in Southern WA, so my team is the Portland Thorns, even now as a resident of Seattle, I cannot root for the OL Reign when they play the Thorns. However, I can support them against any other team!

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Rivas Ahrens, Caleb

Counselor for Students Last Name Re-Z

Hello! My name is Caleb Rivas Ahrens and I'm excited to be part of the Lincoln counseling team as one of your school counselors. I'm originally from Texas but moved up to Seattle in 2016. I taught high school history for seven years before getting my masters in school counseling from Seattle University. I love to support students and families alike so feel free to drop by or reach out anytime.

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Ruggles, Emily

Spanish Teacher

Hello! I am Emily Ruggles and am so looking forward to joining the Lincoln community as a Spanish teacher! I'm originally from Eugene, Oregon and attended George Fox University where I earned my bachelor's degree in Spanish and enjoyed a semester of study in Sevilla, Spain. After undergrad, I completed my master's degree in Secondary Education at Pacific University. For the past 16 years, I have called Portland, Oregon home and have loved serving the families of the Beaverton School District as a Spanish teacher. Moving this summer to Seattle begins an exciting new chapter in my teaching career, where I can't wait to get to know the Lincoln High School students and families. I am passionate about helping my students to develop Spanish - language proficiency, whether as a first, second or third language, so that they are equipped to connect with the Spanish - speaking community in Seattle and beyond. One of my top priorities is to center student voice in my classroom and school community, as our schools belong to our students. When not teaching, you'll find me enjoying college football and basketball, kayaking, or cooking with friends and family.

Emily Ryan

Ryan, Emily

Nurse - NeighborCare Teen Health Center

Emily originally graduated with a BA in English Literature before returning to school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. She previously worked as a primary care provider at UW in Ballard. Emily is passionate about sexual and reproductive health, mental health, and preventive medicine. She absolutely loves working with adolescents and is excited to be a part of the LHS community. Originally from Minnesota, she lived in the Bay Area for many years before settling in Seattle. She lives in Phinney Ridge with her husband, kids, and two cats. Emily loves cooking, travel, playing with her kids, and curling up with a good novel (and a cat on her lap!)

Ben Sauvage

Sauvage, Ben

PE/Health Teacher

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I have been a teacher for 24 years, 23 of them in Seattle and 1 year in Arizona. PE and math have been my favorite subjects since Kindergarten and that is why I love to teach them. I have 2 boys, ages 10 and 15, and the world's funnest wife. My favorite things to do are golf, watch and play basketball, do anything sporty with my family and run. I have run 38 marathons, including Boston 15 times, and I still race for Club Northwest. I love to teach because I enjoy the youthful energy and silliness of kids.

Claire Scott

Scott, Claire


Hello, Lincoln Lynx! My name is Claire Scott (she/her) and I’ve been your Teacher Librarian at Lincoln since our first year. I became a librarian in 2006, supporting patrons in Berkeley Public Schools, at the Oakland Public Library, and the Seattle Public Library. I adore being back in a public school connecting with readers -- and viewers, talkers, athletes, creators, artists, scientists, writers, and geeks -- about what you love or are critical of. Fannish at the core, my library practice centers on connecting readers with the books and information that will ignite their joy, remembering Kwame Alexander’s wisdom that “pleasure leads to habit, and habit leads to skill.” I believe that teens who are fluent in textual, visual, and media literacy will turn the world upside down. Collaborating with teachers to integrate the library into every area of teaching and learning is one of my biggest thrills. I teach future librarian graduate students in the Masters of Library and Information Science program at the UW iSchool, which means that Lincoln Lynx will get to help shape the future of librarianship. Tell me what you think new librarians should know, make, and read! Since 2015, I’ve also been found at Geek Girl Con and Emerald City Comic Con as a panelist or coordinating the annual Collaborative Pop-Up Library with public, school, and academic librarians from around the PNW. I live in North Seattle with my partner and a lot of geeky media. Come visit me in the library and tell me what I should be reading or viewing!

Rachel Shine

Shine, Rachel

ELA Teacher

Hey there, Lynx! Here, in 2022, I am joining you from the 6th and 7th grade ELA experience at Catharine Blaine K8, but I got my Masters of Teaching in high school in 2011 and am too excited to return. As an educator (and human), my passions are equity, creativity, and community, passions which were fomented when I lived in Chicago. I carried those passions through cofounding the Race and Equity initiative at Catharine Blaine, and continue to weave into my everyday teaching practices, and though I have lots of experience there, I always welcome constructive and kind feedback. In my free time, I dabble in tarot reading, thrifting, and working on the home I purchased in December 2021. As an introvert, I take a lot of comfort in quiet days at home, but I do enjoy going to shows, museums, and on camping adventures.

Michael Snyder

Snyder, Michael

CTE Teacher

Personal Message

I grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, attended the Northern Arizona School of Business, then moved to the Netherlands to attend the Hogeschool Haarlem School of International Business and soon after started a bicycle taxi business with my brother Erik while living out of a tent in Valdez, Alaska. The bicycle taxi business was sold after 1 summer, and I then moved to New York, and worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as a trader for the following 3 years. The imminent move toward automation prompted me to pursue another passion in Teaching. I attended Western Washington University for two years, getting my teaching degree, and taught 5th grade for several years in Snohomsh, ultimately settling in Seattle to teach high school CTE. I am an avid skier in the winter, and I enjoy boating in the summer, hunting for edible mushrooms in the fall, and though I don’t much like it, a lot of house remodeling all the time…

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So, Karen

English Language Arts Teacher

Hello Lincoln community! I am excited to work with you this year. Before this, I taught at Roosevelt High School and student-taught English and English Language Learning at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, WA. I earned an MA in Teaching, a BA in English Literature for Secondary Education, and a minor in Education and Social Justice from Western Washington University. Outside of school, my fiancé and I are hiking, kayaking, cooking, and reading with our cats Mochi and Churro. My goal is to co-create a classroom with students that feels welcoming, creative, and authentic.

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Stantcheva, Silvia

IEP Teacher

Hello! I recently joined the staff here at Lincoln High School from the Denver Public Schools. I lived in Denver for 7 years where I discovered my love for teaching and gained a MA in Special Education and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners. Previously, I lived in Boston where I received a BS from Emerson College. I mostly grew up in New Jersey, but am originally from Bulgaria and love to spend time there in the summer. I love to travel, cook, dance, paint, play pool, and beat people at cards and board games. I am very excited to get to know all the staff and students here and have a great year!

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Storer, Wayne

English Language Arts Teacher

I am entering my 15th year as an English teacher, and my 2nd at Lincoln.   I earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts (Sociology) from the University of Puget Sound (1996), a M.A. in Liberal Studies (Gender, Subculture, and Identity) from New York University (1998), and a Ed.M. in Education (Secondary English) from Washington State University-Vancouver (2003). My favorite things are my son, William, and my daughter, Margaret. My passions include: running, music, literature, and film. Someday, we would like to live in Western Europe (France, Norway, England, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Ireland, etc.).