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Ridabock, Jared

WL Japanese Teacher
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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.

Robbins, Claire

Counselor - last names Kr-Ra
Jerri Robinson

Robinson, Jerri

Care Coordinator
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!)

Sarangay, Steve

Assistant Principal

I am honored and excited to be joining Lincoln High School! Although I was born and raised in Chicago, my family has made Seattle our home.  I have been in education for the past 15 years serving as a paraeducator, teacher, interventionist at both middle and high school levels.  Most recently I served as a Dean of Students in the Highline Public School District.

My educational journey in the PNW began as a special education teacher in the Bellevue School District.  As I continued my growth in education it led me to the University of Washington and receiving my masters in Educational Leadership.  From there I spent 3 years in the Highline School District as a dean of students. I am thrilled to be here at Lincoln High and I am dedicated to creating a learning community that is accessible and empowering for every student.  My hopes that all Lincoln students feel seen, heard, and loved throughout their journey at LHS and beyond! Go Lynx!

I love spending time with my wife and two kids, all things football (BOTH the Chicago Bears and Seahawks), and have a love for comic books. I look forward to meeting and working with the Lincoln High community!


Ben Sauvage

Sauvage, Ben

PE/Health Teacher

Personal Message

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!

Kimberly Smith

Smith, Kimberly

CTE - Culinary Arts, Baking, Nutrition and Wellness

In September of 2019, I came to SPS to teach in the CTE/FACS department via "industry". Previously I taught post secondary in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts, after an extensive culinary and pastry work history. I LOVE witnessing students learning new skills, challenging themselves and using what they learn outside of the classroom. I am a native to the PNW, I enjoy the outdoors, being on or near the water and mountains, spending time with family and friends. I am married, husband Craig, we have two boys that attended/attend SPS, class of '22 & '24. Our sons enjoy many youth sports, their love is baseball, we enjoy supporting their participation and teams.

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 16th year as an English teacher, and my 3rd 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: music, camping, literature, and film.

Tara Sullivan

Sullivan, Tara

Drama/Math Teacher

Personal Message

Hi, I’m Tara Sullivan and I am so excited to bring theatre to Lincoln. I graduated from the University of Montana, studied at Circle in the Square Theatre School, performed in summer theatres, and acted in two national tours before the opportunity to build a high school drama program presented itself at Timberline High School in Boise, Idaho. In high school I loved theatre, and really wanted to be a teacher that created a theatre program from the ground up.

During my 11 years at Timberline, I directed over 20 productions including plays, musicals, and improv nights. Every day I was amazed at what high school drama students could accomplish. Taking theatre has many great benefits. When kids leave a theatre program they have skills that help them in every aspect of life. They develop problem solving, interpersonal, leadership, and spatial awareness skills. They learn about self-care, the art of storytelling, use theatre for social change, and the importance of following through on a commitment.

I also teach math and connect it to the arts whenever possible. I hope to see you in my class. I am so excited to be a part of the new Lincoln community.

Tarricone, Lydia

Special Education Instructional Assistant

Terada, Megan

Special Education Instructional Assistant
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Theoryn, Alexander

Hi there! I am Alexander Theoryn and I am a math teacher here at Lincoln High School. I was born and raised in Southern California before going to the University of Arizona for my undergrad degree. From there my wife and I have lived in Tennessee, back to Arizona, and now have found our home here in the PNW. Out of the many places we have lived I have loved my time in the Lincoln and Seattle community. Much like many of my students, I too was in school during the pandemic, finishing my Masters degree completely online at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. When I am not teaching I am probably soaking up as much family time as possible with my wife, son, and three dogs. I am a huge sports fan and also love to work out and play sports as well. I am always on the lookout for a good book and documentary. I am so excited to be returning to Lincoln for this school year!

San Truong

Truong, San

Math Teacher
Nanako Tsujimoto

Tsujimoto, Nanako

Teacher-Special Education

Personal Message

I’m Nanako Tsujimoto. I grew up in Nara, Japan. I studied Economics in Osaka before coming to Illinois where I discovered glass art and decided to pursue Glassblowing. I earned a BA in Art from Southern Illinois University and moved to Seattle in 2001. I have a Master in Teaching in Special Education from City University and I have been with SPS for almost 10 years working with at-risk-youth most of my career. I’m currently teaching at Juvenile Detention. One of my core beliefs is to meet students where they are at and recognize their individuality to build a strong relationship. I very much enjoy working with adolescents and feel so privileged to be a part of their journey to find unique pathways to the future. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, hiking and cooking. I live with my two daughters in Seattle. I’m excited to join the Lynx Family and looking forward to meeting everyone in the fall!

Vahdati, Mitra

Counselor - last names A-Eb