Sierra Family Newsletter: Celebrations and Faculty Transitions - June 7, 2019

Sierra Family Newsletter: Celebrations and Faculty Transitions - June 7, 2019

Dear Spartan families,

We are going into our final week of school and there is so much to be excited about! In just a few short days, our Seniors will be making a major impact on our school by becoming our first graduating class. Please help us celebrate all of our students and families as we welcome them into alumni hood.

In addition to our seniors graduation, there is so much to celebrate, this year, we have focused on Leading Courageously and Leaving a Legacy. Leadership has been shown through our Student Government and Leadership class which implemented many projects throughout the year (such as the School Store, Racial Autobiographies, Spirit Weeks, and more). These events are setting a strong foundation for our school and we look forward to what next year will bring!

As we look toward our future, we want to take the time to inform you of some faculty changes for next year and introduce you to some amazing educators joining our team. This is a brief snippet of the team. There will be more information about our amazing new faculty and what they will be teaching soon.  Just check our website for their bios starting the beginning of July.

2019-2020 Sierra Incoming Faculty

  • Nandhini Sundaresan joins us with experience teaching in London and delivering advanced levels of instruction. She also spent 2 years writing and directing performances of the African diaspora.

  • Megan Davitt has an economics and Spanish background. She will be bringing her varied experiences to support learning to our scholars.

  • Molly Robertson is a Seattle native that spent the past 8 years teaching in Maryland. She is excited to come home and join the Sierra family.

  • Mary Koleno has years of experience teaching rhetoric and reading skills while leading teams.

  • Nicoholas Sidlin joins us with not only a ton of teaching experience but is coming from one of our Summit schools in California.

  • Isaac Leon Lozada was born and raised in Seattle, he spent his time at UW studying Chicano Studies. He also joins us from a Summit school in California.

  • Will Forrest is a 2016 Recipient of the Boettcher Foundation Teacher Recognition Award. He has focused on offering Spanish at advance levels of instruction.

  • Erin Nichol has a wealth of knowledge around building behavior and academic supports for students.

  • Charles Dowdy is coming to us with over 10 years leading, mentoring, and supporting students through transitional supports from high school to college.

  • Mike Neinaber has spent time coaching basketball and mentoring the young gentlemen at Summit Atlas. experiences and studies around leadership development with prepare our scholars to be successful inside and outside of the classroom.

  • Hope Perry joined the Summit team, after her family relocated from Colorado this year, by supporting Summit Atlas. She brings years of experience with delivering specialized services for all.

We are delighted that many of our current faculty members will be returning to our team or directly supporting our team by joining our network team!  Mr. Dacuan will be joining us as the Director of College Transitions, Mr. Hanzlick-Burton will supporting mentors through our Summit Learning program.

We also have some faculty who will be moving on to different roles outside of our organization. We want to wish Ms. Visperas, Ms. Baba, Mr. Arias, Ms. Dawson, Mr. Bakke, and Ms. Edens best wishes as they transition off of our team into their next steps in life.

> School Year 2020 Calendar

Take good care,
Ayanna, Malia, Dan, and Stefan