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Early Learning

Karen Madden PreKindergarten
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Karen grew up on the central coast of California. She began her migration northward when she chose to attend Santa Clara University – no, Karen is not a Bulldog, but a Bronco! – where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with an English minor. She stayed in the Bay Area to work in the biotech industry and earn a certification in cytogenetics. Friends from college soon encouraged Karen to move to Seattle to work for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The rain took some getting used to, but how quickly she learned to appreciate those sunny days!

Karen has always found a way to work with young children through teaching Sunday school, volunteering with elementary school science fairs, babysitting and as a docent at the Woodland Park Zoo. When her three boys came along, though, it was time to concentrate on family. After 10 years of “retirement,” a stint in preschool and a home daycare, she decided to pursue a degree in education. Karen earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from City University, Seattle. She chose to focus her studies on the unique development of children from birth to eight years of age. Her certification is in P-3 with an endorsement in literacy.

Karen has been an active member of the St. Madeleine Sophie parish and is very excited to become a part of the school faculty. Go Seraphs!!

Meredith Travaglianti Kindergarten
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Meredith is a native New Yorker and is excited to join SMS family for the 2017-2018 school year. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Special Education from Marist College and then later went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Literacy from C.W. Post which is located in Long Island, New York. Meredith has taught Fourth grade, Second grade, Pre-K and Kindergarten. She has been teaching in the Catholic school system for over seven years.

Meredith enjoys spending time with her family, her two nieces and friends. She loves going to the beach and enjoys being outside. She is looking forward to exploring and learning more about Seattle!


Kalli Heric Grade 1
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Kalli was born in Seattle and later moved to the Bellevue area. She has attended Catholic school for 16 years and is very excited to continue to give back to the community through teaching. Kalli is a recent graduate from Gonzaga University where she earned her bachelor degree in Special Education and Elementary Education.

Kalli enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking with her twin sister and dog, doing yoga, and traveling to Lake Chelan. She looks forward to beginning her teaching career at St. Madeleine Sophie.

Olivia Bergman 2nd Grade
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Olivia was born and raised in Spokane. She attended the University of Idaho for two years then transferred to Eastern Washington University where she graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Special Education. Olivia has two years of teaching Elementary Special Education experience and is eager to begin teaching 2nd grade.  She moved to Seattle last summer and loves exploring the West Side of Washington State.

Olivia enjoys spending time with her two German Shepherds, Piston and Hank. In her free time, Olivia loves to hike, bake, read, take Bar Method classes and watch Seahawks football on Sundays.

Olivia can’t wait to get to know the community and continue her teaching career at St. Madeleine Sophie.


Amanda Balinbin Grade 3
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Mandy was born and raised in Spokane where she later attended Gonzaga University to pursue a bachelor degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. After graduating Gonzaga, Mandy moved on to graduate school at the University of Portland through the Pacific Alliance of Catholic Education (PACE) program. In the PACE program, she worked toward a Master’s in Education with an endorsement in Reading while teaching 1st Grade in Ogden, UT for two years.

Mandy enjoys spending her time with family and friends, hiking, cooking, running, crafting, and traveling. She loves exploring the many facets of Western Washington and looks forward continuing her teaching career at St. Madeleine Sophie.

Nicole DiGirolamo Grade 4
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Nicole was raised in Colorado and attended Boise State University in Idaho to pursue a bachelor degree in Special Education and Elementary Education with an emphasis in Literacy. While at BSU, Nicole was the president of the student chapter for the Council for Exceptional Children, where she was able to get involved in the special education community, including volunteering at the Special Olympics Idaho Winter Games!

Nicole has enjoyed spending time this summer exploring her new home in Seattle. She likes to run, read, drink coffee and listen to music. She is thrilled to begin her teaching career at St. Madeleine Sophie!

Diane Shepp 5th Grade
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Diane Guzzo Shepp was born and raised in Seattle, and attended St. Edwards Catholic School, Holy Names Academy (Go Cougs), and graduated with a degree in Education K-8, with a minor in Child and Family Studies at WSU. (Go Cougs again!!) She has an identical twin sister (a former teacher in the Archdiocese, and a current practicing nurse, and a devoted UW Husky fan!)) in Seattle, an older sister and brother who both live in California, and were former teachers as well.  Her parents were former parishioners of St. Madeleine Sophie Parish for many years; since it first opened its doors! She lives with her husband in Sammamish, Washington, up on top of the Plateau.

Di always knew she wanted to work with children she so loves, and to be an educator,  since her early days of being a camp counselor and assistant director at CYO summer camps, back in the day!  Di has been teaching for the past 37 years, in Catholic, Private and Public Education, in both Washington and California State.  While at her most recent school St. Luke in Shoreline, where she taught for 10 years, she was on the Administration Team, co-advised the school Yearbook; served as the Power School coordinator for grades 5-8; directed the middle school Art program; was on the committee to coordinate the Family/Peacebuilders program; coordinated the middle school elective program; and chaired committees for St. Luke’s accreditation, as well as serving on a few accreditation teams for other schools in the Archdiocese.

To find balance in her life, Di loves to spend time with her husband, family, and friends, do Yoga and Tai Chi, Pilates, cook, bake, take nature walks, read, listen to calming music, practice mindfulness and meditation, camp and hike, travel, and visit the San Juan Islands every summer.  Teaching is her passion, and has been since the day she stepped inside her first classroom full of energetic 6th graders 37 years ago.  She loves learning from her students each day, who teach her so much about life!  She feels blessed to be teaching at SMS and is excited to share her love of teaching with the St. Mad’s students this year!

Middle School

Mary Nau Middle School Social Studies, 7th Grade HR
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Mrs. Mary Nau has been teaching in the Seattle Archdiocese for over 20 years, first at St. Louise, then at Eastside Catholic High School (17 years) and now at St. Madeline Sophie.  She has taught in grades 1 – 12 in multiple subjects.  While at Eastside Catholic, she was honored as a Teacher of the Year and also received a Fulcrum Foundation Grant for the creation of  9th grade course that combined history and art as well as partnered with theology so that students developed a deeper, more integrated understanding of the Catholic faith and Western  historical tradition.

Mrs. Nau has a BA in History from Seattle U and a Masters from Gonzaga as well as many additional credit hours of work in writing instruction, educational technology and art.  She has also taught professional development courses for the Seattle Archdiocese, served on the Archdiocesan Technology Committee, was a department chair and curriculum lead and received additional grants over the years for educational technology and art.

In 2011-12 Mrs. Nau expanded her educational experience by joining St. Madeline Sophie and Mrs. Huley for a delightful year in PreK.  Fun as that was, she is excited to be joining the Middle School team and sharing her enthusiasm for history and literature with her students.

Beyond school, Mrs. Nau and her husband enjoy reading, exploring bookstores, canoeing and traveling, especially to visit their new grandson in Chicago. (Good news, another grandson is on the way here in Seattle!) Additionally she enjoys walking, running, art, skiing and soccer.  She is also at work reviving her sewing skills for the benefit of her new role as grandmother.

Daniel Talevich Middle School LA, 6th Grade HR
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Daniel Talevich grew up in beautiful North Bend, Washington. He graduated from Gonzaga University and went on to get his Master’s in Special Education at the University of Hawaii. He taught at a middle school on the island of Oahu for six years and got to experience everything the island had to offer. Mr. T recently moved back to Washington and joined the St. Madeleine Sophie team.

For fun, Mr. T enjoys writing and outdoor adventures, especially hiking, running, biking, swimming, skiing, and playing sports. He’s an avid sports fan, and his favorite teams are the Seahawks, Mariners, and Gonzaga basketball.

Terry Maguire Middle School Science
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Terry is entering his 30th year as an educator in the Catholic schools.  During his first 18 years as a teacher in the Archdiocese, he taught grades 1, 2, and 3 self-contained, grades 6, 7 and 8 Math, Science and Religion, PK-8 Physical Education and Technology for grades K-8.  He also served as Head Cross Country and Track coach at Holy Names Academy for four years and in similar positions at Bishop Blanchet High School for six years.  During his last two years teaching middle school, Terry completed his M.Ed. in School Administration and went on to serve for 11 years as a principal in King and Pierce counties.

Terry was raised in Seattle, graduated from St. Anne’s Catholic School, earned a B.A. at Seattle University and M.Ed. at Western Washington University.  He and his wife, Mary, live on Queen Anne in Seattle and enjoy hiking and travel.

"I am blessed to be a part of the community that is St. Madeleine Sophie and look forward to a wonderful school year."

Angela Ensminger Middle School Math, 8th Grade HR
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Angela Ensminger grew up in Texas and moved to Washington state in 1998. She graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with a
Bachelors of Science in Mathematics. She also holds a Master of Science in Mathematics with a specialization in Statistics from the
University of Texas at Dallas. After serving on the feasibility committee for SMS school, she went back to school to become certified
to teach in Washington.

Angela leads the middle school math program and looks forward to sharing her love and excitement of mathematics with the students.

She enjoys cooking, traveling and geocaching in her spare time.


Rick Houser Special Projects
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Rick is a veteran Washington State certificated teacher. He taught 5/6 grade in the Issaquah School District for 10 years. He also taught at Issaquah HS for 15 years, teaching English, Spanish and PE.   Rick then moved to Eastside Catholic for 4 years, managing the bookstore and teaching English. In addition, he taught 2 years in the Lake Washington School District in their Homeschool Program.

Rick enjoys his special relationship with his loving wife (Marilyn), their wonderful daughter (Lisa) and two great grand children (David & Makayla). They have been members of St. Madeleine Sophie Parish since around 1971.

Sherri McCarthy Music / Art
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Sherri grew up in the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area, and migrated north when she attended Seattle University.  Graduating with a Bachelor’s in Education, she majored in English, and minored in Math/Science and Music.  She continued graduate work at Seattle Pacific University toward her Master’s in Language Arts.  Over her 25 years of teaching, she’s taught grades one through five, as well as music and art for PK through 8th grade, in eastern Washington, Oregon, Redmond, and several schools in the Seattle Archdiocese.  During this time, she also founded a gospel choir and directed several Christmas musicals for her parish, and developed the PK and Kindergarten program there for Religious Education.

She and her husband, Kevin, have just sent their youngest off to college at University of Miami, with the other four scattered to Madison, Boston, Napa and Los Angeles – lots of visiting opportunities on both coasts!  When she has a chance, she loves to read or steal a free moment for quilting – it’s like art that can keep you warm!  She’s excited to share her love of music and art with the St. Mad’s children this year.

Michaela Smith Inclusion Specialist, Classroom Instruction
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Michaela was born and raised in the city of Des Moines. She is honored to have received an exemplary Catholic education for 16 years, and is excited to now give back to her community through the gift of teaching. Michaela recently graduated from Gonzaga University where she earned her bachelors degree in Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, and Elementary Education.

Michaela enjoys spending time with her dear family and friends, as well as cooking, drawing, reading, crafting, and drinking tea. She is delighted to begin her teaching career at St. Madeleine Sophie!


Ginny Morrissey Front Office Professional, Admissions
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Ginny grew up in New Jersey, has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, and a Masters degree in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She and her husband, Phil, have been actively involved at St. Madeleine Sophie Parish since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1984.

Ginny spent many hours volunteering at St. Monica’s and Eastside Catholic, where her two children, Christine and Jimmy, attended. Being a part of the wonderful staff and community at St. Madeleine Sophie School has been the perfect solution to filling the void left when they graduated!

Holly Cole Business Administrator
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Holly Cole joined the SMS staff in March 2005.  As manager of the school office, she is our daily source of all sanity!

Holly comes to us from the City of Seattle's Human Resources Department where she served as Personnel Specialist and Accommodations Coordinator.  Previously, she spent ten years as office coordinator at St. Anne School in Seattle. Before moving to Seattle, she was Personnel Director for a department store chain in Southern California.

At St. Anne’s Parish, Holly was active on a number of school committees; she chaired the School Commission and served as Parents’ Club President. She is currently a member of St. Patrick’s Parish, Seattle and served on their Pastoral Council.

Holly holds a BA in sociology from California State University, Los Angeles with additional graduate work in Special Education.  She lists reading, music and enjoying her grandson as favorite interests.

Jessica Patterson Director of Inclusion
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Jessica Turpin Patterson grew up in Olympia, Washington where she graduated from Capital High School in 2002. Over the next four years she developed her interest in education working with the youth division of Olympia Parks and Recreation as a counselor and activities planner. She graduated from Gonzaga University in 2006 where she majored in History and Teacher Education. She spent her first year teaching on the Whiteriver Apache reservation in Arizona. She worked as a Reading Interventionist, Math and Social Studies teacher, and coach during her time there.

She has taught 5th and 6th grade at St. Madeleine Sophie, served as a CYO volleyball coach, and is thrilled to be continuing on as the Director of Inclusion. In 2015, Jessica graduated from Western Governor's University with her Masters in Special Education.

Jessica loves running, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.  She believes there is something to be learned from every student she works with, and cherishes the unique atmosphere at St. Mad's.

Sheila Ong Office Assistant, Classroom Aide
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Sheila is a graduate of Langara College School of Nursing with a post graduate specialty from St. Paul's in Operating Room Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse for ten years in Vancouver, B.C. before relocating to the United States with her family.
Sheila was introduced to the community of St Madeleine Sophie first as a parishioner of the Church, and secondly, as a school parent when her daughters attended Kindergarten and 3rd Grade at the school. Sheila started her role as the Kindergarten Aide in 2011 and is delighted to be expanding her assignment into the Primary Level.

Elizabeth “Annie” Ehle Aftercare Director
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Katarzyna “Kasia” Adler Morningcare Staff
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Martine Romero Associate Principal
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Martine was raised in Venice, California were she attended St. Mark Catholic Elementary School and Notre Dame Academy. She graduated from Gonzaga University in 2010 with her Teaching certificate and B.A. in Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education and a certificate in Organizational Leadership Studies. In July 2015, she finished her graduate work at The University of Notre Dame receiving her M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Leadership. Martine has taught 2nd and 3rd grade at SMS, served as CYO soccer coach, yearbook coordinator and Inclusion Director.  Martine is thrilled to continue her bullhorn duties at dismissal and begin her new role as Vice Principal!

Martine loves being part of the St. Madeleine Sophie School community, working with wonderful teachers, amazing students and awesome families. She travels home to California as often as she can, and loves cheering on the Irish during football season, and the Zags during basketball season!

Dan Sherman Principal
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Dan is a veteran of over 35 years in education in Washington State.  During the bulk of that time, he has held numerous teaching, coaching and administrative positions in the Seattle Archdiocese.  His longest tenure was at St. John School in Seattle where he was principal from 1984-1999.  During that term, he was also elected regional representative to the Department of Elementary Schools Executive Committee for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) located in Washington D.C. and was a delegate to the NCEA’s National Congress on Catholic Schools for the 21st Century and its follow-up convocations.  He is a 1993 graduate of the NCEA Principals’ Academy and in 1999 was honored as Distinguished Catholic School Graduate.  From 1999-2004 he served as Executive Director for the Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS), our state’s umbrella public policy voice for private schools and advocate at the state and national levels. In 2014, he was awarded the Edward M. Shaughnessy III Serving All God's Children Award for Inclusion.    Dan holds a B.A. in Biology from Western Washington University and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Seattle University.

His joy in life is sharing any free time possible with his wife, Mary, Principal at St. Anne School in Seattle and their four adult children (each a product of Catholic schools, K-16), their wonderful daughters-in-law, Leanna and Jessica, and grandchildren, Kristine, Adalyn and Lucas.

Fr. James D. Picton Pastor
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