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St. Benedict Catholic School
Preschool through 8th Grade

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Madeline Ochsner 4th Grade Teacher
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Born and raised in Seattle, Miss Ochsner attended Holy Names Academy. Following graduation, Madeline studied Social Sciences at Washington State University and received her B.A. in Elementary Education through Western Governor's University. Miss Ochsner implements a responsive classroom approach with an end goal of creating a safe and positive atmosphere, enabling students to optimize their full potential.

Mrs. Gabby Roffey Preschool
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Mrs. Roffey loves being the Pre-School teacher at St. Benedict School and being part of this community. After beginning as a St. Ben’s parent five years ago, this is her third year teaching here and second year as the Pre-School teacher. Mrs. Roffey was born and raised in Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University. She has taught children in schools in Michigan, Wisconsin and Washington. She is married to Jim and has three kids; Emma, Theo, and Will. She also teaches yoga and children’s sewing and art classes. Gabby enjoys to read, sew, hike, kayak and work in her garden.

Ms. Nora O’Neill Prekindergarten
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Nora O'Neill is the Pre-Kindergarten teacher and joined the St. Benedict family in 2007. Ms. O’Neill has a B.A. in Fine Arts and Education from Washington State University and did her graduate work at Seattle Pacific University. Her teaching philosophy is focused on helping children discover their potential through encouragement and a sense of humor. "I am a teacher because I believe that children are God's greatest gifts," she says. She loves teaching at St. Benedict School: "The faculty and staff, as well as the families, are genuine and grounded". When not in the classroom, Ms. O’Neill enjoys her garden, friends, exercise, cats and, most of all, her two children.

Mrs. Mariko Fitzpatrick Kindergarten
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Mariko Fitzpatrick joined St. Benedict School in 2008 as the Kindergarten teacher. She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Seattle University and her Masters in Teaching from Heritage University. Mrs. Fitzpatrick believes in developing students as a whole person; spiritually, socially and academically. She strives to challenge her students to think creatively, work independently and to set high expectations for themselves. She also believes in creating a partnership with families to help students reach their potential. Mrs. Fitzpatrick says, "I love teaching kindergarten students because they are curious about learning and love to do their best. They come into school very young and grow up right before your eyes." She enjoys cooking, sewing, working out and spending time with her husband and son.

Christine Negron
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Christine Negron is thrilled to be joining St. Benedict this year as the first grade teacher. She received her B.A. in Education from Washington State University and her Masters in Education from Lesley College. She has 14 years experience teaching preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. When she is not in the classroom she is busy with her two sons, ages 7 and 10.

Morgan Garlick
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Ms. Garlick is excited to teach 2nd grade at St. Benedict Catholic School. Born and raised in upstate New York she graduated from SUNY Cortland with a B.A in Early Childhood/Childhood Education. Ms. Garlick later received her Masters Degree in Childhood/Special Education from St. John Fisher College. Ms. Garlick taught 5th grade at St. Benedict Catholic School during her first year in Seattle and is excited to come back and be a part of the community! Her philosophy of education centers around reaching all types of learners and she strives to challenge her learners in all areas. In her spare time, Ms. Garlick enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Marlene Muller Grade 3 - AM
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Marlene Muller began teaching at St. Benedict in 2006 and has taught third grade since 2007. She holds a BA in Language Arts/Elementary Education from Seattle Pacific University. She also has a certificate in Contemplative Group Leadership from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. Ms. Muller believes in involving students in their own learning through offering choices, presenting clear lessons, clear expectations, and reachable goals, and guiding students in self-reflection and assessment. "A classroom is a supportive community where we are all unique learners discovering our world and our place in it together." Ms. Muller enjoys writing and reading poetry, hiking, and chocolate.

Erin Bartram Grade 3 - PM
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Erin Bartram has been St. Benedict School's third grade teacher since 2005. She holds a B.A. from Western Washington University and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington. Ms. Bartram believes that students learn best in a safe, organized, and positive environment, and fosters the creation of that environment by serving as a guide, model, and a catalyst for further learning. "Learning is most effective when teachers build a relationship of respect and caring with their students, where there is trust and encouragement," she explains, "Every child can learn and grow, although that may look and happen differently for each child." Ms. Bartram incorporates a variety of learning strategies in the classroom to strengthen math, literacy, and cognitive skills, including drama, music, games, visual arts, and technology. "I enjoy teaching because there is no other job like it and nothing quite as rewarding." She enjoys backpacking, snowshoeing, reading, and working in her yard when she is not in the classroom.

Morgan Hazel
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Morgan Hazel graduated with a degree in English and Humanities from Villanova University and is currently getting her Master of Arts in Education at the University of Portland through the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) program. Ms. Hazel believes in the ability of every student and strives to create a classroom community of empathy, hard work, and kindness. She hopes to pass on her love of education to her students and show them just how much joy there can be in learning. She is from San Diego, CA and has two younger brothers, two dogs, two cats, and never has too many books! She is so excited to be in Seattle for the first time.

Mr. William Gentzler Grade 6
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William Gentzler teaches the sixth grade as well as middle school social studies. He holds an A.A. from North Seattle Community College, a B.A. from the University of Washington, and a Masters in Teaching from City University. Mr. Gentzler's teaching style is to keep the students actively engaged--reading, writing, practicing new skills, and researching special topics. "I love to see the proverbial "light bulb" go on," he says. Mr. Gentzler enjoys teaching at St. Bens: "The sense of community here is like no where else I've taught." In his free time, he likes to go hiking, camping, and fishing, as well as reading, writing, and watching the History Channel.

Ms. Andrea Smith Grade 7
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Andrea Smith has been a teacher at St. Benedict School since 2016. Originally from Issaquah, WA, Ms. Smith is a graduate of Holy Names Academy, Western Washington University, and Seattle University where she received her Masters in Teaching. She loves the excitement that comes from students working and learning together! Outside of school she enjoys riding her bike, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Joan Nelson Grade 8
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I have been a part of the St. Benedict community for quite some time now! I have two sons who graduated from St. Ben's (one is at BBHS and the other Western Washington University). Prior to earning my masters in teaching at Seattle Pacific University, I was the Pre-K assistant. I began teaching middle school in 2015. My educational and occupational backgrounds include English, Engineering, and Design. I love teaching middle school! Middle school students are starting to use their knowledge and values to shape the person they are becoming; who they want to be in life. It is an adventure and blessing to walk this road with these young people every day. I incorporate multiple learning strategies into every class and take time to address each individual learner. I believe that students learn best when they have a safe space that provides challenges combined with love and respect. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs, reading, writing, and conducting random science experiments in my garage.

Mrs. Debbie Bellia Art
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Mrs. Bellia had been a parent volunteer teaching art since 1994 before becoming the official art teacher in 2003. She has a B.F.A. in Fine Art and has completed a year long Teaching Artist's Training Lab program through the Washington State Arts Commission. Her philosophy is that there are no mistakes in art: "each child's work is as unique as they are." She uses positive feedback, encouragement, clear instruction, and help when requested. "I believe to teach is to inspire, encourage and guide," she says, "The greatest joy in my job is to see a child create something that he or she didn't think was possible." What she likes about teaching at St. Benedict the most are the students. "Our school is full of creative, intuitive, compassionate, and loving children. They love to learn, rise to challenges, and ask interesting questions." Mrs. Bellia has 3 adult children who graduated from St. Ben's. She loves to spend her free time with her husband and familly outdoors hiking, kayaking, biking, and skiing. She also loves making art, visiting museums, reading and traveling to new places.

Mrs. Roxanne Fisher Learning Specialist
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Mrs. Fisher came to St. Benedict in 2009 as the new Learning Specialist. She brings a variety of teaching experiences with 27 years of teaching in kindergarten through 5th grade, Title I, Special Education as well as teacher mentoring and instructional coaching. Her philosophy of education and personal goal as an educator is to provide an individualized learning environment that celebrates and enhances the individual gifts and talents of all children. She provides specialized instruction that supports the learning of the students in her groups that may need instruction that cannot be easily fulfilled in the classroom. The inclusion of supplementary programs allows our students to reach for their full potential and allows our school community to be a nurturing environment and flexible in our teaching approaches. When Mrs. Fisher is not in school she enjoys traveling, sailing, sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting.

Ms. Susan Lisi Library/Tech
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Susan Lisi, St. Benedict Media Center specialist since 2000, holds a B.A. in Linguistics and English, as well as a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. "I want to instill my love of reading and doing research in the kids I teach," she says, "Hopefully, they will learn to enjoy it as much as I do!" She loves teaching in this intimate, community atmosphere with great colleagues. Her son is a St. Bens graduate. When she is not teaching, Ms. Lisi likes to travel, ride bikes, and work on word and logic puzzles.

Ms. Sarah Heath Math Specialist
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Sarah Heath, an enthusiastic member of the St. Ben’s community, is the middle school Math Specialist. She attended Georgetown University and completed her Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of Portland through the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education program. Prior to her time in Seattle she served as an AmeriCorps member at an urban charter school in New York City. Ms. Heath spends most of her free time reading, visiting local parks, and sampling the diverse food offerings of the south side.

Ms. Sue Rivord Music
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Sue Rivord has been teaching at St. Benedict since 2008. She grew up in Bellingham and graduated from Assumption Catholic School, Sehome High School and Western Washington University. A majority of her teaching experience has been in Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Seattle. “I enjoy the warm, family-oriented atmosphere at St. Benedict and feel blessed to be able share my Catholic faith with those around me.” Sue and her husband, Jeremy Dunn, have been married for over 30 years and currently reside in Everett. When not teaching at St. Benedict, she can be found quilting, singing in the choir at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, or performing with "Magdalen Singers", a schola choir at SMM. She enjoys attending the special events at St. Benedict and at St. Mary Magdalen Parishes, especially the Wurst Fest.

Maria Tsagalakis PE
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I'm thrilled to be teaching P.E. / Health for my second year at St. Ben's. I'm a graduate from WSU with a background in Psychology. Athletics has always been an important part of my life. In high school I played Varsity Soccer and competed on the premier level. I am passionate about working with kids to provide opportunities to grow and develop their skills. I can't wait to engage students in fun games and sports activities - instilling the importance of a staying healthy for a lifetime.

Mrs. Rebecca Ditter Reading Specialist
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Rebecca Ditter is excited to join the St. Benedict team! She holds a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Montana and a Masters in Teaching from City University. Mrs. Ditter believes that children learn in a variety of different ways, and strives to use several modalities in order to reach all learners. "I love teaching because there is nothing quite as rewarding and fun." She especially has a love of reading and feels strongly about sharing that passion with students. When she is not in the classroom she enjoys camping, yard work, long walks with her dog, and watching her daughter grow!

Mrs. Krissy Altenhofen Spanish
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Krissy Neubeck teaches Spanish to grades K-8. Krissy received her undergraduate degree in Spanish and International Relations from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her Masters in Education from Grand Canyon University. While she was an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Valencia, Spain. Studying abroad was a life changing, eye-opening experience for her. She is passionate about the Spanish language and the culture of Spanish speaking countries. Krissy wants to share her own experiences with students to help them appreciate a language and culture different from their own.

Krizia Layam
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Michelle Pacheco
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Michelle Pacheco holds a B.S. degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. She considers it a privilege to be in the classroom each day where she witnesses the joy of learning and helps foster the social, emotional and spiritual growth of children. In her spare time, Mrs. Pacheco most enjoys being with her wonderful daughters and amazing husband who are always up for an adventure in the great PNW and beyond.

Mr. Brian Anderson Principal
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Brian Anderson is a Seattle native who was raised in the Wedgwood neighborhood. He is the product of 22 years of Catholic education! He is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake, Bishop O'Dea High School, The University of Portland, and The University of Notre Dame where he participated in the Alliance for Catholic Education Leadership Program. Brian has worked in Catholic education since 1997. He has taught a variety of grade levels in Catholic schools in North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, and Bangladesh. He has also worked as principal at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Vancouver, Washington.

Mary Ancich Secretary
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Mary Ancich has been the St. Benedict School secretary since 2002. She attended Holy Names Academy and Seattle University. She began her school secretary career in 1992 in Whatcom County. After raising their three children, she and her husband, moved back to Seattle to be closer to family. “I love my job at St. Ben’s!” She enjoys interacting with the students, getting to know each family, and working with our wonderful staff!”

Teresa Gillett Development
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Teresa Gillett has been the Development Director since September 2011. Both of her daughters graduated from St. Benedict School – Mary Brigid in 2005 and Lucy in 2007. Teresa and her family have been members of St. Benedict Parish since 1989 and they love the community. Teresa is from the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Seattle University in 1985 with a BA in Sociology and English. She lived in Washington D.C. for four years where she met and married her husband, Michael. She loves working for St. Benedict School and looks forward each day to the wonderful school parents, teachers and staff with whom she works. She enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family.

Ann Radermacher Custodian
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I have worked at St. Benedict School for 7 years as the maintenance/custodial manager. The staff and students know me as "Ms. Ann". I began singing and playing guitar in church when I was twelve years old and I have never stopped. I grew up in Bothell and graduated from St. Brendan Catholic School. I began directing one of St. Brendan Church choirs when I was sixteen and continued with that choir for 24 years. I then worked at St. Matthew Parish as Director of Liturgical Music for 12 years. I am now a parishioner at Our Lady of the Lake Parish and I lead a small group twice a month at the Sunday evening 5:30 Mass. I have always loved singing for Mass and I hope to share that love with the students in Sanctus Choir. It is an honor to direct this choir and share my love of God and love of our Catholic Liturgy.

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Clare Maye Director of Extended Day
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My name is Ms Clare and I am the director of extended day and summer camp at St Benedict School. I have been working at St Bens, in extended day and kids club, since 2009 and my love for the school has grown everyday.