Rachel Agamalian, Educational Specialist

Ms. Agamalian is excited to be joining Catalyst Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.  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. 


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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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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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Ms. Patnode was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA. She and her family moved to Washington in 2007, where she finished high school and attended

Western Washington University majoring in Sociology with a minor in Psychology.


After working as a substitute para-educator, Ms. Patnode worked for Easter Seals Education Services supporting students 1:1 while providing support and behavioral intervention, provided onsite training to other educators, and advocated for more extensive training for

substitute Behavior Technicians.  Ms. Patnode also served in administrative roles for Early Head Start and ParentChild+ programs with Children’s Home Society of Washington.


In her free time, she enjoys spending time at home or in the outdoors with her husband and 2 year old daughter, whether that is tending to their garden, cooking, reading, dancing in the livingroom, or exploring different state parks in the Kitsap area.


Ms. Patnode loves working with children more than anything and has a true passion for working in Special Education. She is excited to be able to bring the skills she’s built so far to the team at Catalyst and continue to learn and develop as a Support Specialist and educator.

Deanna Patnode, Education Support Specialist