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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.

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Taylor, Stephanie @ Lincoln

ELA Teacher

I am thrilled to be teaching at Lincoln, a school with project-based learning and a commitment to a caring, inclusive culture.  I have been teaching English Language Arts since 1986.  I have taught every grade from sixth grade through college sophomore English.  At Lincoln, I teach grade 10 World Literature and 11 AP Language and Composition and I am working as a Teacher Leader.  I taught for 20 years at Garfield High School before deciding to come to Lincoln. I have a BA in English, History, and Rhetoric from the University of Illinois, and an MA in English from the University of Illinois.  I also have National Board Certification.  I believe that intelligence is fluid and can grow, and that if a student practices, their learning and their writing will significantly improve.

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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!

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!

Sara Tuttle

Tuttle, Sara

Assistant Principal

Personal Message

I am thrilled to join the Lincoln High School staff and community! After finishing my BA in History at University of Washington, I went on to Western Washington University where I completed my Master’s in Education. I am currently entering my 17th year in education, having spent the first 13 years teaching Social Science in both comprehensive and alternative school settings. During that time I served on a countywide teacher leader cadre and was privileged to support my colleagues as an instructional coach. Four years ago I became an Assistant Principal and have had the opportunity to develop and lead teams focused on inclusion, equity, community and restorative practices. I strive to help students find their passions and offer educational experiences that will benefit and underpin them all their lives.

In my personal life our family enjoys the outdoors, travel, sports and motorcycles. We love exploring the beautiful PNW. I have a love for all things history and historical; you can find me lost in antique shops and museums for hours on end!

Danielle Vermaak

Vermaak, Danielle

Science Teacher

I am passionate about science and learning, and I love teaching at Lincoln High School! I was born and raised in South Africa but moved to the US to obtain my PhD in Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins University. I did research as a postdoc and then staff scientist in the Basic Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center for 9 years, but my true calling is education. I received my Master's in Teaching Math and Science from Seattle Pacific University. Prior to teaching at Lincoln, I taught at Hamilton International MS for four years. I am looking forward to continue to build a welcoming, equitable, and empowering environment for all students at Lincoln. I am excited about teaching Chemistry, Physics, and Genome Science this year! I have been living in Seattle since 1998. My husband and I have two daughters, both in college. When not teaching, I like to read and discuss all things sciency, novels, and current events. I also love hiking and camping, swimming, movies, and walking my dog.

Robin Ware

Ware, Robin

PE/Health Teacher

My name is Robin Ware and I am one of the Health and PE teachers at Lincoln! I grew up nearby in Federal Way and then moved to California for college and got degrees in both teaching and athletic training. I worked as an athletic trainer (a medical professional, not a personal trainer) at various high schools for 5 years before working at Boeing for a year. I missed teaching and decided to get back into working with students. I taught for two years at McClure Middle School and got to follow half my students to Lincoln (they’ll never escape me) where I’ve been since the school reopened. I am also the head volleyball coach here at Lincoln #threeteamsonefamily. In my spare time, I like to be lazy and watch movies and tv, bake/eat, and hang out with my husband and family, plus our 3 cats, and 1 dog. I also love to play volleyball, soccer, and pickleball, and just enjoy the Seattle-area in general!

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Weathers, Brett

Spanish Teacher

I am Brett Weathers.  Before coming to Lincoln in 2020, I taught mostly art and Spanish for 2 years in Cochabamba, Bolivia and 22 years in Bellevue.  I grew up in Shoreline and received my bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University, where I studied art and Latin American studies.  In 2016 I received my master’s in art education from University of Florida. As well as teaching I coach cross country at Lincoln, and love competing in triathlons.  I also enjoy outdoors activities, making art, playing guitar and hand percussion, and spending time with my wife and sons.   I’m a proud father of a student in the first graduating class of the re-opened Lincoln High School.

Nastassya West

West, Nastassya

Instructional Assistant