Staff Directory

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Fr. Tony Bawyn Parish Priest
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Father Tony Bawyn is a Seattle native who attended St. Luke School in Shoreline. He began his Seminary studies at St. Edward Seminary and St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore and then graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in philosophy. He studied theology at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and came home to be ordained on August 21, 1982 at St. James Cathedral by Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen. His first assignment was as Parochial Vicar (assistant pastor)  at Holy Rosary in West Seattle. Since then he has served parishes in Kirkland, Tacoma, Vashon Island, Gig Harbor, and Seattle. Aware that Father Jim Picton had facilitated a canonical internship for Father Tony during his Seminary days, Archbishop Murphy asked Father Tony to study Canon Law for the Archdiocese in 1990. After receiving a licentiate degree from Louvain, he served in the Chancery as canonical consultant, where he first met Loretta Sursely. He then returned to Louvain for his doctoral studies, finished his dissertation and was awarded his diploma in 2000. Archbishop Brunett appointed him Judicial Vicar in 2000, and he has been serving in that capacity in the Seattle Tribunal for 20 years. Father Tony has recently returned from a sabbatical in Belgium, and is pleased to begin his ministry at St. Madeleine Sophie Parish. Father Tony has more than 25 years' experience with the model of parish priest collaborating with a lay Pastor Coordinator, and he finds it a good fit with his canonical work. In his free time, Father Tony loves to cook, go on day hikes, listen to music and enjoys visiting his family, most of whom live in the Puget Sound area.

Loretta Wright Sursely Pastoral Coordinator
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Loretta has been on the parish staff for over 20 years, serving as the pastoral assistant for administration and communications coordinator under our previous pastor Fr. Jim Picton. Currently as the Pastoral Coordinator, she is the appointed Pastoral Leader of the parish with responsibility for the overall health and wellbeing of the parish. Loretta also assists with Word and Communion services, Tribunal advocacy, funeral preparation, IT management, Human Resources and oversees the Pastoral and Finance Councils.


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!

Jessica Patterson Vice Principal
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Jessica Turpin Patterson grew up in Olympia, Washington where she graduated from Capital High School in 2002. She developed her interest in education at a young age through working with the youth division of Olympia Parks and Recreation as a counselor and activities planner. She completed her undergraduate studies at Gonzaga University in 2006 where she majored in History and Teacher Education. She spent her early career years teaching on the Whiteriver Apache Reservation in Arizona. There, she worked as a middle school Reading Interventionist, Math & Social Studies Teacher, and coached volleyball, basketball, and track.

At St. Madeleine Sophie School, she has held many roles- teacher, Inclusion Specialist, Director of Student Life, Athletic Director, counselor and coach. Jessica obtained a Master’s degree in Special Education in 2015 and finished her second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame’s Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program in 2021; she now works as an adjunct professor for the program’s Inclusive Education course. Jessica began teaching at St. Madeleine Sophie in 2012, she now serves as the Vice Principal. Jessica is also a member of the Diocesan Diversified Learner’s Committee, the Fulcrum Diversity and Inclusion Committee, volunteers for CYO Athletics, and consults to support inclusive student services at other schools.

Jessica loves spending time with her friends and family, and has two beautiful boys that keep her busy! It is her honor to work at SMS and be a part of all the incredible work that is being done to form faithful citizens who INCLUDE! She loves working with incredibly strong and passionate teachers who give tirelessly to fulfill the mission of the school and Parish. She believes there is something to be learned from every student and family she works with, and cherishes the unique charism of St. Madeleine Sophie School.

Martine Romero, Ed.D. Principal
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Martine was raised in Venice, California where 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. Martine joined St. Madeleine Sophie School in Fall 2010 as 2nd grade teacher and has fulfilled many teaching, coaching, inclusion team and administrative roles as a member of the Seraph Family. 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 been on the Executive Board for the Archdiocesan Diversified Learners Committee since 2014; and serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Washington. Martine transitioned to the role of Principal at St. Madeleine Sophie in 2018. Martine completed her Educational Doctorate in Leadership at Gonzaga University in 2020, and remotely serves as an adjunct teaching instructor with the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program at The University of Notre Dame.

Martine loves being a part of the St. Madeleine Sophie School community, promoting Inclusive Catholic Education, working with wonderful teachers, amazing students and dedicated 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!

Early Learning

Ta Webb Pre-Kindergarten
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Ta was born in Seattle, WA and grew up moving between Montana and Washington. She attended Evergreen Highschool Arts and Academics Academy in South Seattle. Ta graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Minor in Education and Social Justice. She hold endorsements in both Special Education and Elementary Education. Ta enjoys exploring the outdoors with family and friends! Ta loves riding her bicycle whenever she can, and is looking forward to her first year of teaching at St. Madeleine Sophie!

Michaela Monks Kindergarten Teacher
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Michaela Monks grew up in Des Moines, Washington where she attended St. Philomena Catholic School and later Holy Names Academy. Michaela received her bachelor's degree in Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, and Elementary Education at Gonzaga University. She has served as a reading and math intervention teacher for the past four years at St. Madeleine Sophie School, and is passionate about making learning meaningful, accessible, and inclusive of all learners.

Michaela loves to spend time with her friends and family, and just recently got married to her wonderful husband, Weston. She is honored to teach at St. Madeleine Sophie School, and is so excited to begin a new chapter in Kindergarten this year!

Lower School - Primary Grades

Stephanie Arildson Grade 1
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Stephanie was born and raised in Tacoma and completed her undergraduate studies in Colorado.  She returned to the PNW and earned her teaching certification from the University of Washington and a Masters in Education from Seattle Pacific University.  She is a member of St. Louise parish, and with her husband Dan have raised three boys. Additionally, Stephanie enjoys mixed media collage art, exploring nature, and spending time with her family and friends at Bellevue Brewing where she and her husband are part owners.

Katie Wolgamott Grade 2
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Katie was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has attended Catholic school for 17 years and is excited to continue to give back to the community through teaching. She is a recent graduate from Gonzaga University with a degree in Special Education and certification in both Special Education and Elementary Education. Katie is looking forward to moving to Seattle and continuing her love of teaching in the Pacific Northwest.

In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time outdoors with her three labs: Harley, Gunner, and Gema. She loves reading, camping with her family, and spending time on her family's boat.

Katie is looking forward to beginning her teaching career at St. Madeleine Sophie School.

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.

Claire Nelson Grade 4
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Claire was born and raised in Federal Way, Washington, and attended Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese from 1st grade through high school. She graduated from the University of Portland in 2021 with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Theology. After graduation, she taught 4th grade for 2 years in Las Vegas, Nevada as a part of the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) Program. Through PACE, Claire earned her Masters in Education with an endorsement in English for Speakers of Other Languages.

In her free time, Claire likes to read, hike, play pickle ball, or play board games with her friends and family. Claire is so excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest, and to have the chance to teach 4th grade at St. Madeleine Sophie!

Andrea Connell Grade 5
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Andrea was born and raised in San Diego, California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas she spent six years living in Italy where she spent time working as an English tutor and for a design studio. Upon returning to the states Andrea taught Kindergarten and second grade at American Martyrs Parish School in California. Her family moved to Seattle in 2007 and she taught 3rd grade at St. Alphonsus Parish school for 7 years before joining the SMS staff.  In 2019 she received her Masters in Special Education at the University of Seattle. She currently is participating in the Archdiocese of Seattle's GRACE Teacher Leadership Program.

Andrea enjoys spending her free time hiking and traveling with her family and catching up with close friends. 

Middle School

Marissa Shaw Middle School
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Marissa was born and raised in the Northern Seattle area. She recently graduated from the University of Portland with degrees in Secondary Education and Spanish and certifications in Middle School Mathematics and Special Education.

In her free time Marissa likes to spend time outdoors with her family, hiking, swimming, skiing or boating! She loves coffee, sunshine and good friends!

She is looking forward to beginning her teaching career at St. Madeleine Sophie!

Macy Bruneel Middle School
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Angela Ensminger Middle School
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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.

Riley Hole Middle School
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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.

Crystal Sager
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Crystal was born and raised in California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California, Riverside, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from the University of the Rockies and a Master of Arts in Education from National University. Crystal played flag football for 15 years and tackle football for 5 years for the So Cal Scorpions and the California Quake. She previously taught P.E. and coached middle school football/basketball at St. Anne School in Laguna Niguel, CA.

Crystal enjoys her free time with her husband and three kids. She recently joined the Lake Stevens Valkyries women’s tackle football team. Crystal is thrilled to join the amazing team of educators at SMS!

Faith Stacy Specialist
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Nicole Miller Social Emotional Learning Coach and Technology
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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 been teaching 4th Grade at SMS since 2015. She has also taught the after school coding class for a few years. She has loved expanding her knowledge of computer science and sharing it with her curious students. She is passionate about inclusion and culturally responsive teaching. Nicole enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, traveling abroad, exploring nature, and spending time with her husband, son, and dog, Moby.

Katarzyna “Kasia” Adler Extended Care Director
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Michael Webb Health and Wellness
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