SCHOLAR SUPPORT TEAM

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Rachel Agamalian, Educational Specialist

Ms. Agamalian is excited to be a part of the Catalyst Public Schools team.  When she is not at the school you can find her riding horses or spending time with my partner and our dog playing at the local dog parks.

 

As an AmeriCorps member, Ms. Agamalian spent her service year in two Seattle elementary schools providing support to the scholars and their families as well as small group reading and math interventions. When she completed her service year, she thought her calling was to be a social worker but she came to the conclusion that her passion is in special education and supporting scholars to be the best learners they can be.

 

In December of 2017,  Ms. Agamalian received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor Special Education from the University of Oregon. She has recently started working towards a Master’s degree in Special Education through Grand Canyon University. 

    

Megan Buchmeier, 1:1 Support Specialist

Ms. Buchmeier and her spouse just moved to Washington from  Juneau, Alaska in March of 2022. She called Alaska home for almost 10 years, but was raised in Skagit Valley, Washington. T

 

The majority of Ms. Buchmeier's work experience has been direct service for individuals who experience disabilities both in and out of the school setting. She has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Western Washington University. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her family and furry dog children.

 

She is super excited for the opportunity to join the Catalyst team and look forward to meeting more of you in the near future.

    

Alaina Fisher-Peterson, Operations Associate

 

Ms. Fisher-Peterson was raised with lots of family so she is used to caring for others.  She has a passion for culinary work and is excited to be able to work with Catalyst to feed scholars. She is also glad to help conserve waste of food when there are many ways to get food to people who also need it.

 

Ms. Fisher-Peterson has a toddler son who is her world.  When she is not working she is focusing on him. The values and the people who work at Catalyst are so wonderful that she would love for my son to come here in the future. 

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Sanelivi Fitiao, Social Emotional Teaching Fellow

There aren’t enough words to describe how excited Mr. Fitiao is to be a part of the Catalyst team! He comes from a family with origins in Western Samoa.

 

Mr. Fitiao grew up in Tacoma, WA, but some years ago he moved to Huntsville, Alabama to find a change in scenery. There he pursued further education, and was also presented with opportunities to work with the local schools both in person and virtually. Mr. Fitiao recently graduated with his Bachelors in Social Work from Oakwood University, which is also a HBCU in northern Alabama.

 

Eventually he found his way back home and had the great opportunity to work at Olympic Educational Service District 114. Through OESD 114 he was able to intern under different Social Workers at multiple different schools. He had the chance to work with both students and faculty from all different backgrounds. With the experience he gained he believes he is well equipped to cater to the emotional and social needs of the students here in Bremerton. He believes it is not only his purpose but also his passion to serve students in various different avenues. He plans to both help and learn as we all progress through the year. He is excited to begin and to also meet all the students and families!

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Jennifer Patrow, School Nurse

Mrs. Patrow graduated from the OHSU School of Nursing in 1997 and has a wide range of nursing experience including inpatient, rural healthcare (15 years in Indonesia), hospice, school and camp nursing. She started at Catalyst in December of 2021. She is also a Catalyst parent.   She enjoys creative writing for fun.

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Analisa Reyes, Social-Emotional Teaching Fellow

Ms. Reyes was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. She moved to Bremerton to join Catalyst Public Schools as a founding 7th Grade Teaching Fellow, and is delighted to now be working as a Social-Emotional Teaching Fellow. She appreciates that she has been able to support scholars of all needs in different settings.

 

Ms. Reyes has experience as a substitute teacher for infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms, has worked as an ABA technician, and has provided 1:1 reading, writing, and math interventions.

 

When she is not at school, you can find Ms. Reyes at home playing the guitar, singing too loudly, or picking up her roommates’ cat so they can nap together! She also enjoys exploring the beautiful PNW, going to concerts, and reading scary stories before bed. 

 

Ms. Reyes is so thankful for her new family at Catalyst, where every scholar is known, loved, and challenged. She is excited to serve each of our scholars and looks forward to supporting them as they achieve their dreams! 

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 Ms. Ruiz is thrilled to be a part of the inclusive family here at Catalyst: Bremerton. She received her Masters of Education and Education Specialist credential from the University of San Diego in May of 2020, and she spent her first year teaching a K-5 special day class as well as being a case manager for other K-3 students in San Diego County. As she begins her second year of teaching she is greatly looking forward to working with her new K-3 caseload, as well as supporting academic, behavioral, and emotional growth in all of the Catalyst scholars! 

 

As much as Ms. Ruiz has grown to love working and living in San Diego, she is overjoyed to be a new resident of Washington. Ms. Ruiz's husband is in the US Navy, and his career has moved them to the area. Ms. Ruiz hopes that this new chapter will bring an exciting adventure.  The Ruiz family have one sassy pup, Cali, who is the love of their lives. They love traveling, going to concerts, cooking, and trying new foods! On the weekends, if Ms. Ruiz is not out and about exploring, you can find her cuddled up with a fire going and a great book!

Gabby Ruiz, Education Specialist
 

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Kristin Singh was born and raised in Hawaii and remains an island girl at heart.  She moved to California after high school to attend the University of California, Irvine where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior.  She later earned her M.A. in Psychology from Humboldt State University, with an emphasis in School Psychology.

 

Kristin worked as a School Psychologist in San Diego, CA for 13 years, and served as the Associate Director of Special Education at High Tech High Charter Schools for the last five years.  She is excited to have found a new home at Catalyst Public Schools, that shares her values of equity, inclusion, diversity, and social justice.  

 

Kristin and her family are excited to be relocating to the Pacific Northwest over the summer, and can't wait to explore the area.  While away from work, Kristin enjoys dancing to live music, watching her husband perform stand-up comedy, singing along to musicals with her 8-year-old daughter, curling up with a good book (especially when it's raining outside!), road trips and visits to see family in Hawaii and Wisconsin, and spending quality time at home with the whole family.  

Kristen Singh, School Psychologist