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.

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.

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

1st Grade 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

Emily Bond

Emily Bond

Second/Third 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

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

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.

Nimisha Joshi

Nimisha Joshi

Math Specialist

Nimisha has worked with International schools in India and has several years of experience teaching languages. Before Perkins, she successfully led the implementation and authorization of International Baccalaureate (IB) program for Ascend International School and helped align school’s Elementary curriculum. As a founding team member of that school, she contributed to building collaborative school culture and advocated for the best teaching practices. As a lifelong learner, she draws her inspiration from TED talks and books written about the current trends in education. When not occupied by the school, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, learning various dance forms, or running.

B.S., M.A. in English, University of Mumbai, M.A. in Educational Leadership, University of Northern Iowa. IB Regional Certificates on Concept based curriculum, Transdisciplinary curriculum, Collaboration in teaching, and Pedagogical leadership

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

Jessica Hagashi

Jessica Hagashi

Physical Education Teacher

Born in Boise, Idaho, Jessica was a competitive gymnast with the dream of competing at the collegiate level. She was also on the track team in high school and received a track and field scholarship to attend Texas A & M University-Kingsville, where she earned Lone Star Conference Awards in the pole vault and is still the school record holder. In addition to Jessica’s athletic achievements, she was also a dedicated student, receiving consecutive All-Lone Star Conference Academic Honors from 2002-2006. After obtaining her Physical Education endorsement from Boise State University, Jessica started the P.E. program at The Village Charter School in Idaho. There she taught Kindergarten through Eighth grade and was described by her principal as “a superstar.” Outside of the classroom she enjoys running, being outdoors, gardening, and spending time with her husband and young son.

BS, Kinesiology, Texas A&M; certified in Physical Education, Boise State University

Rhianon Wood-Snyderman

Rhianon Wood-Snyderman

Assistant Kindergarten Teacher

Rhianon has been working in the field of education for over 12 years, with students ranging from infants to college. By witnessing her students’ excitement, she is reminded daily of the wonder of learning. Rhianon considers herself an “experienced educational guide” rather than a “teacher.” In this capacity, she facilitates an invigorating learning environment, co-constructed with the students, to provide meaningful and relevant experiences. Outside of school, she enjoys camping, reading, traveling and spending time with her husband and their dog.

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.

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.

Jackie Kelly

Jackie Kelly

Office Manager

Jackie grew up in Seattle in the Ravenna neighborhood. She is the school’s ‘go to’ person. Multi-talented, Jackie bakes bread for the school every week, creates the school’s newsletter, acts as our school nurse, and so much more. She’s raised two children, loves children and animals, and enjoys gourmet cooking and reading in her spare time.

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.

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