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.
Terry is a certified middle and high school science educator with a special interest in biology. She has taught science classes in Texas public schools, homeschool co-ops, and for seven years at LEADPrep, joining the faculty in its second year. She has been married for 35 years and is the proud mother of an adult son. Although officially retiring in 2021, Terry is consulting as a curriculum specialist and mentor for teachers. She can be found native plant gardening, birdwatching, and learning to play the piano in her spare time.
Humanities / Leadership Teacher, Seattle and Kirkland
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.
Math Teacher, Seattle
Tor is a PNW local – born in Bellingham, graduated from Central Washington University with a BA in Mathematics for Secondary Education, and has lived in Seattle for just over two years. He has been with LEADPrep since 2020, and continues to support the unique needs and personalities of his students as they navigate math concepts and develop their skills. Tor can be found indoor climbing and shopping at Uwajimaya.
Campus Logistics / Spanish Teacher, Seattle
Melanie is originally from Houston, Texas and made the leap to the PNW in the winter of 2021. She received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin – Hook ‘Em! Melanie has worked with children and youth since college ranging from tutoring to assisting youth in life transitions, working with families with an immigrant background, and mentoring college students. She joined the LEADPrep family officially in 2022! She enjoys spending her free time with her pitbull, Kiwi, and her cat, Jupiter. She can be found in the mountains hiking, paddle boarding on the gorgeous lakes around Washington, or at home enjoying the rain with her pets.
Campus Coordinator / Spanish Teacher, KirklandFernanda 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.
Math / Special Education Teacher, Seattle and Kirkland
Josh was born and raised in Gallup, NM and moved to Seattle in 2017. He graduated from Western Governors University with a degree in Elementary/Special Education. Josh has seven years of experience in education in different roles ranging from substitute teaching to working as a paraeducator in a resource classroom. During his freetime, Josh enjoys photography and explores Washington to catch the right photo.
Junior and Senior Advisor / Co-Teacher, Seattle and Kirkland
Anna Cunningham is on track to graduate from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Her long-term goal is to become a licensed clinical social worker and begin working as a therapist for children and adolescents. In the meantime, she plans on dedicating herself to the academic success of the students of LEADPrep!
Middle School ELA / US History Teacher, Seattle and Kirkland
Emma is a Washington native from Whidbey Island. She has been working with kids for almost 7 years and spends her summers as a camp counselor. When she’s not in the classroom she’s out and about with her husky Koa, and on rainy days she is curled up reading a book.
Art Teacher, Seattle and Kirkland
Kester is a professional illustrator and comic book artist. She received a BA in Studio Art from Seattle Pacific University and completed the University Scholars program–a cross-disciplinary study of philosophy, faith, and sciences. Kester leads contemplative music and meditation at St. Andrew’s Seattle, an LGBTQ affirming Episcopal church. She is also a life-long neurodiversity advocate for children, teens, and adults. Kester has decades of lived experience supporting people with executive function and sensory processing issues, as well as other medical and learning disabilities. Neurodiversity includes ALL people, because everyone is unique, and we create diversity with our differences!
Photography Teacher, Seattle and Kirkland
Jesse is a PNW native who found his passion for teaching and photography at Occidental College when he began taking weekend photography trips and helped lead backpacking photography trips for MS/HS in Death Valley. After completing Seattle Central’s Commercial Photography program, he started an International photography company working with International schools. He became drawn into education from working with all these schools and earned his teaching certification from George Mason in 2006. Jesse has spent 20 years in his photography business and is very excited to teach photography again. His hobbies include playing some bad guitar, board games, puzzles, and cards. Jesse is always in search of the best burger.
Registrar and Special Projects
Danyella first joined the LEADPrep team as the Remote Coach, assisting students who needed to learn from home, and is eager to step into the Registrar role. In 2015, she landed in Seattle after a month-long road trip from her home state, Florida, and has put down roots here ever since. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, going to concerts, and camping.
Administrative Assistant & HR
Giana (she/her) has been working with LEADPrep off and on since 2014. During this time she has worn many hats and is happy to be serving as the administrative assistant. In her spare time she enjoys roller skating and playing with her two cats. For records requests please email firstname.lastname@example.org