Ms. Andalon is thrilled to be a part of the Catalyst team this fall. She was born and raised in Southern California and has relocated to Bremerton with her family. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a concentration in Spanish. Prior to Catalyst, she's worked as a program director for an after school tutoring program and as a STEAM teacher to grades TK-8th. Ms. Andalon has always had a passion to teach and she loves seeing every student reach their fullest potential. What she loves about Catalyst is that there is a place for every student. Every student will have the opportunity to find what their passion is and will be given the tools to achieve success. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and daughter; hiking, baking, watching football, and being crafty. She am so excited to meet all the wonderful families and students soon!
Viviana Andalon, Lead Teacher
Ms. Amodei is delighted to join the Catalyst Public Schools team as a 4th grade Lead Teacher. Ms. Amodei grew up in the Pacific Northwest, dreaming of traveling and living abroad. She obtained her Bachelors of Visual and Communication Arts from Franklin College Switzerland and spent four years traveling and exploring.
In the last 14 years, Ms. Amodei has pursued certification in copy editing at University of Washington and received her Masters in Teaching from Northwest University. She is grateful for the many opportunities she has had to volunteer and work with children from daycares to marginalized students abroad and families of domestic violence. Most recently, Miss Amodei has worked as a substitute teacher for Bremerton School District and Special Education paraeducator for 4th and 5th graders.
Ms. Amodei spends her time plotting new adventures and embarking on those adventures whenever she has the time. Also along for the ride are her two boys, Nino (6) and Alyosha (3) and one crazy pup, Callie.
Sierra Amodei, Lead Teacher
John Bachner, Teacher and Lead of Social Emotional Learning, Elementary School
Mr. Bachner moved to Bremerton from the Bay Area of California. Before coming to Catalyst, Mr. Bachner served as an ESL certified 3rd grade teacher and 4th grade teacher at Match Community Day in Boston, MA. Mr. Bachner also worked as an assistant principal for three years at Rocketship Discovery Prep in east San Jose and 2 years at The Primary School in East Palo Alto, CA. During this time, he coached and supported teachers and students from Kinder to 5th grade.
Mr. Bachner is excited to share this perspective as Catalyst grows into new grades in the years ahead. As an undergrad at Lafayette College Mr. Bachner studied international affairs, traveled abroad in Ecuador, volunteered in education and wrote a thesis on environmental conservation and economic development. As such, he remains deeply passionate and committed to causes that improve learning outcomes, promote sustainability and build human capital both here and abroad.
Molly Bartlett, Small Group Instructor
Ms. Bartlett is a recent graduate from Central Washington University. She was born and raised in Kent, Washington, and has lived in Ellensburg the past 4 years. She is relocating to Kitsap County and loves Western Washington.
At Central, Ms. Bartlett studied Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. My experience is primarily with younger grades, particularly Kindergarten.
In my free time, Ms. Bartlett loves to watch movies, go on adventures with her friends, and curate playlists. She also enjoys watching TV, reading, driving, hiking, and finding new coffee shops. During breaks from school, you can definitely find her traveling; during her breaks in college, she has been to Montana, Idaho, New York, California, Oregon, Utah, and Colorado.
Ms. Buschelman is am excited to be part of the Catalyst team. She was born and raised in Long Beach, CA and moved to Boston for college in 2016 where I played on the women’s soccer team at Lesley University. There, she earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education and Psychology and she is currently pursuing her Masters in Special Education.
Ms. Buschelman has recently relocated to Washington to join her husband who is in the US Navy. Sh has completely fallen in love with Washington and is thrilled to continue her love for teaching in a new state!
When I am not teaching, you can find her playing soccer at the park, coaching, or going for long runs to explore!
Holly Buschelman, Lead Teacher
Jordan Carrillo, Lead Teacher
Ms. Carrillo was born and raised on Bainbridge Island and she is thrilled to be teaching in Kitsap County. Working at Catalyst is Ms. Carrillo's first step in transitioning into her career in elementary education. For the past 10 years Ms. Carrillo has worked in the field of early childhood education. She has worked with newborns up to 5 year olds and has also worked in before and after school programs. Most recently, Ms. Carrillo spent time as an Education Coordinator for a Seattle early education center working with the teachers to develop meaningful curriculums and engaging daily plans.
Ms. Carrillo has also spent 2 years living in Prague, Czech Republic teaching English to children ages 2-15 years old.
In April 2020, Ms. Carrillo graduated from Western Governors University with a BA in Education Studies and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in elementary education.
Ms. Carrillo feels that being able to work at such a unique and amazing school as Catalyst is an incredible opportunity. She is very excited to get to know each Catalyst family and scholar.
Dawnell Durbin, Teaching Fellow
Ms. Durbin has been in education for the past two years; most recently in the Central Kitsap School District. She loves helping scholars meet their fullest potential. Prior to working in education Ms. Durbin worked at Verizon as a corporate account manager for 18years. Her duties included training, developing and mentoring sales associates in the indirect channel.
Ms. Durbin is a Washingtonian born and raised. She has lived in Kitsap County all of her life. She has two fur kids Sherman (dog) and Theodore (cat). Ms. Durbin loves Washington for its mountains, lakes, oceans, and trees. She believes Washington is the most beautiful state. She enjoys attending concerts and Seahawks games. She loves old, eclectic things and believes the best gifts are the ones that are made.
Monique Estes, Small Group Instructor
Ms. Estes is a Washington native, a wife and a mom of 3 beautiful kids. Her oldest, Aspen, is an 8th grade scholar in the 2022/2023 school year and her middle child is a 1st grade scholar at Catalyst. Her son Christopher is only two and will hopefully attend Catalyst when he enters Kindergarten.
Ms. Estes has been a nanny and at-home educator for almost 13 years!. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development from Purdue University and is working on completing her Masters in Elementary Education with Grand Canyon University. She also owns a children’s dress boutique which runs out of her home.
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, going on hikes, riding our horse, traveling any chance she can get, doing arts and crafts, and has recently begun enjoying gardening. She is a huge Disney Fan and loves the Seahawks!
Brandee Haynes, Lead Teacher
Ms. Haynes is originally from California, but Washington has been her home for the second half of her life. Ms. Haynes is a twin and the oldest of 4 siblings. She is also the mother of a very busy four-year-old boy. Ms. Haynes has worked in the field of early childcare education for more than 12 years. Ms. Haynes is a Bremerton High School graduate, and she is currently working on my degree. She is working to grow her love and passion for educating and inspiring young children.
Ms. Haynes is excited to be working with a team that is as dedicated to the education and advancement of all children as she is, and she is most excited about inspiring the next generation and being a witness to their endless capabilities.
Being a California girl at heart, Ms. Haynes loves being outside in nice weather with family and friends at the lake or doing crafts.
Hannah Nystrom, Lead Teacher
Ms. Nystrom is a born and raised Pacific Northwesterner and she has loved every second of it. While she was born in Portland Oregon, she was raised in Vancouver Washington. In Vancouver, she had the most incredible educational experience she could have dreamed of. She wants nothing more than to give her students all that she had, and more!
Ms. Nystrom graduated from the University of Washington in June of 2020 with her Bachelor’s degree in Law, Societies, and Justice. She is completely fascinated by law and the inner workings of the legal system. She has always wanted to dedicate herself to bettering the lives of children; whether it be in the classroom or the courtroom, Ms. Nystrom will always do all she can to give scholars room to flourish.
Alexandra Pingree, Lead Teacher
Ms. Pingree graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she played college softball and completed her degree in Environmental Studies and Sports Management.
After graduating college she went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership with an emphasis in education from Gonzaga University. Ms. Pingree also earned, her California multiple subject teaching credential. As a military spouse Ms. Pingree has had the opportunity to teach various grade levels and a myriad of students from all over the United States. She loves to spend her time finding the best coffee shops, running her dog, Bella and baking.
Poulami Wielga - Lead Teacher
Ms. Wielga grew up in Denver, Colorado, but was fortunate to move to Washington in 2014 to attend The University of Puget Sound. She received her BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing. Through this experience she was able to pursue and hone her passions in reading and writing. After college, she worked in several professions serving adults and children with disabilities. She was a camp counselor at Camp Beausite Northwest, a job coach for Trillium Employment Services and currently her partner Joe and her work and live in an adult family home where they care for several residents.
Ms. Wielga has always loved being in the classroom and believes that children have a unique and optimistic outlook on the world. During the 2021-2022 school year she decided to pursue her passion in teaching and has worked towards earning her Masters in Elementary Education at Pacific Lutheran University.
She can’t wait to bring all that she has learned from this program to Catalyst and continue to grow and learn as an educator. She is deeply impressed by the Catalyst community and the commitment to ensure all students see and achieve their individual and unlimited potential. In her free time you can find her baking or cooking delicious food, exploring WA beaches, reading a book, or hanging out with her two rambunctious cats: Tofu and Pinto!
Angela Reyes, Lead Teacher
Ms. Reyes is originally from the Bay Area of California. Before coming to Catalyst, Ms. Reyes worked as a children's show performer, where she realized she wanted a career working with children.
In fall 2017, Ms. Reyes moved to Bremerton to attend Seattle University. She graduated in the spring of 2019 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (Elementary Education emphasis), and is grateful for the opportunities at Seattle U to demonstrate responsible civic and community engagement.
Ms. Reyes is elated to work for a school where scholars can find their purpose and passion so that they can cultivate hope, optimism and leadership essential to be catalysts in their community.
In her free time, Ms. Reyes loves singing karaoke, spending time with her friends and family, and spoiling her cat, Nala.
Alana Santos, Small Group Instructor
Ms. Santos is excited to be joining the Catalyst ‘ohana (family). She hopes to inspire, empower, and celebrate each scholar’s growth.
Ms. Santos was born and raised in Hawaii and she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, majoring in Family Resources. Teaching isn’t just her job, it’s her passion and calling. Ms. Santos has spent her entire career working in the early childhood education field in both public and private school settings.
In 2019 Ms. Santos moved to Washington state with her husband, their 2 daughters, and their chihuahua terrier pup. With her family by her side, they enjoy camping and going to T-Mobile stadium to watch Mariners baseball.
Traci Siasat, Small Group Instructor
Ms. Siasat received her elementary certification from Central Washington University in 2007. Previously, Ms. Siasat worked with autistic children and adults, as well as substituting in schools all around Kitsap.
Ms. Siasat has lived in Washington all her life and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. In her free time, she likes to travel with her husband, son, and their chocolate lab, Apollo. They love to visit places full of science and history. Yellowstone has been the family's favorite vacation so far. Ms. Siasat also loves all things geology, especially rocks. On the weekends, you will find her rockhounding on the beach!
Ms. Siasat is passionate about inclusivity and making sure all scholars have found their place amongst their peers. She is looking forward to being part of the Catalyst Family.
Katherine Size, Lead Teacher
Ms. Size is from a small surfing community in Southern California called Hermosa Beach where she spent most of my childhood. After graduating high school she went to Santa Monica Community College before transferring to California State University at Long Beach. It was there where she was exposed to what it really meant to be an authentic educator.
Ms. Size graduated with her BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Human and Child Development in 2019 and subsequently earned her Masters in Teaching from Pepperdine University.
After graduating from Pepperdine, she moved to Phoenix where she has been teaching for the last two years. Leaving that group of students was one of the hardest things she has done, but she cannot wait for new experiences in Washington.
When she is not at work she loves reading, creating, spending time with family, going on adventures, cooking and persistently and unsuccessfully trying to annoy her fiancé.
Peter Stone, Small Group Instructor
Mr. Stone was born in Los Angeles, Ca and grew up in Seattle, Wa. He graduated from Western Washington University with a B.S. in Biology and lived in Bellingham for ten years. While Mr. Stone was there, he helped develop and grow the stand-up comedy scene in Whatcom County.
In 2014 Mr. Stone took a seasonal job with the Idaho Bureau of Land Management doing plant identification. Afterwards, he moved back to Seattle and got involved with some local sketch comedy groups while he worked on his Teaching Credentials and Masters in Teaching through Western Governors University. Mr. Stone moved to Kitsap County to complete his student teaching at Cedar Heights Middle School in Port Orchard. After taking some time off from teaching due to Covid, he is excited to return to the classroom here at Catalyst!
Taiylor Walters, Small Group Instructor
Ms. Walters graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma in 2021 with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as two minors focused in education.
She plans to continue through her Master’s degree and receive her teaching certification starting in August 2021. During her free time she likes to sit down with a good book, typically in the Young Adult genre, or watch one of the many Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. She is excited to be working with all of the Catalyst scholars and getting to know each and every one of them!