Staff Directory

School Contacts

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Fax: 425-747-1825
Email: schooloffice@stmadsophie.org

Early Learning

Kate Shikany Preschool
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Kate was born and raised in Issaquah, WA. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Issaquah PK-8th grade and then attended Holy Names Academy in Seattle. She recently graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Special Education and a certification in Reading and Special Education. In the fall, Kate will begin working on her Master’s in Severe Disabilities from the University of Washington.


Kate enjoys hiking and kayaking with family and friends! She loves cheering on the Zags during March Madness! Kate is looking forward to beginning her teaching career at St. Madeline Sophie School. 



Deena Cook Kindergarten
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Deena Cook was born in Hartford Connecticut but has spent most of her life in Bellevue WA. She has a BA in elementary education from Washington State University and a Masters In Educational Technology. She recently was certified in Teaching English Second Language. Deena is married and has five amazing children. Once upon a time she was a parent at St. Madeleine Sophie. In her free time, Deena has authored three children’s books and loves to sing in the choir.  She is so happy to come back home to St. Madeleine Sophie’s and share her love of God and learning with her students.

Primary

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.

Katie Ruff 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.

Intermediate

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 Miller 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!

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 has taught 3rd grade at St. Alphonsus Parish school for the past 7 years. She is currently finishing up her Masters in Special Education at the University of Seattle.

Andrea enjoys spending her free time hiking and traveling with her family and catching up with close friends. She is excited to join the SMS team of exceptional educators!

Middle School

Tyler Ulin Middle School Teacher
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Tyler grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago in a small town called Geneva, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in American & World History and a 5-12 grade Social Science teaching license. After experience teaching wit Iowa City Public Schools and Chicago Public Schools at the Middle School level, Tyler moved to Seattle in June of 2019 and taught High School students in the West Seattle area. Furthering his education, Tyler will finish his Master's program in School Counseling and Mental Health through Creighton University in May of 2021 and will become a licensed school counselor. Tyler enjoys Mariners games, going on walks with his new Goldendoodle puppy, eating various authentic cuisines, conversing with friends, listening to podcasts and music, as well as meditating and exercising. He believes coming to St. Madeleine Sophie School was an ultimate and could not be more grateful to be given the opportunity to help our future leaders grow as people and academics.

Diane Shepp Middle School Language Arts - 7th Grade Homeroom
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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!

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.

Specialists

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 Health and Wellness
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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!

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!

Administration

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.

Katarzyna “Kasia” Adler Extended Care Director
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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 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 years teaching on the Whiteriver Apache reservation in Arizona. There she worked as a middle school reading interventionist, Math and Social Studies teacher, and coached volleyball, basketball, and track.

She has taught 5th and 6th grade at St. Madeleine Sophie, served as an inclusion specialist, coach, and student services director.   Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and has since begun a second graduate studies program in Educational Leadership at the University of Notre Dame. She is thrilled to be entering her 8th year at St. Madeleine Sophie as the Vice Principal. Jessica serves on the Diocesan Diversified Learner’s Committee and the Fulcrum Diversity and Inclusion Committee, volunteers for CYO, and coordinates inclusive student services.

Jessica loves spending time with her friends and family, and has two beautiful boys.  Her husband, Kristian, works at O’Dea High School and they love the bond shared in promoting Catholic education.  It is an honor to work at SMS and be a part of all the great work that is being done. 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 volunteers with the Special Olympics Washington Young Athletes Support Team. 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!

Loretta Wright Sursely Pastoral Coordinator
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Loretta has been on the parish staff for 18 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.

Prior to St. Madeleine Sophie, Loretta worked at the Chancery in Administration, Development, and in the Archbishop’s office under the Vicar for Parishes and Faith Communities. After leaving WSU Loretta worked in the Correspondence Office and Press Office for Governor Spellman and the Washington Department of Economic Development followed by a few years working at a financial advisement firm in Seattle. Loretta also recently participated in the new Church Management Certificate program through Villanova University.

Loretta loves spending time with her family including her two sons who attended St. John School, St. Benedict School, Blanchet High School and WSU. The love of her life is her Silver Lab Dutch who accompanies her on many walks and hikes.

Loretta looks forward to her new role as Pastoral Coordinator as it will give her even more reason to participate in school events and activities but more importantly, is so proud of the students, faculty and staff at St. Madeleine Sophie School for their endless care, compassion, and love of learning!