Staff and Faculty
Relationships are built on trust, compassion, understanding, and respect. Academic, social, and emotional growth is highly dependent upon the strong relationships that students build with their teachers and the strong partnerships that are established between parents and teachers.
Middle School Teacher & Service Coordinator
Erin is a Soundview Middle School teacher. She teaches Humanities, advises students, runs a learning lab for each middle school grade, coordinates the service program for the middle school, and co-coaches Soundview’s ultimate team. Previous teaching experience includes, working as a high school English teacher at Punahou School and a middle school English teacher at Lakeside Middle School. She earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 2011 from the University of Arizona. When not teaching, Erin works on her professional writing and is an active member of the ultimate Frisbee community.
Assistant Early Childhood Teacher
Carly is part of the Early Childhood teaching team. She also helps with Playschool. This is her first year teaching at Soundview, and she has loved being a part of the community. This past May, she graduated from UNC School of the Arts with a BFA in Filmmaking and she plans to use her creative background in the educational space. Beyond Soundview, Carly can be found in the pool, teaching swim lessons, finding new recipes to try, relaxing with yoga, and spending time exploring her new home of Washington State.
Director of Auxiliary Programs & Admissions Associate
Ms. Molly runs Soundview's after school activities, summer camp, and extended care, in addition to working on the admissions team. Originally from Edmonds, she lived in Pennsylvania, Oregon, and North Carolina before joining the Soundview community in 2011. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism and sociology and received her graduate teaching certificate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In her free time, she enjoys reading, backpacking, photography, volunteering with animals, watching musical theater, and playing board games.
Stella is the art teacher for grades K-12 in addition to assisting in the EC classroom. She has an undergraduate degree in graphic design from Cornish College of the Arts and a masters in art and design education from Rhode Island School of Design. Stella started at Soundview in 2017 as a lead teacher in the EC classroom. She brings this same love of play and exploration into the art studio. When Stella isn't teaching or creating art she is playing with flowers, gardening or baking with her family.
Lead Playschool Teacher
Sheila joined Soundview in 2010 after seven years of being a lead preschool teacher in a local Montessori school. Sheila received her Early Childhood, Family Support, and Montessori Degrees from Edmonds Community College. While completing her college, Sheila opened a childcare center licensed for 65 children, where she was the Director. Currently she is writing a children's picture book. In her free time, she enjoys reading, quilting, decorating, having tea with friends, and making memories with her young granddaughters.
Hazel works closely with the Soundview team on budgeting and accounting, HR, facilities, technology, and weekly recess duties. She joined Soundview in 2008 after earning her Business Administration degree from Seattle Pacific University. To wind down after school or on weekends, Hazel enjoys walks with her family, playing with her dog, laughing over dinner and drinks with friends, baking, and getting lost in a good book, TV show, or movie.
Middle School Teacher
Mike teaches middle school science, math, and design. He also runs after school activities focused on tabletop and roleplaying games. Prior to teaching at Soundview, he developed curriculum and taught middle school students in New Jersey as part of a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship, taught lab sections of college level Micro- and Molecular Biology, and high school math and science. When not teaching, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, reading weird sci-fi, and playing games with his nerdy friends.
Bill holds a BAed (ECC), CWSC; an AA (Programming), Cloverpark TI; and an MBA (CompSci), City U. He was a Programmer at The Port of Tacoma, a S/A at Industrial Electric, the IS Manager at King Broadcasting (KVC), and VP of OPUS (Hi Tech Recruiters). He taught in the Mukilteo District, and at Soundview where he has worked as the Facilities Manager for 11 years. He is rumored to have worked for an agency without a name. He can play Whammer Jammer on the harmonica, almost. He's been married to Carla for 43 years. Children: Ross and Elizabeth, Tommy and Anderson, and those found in and around Soundview.
Archana joined Soundview School in the summer of 2018 as the Front Office Administrator after relocating from Hawaii. She assists teachers, students, parents, and the administrative staff. She has worked with children for over two decades, while simultaneously working in hospitality, production, and photography. When Archana isn’t working, she enjoys yoga, being in nature, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Maggie is loving life as one half of the Primary Pod teaching team after teaching primary, reading, and art in Japan, Germany, and Washington State. This is her first year at Soundview and she is very happy to share the experience with her two daughters. Maggie earned her art and teaching degree at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, and her master's in reading and literacy from City U of Seattle. When she's away from school, you can find Maggie out on Whidbey Island walking the beach with her family, getting lost in a book, creating art with the girls, or plotting the next adventure.
Cera is one of Soundview’s Intermediate teachers and joined Soundview in 2015. Before joining Soundview, she taught in a variety of outdoor education programs around the country and classroom positions in Seattle and India. She received her teaching license from Goddard College in VT. When not at school, she enjoys contra dancing, hiking, reading, knitting, and trying to learn aerial arts.
Personal and Social Physical Education | Physical Health Education
Chuck is Soundview’s personal, social and physical education teacher for the Primary Years Program, and the physical and health education teacher for Middle Years Program. He has a BAS in Outdoor Recreation and Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a MEd from the University of Washington in Teaching and Curriculum. Chuck also serves as an education committee member for Seattle Audubon Society, and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. When Chuck isn’t teaching you find him dancing with his daughter, climbing mountain peaks, playing hockey, or training for various types of endurance challenges.
Kirsten, one half of the Primary Pod teaching team, joined Soundview in 2010. Prior to Soundview, she taught gifted students in North Dakota and students in kindergarten, second, and sixth grade at an independent school in Seattle. Kirsten earned her teaching degree from Central Washington University and her Masters in Education from the University of North Dakota. Outside of Soundview, she enjoys spending time outdoors camping, snowboarding, and hiking with her husband and daughters. She is also an avid gardener and a creative cook.
Director of Advancement
Mr. Nelson comes to Soundview School with an extensive résumé in non-profits including Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle Art Museum, The Program for Early Parent Support, and the Utah Aids Foundation, among others. His background also includes professional theatre and fine art painting.
Intermediate Teacher & PYP Coordinator
Megan is one of Soundview’s Intermediate teachers and PYP Coordinator for the IB. She came to Soundview in 2016 after having joined her husband, Grant, in Scotland to live, teach, and explore abroad. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Elementary Education and is currently a member of the Emerging Leaders Institute with Northwest Association of Independent Schools. Beyond Soundview, Megan enjoys anything outdoors and in the mountains, especially skiing, biking, and climbing. You may also find her competing casually with friends in local CrossFit competitions.
Early Childhood Teacher
Brenna joined the Soundview team in 2017. She has taught Early Childhood, Kindergarten and First grade through the years, but her heart belongs to the EC program. Brenna earned a BA in Human Development from Washington State University, with a certification to teach preschool through Eighth grade. Brenna loves to learn and play with kids, especially outside. When she is not at school you will see her out and about on adventures with her family.
Assistant Head of School
Chrissy joined Soundview in 2010 after moving across the country from Rhode Island with her family to begin their West Coast adventure. Prior to Soundview, she taught gifted students at a New England independent school. Chrissy earned her BA in Government from Colby College and her Masters in Elementary Education from Lesley University. She recently completed the Pathways to Leadership program for aspiring female school leaders. Chrissy spends as much time as possible outdoors with her husband and twin daughters, Soundview alumna, backpacking, biking, and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Valerie is Soundview School’s Librarian. She and her husband moved to the Puget Sound from Oregon in 1987. She came to Soundview in 2001, taking over the library in 2003. Valerie has a BA in Liberal Studies from Oregon State University, and Library Technician Certification from Highline Community College. Valerie tried to retire from Soundview to become a publisher, but has since discovered that the two jobs complement each other quite well! Outside the library or a good book, Valerie cooks often, hangs out with fellow children’s authors, sails the Salish Sea, and plays in a steel drum band.
Director of Enrollment Management
Matt is Soundview's Director of Enrollment Management. Originally from San Luis Obispo, California, Matt came to Soundview in 2011 as the Humanities Teacher. He graduated from Whitman College with a degree in Environmental Humanities, and earned an MEd from the University of Hawaii in Private School Leadership. Matt also serves as the vice president for DiscNW, the local Ultimate Frisbee nonprofit, and is the former Deputy Director of the Northwest International Baccalaureate Association. When he's not at Soundview you can find him on the Frisbee field or in the backcountry!
Head of School
Chris joined Soundview in 2010 after teaching and administrative positions in both Washington State and Hawaii. Chris earned teaching credentials from Central Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University, as well as a master's degree in private school administration from University of Hawaii. Everyday, Chris comes to school with his own kids and their dog Dotty, Soundview's part-time therapy dog. Away from school, Chris is a family man and vicarious surfer.
Travis joined the Soundview School team in 2017. He's always very excited to work with and support all individuals and families that utilize Soundview School and its services. He is a graduate of Antioch University of Seattle, earning a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. He has over twenty years of experience working in mental health treatment settings and brings this experience to advocate for the healthy development of all individuals.
Board of Trustees
The role of the Board of Trustees is to have vision and to govern the overall well-being of Soundview School. If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a board member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Smith, Board President
Elizabeth is a builder. She enjoys building strategies from ideas, commercial enterprises from startups, and leaders from managers. With her collaborative approach and candid communication style, Elizabeth seeks clarity of vision and priorities. She creates a strong framework for sound decision making to ensure the balance of risks and opportunities. Professionally, she applied a passion for strategy and problem solving at multiple biotech companies and her main focus now is putting these principles to work on the school’s board. With two graduates of Soundview, Elizabeth sees in her daughters and their peers the impact of the school’s mission to educate our community’s future leaders—and the future looks bright!
Vianne Reay, Board Vice President
Vianne thinks Soundview is the kind of school every child deserves to attend; one that is a caring, safe community where students love to learn in authentic, relevant ways. She should know, having seen many schools as she taught music, visual arts, integrated arts and pre-service education to Kindergarten thru adult, nationally and internationally, in 28 years of teaching. That kind of environment helped her twin sons thrive at Soundview from Kindergarten through 8th grade, and made them feel well prepared for high school. Vianne keeps learning herself by taking online art courses, playing percussion in a band and exploring through geocaching. “It is inspiring to serve in a school that is leading the way in education!”
Alison Suttles, Board Secretary
Since 2010 when Alison was “strongly encouraged” to be a room parent during the first weeks of her oldest child starting school for the first time, the stage was set. Alison had always thought she’d be someone in the background, blending in and staying out of the way. Soundview School had other plans for her. In the many years since, Alison has been happy to step out of her comfort zone and utilize a long-held skill of being willing to learn how to do new things for the first time. As a room parent, dedicated volunteer, and now trustee, she is encouraged to experience firsthand how compassionate, ethical leadership can be encouraged in kindergarten, in 6th grade, and in adulthood.
Todd Miller, Board Treasurer
Born and raised in Washington, Todd found himself living in Arizona, until eventually his love of all things trees brought him back. It's only fitting that his family found a school with their own personal forest! However, it wasn't just the forest that drew them to Soundview, but the flexibility the International Baccalaureate curriculum offers, and the well-rounded students that the school produces. All of this ties the school in well with what has been a common refrain in Todd's life: "jack of all trades and a master of none." Todd absolutely believes in the mission of the school and will actively do what he can to help it succeed, whether that is fulfilling his duties as a trustee, or as a classroom “Mystery Reader!”
Rachel Read, Board Member
In 2016, Rachel wanted to become more involved in her son’s new school. She was introduced to the Parent and Guardian Association, where they enthusiastically put her to work as a volunteer coordinator. In the past, Rachel worked at a non-profit with children who were in dire need of a safe community that represented a healthy family and a strong support system. She and her family found that same, safe community setting at Soundview, and they are excited to grow with the school. Becoming a member of the Board of Trustees was a natural step, as it placed her among a team of individuals who are also passionate about the school. Her goal is to keep Soundview a strong leader in the community and help other families become involved.
Christi Trimble-Kreutz, Board Member
Inspired by people who strive to do what is right, not what is easy, Christi’s parents are her biggest heroes for living and teaching that model. A mom of 4, she is a passionate supporter of educating kids to be curious and confident, display empathy, stay open-minded and become future leaders. The International Baccalaureate program offered at Soundview drew Christi and her husband to enroll their 2 youngest kids in 2013. The family continues to be committed to the school not only for the phenomenal education, but for the sense of community it provides. As a small business owner and creative thinker, Christi has the ability to see unique solutions, while working as part of a team to brainstorm, critique, and implement ideas.
STAFF AND Faculty with bios pending:
Silvia Calvillo Spanish Teacher, Early Childhood
Sephy Elizai Spanish Teacher, Middle Years Program
Archana Hass Administrative Assistant
Laura Higgins Music & Band Teacher
Gina Pettinato Early Childhood/Primary Assistant & Playschool
Franki Profitt Middle School Assistant Teacher
Marcella Scott Spanish Teacher, Primary Years Program