Leadership

Mrs. Therese Allin President, Head of School

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Western Washington University, B.A.
University of Portland, M.A.
Saint Martin’s University, Principal’s Certification

How I serve and why I support the JPII mission:

Students need more than academics, they need an education that challenges them to be prepared – not just for college or career, but for life. They need to belong to a community that accepts them with love as the incredible person who God created. They need to be nurtured to explore and deepen their faith through relationship with Jesus. They need to belong, to feel loved, challenged, and supported. When young men and women know that they are supported, they know that they can explore their strengths, step outside their comfort zone to explore their options. Truly they are open to growth – to become their best selves, the person God intends them to be.

About my previous experiences:
Mathematics Teacher and Leader at Centralia High School; Mathematics Teacher at Hoquiam High School

I hail from:

Spokane, WA

In my spare time:

I cherish spending time with family, crocheting and reading.

Mr. Braeden Neal Principal

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Washington State University, B. A.

Western Governors University, MEd-EDL (in progress)

Why I support the JPII mission:

The beauty of catholic education is we get to foster growth in the spiritual side of the student as well as the academic side. I am so excited to provide opportunities for these young men and women to grow into the missionary disciples the world needs.

About my previous experiences:

I have worked as a catholic educator at the middle school level for four years. I taught math for a year in Bellevue at St. Louise, then spent three years at St. Patrick School teaching math, religion, and history.

I hail from:

Olympia, WA.

In my spare time:

I love playing spending time with my wife and our two beautiful boys, golfing, and spending time with friends.

My family:

I have been married to my wife Lauren for four years, and my wife and I are parents to two boys. Beckett is turning three this August and Harvey turns one in September. Being parents has been the biggest blessing in our lives.

Faculty & Staff

Mrs. Margie Antles Administrative Assistant

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Medical College of Virginia, B.A.
University of Chicago, M.A.
Northwestern University, MBA

How I serve and why I support the JPII mission:

Impacting these precious students even in a small way is truly the best job in the world!

About my previous experiences:

Pharmacist, Director of Health Care Initiatives for Strategic Communications Firm

I hail from:

The Windy City-North side. DNA includes South Side. Chicago, Il

In my spare time:

You may find me weeding the yard on a summer day and I love to play cards! I have an adorable daughter who keeps me grounded, makes me giggle and a fabulous husband who adores me. Truly blessed.

Mr. Gary Baits Spanish

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Point Loma College, B.A.
American Baptist Seminary of the West, M.Div.
Framingham State University, M.Ed.

Step Up; National Honor Society

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

I love to see students grow as servant leaders. I take joy in seeing lights come on as students learn, stretch themselves, expand their worldview, and offer their gifts as servant leaders to a hurting world.

About my previous experiences:

I served as an American Baptist Pastor in Oregon and Washington with my wife, Mylinda. We served as global servants with a group of churches in Costa Rica for 12 years.

I hail from:

San Diego, CA

In my spare time:

Play coed softball, garden, write, enjoy time with my wife and our two adult children.

Ms. Gwen Bowen Humanities

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University of Notre Dame de Namur, B.A. 
University of Notre Dame de Namur, Teaching Credential
University of California at Berkeley, Teaching Certificate

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

I teach by encouraging students to use their talents in challenging them to expand their knowledge, enable their decision making and promote firmness of character. I see myself as a mentor on the students’ faith journey in deepening their communion with God, themselves, and the greater community.

About my previous experiences:

I have been working as an educator for over twenty-five years in the U.S. and abroad. I recently taught for eighteen years at a small private school in San Jose, CA and then for a year at a large high school in Redwood City, CA.

I hail from:

I was born in Seattle and raised in San Jose, California. However, all my family is from Grays Harbor County. 

In my spare time:

I love to experience diverse cultures and religions through international travel. I also take great joy in visiting the natural beauty of our national parks. At home I enjoy reading historical fiction, watching international dramas and cooking global dishes.  

Dr. Kate Boyle Advancement Director

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St. Norbert College, B.A. (Psychology)

Mankato State University M.S. (Counseling & Student Personnel)

Indiana University Ph.D. (Educational Leadership & Policy Studies)

Why I support the JPII mission:

I was educated at a Catholic, college-prep high school and I am drawn to help others recognize how this experience was foundational to everything that I have done in my career. I also specialized as a professor in the development between adolescence and adulthood.

About my previous experiences:

Chief Operational Officer – Pacific Lutheran University; Provost | Vice President of Academic Affairs – Saint Martin’s University; Dean of Education & Counseling – Saint Martin’s University; Professor in Leadership & Higher Education & Student Affairs master’s & doctoral programs – University of Saint Thomas

I hail from:

I was born in Rhinelander, WI and grew up in Wisconsin and Illinois.

In my spare time:

I love to travel, read, walk, and experience the beauty of the PNW. I also enjoy time with my extended family – my mother lives with me, and I have several nieces and nephews who have their families here in Washington.

Mr. Leland Brungardt Choir Director

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South Puget Sound Community College A.A.

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

I love how JPII nurtures students intellectually as well as spiritually. It is something that I feel is incredibly necessary in our busy modern times.

About my previous experiences:

I’ve been working in non-profit children’s theater programs for over 10 years. I’m the music director for Apple Tree Productions where we work with young people putting on musicals.

I hail from:

Olympia, WA

In my spare time:

When I’m not busy I love to unwind with my cats and play video games. One of my very favorite things is to take a long walk and listen to music. I’m also the accompanist for First Christian Church every Sunday.

Mr. Travis Conn Art

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The Evergreen State College, B.A.

Master Metalsmith

Ms. Megan Davis Mathematics & Science

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University of the Incarnate Word, B.S.
Saint Martin’s University, MIT

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

I believe in teaching to the whole student, I utilize a student’s prior knowledge and build upon that as they continue to learn. I strive to make sure that each student’s needs are met as they work individually and with others, so they are challenged and can grow.

About my previous experiences:

Prior to JPII, I taught two years in the Clover Park School District teaching middle school. I have taught CTE, science, and math intervention.

I hail from:

Maryville, TN

In my spare time:

I like to read, go on walks, and spend time with my family.

Mrs. Laura Dietz College Counselor

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Pacific Lutheran University, B.A.
Saint Martin’s University M.Ed

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

I give my all to helping students succeed. I am passionate about well-rounded students who in return, give their all to their education.

About my previous experiences:

My work experience has been in high school counseling at Yelm High School. I frequently volunteer with various schools doing resume workshops, FBLA judging and mock interviews.

I hail from:

Olympia, WA

In my spare time:

My family and I love boating, swimming, alpine skiing, and playing games. I love spending time with friends and learning to golf! I love quiet times on walks with my dog and dreaming of a Scandinavian vacation.

Mrs. Lali Espinoza Bookkeeper/Office Manager

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Universidad del Azuay, B.A. (Business Administration)

University of Washington ELS

Seattle Pacific University MBA

Why I support the JPII mission:

JPII’s strong commitment to help students achieve success as a whole human being, not just academically. Students are enriched spiritually so they can better serve this world. This is amazing and it is truly inspiring to be part of this good work.

About my previous experiences:

I have worked in the banking industry in Ecuador and in the United States.

I hail from:

I am from Cuenca, Ecuador!

In my spare time:

I love to spend time with my family. Visiting and having long chats with my friends. Traveling to Ecuador at least once a year to visit all my family and friends.

My family:

I have two sons, Juan Fer and David. Juan Fer is graduating this year from Washington State University with a major in architecture and David is a freshman at JPII. My husband Pablo loves computer technology and works for the state of Washington. He is a cyber security expert. We are originally from Ecuador and have been living here for more than 24 years.

Mr. Nicholas Hall Jazz Band Director

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Why I support the JPII mission:

My aim is to use my passion for music to inspire students to reach greater heights with their own musical ability, and use those talents to spread joy and tell stories to others.

About my previous experiences:

I have experience working with local professional theaters, including Harlequin Productions. I have also worked as a Co-Director and Musical Director for a production at Centralia College.

I hail from:

Nashville, Tennessee and Los Angeles

In my spare time:

I am avid listener to music of all genres, and can be found performing in shows frequently across town.

Ms. Lan Mai Mathematics & Science

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Portland State University, M. Ed.
Ball State University, M. A.

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

All my achievements were a blessing from God. He gave me the best education, strength when I was most desperate, and a loving family. I support JPII’s mission because God has supported me and my family.

About my previous experiences:

I started my teaching career at New Urban High School and was later transferred to Adrienne C. Nelson High School.

I hail from:

I was born in Vietnam and moved to the United States when I was 14. I have been living in Portland, OR.

In my spare time:

I like to spend time in nature, travelling and taking pictures.

Mr. Joshua Myers Social Studies & Technology Coordinator

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The Evergreen State College, B.A.
Washington Governors University, MAT

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

One very important aspect of how I teach our students is to develop a personal relationship with each of them. History can be fun! So I bring my love for the subject to the classroom to excite students about history by going beyond the text and diving deeply into the stories that make history rich and alive!

About my previous experiences:

Before teaching I worked in construction, mostly in the greater Seattle area. My specialties were residential residing, window and door replacement, and deck building but I also have experience in all aspects from framing to finish carpentry.

I hail from:

Olympia, WA

In my spare time:

I enjoy the outdoors, camping and fishing are two of my favorite hobbies. I also love to cook, my favorite is grilling and smoking meats for family and friends.

Dr. Tracy Russell Science, Athletic Director & Academic Advisor

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New York University, B.A.
St. George’s University School of Medicine, M.D.
Saint Martin’s University, MIT

GradPoint; STEM Team; StellarXplorers Aerospace STEM Program; Cross Country Coach

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

My goal is to foster the natural inquisitiveness of our learners while helping them learn to be good consumers of information, being able to distinguish between the real, the false, and the misleading.

About my previous experiences:

Spent 20 years as a pediatrician, taught as an adjunct for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences and currently teach at Saint Martin’s University.

I hail from:

Okinawa, Japan (spent time as US Air Force bases all over the world)

In my spare time:

I recharge my batteries by reading, writing, cooking and sewing.

Ms. Caiti Schmitz Communications Director

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Yakima Valley College, A.A.
Central Washington University, B.S. (in progress)

How I lead and why I support the JPII mission:

I deeply believe that our youth are active and important participants in shaping our world, both in the present and future. Shaping youth that live out the mission of JPII is therefore of vital importance. If I can be even a small part of this mission, I know that what I do each day matters infinitely.

About my previous experiences:

I worked as a banker for five years before feeling a call to work for the Catholic Church. I was an administrative assistant at Saint Michael Parish for 3 years prior to making the move to serve as Executive Assistant for JPII.

I hail from:

Red Bluff, CA

In my spare time:

Developing an ever-deepening faith life is part of my daily life. I love spending time in conversation with family and friends. I enjoy reading, especially Biblical fiction. I find God in nature, so you can often find me outdoors (at least when the sun is out)! Music is very important to me, if I am not listening to my favorite artists, I am playing guitar and singing.

Dr. Heather Wallace Humanities

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Whitworth University, B.A.
Duke University, Ph.D.

Yearbook

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

Reading stories is foundational for our faith. The skills we develop by reading, discussing, and writing teach us about ourselves and open us to deeper, kinder relationships with others. God meets us through the living word and in our words to one another. It’s an honor and delight to study the power of words with JPII students.

About my previous experiences:

I taught philosophy and literature classes at Duke and Elon University while earning my Ph.D. in philosophy at Duke. In graduate school, I held a fellowship for teacher-scholars interested in serving at church-related colleges and universities. I graduated from Whitworth University, class of 2011.

I hail from:

I am a native Texan, raised in Oregon.

In my spare time:

I knit and sew, kayak and hike, cook and cuddle with cats. And of course, read. Especially sci fi by women authors and Louise Penny’s Three Pines mystery series.