Our educators are a special breed. We engage learners with cohesive, hands-on curriculum. We see this as the best path to building problem-solvers.
At LEADPrep, we benefit from a full-time, dedicated staff, rather than part-time, content-focused model. We have 11 full-time teachers for a 1:5 teacher/student ratio, allowing for real connection and attention in the classroom.
Our team not only supports our students, we support each other, using a teacher/co-teacher model and switch out, playing both roles throughout the day. This fosters our atmosphere of community and cohesion that makes LEADPrep so special.
It takes a special group of people to make the magic happen every day.
Meet our magicians
Founder, Executive Director
Maureen is a trailblazing school administrator and mother of three. Her master’s and doctorate focused on educational innovation. She is thrilled to use her experience and passion for personalized learning and academic success to innovate and lead this non-traditional, creative school. Hobbies include travel, exploring, and singing to the car radio.
Seattle Campus Director
Jacob is new to Seattle. Born and raised in Eugene, OR, he received his B.A. in philosophy at Whitman College. After living in Ghana and working at a small orphanage/voluntourism NGO, Jacob moved home and served as a third grade and support services aide and middle school P.E. teacher at Portland Jewish Academy. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, listening to audiobooks, playing ultimate frisbee, and watching basketball.
Humanities / History Teacher
Casey is a Seattle native and is excited for the opportunity to give and support his community. Casey received his BA in History at the University of San Francisco. After graduation he stayed and work at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center designing cultural programs for elementary school students and seniors living in the neighborhood. In his free time, Casey enjoys playing Ultimate frisbee, hiking, snowboarding, and binge watching Netflix series.
Humanities / Leadership Teacher
Rob found his passion for working with children at a summer camp in upstate New York, where he led children through a multitude of tasks – ranging from kayaking to songwriting, while providing emotional support for children struggling being away from home for the first time. From there, he began working in an elementary school special education classroom in Florida, where he found the joys of working with neurodiverse children. In 2015, Rob moved across the country, taking a month long road trip from Florida to Seattle while camping at all the national parks he could along the way. He has spent the past four years working as an ABA behavior technician, providing one on one support both at home and in the classroom for children with autism as young as three and as old as eighteen. In his free time, Rob loves noodling on guitar, paddling his canoe, and snoozing in his hammock.
Science Teacher, Seattle
Lindsay is a transplant to the PNW, born and raised in Virginia. She received a B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Management from Virginia Tech. After moving to Thailand for a year to teach English and Science, she found a passion for education. She worked at a private non-profit school for autism after her travels abroad, and eventually made it out to Seattle as an environmental educator with Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. She loves inspiring youth to recognize the importance of protecting the environment, and the communities within it. In her spare time, she usually escapes to the mountains for camping and hiking. She also enjoys learning new instruments and music.
Math / Physics Teacher, SeattleTor is born and raised in Bellingham, and graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Mathematics for Secondary Education. During his time at Central, Tor did some private tutoring and was a paraeducator for an alternative, self-paced high school for students that struggled with traditional school structure. After graduating, Tor moved to Seattle to begin a career with LEADPrep. When moving to Seattle, Tor was excited about having access to more parks, indoor climbing, Uwajimaya, and being within five minutes of salt water.
High School Spanish TeacherFernanda is a Spanish teacher who was born and raised in Argentina. She got her BS degree in Education and has been teaching for 16 years, not only in elementary but also in HS. Fernanda lived three years in Spain, where she worked in different schools as an ESL teacher as well as a Spanish teacher as a second language. Teaching and taking care of her students is her passion. In her free time, Fernanda takes ballet and modern jazz dance classes. She has been dancing since she was a child.
Campus Coordinator, Kirkland
Troy is a long-time Pacific Northwest resident and a graduate of The Evergreen State College. The deep woods and oceans are his happy place! Troy found his love of teaching and youth mentorship through outdoor programs. With his background in unschooling, homeschooling, and unconventional education, Troy brings a lot of new ideas to the school! He primarily teaches high school math, but will also be dabbling in other classes, including some super fun offerings such as board game design!
Middle School Math Teacher, Kirkland
David is a Florida native that moved to the PNW for the weather. He received a B.A. degree in English with a focus in American and British Literature from Florida Atlantic University. He is also working on his Master’s degree from WGU.
David has always ended up moving into a training or teaching position at any job, and LEADPrep is a perfect fit for his teaching enthusiasm.
Outside of work, David plays tabletop RPGs and loves listening to books or podcasts while cooking or walking his dog.
Base Camp Teacher, Kirkland
Bhavana has a Degree in Microbiology from Mumbai, India. She taught at LEADPrep in the 2015-2016 school year. After a move to CA, she worked in an elementary school as an instructional aide for two years. Now back to Washington, she is working towards her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, while working part-time at LEADPrep.