Community School has three multi-age classrooms: 1st & 2nd grades, 2nd & 3rd grades, and 4th & 5th grades
Ms. Kinney, most recently an associate principal at Redmond High School, will serve as principal at Community School and International Community School.
As Principal, Ms. Kinney's door is always open. She looks forward to helping make Community School the most learning-filled and meaningful place for elementary students.
Veronique Hageman, 1st & 2nd Grades
Veronique Hageman teaches our 1st/2nd grade class. She is a Kirkland native and alumna of the Lake Washington School District. She has her Masters in Teaching and has taught internationally through the Fulbright Association. She is thrilled to be part of Community School and looks forward to many days full of learning and laughter.
Marilyn Fullerton, 2nd & 3rd Grades
Marilyn has been a Community School teacher since 1993. She is our Head Teacher and teaches our 2nd/3rd grade class. Marilyn has her Masters in Education. Her three daughters all attended Lake Washington schools and are graduates of universities in Washington state.
Johanna Aleksis, 4th & 5th GradesJohanna Aleksis teaches our 4th/5th grade class. She is passionate about student-centered learning and is skilled at looking for creative ways to meet the needs of all students.
Michele Aiken-Dunn, Office Manager
Michele has worked for the Lake Washington School District for 10+ years. Michele is a native to Washington and grew up on the Olympic Peninsula. She enjoys hiking, crabbing, reading, and a good laugh. Michele currently lives in Kirkland with her husband, son, and their little dog Shaun!
Kerry Yuasa, Instructional Assistant
Since both her children spent their elementary years at Community School, Kerry and her husband were able to experience firsthand the benefits of a multi-age classroom approach to learning. They believe the emphasis on social and emotional growth, in addition to solid academics and the importance placed on trust, mutual respect, and self-esteem, helped their kids navigate beyond the elementary school years with confidence and a strong sense of self-worth. "It's been rewarding to observe many former Community School students stay connected and responsive to adults, become effective leaders, and be better able to resist negative influences and peer pressure"
Kerry's background includes a degree in Sociology/Social Work, as well as many years in the natural food industry. Family interests include soccer, music, fishing, camping, our extended family, and books....lots of books.
Mike O’Donnell, Assistant Principal
Mike comes to us after five years as the principal of Alconbury Middle High School, a U.S. Department of Defense school located just outside of Cambridge, UK. Prior to Alconbury, he was an assistant principal at Cle Elum-Roslyn High School and Mount Rainier High School.
Mike is a Washington native and attended W.S.U. on an Air Force R.O.T.C. scholarship. After the military, he was in business before becoming a teacher. He received his teaching certificate from Central Washington University and earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Capella University.
Erin Haley, Special Education Teacher
Erin grew up in Joliet, Illinois. She taught Special Education in Illinois for eight years before a move to Washington brought her to Community School last year. She earned her M.Ed from National Louis University and her B.S. in Special Education and Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University. She spends most of her time outside of work enjoying the outdoors with her 2-year-old daughter.