Faculty & Staff

Barry Wright

Barry Wright

Head of School

Barry has been working in small independent schools in the Seattle area for almost two decades. He founded the fifth grade at The Valley School in Seattle in 1994. He taught and was the head of their upper grades for ten years. In 2004 he became director and successfully led the school for six years. Barry became the Head of School at Perkins in 2010. He was drawn to the school because of its progressive, child-centered philosophy, caring and intimate community, and devoted staff. Barry feels that much of what defines the Perkins experience can be put in the context of inspiration. He strongly believes that when children have had a motivating and exemplary school experience, they are known not only for their academic preparedness but also for their self-confidence and love of school.

B.S., Biology, University of New Mexico, Teacher Certification Program, University of Washington. Other education: NAIS Institute for New Heads, Improving Schools, The Art of Leadership, Harvard Graduate School, PNAIS New Heads Institute. Published – Harpers, The Onion, The Stranger, Nest Magazine.

Helen Brown

Helen Brown

Kindergarten Grade Core Teacher

Helen has experience working with elementary through high school-aged students from the classroom to the soccer field. She loves teaching Kindergarten because she gets to share her passion for reading and books with her students, play a part in their social-emotional growth, and laugh every single day. Helen strives to create a community in her classroom full of empathetic, inquisitive, and confident learners. When not in the classroom, Helen enjoys playing soccer, backpacking, skiing, reading, and generally finding any excuse to be outside.

B.A., Psychology, Whitman College

Tracy Repman

Tracy Repman

Kindergarten Grade Core Teacher

Tracy Repman has experience working as an elementary educator in kindergarten through eighth grade in private and public schools in Washington State. Tracy adores the magic, growth and laughter that take place in kindergarten, both in the academic and social/emotional settings. She loves building a community of learners who take risks, collaborate, ask questions and celebrate learning. An avid reader, Tracy brings her enthusiasm for books and constant curiosity into the classroom. She also enjoys hiking, snowboarding, surfing, biking, eating sweets and spending time outdoors with her friends and her Great Dane, Frankie.

B.A., English and Creative Writing, Western Washington University; K-8 Teacher Certification, Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University.

Emily Bond

Emily Bond

1st Grade Core Teacher

Emily has worked with children in a variety of settings in addition to the classroom; she enjoys sharing her passion for yoga, and has a keen interest in tutoring students to build foundations, expand their knowledge and understanding, and to creatively address areas of difficulties. Emily is passionate about fostering self-awareness and developing social skills. Emily aspires to help children feel confident in their own abilities while simultaneously encouraging collaboration and compassion. She enjoys the small class size and community at Perkins, and is committed to fostering a deep love of learning in her students. When not in the classroom, Emily enjoys hiking, reading and practicing yoga.

B.A., French, Western Washington University. Elementary Education Endorsement, Woodring College of Education

Larissa Zubair

Larissa Zubair

1st Grade Core Teacher

Larissa began working with kids in Perkins’s summer program before then assuming the role of Extended Day Program Director. Her teaching talent and easy connection with children clearly indicated a burgeoning talent. After taking on other roles at Perkins, Larissa received her teaching endorsement through Western Washington University in 2009. A multitalented person, Larissa is making beautiful children’s art display and creating dynamic social studies curricula. Enthusiastic about all aspects of her profession, Larissa motivates both her students and colleagues.

A.A., North Seattle Community College; BA K-8 Teaching Certificate & Special Education Endorsement, Western Washington University

Kady Shumway

Kady Shumway

Second/Third Grade Core Teacher

Kady comes to Perkins after teaching in Boston Public Schools and Seattle Independent Schools in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. Prior to teaching Kady was a full time athlete, training and racing with the United States National Rowing team, earning four World Championship titles before hanging up her oars and shifting her focus to education. Kady is enthusiastic and passionate about working with kids and brings her experience as an athlete and a teammate to the classroom, working to develop students’ collaborative and social skills while tackling tough academic challenges. Outside of teaching, Kady enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her wife.

B.S. Psychology, Northeastern University; M.A.T. Elementary Licensure, Northeastern University

Elana Fruchtman

Elana Fruchtman

Second/Third Grade Core Teacher

Elana comes to Perkins from New York and Seattle independent schools. She has worked with students in a variety of settings, in and out of the classroom, and most recently with college students at the University of Washington. Passionate about social justice, Elana volunteers with a variety of organizations around the Pacific Northwest towards building a more just and equal world – and she loves to bring social justice conversations and activism into the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Elana loves reading, hiking, camping, and cooking for friends and family.

B.A., Religion, Vassar College; New York State Elementary Teaching Certification

Nancy King

Nancy King

Second/Third Grade Core Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator

Nancy has never, in over 30 years as an educator, lost her enthusiasm and excitement for teaching. She founded and directed an independent school in Shoreline, Washington, but her heart lies in classroom teaching. She has taught single and multi-age groupings of every age from preschool through fifth grade in private schools in both Washington and Illinois. She also has extensive experience in curriculum development, writing scripts and directing children’s theatre, and leading workshops for educators. Nancy is truly a “master” teacher.

B.S. of Ed., Elementary Ed/Children’s Theatre, Illinois State University; and Washington Teaching Credentials, K-12, University of Washington

Alex Wenger

Alex Wenger

Fourth/Fifth Grade Core Teacher

Alex has experience teaching in Maine, Massachusetts and Washington State. She loves letting kids run with their big ideas and encouraging curiosity in her students. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling the globe, playing in the rain with her two boys, growing edible snacks in her garden, and her most recent hobby, sleeping.

B.A Art History, Bates College; M.Ed. Elementary Education Lesley University

Ali Parizer

Ali Parizer

Fourth/Fifth Grade Core Teacher

Ali has been teaching for over twelve years and has experience working with students from preschool through high school, both inside and outside the classroom. Most of Ali’s professional career has been spent as an environmental educator where she was able to teach to one of her passions; helping students find the interconnections between the human and natural world. Ali is very excited to join the Perkins team so she can implement her desire to build meaningful curriculum and help foster a creative classroom community. Out of the classroom you can find Ali backpacking through the Pacific Northwest, working in her garden, designing her next sewing project and overall finding ways get outside.

B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Hartford; M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education from University of Washington; Graduate Certificate in Environment, Education and Community from Islandwood. Washington State Teaching Credentials – Elementary Education.

Zoë Dash

Zoë Dash

Science Teacher and Environmental Education Director

Zoë has taught with the Audubon Society of Portland, the Outdoor Classroom in Ohio, IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, and Bryant Elementary and Westside School, both in Seattle. She has also spent time in Ecuador researching environmental education efforts for children. Zoë loves making science come alive for her students by using hands-on experiments, exploration and getting the kids outside whenever possible for firsthand experiences with gardening and local ecosystems. When she’s not teaching, Zoë takes advantage of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest by hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting, browsing Farmers Markets, digging in her garden, and baking zucchini bread for her students.

B.A., Environmental Studies, Oberlin College; M.Ed., Science Education, University of Washington; Graduate Certificate, Education, Environment, & Community, IslandWood

Andy Crane

Andy Crane

Music Teacher and Extended Day Program Director

Andy is an active working musician and multi-instrumentalist. His love and passion for music has motivated him to pass this gift on to younger audiences. With a broad musical background, Andy brings a wide variety of educational approaches to engage all students. Andy views his role in the classroom as an opportunity to empower his students with the gift of music, and help them to grow not only as musicians but as individuals. He teaches private and group lessons at the Meter Music School as well as various camps and programs in the Seattle area. Beyond his teaching, Andy plays in a handful of bands that perform around Seattle and all over the country. When not teaching or playing, Andy enjoys art, hiking, bicycling, and a wide variety of other outdoor activities.

BFA Professional Music with emphasis on Composition, Production, and Engineering at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. Level I Kodaly Certified, Kodaly Levels Program of Seattle. Studied Jazz Performance at Seattle Central CC.

Hannah Nkeulia

Hannah Nkeulia

French Teacher. Lower Grade Art Teacher and Assisting 1st Grade Teacher

Hannah’s love of French has taken her to many corners of the world and she is thrilled to share that passion with young language learners. Her areas of expertise include French/English translation and Sub-Saharan African literature and her work has been published in Peace Review. As part of her degree, Hannah wrote an ethnography of Cameroonian hair salons, conducted research on women’s literature in Rwanda, translated Haitian legislation on child welfare, and designed a curricular initiative to address the lack of foreign language education in U.S. public schools. When she’s not dreaming up new ideas for her students, her interests include candy making, road tripping, and searching for the perfect picnic spot with her husband.

B.A., Educational Studies and French and Francophone Studies, Macalester College

Jennifer Flaningam

Jennifer Flaningam

Physical Education Teacher

Jennifer grew up in Southern California and has always had a passion for health and fitness. It is her goal to teach every child that fitness is fun and should be part of their life forever. Starting at a young age, it became clear that sports was a passion and she grew into a multi-sport varsity athlete in high school with crew and soccer being her favorite sports. Her success on her high school crew team led her to dedicate her college years to her university’s varsity crew team. She has been teaching physical education and coaching for over 12 years from the preschool to high school level. When not designing and teaching PE classes, she enjoys running, playing on her soccer team, as well as traveling and exploring the outdoors with her friends and family.

B of Ed in Physical Education, Gonzaga University

Megan Peck

Megan Peck

Extended Day Coordinator & Teaching Assistant

Megan hails from the wilds of Montana but has found a love of water and teaching here in Seattle. With a basis in Early Childhood Development and Music, Megan is excited to be EDP Director of Perkins. Megan enjoys the flexibility of EDP and all of the learning that comes from working with multiple age groups. Megan is also present during the Perkins school day in order to bring a sense of cohesion and ease to the transition from school day to EDP activities. When not power-walking through the halls of Perkins, Megan can be found in her backyard reading or moseying around the Ballard Market with the latest seasonal squash in her bag.

B.A. in Music with a focus on the French Horn from the University of Montana, Missoula, MT
MERIT certified from the Washington State Department of Early Learning

Shana Reiss de Reyes

Shana Reiss de Reyes

Assistant Head of School

Shana brings a breadth of experience to her role as Assistant Head of School. Before joining the administrative team in 2012, she spent over ten years as a classroom teacher, first in urban public schools in NY and then at Spruce Street School. Teaching and learning remain her passion, and she enjoys helping “behind the scenes,” working with teachers to deepen their practice, coordinating new initiatives around the school, and solving technology mysteries . When she is not at Perkins, she enjoys spending time with her favorite Perkins students: her two daughters.

BS, Communication Disorders and Psychology, University of Massachusetts; M.A. Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College at Columbia University.

Suzanne Coleman

Suzanne Coleman

Learning Specialist and Director of Differentiation

Suzanne has been an educator for over 20 years as a classroom teacher, tutor, learning specialist, and teacher collaborator. Working in independent, progressive schools throughout the majority of her education, training, and career, Suzanne feels that Perkins is a perfect fit. Meeting children where they are, in order to support their learning in social, emotional, and academic areas is ideal, and Suzanne feels fortunate to be able to continue her work with The Perkins School and larger community where these principles are practiced. When she is not learning with children, Suzanne enjoys reading, as well as watching her three sons run cross country, play Ultimate, and most recently, play football.

B.A., Latin American Studies, University of Colorado
M.A., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, New York University

Angie Gianelli

Angie Gianelli

Admissions Director & Business Manager

Angie has been an auditor and operations manager at a bank for many years. In more recent years she’s enjoyed managing a small business, coordinating math competitions at the middle school level and raising two sons with her husband. She’s an enthusiast for historical fiction and history books, particularly in the King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth era, as well as the American frontier.

Bunny

Bunny

School Dog

Bunny enjoys coming to Perkins because of her love for children and the vast opportunities for dropped food throughout the school.

Ollie

Ollie

School Dog

Ollie loves racing around the halls of Perkins. When he isn’t playing tug of war with kindergarteners, he can be found napping in Barry’s office.

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