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INSTRUCTIONAL TEAM

Elementary Team

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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
 

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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
 

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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.

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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.

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Dawnell Durbin, Teaching Fellow
 

Ms. Durbin has been in education since 2018. In the past she has worked with 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 18 years. 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 Maple (dog).  Ms. Durbin loves Washington for its mountains, lakes, oceans, and trees. She believes Washington is the most beautiful state. She enjoys attending concerts, random adventures  and sporting events. She loves old eclectic things and believes the best gifts are the ones that are made.

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Monique Estes, Lead Teacher
 

Ms. Estes is a Washington native, a wife and a mom of 3 beautiful kids. Her oldest, Aspen, is an 9th grade scholar in the 2023/2024 school year and her middle child is a 2nd grade scholar at Catalyst. Her son Christopher is only three 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 just completed her Masters degree 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! 

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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.

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Chelnesha Fleming - Small Group Instructor

 

Mrs. Fleming was born in California and spent many years of her early childhood in New York before relocating to Washington State where she was been ever since. Upon graduating from South Kitsap High School, Mrs.Fleming attended and completed her Bachelor of Arts at Central Washington University. Mrs. Fleming is now pursuing her Masters degree in Special Education.

 

Prior to working at Catalyst, Mrs. Fleming was a business manager for a local family owned business. After becoming a mother, Mrs. Fleming’s love for early education was reignited. Mrs. Fleming relates most to the Vulnerability core value at Catalyst. Vulnerability allows us to find compassion, strength, and common ground. Mrs. Fleming’s teaching motto is, “there is always something to celebrate!” During Mrs. Fleming’s spare time, she enjoys trying different cuisines with her family, camping around the Pacific Northwest, traveling to new areas, and caring for her many pets.

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Marva Jones, Small Group Instructor

 

Ms. Jones was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio but has lived in the Pacific Northwest for many years.  Ms. Jones began her career teaching students in grades 3-6 in Cleveland.  Since then Ms. Jones has worked as an educator with Kitsap Community Resources, the Suquamish Tribe and the Embassy Education Center.  She holds both an Associate's degree and her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Jones is happily married is the mother of 4 children.

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Daniel Prasch, Small Group Instructor
 

Daniel was born in Portland, Oregon and spent his early childhood years in Coos Bay. At the same time as graduating from high school in Concord, California, he earned a certificate in early childhood education.

He married his college sweetheart in 2003 and traveled all over the west coast settling down in Kitsap County, Washington in 2006. He and his wife are raising 3 wonderful children, with his oldest graduating from high school this past June.

After 20+ years of running small businesses, Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film Making from Olympic College in 2021, and is currently finishing his Master of Education through WGU. He has spent time over the past several years coaching his children’s interests
including archery, lacrosse, softball and basketball. With his passion always
lying in teaching, he returned to the teaching field in 2022 in an outdoor
education program.

When he’s not in the classroom you can find Daniel outdoors! He loves scuba
diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, and backpacking. In joining Catalyst Public Schools he wants to bring education to life and help instill the love of learning in all of his students.
 

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Andrea Nix - Small Group Instructor
 

Mrs. Nix is originally from Chicago, Illinois and moved to DFW, Texas when she was 10. She attended the University of North Texas where she received her bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Early Childhood - 6th grade with an emphasis in English as a Second Language. 

 

She enjoyed teaching 1st grade in Charleston, SC. before marrying her best friend and moved to Guam for three years. She and her husband are excited to settle down in Bremerton and explore the PNW. Mrs. Nix is beyond excited to join the Catalyst family!

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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!

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Ashlee Redfern, Small Group Instructor
 

Ms. Redfern shares her life with her husband, their energetic first-grader, and beloved pets, Jack the dog and Miki the cat, calling Poulsbo home. With a background in Culinary Arts and a love for exploring global flavors at farmers markets around the world, her zest for life knows no bounds. Her adventures took her to Florence, Italy, where she earned a Bachelor's in Intercultural and Interlinguistic Studies, igniting her passion for cross-cultural communication. Now, as she works towards her Masters in Elementary Education, Ashlee is dedicated to fostering justice through education.

Ms. Redfern is a spirited advocate for positive change. With unwavering conviction, she believes in the transformative power of expanding non-violent communication and cultivating edible permaculture in communities worldwide. These twin passions serve as pillars in her mission to foster a brighter, more beautiful future for all. Whether she's engaging students in the classroom, sharing a book recommendation, studying a foreign language, swimming in the sea, wild foraging for edibles, or tending to the earth, she is dedicated to nurturing connections that transcend borders and promoting practices that nourish both body and soul. She is excited to join the Catalyst family in the journey towards a world where peace, understanding, and sustainability flourish!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Katherine Viridian, 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.

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Taiylor Walters, Lead Teacher
 

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!

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Ashley Wichmann, Small Group Instructor

Mrs. Wichmann is excited to be joining the Catalyst team as a Small Group Instructor. She is originally from Brentwood, California. Mrs. Wichmann attended CSU Chico and earned her degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Special Education, and later received her teaching credential from CSU Hayward. Before moving to Washington, she taught 4th grade in Vacaville, CA for 2 years at Jean Callison Elementary. 

 

Mrs. Wichmann likes to spend her free time  reading, hiking and playing with her dog, Emmy. She enjoys spending as much time outside as she can and loves the PNW rain! 

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