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    Lincoln High School Staff

    Principal Medsker | Assistant Principal Eichner | Baker | Bittle | Brakke | Chandler | Clark | Fox, Jen | Fox, Jon | Hathaway | Longhurst | MacIntyre | Mandapat | Neuschwander | Noyes | Pentecost | Peterson | Sullivan | Taylor | Vermaak | Wierusz

    Ruth Medsker, Principal

    Headshot Principal Medsker

    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. Enrollment boundaries will be determined in November-December of 2017.

    I am excited to get started planning and put 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 bring high school programs into alignment with the new 24 credit graduation requirements enacted by the Washington State Legislature.

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    Corey Eichner, Assistant Principal

    Assistant Principal Corey Eichner 

    I am proud to be joining the Lincoln High School team. I have worked in education the last 15 years serving as teacher, activities coordinator, and administrator at both the middle and high school levels. Most recently I served four years as the Assistant Principal at Renton High School prior to starting in my new role as Assistant Principal of Lincoln on July 1, 2018.

    My educational background includes both my undergraduate and graduate studies at Western Washington University with a primary teaching endorsement in the Social Studies. In addition to my teaching I have worked with the state Principal Association (AWSP) in developing and delivering leadership curriculum for our state-wide leadership camps and moved into the building leadership capacity with a strong belief in equity and providing as many opportunities for every student to achieve.

    I am a family man, love the outdoors, and a die-hard Seahawks fan! I am looking forward to my work with Lincoln High community!

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    Lisa Baker, Visual Arts Teacher

    Lisa Baker

    I have been teaching visual art at Madison Middle School for 16 years and this will be my 19th year teaching in total. My first three years I taught visual art at a High School in Colorado and although I have loved working with middle school students, I am excited to get back to working with high school students. I have a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University, and my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle University. I have also worked as a Teacher Leader at the district level to help develop scope, sequence, and assessments for visual arts focused on State Standards and 21st Century Skills.

    I believe a strong arts program; with access for all students, helps facilitate students to discover and enhance their creativity to become contributing members of our ever-changing world. I love teaching. I love working with students, teachers, and parents to foster an art program that encourages a love and respect for the arts that reflects the importance of culture and community. As a community member, parent and arts advocate in the Seattle Public School system I am thrilled to grow and foster a strong art program for Lincoln High School for years to come.

    I encourage all of my students to participate and have fun in my hands-on learning environment to “FIND THE ARTIST WITHIN”!

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    Todd Bittle, Counselor

    Todd Bittle

    My name is Todd Bittle and I am excited to be joining the Counseling Team for the reopening of Lincoln High School. For the past two years, I have been serving the students of San Francisco Unified School District as the Head Counselor of Post-Secondary success. Even though I was working closely with 19 high schools in the city of San Francisco, I was mostly focused on program support.

    This role offers me the opportunity to combine my experience driving programming at the district level and the direct services I have offered students and families in both California and Washington for 14 years. I am excited to get to know and support the Lincoln community. As you get to know me, you will find someone whom is dedicated to supporting students, is a world traveler (hopeless wanderer) and never gives up on the hunt for freshly roasted coffee.

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    Brent Brakke, Athletic Coordinator/Math Teacher

    Brent Brakke

    My name is Brent Brakke and I am the new Athletic Director as well as a math and science teacher. I am passionate about impacting and inspiring young minds which I have done in the Federal Way over the past seven years. Most recently I have been a member of the curriculum writing team for mathematics at the district level and an early implementer piloting new curriculum. This has provided me an opportunity to help guide the direction, breadth, and viability of the curriculum for all students. I have primarily taught underserved populations which has given me important insight into a variety of learning styles, student experiences, and unique backgrounds. While teaching I have also coached at the college, high school, and middle school levels with experience coaching boys’ and girls’ teams in five different sports. I played college baseball at the University of Washington and the University of Portland, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and received my Master’s in Teaching at St. Martin’s University. I care deeply about making a difference in the community and lives of young adults. Participating in education and athletics I feel provides me an important and sustainable opportunity to empower and prepare our future leaders at Lincoln High School. I am thrilled to be a part of the community and my door is always open!

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    Miste Chandler, Administrative Secretary

    Miste Chandler

    Hello Lincoln Lynx! My name is Miste Chandler and will be the Administrative Secretary for the new Lincoln High School starting in the fall of 2018. For the past 13 years I have been with Whitman Middle School, first as the Registrar then the Administrative Secretary, though my association with Seattle Public Schools began in the 90s when my first son went off to Kindergarten. I have since seen all three of my sons successfully navigate elementary school (Loyal Heights) and middle school (Whitman) and graduate from high school (Ballard). During that time, I worked fulltime in the advertising industry for 12 years finishing up as Vice President Broadcast Director of a major agency while taking college courses at night (UW graduate 1999). I then spent 7 glorious years as a fulltime mom and fulltime school volunteer before purposely embarking on my career with Whitman. I am passionate about public education, equity for all and making a positive impact in every student’s life in my own way. In my spare time I can be found on the golf links with my husband or reading a good book. Ask me what I am currently reading because I am always reading something!

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    Michaela Clark, Math Teacher


    I am Michaela Clark. I grew up in Marysville, Washington and went to college at Seattle Pacific University. I got my undergraduate degree in mathematics and my masters degree in Teacher Leadership. I recently completed the Hollyhock Fellowship Program through Stanford University. The fellowship focused on equity and culturally responsive teaching. I have been teaching at Renton High school for the last six years going on seven. During my time at Renton High I have taught many levels of math. I have taught from Collection of Evidence and Algebra 1 all the way through BC Calculus. I am excited to join the Lincoln team and learn the ins and outs of designing and opening a new school.

    Outside of school I am a Disneyland lover. If non-Californian residents were allowed to have annual passes I would have one. I also enjoy reading books, fly fishing, playing backyard volleyball, and puzzles of all kinds.

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    Jen Fox, Science Teacher

    Jen Fox

    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.

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    Jon Fox, Language Arts Teacher

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    Jonathan Fox joins Lincoln from Jane Addams Middle School, where he has taught language arts since JAMS opened in 2014. He’s thrilled to relive the energizing challenge of building a new school and couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to work with high school students, which is what drew him to teaching in the first place. A creative writing and lit 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. He’s currently reading Karl Ove Knausgaard’s seven volume mega-novel My Struggle, and he’ll probably still be reading it when Lincoln opens in 2019.

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    Katie Hathaway, World Language (Spanish) Teacher

    Katie Hathaway 

    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.

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    Quinn Longhurst, Librarian

    Quinn Longhurst

    Quinn Longhurst comes to Lincoln from Franklin High where he served as librarian for three years. Being a librarian is his dream come true as he gets to combine his passions for great books and emerging technologies with education. He is an advocate for literacy, champion of equity, and strongly supports the maker movement. Quinn is especially excited to be on the team opening Lincoln where he can collaborate with community stakeholders to help shape the library and school.


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    Zachariah MacIntyre, Band Director

    Zachariah MacIntyre 

    Zachariah earned his bachelor's in music education from the University of Washington. His first teaching position was teaching elementary school music in Singapore from 2012-2014. He is currently the band director at Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School where he has been since 2015.

    Zachariah grew up mostly in Fife, Washington, where he attended middle school and high school. Other than music, he is very passionate about health and fitness and spends much of his time cooking and training for powerlifting with his fiancé, Janet. He has an adorable French Bulldog named Arban (Yes; named after the trumpet pedagogue) and they both enjoy going on walks and hanging out at Dogwood Play Park. He continues to play trumpet in several ensembles for enjoyment, including local Seattle rock band, Seacastle.

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    Lisamarie Mandapat, Special Education Teacher


    Aloha! I'm Lisamarie Mandapat. I grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in English. I've wanted to teach and work in education ever since I was kindergarten! In college, I joined the JumpStart Americorps Program and the Pipeline Project which allowed me the opportunity to work in several different pre-schools, middle schools and high schools around Washington for all 4 years of college. After college I moved to Oahu, Hawai'i and starting working at a Title 1 school. I taught in a special education resource room for a couple years and while teaching I earned my Masters Degree in the Science of Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University. I fell in love with special education and stayed in Hawai'i an extra 2 years helping my school in Hawai'i completely retructure and develop the Special Education Department into a sustainable system. I'm now running the department, training all new teachers and educational assistants. I will be moving back to my hometown of Seattle this summer and very excited to help develop the department at Lincoln High School (where my mother graduated!)

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    Christina Neuschwander, Activities Coordinator/Social Studies Teacher


    I am very excited to be the Activities Coordinator for Lincoln High School (#dreamjob)! I have been a teacher for seventeen years, first in Texas and then in Renton since 2007. 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. I am looking forward to embracing the vibrant Lincoln community!

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    Daniel Noyes, Social Studies Teacher

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    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.

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    Michelle Pentecost, Language Arts Teacher

    Michelle Pentecost 

    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.

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    Michaela Peterson, Science Teacher

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    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 with me. I learn as much from them as they do from me! I’m especially excited to be part of the team working to open Lincoln High School. I look forward to the opportunity to help guide the vision and framework of a new school with a focus on equity and interdisciplinary learning. In my current school (Center School), I wear multiple hats as the Head of Department, CLT, MTSS, and BLT member. I’m also in the last year of my National Boards, working to hone my teaching practice. 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 teens (who also dive), two cats, bearded dragon and fire-bellied newt.

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    Tara Sullivan, Drama/Math Teacher

    Tara Sullivan 

    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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    Stephanie Taylor, Language Arts Teacher

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    I feel that creativity, humor, and acceptance of others are the keys to a good life. I am very excited to be part of the new Lincoln High School. When I was young, I taught at a program that was only five years old, and then a few years later, I taught at a high school that was only ten years old.  At that time, I wondered what it would be like to be part of the beginning of a new high school.  I have always wanted to be part of something like this.  I taught English Language Arts at Garfield and sponsored the student literary magazine.  I began a tradition of Coffeehouses to go along with the literary magazine.  At the request of students, I was the faculty sponsor for the Chinese Lion Dance and the Harry Potter club.  I am open to sponsoring clubs that students would like to have. I have National Board Certification and am College-Board trained in Advanced Placement.  I received my BA and MA in English from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

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    Danielle Vermaak, Science Teacher

    Danielle Vermaak 

    Danielle Vermaak is passionate about science and learning, and excited to help build a creative, curious, caring, and connected community at Lincoln High. She was born and raised in South Africa but moved to the US to obtain her PhD in Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins University. Danielle loved her nine years doing research in the Basic Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, but her true calling is education. This will be her fourth year teaching high school level Physics and Chemistry at Hamilton International Middle School, as well as a unique STEM elective focused on engineering design. She received her Master's in Teaching Math and Science from Seattle Pacific University and has been part of a collaboration between SPS teachers and university partners to implement the Next Generation Science Standards for authentic and rigorous science learning by all students. Her family lives in Seattle and her two teenage daughters attend the Seattle Public School system.

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    Mike Wierusz, Maker Space/Technology Teacher

    Mike Wierusz 

    Mike Wierusz is a design and engineering teacher with a desire to develop students who enjoy understanding and solving problems. His innovative courses include product, building, and sustainable design. Mike has an affinity for design that connects humans with nature and a talent for helping students discover their own interests in the world of design.

    Mike graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as an engineer in commercial building design for eight years before returning to school to obtain a master's in teaching from Seattle Pacific University. For the last eight years, Mike has taught at the Northshore School District where he built two high school design programs. He has received numerous teaching awards and grants for his innovation in the classroom, including the Paul Allen Distinguished Educator award.

    When not at school, Mike can be found bouldering, sailing, skiing, or camping with his wife and three children.

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