Administration


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Luke Davis
Headmaster

Luke received his BA in English from the University of North Florida in 2005. Three years later he earned an MA in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. Luke has 13 years of experience in classical Christian education, initially serving as a teacher, then a secondary school principal, and currently as SCCS Headmaster. His vocation is to serve families as they pursue the paideia of God for their children (Ephesians 6:4). Luke has four children with his wife Lynn, and they call the Central District neighborhood home. His family enjoys eating good food, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and Seattle sports.

 
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Robi A. Marshall
Director of Teaching and Learning

Robi A. Marshall joins SCCS as interim Director of Teaching and Learning from the Marshall Education Group, a company providing innovative solutions for classical and Christian schools. Mrs. Robi Marshall provides over 35 years of experience to administrators, teachers, parents and students. Co-founder, former Curriculum Director, and AP English Lit teacher at Coram Deo Academy, Robi has been active in the education field since 1976. Her resume includes launching successful Christian schools, assisting in the renaissance of the classical Christian movement, and innovating new programs within existing classical schools. Having spoken at over one hundred public forums explaining the depth of and necessity for classical education, she regularly trains classical Christian teachers and administrators in leading their schools. Firmly believing the Latin proverb, cum docemus discismus, “While we teach, we learn,” Robi remains passionate about learning and cultivating a comprehensive liberal arts education in all of life.

 
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Shannon McCormick
Director of Operations

Shannon graduated in 2005 with a degree in Graphic Design from Keiser University. For the last seven years she has put that design sense, along with her extensive administrative skills, to use for an array of organizations. Shannon has served as SCCS Director of Operations for three years, ensuring that both the day-to-day and long-term functions of the school run smoothly. Shannon lives in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, and spends her free timing reading, hiking, and exploring Seattle.

 
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Joy Radford
Director of Marketing and Development

Joy graduated in 2004 with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. She spent 14 years at a Seattle-based communications firm, providing marketing, communications, and branding services to a wide range of clients, from private to public, local to federal. Additionally, Joy served on the SCCS School board from 2014 until 2018. She is passionate about connecting people and building new ventures from the ground up. Joy and her husband Dave have three daughters, all of whom are SCCS students. They love to enjoy great food, laugh together, and spend time with their friends and neighbors.

 

Lower School


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Stephanie Thoen
PreK and Afternoon Enrichment

Stephanie attended Ecola Bible School and has been working in early childhood education for 16 years, a career that she knows is absolutely her calling. She has a deep belief that every child is capable of more than we imagine and she enjoys helping her students grow in that capacity. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, seeing movies, reading, and attending family gatherings.

 
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Heidi Mkrtschjan
Kindergarten

Heidi received her BA in Elementary Education from Moody Bible Institute in 2007. Following her time at Moody, she spent two years teaching third grade at a christian school in Chicago’s Chinatown and five years as the children’s director at a local church. After that time, she returned to education and taught kindergarten for five years. In 2018, Heidi moved to Seattle and joined SCCS, serving in the PreK class. She is excited to return to teaching Kindergarten this year, where she can help young children develop a love for learning. Heidi and her husband Mike live in the Central District with their two pet kittens.

 
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Rebecca Kauffman
1st Grade

Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Moody Bible Institute-Spokane with a BS in Biblical Studies in 2014. She gained initial experience in classical education through a classroom aid internship at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy and subsequent training through the Association of Classical Christian Schools. Rebecca has taught first grade at SCCS for 6 years and she is passionate about helping students find their strengths and about sharing the love and joy of Jesus with them. Rebecca lives in the Magnolia neighborhood, where she enjoys spending time in nature, eating great food, and expressing her thoughts on paper.

 
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Kathy Sturm
2nd Grade

Kathy is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BS in Biology and a certificate in Secondary Education. She has taught high school science classes at public schools in Nebraska, Texas, and Illinois, as well as homeschooled her five children through high school in the classical model. Kathy has spent the last four years teaching second grade at SCCS, where it has been her joy to help students and families love Jesus. She has been happily married to Craig for 29 years and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.

 
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Rebecca Kessler
3rd Grade

Rebecca received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida in 2010. Prior to coming to SCCS, she taught in Classical Christian education for nine years, including two years teaching Latin in both the Grammar and Secondary levels and five years teaching third grade. Additionally, she has received training from the Association of Classical Christian Schools. Rebecca loves sharing the goodness and beauty of Christ with her students in all areas of academia. She lives with her husband Daniel in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. When not teaching, Rebecca enjoys beautiful music, a good workout, an awesome book, and a delicious cup of coffee.

 
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Matt Beever
4th Grade

Matt graduated cum laude from Hillsdale College in 2000 with a BA in English and History. He has over 17 years of teaching experience, most of which has been in classical Christian education. He has taught at SCCS for 8 years, where he considers 4th grade his favorite grade to teach. In addition to leading a classroom, Matt has developed curriculum, mentored faculty, and trained parents on the classical Christian approach. Additionally, he has received ongoing professional development through the Association of Classical and Christian Schools. Matt grew up in Oklahoma and has lived with his wife Meaghan in Michigan, Kansas, Utah, eastern Washington, and California before moving to Seattle. Outside the classroom, Matt enjoys cycling, hiking, quality books, photography, and golf.

 
 

Meg Hixson
5th Grade

Meg Hixson graduated in 1999 from Northwestern University in Minnesota, where she received her BA in Christian Education and minor in Bible. In 2001, she earned an MA in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) from Oklahoma City University. Meg has had the priviledge to homeschool her own three children in the classical model, while serving in various tutoring positions in her local Classical Conversations Co-op. Most recently, she taught English, Speech, Bible, and Language Arts at the secondary level. Meg is married to Fred, a recent Lieutenant Colonel US Air Force retiree, and they and their three children have lived in many duty stations including Washington, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas, most recently settling in Seattle. In her spare time, Meg enjoys making breakfast and drinking coffee with her family, CrossFit, hiking, and re-reading Pride and Prejudice.

 
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Lilia McGeorge
6th Grade

Lilia graduated from the University of Washington-Tacoma in 2016 with a BS in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and a minor in Education. She has taught at SCCS for two years and loves the opportunity to educate sixth graders and share her passion for the Gospel and Christ. Lilia and her husband Josh live in Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. When not teaching, Lilia volunteers as a coach for youth wrestling, and enjoys hiking, watching movies, and spending time with her husband, family, and dog.

 

Middle School


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Adam Stevenson
Logic School Humanities, School-Wide Latin

Adam is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, where he earned a BA in Biblical Languages, and Wheaton College Graduate School, where he earned MA’s in both Historical & Systematic Theology and Biblical Exegesis. Before joning SCCS, he spent 8 years teaching and administrating at a classical Christian school in the suburbs of Chicago where he taught Humanities, Bible, Latin, and Greek. Adam loves being a teacher because formative and rigorous learning is done best in a Christian community where students are free to love God with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength. A Pacific Northwest native, he pursues the active and contemplative life, which is why his hobbies include reading, hiking, reading, soccer, reading, and woodworking. Adam and his wife, Tamara, have four children.

 
 

Will Traynor
Bible

Will has a passion to teach children to love the glory of God by studying the beauty of the Bible. He first taught the Bible as a relief worker in Liberia, West Africa, serving orphaned and abandoned children. He moved to Seattle in 2010 and continued to pursue this field, teaching 7th and 9th grade Bible at a local Christian school. Currently Will serves as a pastor at Taproot church in Burien. He enjoys puns, artisan coffee, cooking, and spending time with his wife, Emily, and their two daughters, Piper and Maggie.

 
 

Carreen Raynor
Composition

Carreen earned a BA in English through Thomas Edison State University. Initially intending to pursue writing, she fell in love with Christian classical education during her time teaching language arts at Oak Grove Classical Academy in Albuquerque, NM. Since then she has continued her development as a teacher of the good, the true, and the beautiful through the CiRCE Institute's Apprenticeship program. When not teaching or reading, Carreen enjoys rock climbing, traveling, coffee shopping, and babywearing. She and her husband have one daughter, Alison, and a new baby due in November 2019.

 
 

Melissa Sackett
Science, Math, and Logic

Melissa graduated from Whitman College in 1998 with a BA in Spanish and Biology. She went on to complete her Masters in Teaching at George Fox University in 2006. Melissa taught at the high school and middle school level for six years in the subject areas of general science, biology and Spanish before starting the journey of educating her own children at home. Classical education became an integral part of this journey as Melissa participated as a tutor alongside her four children within the Classical Conversations program. Melissa lives on Vashon Island with her husband, four children, two rabbits, an orchard, and a growing garden. She is passionate about knowing God, and making Him known through the process of teaching and learning.

 

Specialists


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Debra Mason
Art

Debra Mason has an AA in Interior Design from Bassist Institute and a BA from The Burnley School of Professional Art. She worked in the corporate field of advertising and graphic design for over 12 years, as an expert in design, layout, and branding. After having children of her own, she decided to take her knowledge into the field of education. Debra developed the After School Art Program in the Bellevue School District, which she taught for over 10 years. She was an art specialist at The Bear Creek School for 8 1/2 years, and currently runs an Art Enrichment Program at the Bellevue Club where she has worked for over 17 years. The strength in Debra's teaching comes from the Lord, first and foremost, along with the profound knowledge she learned in her design schools. She uses all professional mediums, and usually teaches a two-hour block in which the students can finish an amazing piece of art.

 
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Emily Sana
Music

Emily graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BS in Music and Human and Organizational Development. She sang in ensembles at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music and is currently a chorister with the Seattle Symphony Chorale, having sung in world premieres, masterworks, and recording sessions. Her favorite pieces to-date are Britten’s A War Requiem, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Mass in B Minor, and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. Emily believes that music literacy is an essential component of classical education and human formation, and her passion for ear-training and music theory inform her approach to children’s choir at SCCS. Emily and her husband Marshall have two daughters enrolled at SCCS.

 
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Naomi Leavens
PE , PreK Aide

Naomi is a Seattle Pacific University alumna who loves working with children. Prior to joining SCCS staff, she taught elementary students in children’s ministry, led youth groups, and served as a nanny. As part of the SCCS staff, she enjoys leading students in the fun and challenge of physical fitness. Naiomi lives with her husband Ryan in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. In her free time Naomi enjoys hiking, camping, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

 

Aides


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MeLisa VanderVeen
Administrative Aide

MeLisa graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Spanish and a minor in Psychology. She has served with missions organizations in six different countries. She loves the various languages and cultures God has created and carries her passion for the mission field into the classrooms of SCCS. MeLisa enjoys exploring the outdoors, gardening, and writing. She and her husband Matt have three children at SCCS.

 
 

Jenny Whelan
Administrative Aide

Jenny received her BA in Interior Design with a minor in Business Administration from Seattle Pacific University in 2006. After leaving the design field to be a stay-at-home mom, she cultivated a passion for teaching her kids what lifelong health looks like. She became a Crossfit-L1 Coach and a Whole30 Certified Coach to help connect with and teach others who have the same desire. Jenny has volunteered in children’s ministry at her church for years and loves to see how kids view the world. She and her husband Josh live in the Beacon Hill neighborhood and have three children who attend SCCS. When not at school Jenny can be found in workout clothes, cooking for people who never stop eating, crafting for an upcoming party, and going on adventures with her family.

 
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Rachel Eby
Classroom Aide

Rachel is a graduate of Whitworth College’s theater program, with an emphasis in Arts Administration and Performance. She has worked in professional regional theater and dabbled in the opera world. Inspiring students to share stories on stage is one of Rachel's great passions. She is excited to continue as the 1st grade aide and lead the way in establishing a theater program at SCCS. Rachel and her husband Joel live in the Normandy Park area of Seattle and have four children, all of whom attend SCCS.

 
 

Alice Loh
Classroom Aide

Alice graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Microbiology and Pharmacology, in 2008 and a Masters of Teaching, Secondary Science, in 2011 from University of Sydney in Australia. She spent eight years as a full-time science instructor, teaching general science, biology and chemistry, as well as one year as a grade 7 coordinator. Alice has worked with children of all age groups during her ministry years in church, beach mission and short-term mission in Thailand. She is passionate about seeing her students love learning and be curious about the world in which God has created and placed them in. Alice lives in Belltown with her husband and enjoys exploring nature via hikes, cycling, and travel, as well as spending time baking, cooking, and gardening.