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Shafaq Abidi

Abidi, Shafaq

Kitchen Manager

Alams, Grace

Creative Kids Director

Andrade, Norma

Teacher-2nd Grade

8th year teaching as a 4th  or 5th grade teacher, with 4 years at Viewlands. I love working at Viewlands (and teaching) because I learn every single day.  I’m a student of life. I love reading, running, and writing where I can escape since my family and I are not really travelling these days (or years really). Nah humbug.  COVID, will we defeat you one day?

Octavo ano enseñando como profesora de 4º o 5º grado, con 4 años en Viewlands. Me encanta trabajar en Viewlands (y enseñar) porque aprendo todos los días.  Soy  estudiante de la vida. Me encanta leer, correr y escribir donde puedo escapar, ya que mi familia y yo no estamos viajando realmente en estos días (o años realmente). Que pena!  COVID, ¿desapareceras algún día?

Arango, Craig

Teacher-5th Grade
Lauren 2021

Bangasser, Lauren

Physical Education

Hi! My name is Lauren Bangasser and I am the Physical Education teacher at Viewlands. Outside of work I can be found biking, skiing, dancing, hiking, walking my dog around Greenlake, and playing soccer and Ultimate frisbee. I look forward to working with our students and sharing my love of physical activity with them. I believe that movement is for everybody and it is my goal to help all of our students find different ways of moving that bring them joy, allow them to connect with their peers, and build their skills and confidence for an active life.

Barry, Erica

Counselor & 504 Building Coordinator

*Viewlands hours: Mondays, Thursdays, alternate Wednesdays*

I started working at Viewlands in 2021 and am thrilled to continue on again this year! I feel lucky to work with this amazing community of staff, students and families. As a half-time counselor, I work one-on-one with students who need extra support, run small groups, and teach classroom lessons on problem solving and SEL (social-emotional learning). I serve all students at the school and any student can contact me to check-in as needed. Feel free to contact me by email with any questions or concerns you have about your student!

Cullen-Benson, Brendan


I am the visual arts teacher for all students at Viewlands. I have been teaching art over a decade, everything from kindergarten up to 12th grade, but I have spent the last 6 years at Viewlands. I have a family of my own here in Seattle after moving here 8 years ago and it’s a community I am proud to be part of! I feel that my role here at Viewlands is to provide our students with an outlet to best express themselves and give all students frequent exposure to the many tools and mediums of art. I make art myself and know firsthand how it has made my own life better and look forward to sharing that with all the students at Viewlands.

Leandra 2021

Davidson, Leandra

Office Assistant

Leandra is a cat lover, traveler, teller of jokes, hoodie collector, thrifter, food lover, adventurer, and coffee connoisseur.

Dewey-Valentine, Clay

Teacher-3rd Grade

Clay Valentine grew up attending Seattle Public Schools and returned to them 5 years ago to be a teacher. He has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and now works as a reading and math support specialist. When he's not teaching, you can find him on the disc golf course, reading a science fiction novel, or coaching ultimate frisbee.

Diehl, Dexter

Special Education Teacher - Distinct

Hi, My name is Dexter Diehl. I am excited to be your teacher for the 2023-2024 school year. This will be my 9th year teaching, but 1st year in Washington schools. I have two rowdy puppies, Roscoe and Sterling. I enjoy reading, crafts, being in the outdoors and spoiling my dogs. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Exceptional Education from The University of Central Florida.  In addition, I have my Masters in Elementary Education, specializing in Exceptional education.

I hope the rest of your day is awesome!


Rebecca Dubin

Dubin, Rebecca

School Nurse

I am thrilled to be the new Hawthorne school nurse! I have been a nurse since 2001 and a school nurse since 2018. I’m honored to partner with students and their families in support of their health. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and our pets. We enjoy sports, camping, travel, walks, and good food.
Please contact me any time if you have any questions or concerns about your student’s health.

I received my bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Washington in 2001 and worked in public health nursing before joining SPS. I also have a master's degree in anthropology with an emphasis on medical anthropology. Going way back, my high school gymnastics team won Minnesota's state gymnastics championship in 1989. No, I cannot still do the splits.

My passions are mental health, immunizations, and working with diverse populations. Above all, I am here to help keep students safe, support their health needs, and promote understanding of the connections between health and education.

Please email, call, or stop by any time.

Go Phoenixes!

Erickson, Kirsten


Frahm, Jessica

Occupational Therapist - Cascade Virtual Option

Kelil, Gebiyo

Custodial Engineer
Alexander Gorohoff

Gorohoff, Alexander

Teacher-Academic Intervention
Nicole Hill

Hill, Nicole

Special Education Instructional Assistant

Kirksey, Paul

Peter Koslik

Koslik, Peter

Special Education Instructional Assistant
Breanne Kutch

Kutch, Breanne

Teacher-Academic Intervention Specialist