INSTRUCTIONAL TEAM

Elementary Team

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Dawnell Durbin, Teaching Fellow
 

Ms. Austin 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. Austin worked at Verizon as a corporate account manager for 18years. Her duties included training, developing and mentoring sales associates in the indirect channel. 

 

Ms. Austin 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. Austin 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. 

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Brittany Moll, Teacher
 

Ms. Moll was born and raised in the Bay Area of California and recently relocated to Washington.  Ms. Moll recently graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Disability Studies.

Prior to Catalyst, Ms. Moll worked with children in a multitude of spaces from being an intern in a special education classroom to mentoring young Black students in Compton. Ms. Moll has a passion for working with kids and for ensuring that students are provided an equitable education.

This passion is what sparked Ms. Moll's interest in Catalyst Public Schools. She believes that Catalyst’s emphasis on resiliency, agency, and inclusivity will help students foster a sense of empowerment and confidence that will make them successful. 

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Julie Smith, Teacher

 In April of 2020, Ms. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University, where she earned her teaching certificate as well. During her studies, she gained valuable experience working with multiple grade levels as both a paraeducator and a substitute teacher.  Ms. Smith has learned that every student has the ability to succeed, and she sees it as her goal to help scholars find personal success at Catalyst every single day.

Ms. Smith was born in Alabama, but has lived in Washington with her family for the past four years. Ms. Smith's husband is a Firefighter/EMT in Central Kitsap, and two of her four sons are attending Catalyst this year in kindergarten and 6th grade.

 

In her free time, she enjoy reading, cooking, playing board games, and spending time outside with my family. 

    

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Jordan Carrillo, 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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Nicole Helou, Teacher

Ms. Helou is originally from New Jersey, and she recently relocated to Washington.  She graduated from Providence College in Providence, RI where she studied education psychology, child psychology, and sociology with an emphasis on special education. 

 

Prior to starting at Catalyst Ms. Helou worked in various childcare and classroom settings, wherein she was able to learn and apply different teaching styles, as well as experience different cultural settings. It is through these experiences in other schools that I learned to value the concepts and importance of diversity and belonging. 

 

These experiences are also what sparked Ms. Helou's interest in Catalyst Public Schools. She believes that making students and families feel like they belong in school settings is one of the critical aspects for educational success, and it is something she strives to cultivate as a Small Group Instructor at Catalyst. 

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Keyona Mapp, Teacher
 

Ms. Mapp is joining the Catalyst team from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She has recently relocated here due to her husband being in the military. 

 

Ms. Mapp received her undergrad at Old Dominion University, majoring in Human Services.   She decided to continue her education and received her Masters through Grand Canyon University, with a focus on Elementary Education.  In 2015, Ms. Mapp was a Site Director for after school programs for 3 years and then decided to return to the classroom.  She has taught both 1st and 2nd grade and loves being in the classroom and providing the best academic learning experience for my students and parents. 

 

In my free time, Ms. Mapp enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also likes trying new restaurants and going shopping.  Ms. Mapp looks forward to creating and building new relationships with the wonderful people of Catalyst.

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Angela Reyes, 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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John Bachner, Teacher
 

 

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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Aditi Mahajan, Small Group Instructor
 

 

Ms. Mahajan was born in Troy, MI and moved to Seattle, WA in 2021. In the Fall of 2021 she began her education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and graduated in May of 2021 with a Bachelors degree in Biology, Health, and Society with a minor in Community Action and Social Change. 

 

Ms. Mahajan is very passionate about traveling, health, nature, and the arts and she is so excited to get to know everyone at Catalyst and find shared interests with them. 

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Holly Buschelman, Small Group Instructor
 

 

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! 

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Viviana Andalon, Small Group Instructor
 

 

 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!

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Hannah Nystrom, Small Group Instructor
 

 

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.

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Brandee Haynes, Small Group Instructor

 

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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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!